MARK STANSELL, M.A. Sports and Business Management
Mark Stansell has been teaching in the Palm Beach County School District for 24 years – 11 years at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. Stansell founded Digi-Camp in the summer of 2006, and first opened the doors that December. In the time since then, Digi-Camp has become the premier Winter, Spring and Summer Camp provider for South Florida’s youth interested in photography, video and television production and anything in between. Stansell credits Digi-Camp’s business model of being family friendly and affordable, as well as a ton of fun for kids as being the main reason for its success. He recently said, “Kids love the stuff we put in their hands, and parents know we care about their needs – that’s why Digi-Camp has been successful. Parents and kids know we offer a great value and we listen to our customers, adjusting our programs to meet their needs.” One recent example of this idea of “adjusting programs to meet their needs” came when Digi-Camp opened the Poinciana Campus for robotics and video game programming. Having a Boynton Beach campus for our offerings makes us more convenient for our friends to the north – meaning Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Boynton and Delray Beach, and even Wellington.
KRIS SWANSON, M.A. Educational Technology
Kris Swanson loves to make things. Growing up in Palm Beach County, Kris was constantly building with LEGOs, making model airplanes, cars, and spacecraft, and learning from the endless supply of wood, nails, screws, and instruction supplied by his father.
After college, Kris was hired by Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School to manage building of a one-of-a-kind Planetarium Classroom, merging 1960's parts with newer technology. He has taught astronomy there for more than 10 years, and in addition has been an elementary science lab teacher, 5th grade classroom teacher, and district technology specialist. Kris has served as an educational fellow to several NASA missions, and has even flown alongside a classroom experiment in 0g on NASA's "Vomit Comet."
One constant in Kris' career has been the goal of working with kids to use old and new technologies to create wonderful things - from underwater robots, to videos and animations, student created video games, and even art projects. Kris' dream is to start YML as "... a place that can develop kids' creative and technical abilities." Kris believes that with the right instruction, tools, and time, kids can amaze themselves, their families, and their friends with the amazing things they make.
Hannah FIschler is currently a senior at West Boca High School. She has completed the Information Technology program and is on the Varsity Volleyball team at school. She has a lot of experience behind the camera and editing videos. At school she is in advanced TV production and yearbook. Hannah was also a Digi-Camp alumni, a Don Estridge Alumni and had Mr. Stansell’s class as a student.
Beth Grabasch is a senior, an honor student and a lacrosse player at Park Vista High School. She is involved in many clubs such as Habitat for Humanity, Key Club and is the President of Special Olympics. She is also the President of her youth group. She enjoys working with children and technology.