Although Tonya has a very colorful and diverse background from a B.A. in Pre-Professional Chemistry to banking, retail to education, her favorite job of all is being a mom. Seeing the world through her toddler’s eyes rekindled her own childlike curiosity and was her first real introduction to Learning Through Play. It was during her children’s early years and her time spent at working the Delaware Children’s Museum where she developed a passion for creating hands-on and open-ended curriculum and a personal motto of “Mess is Best!” As Project Manager, Tonya oversees curriculum creation, supply management and recruitment.
Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships
Candice has always had a passion for positive youth development. As a youth program manager for YWCA Delaware, she strove to provide high quality life skills and college prep programming for middle and high school girls. At the Delaware Department of Education, she had the opportunity to work closely with Wilmington's priority schools where she developed a strong sense of responsibility for holding adults accountable to making kid centered decisions. As SummerCollab's Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships, Candice gets to tie those things together as she focuses on developing high quality programming and strengthening partnerships to make summer smarter for our kids and communities.
President and CEO
Catherine is the founder of the Summer Learning Collaborative, which was established as a product of her work with Teach for America (TFA) Delaware. While at TFA, Catherine served as the Director of Community Impact, through which she worked intensely with local teachers and community leaders to address summer learning loss and its impact on Wilmington’s low-income youth. Catherine is passionate about public service and youth empowerment, and has spent her career seeking solutions to educational and social inequities that plague low-income children. Catherine’s single-minded focus on equality has inspired her to work not only with local youth, but internationally, as she has spearheaded youth programming efforts in Kenya and India.
Tyler’s Camp Project Manager
As a second-grade teacher in Wilmington, Delaware, Lia McCallister is passionate about urban education and fostering equal opportunity for students regardless of their background. After teaching in three different urban elementary schools, the education gap between students in poverty and those from more affluent backgrounds became increasingly apparent. In her SummerCollab role, Lia oversees Tyler's Camp summer programming that aims to close the summer opportunity gap.
Director of Operations
Laura is also a TFA alumna, spending three years teaching preschool at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, DE. Through her work there, Laura witnessed the importance of community-based centers, as well as the need for high-quality programming in community center space. As Director of Operations with the SummerCollab, Laura focuses on internal organizational development, and guiding SummerCollab’s expansion efforts. Prior to joining TFA, Laura was an attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; her desire to work with children, especially those in highest need, drove her change in career and continue to inspire her work.
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, Kate worked as a Special Education teacher at a charter school in Wilmington. Through her work there, she developed a strong passion for supporting students and the Wilmington community. Kate is currently enrolled in a Master’s program to earn her degree as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach.