Meet the Teachers

ALL Teachers have been trained on the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students! It is our goal to create an enriching environment that is sensitive to their learning preferences!

Michelle Tucci: Owner and Director  – Michelle is a gifted education specialist at the elementary and middle school level.  She has seventeen years of experience teaching at every grade level from second through eighth, and holds degrees in Elementary Education, Biological Sciences and School Leadership. Camp IDEA is her “brain child” and she hopes to bring to your child an enriching and exciting experience that they can remember and return to year after year!

Jenna Rentzel: Co-Director – Jenna is a National Board Certified Teacher who has had experience teaching at third and fourth grades as well as in a gifted setting. In her past nineteen years of teaching she has assisted with curriculum writing, and worked to support teachers seeking NBCT certification. Jenna is also an aspiring children’s author as well as a huge Doctor Who and Sherlock fan!

Valerie Groninger -Valerie has a BA in Elementary Education, holds a Reading Specialist certificate and has a BA in Theatre Arts/Acting.  She has worked with gifted children for the past seventeen years and has been a drama teacher in Mt. Laurel School District for the past eight years.  Affectionately known as “Homie G” by her students, Valerie has been bringing charisma and a flair for the dramatic to Camp IDEA for the past four summers.

Jenny Christmas  – Jenny is currently a fifth grade teacher with seven years of experience. She has previously taught at the fourth grade level, and holds a degree in elementary education and a CAES in Special Education. Jenny is a huge Walking Dead fan as well as a zombie expert. She is an avid zoo and aquarium visitor and has been to over 20! Jenny has been with Camp IDEA since its inception, five years ago.

Dominique Mobley – Dominique is currently a fifth grade teacher and has previously taught in the third and fourth grades. She moonlights as a superhero on weekends, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education. Dominique is an original Camp IDEA staffer!!

Genise Cox – Genise is currently a full-time music teacher and part-time Minecraft genius. She holds a BA in music as well as a standard K-5 certificate with a grade 5-8 specialization in mathematics.  Genise has been with Camp IDEA since 2014.

Thomas Shown – Tom is currently a sixth grade mathematics teacher, and has previously taught computer skills. He is a technology consultant for many school districts in the area, and is the founder of Teach Smart NJ. Tom is our resident technology expert and you can find him battling robots and making Mrs. Tucci do crazy and embarrassing virtual reality explorations whenever he has time.

Ashley Moore – Ashley has been teaching Kindergarten to Grade 3 for the past five years, and is Mrs. Bradley’s “partner in crime”. She is in her second summer as a member of the Camp IDEA staff.

Ryan Jones  Ryan has a masters degree and works full time as an Elementary School Counselor in Dover, Delaware. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Long Range Surveillance Detachment and Pathfinder Company. He is Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) trained, Escape and Evasion (E&E) trained, Combat Lifesaver trained, Pathfinder qualified, and Airborne qualified. He brings a survival expertise to our Camp Staff and is the proud dad of two little girls. 

Stacey Stewart  Stacey holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a T1 teacher, and has spent 10 years teaching 1st grade in the Swedesboro-Woolwich Twp. School District. This is her second summer as a member of the Camp IDEA staff and we are happy to have her on board!

Neil Perkins – Neil is one of the most enthusiastic teachers you will ever come across. He has boundless energy and creativity, and is bringing his love of all things reptilian to Camp IDEA this summer. He has been teaching fourth grade for three years, and will be a great addition to the  staff!

Jenna Passaro –  Jenna is new to our Camp IDEA staff this summer! She has 14 years of teaching experience from Pre-K, First and Third grades. She is holds a Preschool-Grade 3 Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. We are excited to have her join us this year!

Melissa Iocona – Melissa is another new addition to Camp IDEA this summer! She has three years of teaching experience and is currently a second grade teacher.




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