Meet the Summer CATCH Camp Staff
Our Summer CATCH Camp is a community program in collaboration with the Summit School District. It’s open to all incoming 1st-6th graders within the school district and has three unique sessions available on a sliding fee scale. The program starts and ends at Silverthorne Elementary and transportation to activities, breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack are provided each day. Throughout the summer, students will participate in a variety of outdoor activities, learn about the importance of physical activity and nutrition, spend time reading, and doing many other fun, educational activities.
Our Summer CATCH Camp staff is dedicated to making the summer a fun and healthy one.
School-Based Programs Manager, Kewanna Cigales, has been in the world of education for more than a decade. She has an undergraduate degree in History and French, a Master’s degree in French and a Master’s in education administration. After spending years teaching French right after college she studied school administration and obtained her Principal’s license. She spent four years as an assistant principal before moving to Colorado and obtaining a job as a French teacher at Silverthorne Elementary School.
To this day it’s unclear whether she found Keystone Science School or if Keystone Science School found her. The first time she encountered Keystone Science School she was hiking with her family.
“I saw a group of students on a trailhead near Blue River, and they were with a teacher who had a camera and they were just exploring the forest. I just thought ‘how cool is that?’” Kewanna said.
The Keystone Science School van was parked next to her car, so she looked KSS up that same day. A year later she was brought on as the School-Based Programs Manager. Now she can’t imagine a better fit for her. She thinks the upcoming Summer of Curiosity is going to be amazing and she’s very proud to be a part of leading it.
“What a small world that I’m fortunate enough to work here and to know that Keystone Science school impacts so many people in the community,” Kewanna said.
Donner Humenberger has been with Keystone Science school since October of 2017. Originally the after school program coordinator she eventually became the day programs manager and was promoted this year to School-Based Programs Coordinator. Prior to joining the KSS staff, she worked at a summer camp in Minnesota for four years!
For Summer CATCH Camp she’s really excited to get to work with the community and do something different.
“I’m excited to see the kids get to do things they wouldn’t normally do for the first time, like a pontoon ride,” Donner said. She really enjoys working with the children of the community she lives in because she gets to see the kids out and about and truly see the impact Keystone Science School has on them.
Donner is passionate and dedicated to teaching and making the summer an awesome one for the children of summit county. She believes receiving the after school program coordinator position really changed her career path.
“I don’t think if I got that opportunity I would be where I am. I think it really helped me find what I want to do and what I love to do,” Donner said.
After having many conversations about what an awesome place to work Keystone Science School is, Sava finally decided to join our team as a CATCH facilitator! Sava brings with him his experience with Keystone Ski & Ride School, which has given him the opportunity to be able to organize fun activities for students.
Sava enjoys teaching about theory, discussing reading curriculum, and using brain games to help students engage in learning with a positive attitude. He believes science is understanding the natural world. “We accomplish this by adventuring Colorado’s landscapes and communities, and fun is the journey we take to get there,” Sava said.