Background - Grew up in a small town in Western NY. My Father was a Welder and My Mother worked and retired from the school system. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Urban Planning and Design. I feel in love with the idea of planning, the idea of shaping the built environment to meet the needs of all people. After college I worked has a Project Manager for a few Fortune 500 home/townhome builders until I obtained my Florida Contractors License and began working as a private business owner. In 2008 when the housing industry slumped, I made the decision to become a teacher, and I have been building and teaching a new STEM based curriculum in the career field of Modeling and Simulation at Middle School and High School for the last 7 years.
For me, the best thing about teaching is the creative aspect from working directly with the students on a project where they are being creative; to designing and building lessons that allow them to demonstrate what they have learned and the skills they have obtained. I believe that engagement and retention are increased when students are given the opportunity to be creative, which is why STEM and project based learning are very powerful educational tools. I am excited to be guiding and working with the students in the HCC Kids College program this summer and see what they create in the different programs.
Mrs. Cleao Martin is currently completing her 3rd year as a math instructor for Kid’s Community College Preparatory High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD) and began working for the Army Research Laboratory as a contractor in the Human Research and Engineering Directorate. She continued her education at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL), earning her Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Systems. Upon graduating, she moved to Philadelphia, PA, and worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSEA) as a Mechanical Engineer. While working for NAVSEA, Mrs. Martin facilitated various STEAM outreach initiatives in the local community. She co-founded and mentored the first all-girls robotics-competitive team, Gear Girls, at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. Mrs. Martin has accepted several invitations to deliver motivational and educational workshops and has volunteered for summer STEM camps with a variety of organizations, including local Girl Scout troops and NAVSEA student interns.
Mrs. Martin desires to bring a new perspective, which intertwines math, engineering, and performing arts for all children, especially for girls of color. She hopes to broaden the scope of engineering, shift the spectrum for female engineers, and empower more children to pursue STEAM-oriented opportunities!
Hello scholars! My name is Sydney Vail and I will be your dance teacher this summer! I am a UF graduate (Go Gators!), former Tampa Bay Rays Cheerleader, and currently a 3rd-grade teacher in St. Pete. I have been dancing for 20 years and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop (my favorite). When I’m not teaching in the classroom or dance studio, I love traveling with the people I love and playing with my dog, Norah. I’m looking forward to sharing my love of dance with you all this summer!
Karla C. Moore
As a business instructor, my goal is to integrate plans to develop foundational skills, develop projects/assignments that enhance students’ knowledge and creativity and utilize resources that reflect the diverse educational background of the students served.
• Business Technology Instructor – 22 years of experience
• Education – Bachelor of Science Degree – Bethune-Cookman University
• I believe that even the slightest positive influence has the potential to change a child’s life.
• Educational quote – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
- Computer Fundamentals
- Digital Information Technology
- Digital Design
- Youth Empowerment
- Web Design
- Accounting 1 & 2
- Financial Operations
Shautay “DJ Tayy” Stagger
12 Years of Experience
“I love working with kids because it gives me the opportunity to introduce them to a fun and different career opportunity they probably would have never even imagined was possible!”
High School: Miami Southridge Senior High
College: Bachelors of Arts / University of South Florida c/o 2014
Since my start as a DJ, over 12 years ago, I have learned many skills that I never thought this art would teach. These skills are implemented throughout the course and will allow the campers to learn creative and critical thinking skills, time management, organizational skills and simply how to have fun while expressing themselves through art!
Tracy Keyworth Zuluaga, entrepreneur, serial mom, and “wanna be” inventor. As Executive Director of Bright Young Minds Coalition her experience in Youth Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education, event management, professional development and curriculum development lends itself to the mission of Innovation World™. Zuluaga brings 25+ years in start-ups, operations management and building networks, teams and personnel across the country.
Prior to founding Bright Young Minds Coalition and Innovation World™, Zuluaga co-founded Electus Global Education Co, Inc. and served as its Chief Operations Officer, a global hardware and software company designed to support Youth Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy. She served as COO at AGT Restaurant Group, responsible for franchise development, operations, policies and procedures. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Director of Operations for ABS/G. Karel, Inc., a vocational trade school, which included curriculum development, Board of Education compliance and operations. For 20 years, Zuluaga worked in the Background Check and Employment Screening industry, as President of Crimcheck USA, Inc. and Criminal Research Bureau, international providers of background checks, criminal research and employment screening services. She remains active in church, community and charities such as Children’s Home Society, American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Secondary Math Education
9 years of Teaching Experience
Graduate of USF with a Bachelor’s of Secondary Math Education and Math Minor.
I have always found enjoyment when I am witness to improvement and accomplishment. Teaching high school and at HCC Kid’s College allows me to not only witness growth in our youth, but to also be a part of it and make it exciting.
Dawniece Tims is a Hillsborough County Public Schools employee in the Technology Operations. Since 2013, Ms. Tims has instructed a variety of HCC Kids College camps. “From Black Rocket computer to hands-on STEM camps, I love coaching young minds to analyze and explore.” Previously, she was an independent contractor for a business providing STEM instruction to community children. She graduated magna cum laude from UF with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication.
Jeff Hitchlock has been teaching chess for over 40 years. For the past 12 years, he taught chess in Cleveland, Ohio public and private schools before moving to Florida in 2018. In 2019, he started working for Hillsborough Community College Summer Chess Camps. Jeff also works for, "Alton Academy 4 Chess" and "Chess Scholars", local and national chess organizations, respectively. Jeff has 7 years’ experience as a Tournament Director. He is a Hillsborough County and Florida Public School approved Contractor with Level 2 background screening.
“I love teaching chess to the youth in our community. Many studies have proven that chess improves academic performance, as well as increasing success later in life." Jeff Hitchlock
Do summer better, with KIDS' COLLEGE camps
This summer, give your kids a summer camp experience they will always remember! HCC Kids' College Camps provide opportunities for youths to experience fun, quality programs, learn new skills, make meaningful friendships and rediscover themselves outside of their usual routines.
We are offering full day specialty camps that run from 9:00AM - 4:00PM as well as half day Black Rocket camps for students interested in tech and coding. Extended care (beginning at 7:30AM and ending at 5:30PM) is available FREE of charge.
Installment plans available
Five locations to choose from
Military, Multi-sibling, Early Bird, HCC Faculty, and Full/Half summer Discounts
We are hopeful we will be able to hold in-person camps this year. However, in the event we are not able to do so as a result of Covid - we do have a back-up virtual option.
For more details, or to register click: HERE
Do You Have A Middle School Student That Would Enjoy A Virtual STEM+ Expedition? They Can Immerse Themselves In A STEM+ World Of Learning, With Guinness World Record Holder & National Geographic Explorer, CAPTAIN BARRINGTON IRVING! The Flying Classroom Virtual Learning Team Will Guide You Through Captain Irving’s Global Adventures And Provide You With Your Very Own Materials Kit To Follow Along. Be One Of The 1st 500 Students To Sign Up On The Link Below To Receive This FREE Offer:
**Spots Are Limited, Registration Closes Mid-September**
For Flying Classroom Information:
8/24/2020 - What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness Monday Is A Great Way For You And Your Child(Ren) To Reset After The Weekend And Set Some Intentions For The Week Ahead. Meditating Is Like Exercise For Your Brain And Has Numerous Benefits Like Reduced Stress (Which Is Good For The Immune System), It Can Help With Anxiety, Increases Focus And Brain Function, And Provides A Sense Of Peace And Balance. All It Takes Is 5 - 10 Minutes. After Meditating You May Want To Discuss The Experience With Your Child And Schedule A Time To Practice Daily. Meditation Basics
8/31/2020 - Combating Negative Thinking
We Hope you’re Having A Mindful Monday. Today We Want To Examine The Impact Of Negative Thoughts And How We Can Pull Ourselves Out Of A Pattern Of Negative Thinking. At Some Point We’ve All Had A Thought Pop Into Our Mind That Made Us Feel Upset. Maybe You Were Nervous About Something Or Something Happened During The Course Of The Day That Just Left You Feeling Annoyed Or Disappointed. Mindfulness Is Not About Pretending These Negative Emotions Don’t Exist, But Rather Observing The Thoughts And The Sensations When They Arise. Imagine Your Mind Is The Sky And Your Thoughts And Emotions Are The Clouds. The Clouds Are Constantly Changing And Moving. The Same Can Be Said For Our Emotions And Thoughts. You Can Be Having A Great Day, And Then Suddenly Someone Says Something Hurtful And It Makes You Feel Angry. The Anger Won’t Stay There Forever; Just Like The Cloud – In Time It Will Pass On Its Own. But When It Comes, We Can Examine It: What Does It Feel Like In The Body? Is The Sensation In Your Face, Your Chest Or Maybe Even Your Stomach? When We Examine Our Emotions In This Way, It Helps Us To Be Aware Of The Sensations That Accompany These Emotional States And View Our Emotions As An Object Outside Of Ourselves – Thus Minimizing Their Power Over Us. Have You Ever Been In A Bad Mood, Not Even Sure Why And When You Took A Moment To Pause And Listen To Your Body – Became Aware That You Were Hungry, Tired Or Both? Sometimes We Can Interpret A Sensation In The Body As A Negative Emotion, But Really Our Body Is Just Trying To Make Us Aware Of Something That Needs Attention. Here’s A Quick Video Explaining A Couple Of Ways We Can Combat Negative Thinking.
As a Partner in Education with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), Kids’ College would like to provide the following additional resources:
A letter from Hillsborough County Public Schools
Dear Hillsborough County Public Schools Families,
For the 2020-21 school year, we are excited to share that we will be moving to a new learning management platform called Canvas—a new hub of learning for our school district for all PreK-12th grade students, parents and educators. Over the next few weeks, we will be providing you with training material and videos so that you are prepared for the school year.
Click here to view an important Canvas introductory video from Superintendent Addison G. Davis to get you started.
Canvas provides live (in-class instruction for teachers to use, once students are back inside classrooms) and virtual instruction options. This platform is user-friendly regardless of your learning style.
We want to make sure the transition to Canvas is as smooth as possible; that is why we created a Hillsborough Canvas Family Guide where tips, resources and training will be updated periodically for our entire Hillsborough Schools Family to view. To access this guide, visit the Families section of hillsboroughschools.org under Helpful Links, and click the Canvas Family Guide.
Although student courses are not available yet, we encourage you to become familiar with this new platform. Once you have logged into Canvas you can access this guide any time by clicking the help icon.
NOTE: If you have already created a district MySPOT account to access Edsby or Online Report Cards, you do not have to create an account. The current email address and password you use to login will automatically work for Canvas.
Fast Facts about Canvas:
- 95% of higher education institutions use Canvas—which helps prepare our students for life after high school.
- Through Canvas, parents can be observers, monitor student progress, see feedback from teachers, and see student assignments.
- Canvas also offers a free APP where grades and course content can be viewed. Students can submit assignments and keep track of course work with a to-do list and a calendar. Messages can be sent and received; discussions can be posted, and students and parents can receive push notifications for new grades and course updates—a great way to monitor student progress on the go.
- Canvas provides feedback to students on their work; teachers can leave comments directly on assignment pages. Teachers can also record a video to give details on assignments and encourage students, which builds a better connection between teacher and student during virtual learning.
Teachers and staff are currently working on professional development training— include Canvas training, to enrich student instruction in a virtual environment.
Thank you for your patience as we work together to create the tools needed for teachers and students to succeed. We look forward to providing you with this new hub of learning.
Hillsborough County Public Schools