Maggie Rotello Hartford
This is Maggie's eleventh year with the Saint Mary's Fine Arts Camp. Maggie is excited to be coming back this summer to immerse herself in the fine arts and once again have the chance to get to know the amazing campers that are joining us for the first time or back again for another fun-filled year of camp. Maggie is a ’99 graduate of Saint Mary’s with a BA in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading and Junior High Social Studies. She spent nearly ten years teaching Junior High in a local elementary school before choosing to stay home with her three children full time. She now is the owner/director of a local preschool. Maggie cannot wait to drive down the Avenue this July and spend three weeks on the beautiful Saint Mary’s campus. Each summer, she looks forward to seeing what the campers create and always leaves with a sense of awe at what the ladies are able to accomplish in just one week. Maggie cannot wait to enroll her daughter in camp next summer!
Cathy Tadey can't wait to return to Saint Mary's Fine Arts Camp for her ninth summer this year. Cathy had been involved with camp as a music instructor, assistant director, and director and looks forward to seeing the campers create, laugh, and perform each year. Cathy is currently the band director at Minooka Intermediate School in Minooka, Illinois where she teaches fifth and sixth grade students. Cathy is also a teacher for the travel abroad program and will be taking a group of eighth grade students to South Africa this summer where they will experience the culture, the food, and the history of this unique country. In addition to teaching and traveling, Cathy also enjoys performing with the South Bend Chamber Singers, hiking, and visiting her family back home in North Carolina.
Mary McKevitt is so excited to return to camp for her fifth summer! She
first started as a counselor, and this will be her third year as night
supervisor. The thought of going back to her absolute favorite place
puts a huge smile on her face! Mary graduated from Saint Mary's College
in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education. Mary absolutely loves to
travel! She studied abroad in Rome, Italy her sophomore year and she
traveled to Killarney, Ireland to compete at the All-Irelands Irish
Dance Championship with the ND/SMC Irish Dance Team. She also taught in
Uganda with the Saint Mary's Uganda program, and she feels so blessed to
have had so many opportunities through her alma mater. Mary loves
working with kids, and she is finishing up her second year as a first
grade teacher. She also loves spending time with her family and friends,
reading, shopping, and being with her dogs, Pippa and Reilly. Mary
loves to run, and she is currently training to run her first half
marathon! Mary is so excited to get back to camp this July!
Muppets to Marionettes
Sophia graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2013 with a major in Theater and a minor in Art. While at Saint Mary's, she acted in several stage productions, including Rabbit Hole, Lysistrata,Eurydice, and The Imaginary Invalid. She also served as stage manager for The Secret Garden. Sophia currently is a fourth-grade teacher's assistant at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Fort Wayne, Ind., and directs the after-school care program at Saint Louis Academy in nearby New Haven. She also served as costume manager and set designer for the 2014-15 season at the renowned First Presbyterian Theater in Fort Wayne.
During the school year, Michele is a dance instructor at Saint Mary’s College and Clay High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. In the summer, she teaches at Southold Dance Theatre and choreographs the South Bend Summerfly musical- this year it’s Mary Poppins! Michele’s favorite things about camp are watching the awesome Friday performances, wearing camp t-shirts, and teaching everyone how fun dancing can be!
Meghan is thrilled to be returning for her fourth year at camp! She has been a counselor for the past three years and is looking forward to coming back in a new role as the Creative Writing Instructor. Meghan graduated from Saint Mary's in 2014 with majors in elementary education and mathematics as well as a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is finishing up her first year as a sixth grade teacher at Emmons Elementary School in Mishawaka. She absolutely loves Fine Arts Camp and Saint Mary's, and she cannot wait to see what fantastic projects the talented campers create this year!
McKayela is an accomplished performer and teacher. She has enjoyed teaching an array of ages including toddlers through adults. Her skills focus heavily on technique and a variety of repertoire for students and choirs. When she is not teaching, she is vocal directing shows such as, Lucky Stiff and West Side Story. Continually being extremely active in singing, her more notable roles include: Maria, The Sound of Music; Suor Angelica, Suor Angelica; Phyllis, Iolanthe; and Paquette, Candide. Mrs. Collins-Hornor has been active not only with musicals, operas, recitals, and master classes, but also with pastoral music as well. She is an emeritus choir member for the historic Mariners’ Church of Detroit, where she sang every Sunday.
She received her Bachelors at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana and her Masters at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She earned both degrees in Vocal Performance. While attending Bowling Green University, she was able to study with Metropolitan Opera Singer Myra Merritt. She currently teaches at a local private school, along with coaching and private studio work. Mrs. Collins-Hornor also recently was the 2015 recipient of the John and Candace Butler Lifetime Dedication to the Arts Award.
Caitlin is returning to Fine Arts Camp after a few summers off and can't wait to get back in the classroom. A former camper, counselor, and instructor she knows first hand the magic of summer camp at St. Mary's College! She is a 2006 graduate of Notre Dame with a BFA focusing on photography & sculpture. Her passion for creativity, positive thinking, and trying to desperately capture each moment of her life in photos via her iPhone keep her on her toes. Caitlin currently resides in Hanover, New Hampshire with her dashingly handsome husband, her adorably-amazing one year old daughter, and the sleepiest dog ever.
Hi! I am Katelyn! I am a rising senior majoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with hope for a career in Speech Therapy. I come from the sunshine state of Florida and, although the midwest winter is a bit difficult sometimes, Saint Mary's is worth it! Coming from a catholic, all-girls high school, I was excited to continue my education in an environment that truly nurtures and cares about the student. After studying abroad in Rome my fall semester sophomore year, I fell in love with traveling. I love to sing and dance, but only when I am alone because being rhythmically challenged and tone deaf is not the most pleasing to others. My favorite movie is We Bought A Zoo and I love country music or anything with acoustic guitars. I am so excited to meet the other counselors and campers and to make this summer a memorable one! I have been a counselor at a couple other summer camps and absolutely love the energy and excitement of summer camp!
Hi I’m Cassie! I am a senior at IPFW majoring in Business. This will be my 3rd year here as a SMCFA counselor!!!! When I was little I was a camper here at Saint Mary's College and came back every year. My favorite things about the camp were meeting new people from all over the United States, going to a play, and being able to stay a whole week in the dorm rooms. Now it’s my turn to show campers how much this camp can not only be the greatest thing they will do all summer, but also to help them make the best memories to come back to year after year. Being a counselor here isn’t just a job it is like being around family! I made friends as a camper and now I couldn’t be happier making friends as a counselor! I can’t wait for this summer, so bring on the summer shine and go BANANAS!
Hi! I'm Jennifer and I am a rising senior English Writing major with minors in Theatre Performance and Italian. My hometown is Brookfield, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. I became a Belle because when I toured here in high school, Saint Mary's made me feel welcomed and wanted, which was and has been very important to me. It's hard to pick, but two of my favorite Disney movies are Tangled and The Lion King. I can't wait to have a fantastic camp experience this summer at a special place where it's great to be a girl!
Hi! My name is Andrea! I am graduating Saint Mary's College in May with a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and two minors in psychology and dance. I am from North Augusta, South Carolina. In the fall I am going to graduate school for my doctorate in audiology. I want to work in pediatrics and cochlear implants. Saint Mary's has been an amazing experience and it has given me so many opportunities that I could not have gotten at any other college. My two favorite childhood movies are The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. My favorite summer activity when I was younger was to create and then act out short plays with my two older sisters. I loved camp last summer and I can't wait for this summer! I hope to make this a great summer with wonderful memories for both campers and counselors!
Hi! My name is Lydia and I am a rising sophomore here at Saint Mary’s College as a Biology major intending on a career in Orthodontics. Saint Mary’s is the perfect place to explore being versatile and well rounded, and I am so fortunate to be able to study here. I am also so excited to join this year’s Saint Mary’s Fine Arts Camp staff as a counselor! I have been involved in Fine Arts from a very young age, so it is very humbling to get to work with kids who want to pursue the same passions I have. This summer I look forward to sharing my love and experience in dance and piano with the girls. I hope to make this summer one full of new friends, great memories, and an appreciation for the arts!
Hi ladies! My name is Miranda and I from Cleveland, OH. I am rising senior, elementary education major with a minor in mild intervention. I’m so excited to spend the summer at Saint Mary’s with wonderfully talented young ladies. Saint Mary’s is such a special place that will help you bloom into a confident young woman, as I know it has done for me. When I’m not spending my time working on school work, I’m at the Compton Family Ice Arena. I am President and a team member of the Notre Dame figure skating team. I have been figure skating since I was four years old and still cannot get enough of it. I also love taking walks to the Grotto, watching movies with my friends, and reading on the benches by Lake Marion. Through my time at Saint Mary’s I have grown to love the school and staff immensely. I cannot wait to arrive on campus in July and meet all of my campers. There is so much to learn and so many memories to be made!
My name is Halee and I am from Monmouth, Illinois. This fall I will be a junior at Saint Mary's College. I am majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in ESL (English as a Second Language). I love to play the piano, read and write, and spend time with my friends at SMC. The Fine Arts have always been a big part of my life, from music to theatre to art. Saint Mary's truly has become my home away from home. I love every opportunity that has come from this beautiful place and I'm so excited for this new adventure of working with the campers and counselors this summer!
My name is Taylor and I am a rising senior here at Saint Mary’s College. I am majoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and minoring in psychology, with hopes of one day becoming a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. I chose Saint Mary’s because I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the small, liberal arts college. I enjoy being able to walk into my professors’ offices and have them recognize me right away and there is always a great level of comfort and willingness to help. I love working with children! I also love playing piano, as I started playing when I was 4 years old. In my spare time, I love to craft, paint, draw, play piano, play softball, and ping pong with my family! My favorite color is pink and my favorite food is Girl Scout Lemon Cookies. I cannot wait to meet all the campers and hope they will grow, discover themselves, and have fun. I hope their experience with Saint Mary’s is memorable, wonderful, and inspiring!
My name is Taylor and I am from the south side of Chicago. I am a rising junior Chemical Engineering major, with a math minor. I love Chicago Blackhawks hockey and my absolute favorite movie is Elf. I chose Saint Mary’s because I love the environment and I felt that it was the best place for me to grow academically and spiritually. This is my first year as a counselor, but as a former camper, I am excited to get to know each of my campers and help them create a special, memorable camp experience!
Hi! My name is Sarah, I'm a rising junior and Communicative
Sciences and Disorders major with minors in psychology and music! I love
to sing and perform in musicals! At Saint Marys, I am a member of
NSSLHA, campus ministry, dance marathon, and choir. Other hobbies
include running and spending time with my loving family. I'm so excited
to return to camp this year and get to know my fabulous campers!