After School Explorers

After School Explorers (ASE) is the Junior School’s unique after-school program. Students receive an all-inclusive experience that can be customized to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the Junior School campus! Options include enrichment classes, music lessons, study center, unstructured play, organized games and more! Rates are offered for a full year, one to five days a week per term, or daily drop-in. Families enrolled in ASE and daily drop-in attendees can take advantage of the Fox Chapel shuttle that transports students to the Senior School campus at the end of each day for a small fee.

General Info

Melanie Smith
Director of Explorers Programs

412-473-4194 or 412-254-4772

  • ASE is available from 3:10-6 p.m. every day the Junior School is in session.
  • Schedules can be customized daily for each child.
  • Fox Chapel Shuttle available daily for an additional fee.
  • Programming also offered for in-service days and school breaks.

2016-2017 Dates and Rates

Full Year: Aug. 30–June 5 (PK/K start date Aug. 31)
Term I (12 weeks): Aug. 30–Nov. 17 (PK/K start date Aug. 31)
Term II (12 weeks): Nov. 21–Feb. 23
Term III (12 weeks): Feb. 27–June 5

Full Year (36 weeks): $3,275
5 days/week (per term): $1,120
4 days/week (per term): $1,000
3 days/week (per term): $800
2 days/week (per term): $570
1 day/week (per term): $315
Daily Drop-In Rate: $35/day
Fox Chapel Shuttle: $7.50 for enrolled Explorers, $10 for daily drop-ins, $5/child for two or more siblings enrolled in ASE

Full-year and trimester rates include the choice of one enrichment class each day and one 30-minute music lesson each week (based upon availability), as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at Home Base, and access to the quiet, supervised Study Center (grades 1-5).

Late pick-up policy: After 6 p.m., a late pick-up fee of $10/child will be added for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the late fee increases to $10/child per minute. Charges will be added to the end of trimester bill.

Program Features

Home Base
Home Base includes the gymnasium, field and playground. Students begin each afternoon at Home Base for recess and a snack before beginning their individual schedules. Explorers can stay at Home Base or return there after their enrichment classes, music lessons or Study Center time. In addition to unstructured play time, the Home Base teacher leads a variety of daily games and intramural sports.

Enrichment Classes
A wide variety of enrichment classes are available Monday through Thursday, from sports to art to cooking to robotics. Explorers have access to one enrichment class each day that they are registered in After School Explorers, excluding Fridays. See the Enrichment Classes tab for class information.

Music Lessons
Two skilled music teachers lead enrolled Explorers in one 30-minute music lesson each week. Instruments include piano, violin and guitar. Based upon availability. Note: Students enrolled in music lessons are enrolled for the year and are expected to practice at home each day. The year will culminate with a recital in May.

Study Center
The Study Center is run by a teacher who communicates frequently with the school’s learning specialist and classroom teachers. Families may request that a report be sent home after each visit to the Study Center. Study Center is not available on Fridays.

Fox Chapel Shuttle
The Fox Chapel Shuttle departs each day from the Junior School at 5:15 p.m. and transports students to the Senior School Curry Gym Patio. All students enrolled in After School Explorers have access to the shuttle, based on availability and subject to an additional fee.

Enrichment Classes

Spring Enrichment Classes

Feb. 27- June 5, 2017


Abracadabra Magic

Grades 1-5: 3:45-4:45 p.m. FULL
No classes March 20, 27; April 3; May 22, 29
Note: This class will begin on March 6, not Feb. 27

Ever ask yourself just how magicians work their magic? Well, now your child can find out! Students will work closely with a professional magician, Weird Eric, to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to perform basic magic tricks. The class combines instructor presentations, step-by-step explanation, hands-on instruction, group practice sessions and individual performances. At the end of the trimester, students will have the necessary tools to not only perform magic tricks, but to build props out of things found around their house and to personalize them with their own unique performance style and flair! Alakazam!


Grades PK/K: 3:45- 4:30 p.m. FULL
Grades K-5: 4:30- 5:
15 p.m. FULL
No classes March 20, 27; April 3; May 22, 29

Drumbeats is an African drumming, dancing and art class. Over the course of the term, children will learn how different drums are made, the cultural role they play, what they are used for and most importantly how to play them! The drumming will be incorporated into an interactive African or Caribbean folktale. Children will create unique art pieces and learn traditional dances that will bring the act of drumming to life in a dramatic context. See you in the drum circle! Due to demand, students in K can now join the 4:30- 5:15 p.m. class!


Grades PK/K: 3:45-4:45 p.m. FULL
Grades 1-5: 3:45-5 p.m.
No classes March 20, 27; April 3; May 22, 29

Students will gain experience working with diverse plants and foods through weekly farm-to-table cooking lessons. They will participate in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in the Junior School garden beds and the kitchen. This engaging curriculum will help bring the topics of food, nutrition, and local agriculture to life for children. Topics will include garden and soil preparation, seed-starting, planting, harvesting fruits and vegetables, caring for our schoolyard chickens, and cooking fresh foods from our campus gardens.


Grades 3-5, Boys Only!: 3:45-5 p.m.
No classes March 20, 27; April 3; May 22, 29

Gentlemen, lace up those sneakers and let the running begin! Boys in grades 3-5 will gradually increase their running stamina over the course of the trimester. Students will run on a variety of surfaces, including the trails at Frick Park. Running games will be played to keep the atmosphere fun while strengthening the boys both inside and out. The class will culminate in a 5K run in a local race.

Yearbook Committee

Grades 4-5: 3:45-5 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No classes March 20, 27; April 3; May 22, 29

This is a class you don't want to miss! Students in grades four and five will work alongside Junior School computer science teacher Ms. Karen Sandora to create the Junior School yearbook for the 2016-2017 school year. Participants will take photos during school events and learn how to lay them out using provided yearbook software. What a great way for our Junior School leaders to create a lasting memory! Note: This is a yearlong class, and enrolled students should plan to attend all sessions. Class is limited to 12 so enroll now!



Ballet – Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Tap – Grades 1-5: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No class March 21, 28

After School Explorers welcomes Bodiography to our program for a second year! Ms. Kaylin Treese will help to establish solid dance foundations with our younger friends in ballet, and to build on those steps in tap dance with our older students. We recommend that families purchase ballet shoes for PK and K students, and tap shoes are required for students in grades 1-5. Note: This is a yearlong class which will culminate in a dance recital in May.


Grades 2-4: 3:45- 5:15 p.m. FULL
No class March 21, 28

Join Sorin Achim, founder of Instant Robotics, for a techy kind of Tuesday. Students discover why robots are considered "smart" machines and build their own autonomous mobile robotic systems while mastering the basics of programming - each change in a line of code will be immediately observed in the changed behavior of a robot. Real sensors, real motors and real, drag-and-drop programming - all with the familiar Lego look - are used to create advanced robots. The class will end on May 30 with a public presentation and competition (usually a robotic battle) where family and friends are guests of honor. Bring cameras and robotic towels! Please arrive at 4:45 p.m. on May 30 so students have a chance to set up and practice before the presentation.

Grow Your Tree Yoga

Grades PK: 3:45-4:15 p.m. FULL
Grades K-5: 4:15-5 p.m.
Spring Term
No class March 21, 28

Just like a tree or plant, we all grow! After the school day is done, students can join Krystle Fitzpatrick to learn and practice, in unique and fun ways, yoga movements that energize and postures and techniques that calm. Participants will engage in fun themes and activities as well as design, create, and keep a journal to be able to share what they learn with family at home. In addition, at the beginning of the program, students will plant a seed, watch it grow throughout our weeks together, and take it home at the end as a reminder of how we continue to grow and learn every day and can do yoga anywhere along the way!



Grades K-2: 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
No class March 22, 29

Challenge your child’s building creativity! This class is the perfect match for future builders and budding architects. Students will be introduced to famous buildings and architects through hands-on projects and three-dimensional representation. Projects will include drawing, modeling, and building with interesting materials. They will get familiar with architectural vocabulary, as well as create and design projects of their own!

Creative Crafting & Storytelling

Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:30p.m.
Grades 1-5:
4:30-5:15 p.m.
No class March 22, 29

Join Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum, current SSA parent, for some creative crafting and storytelling. We will use a wide range of art materials to create both classic and original characters as puppets, build sets and props for our characters and use them to tell stories. Students will have opportunities to sew, paper mache, collage, paint, draw and write. We’ll make lots of small projects to bring home weekly and work on a bigger collaborative project as well. This is an open ended art workshop focused on process, creativity and fun.

Mystery Club

Grades 3-5: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
No class March 22, 29

Whodunit? Solve mysteries using clues and forensic science, alongside ASE staff member, Regina Sandora! Skills such as fingerprinting and foot printing will help students catch the bad guys. Participants will also learn how to read secret codes and conduct interviews. Grab your magnifying glass and thinking cap, gumshoes, because SSA needs your help to solve the mystery!


Grades PK: 3:45-4:05 p.m.
Grades K-1: 4:05-4:30 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 4:30-5:15 p.m. FULL
Spring Term
No class March 22, 29; May 31

With 12 years of experience, Coach Mark Haffner combines exercises, positive encouragement and skilled training to help students advance to the next level as tennis pros. With an emphasis on agility and fun, Coach Mark pairs students of similar ability and age level. Tennis racquets are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own. Note: Returning first grade students may enroll in the 45-minute class.



Grades K-1: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Spring Term
No class on March 23, 30

Joining us since 2008, Mr. John Young, a chess expert and instructor at a number of local schools, teaches everything from the basics of the game to winning strategies. Mr. Young's calm and supportive teaching style provides a comfortable environment for beginner and advanced players to develop their game. Note: Returning first grade students may sign up for the hour-long class.

Ed Emberley Drawing Class

Grade PK: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grade K: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
No class on March 23, 30

Learning how to draw has never been easier when you follow Ed Emberley's step-by-step instructions. Subjects range from animals, faces, to trucks and trains. Students will spend the first part of the class making a simple drawing that they can choose to color after. Very eager and interested artists can make a second drawing and can take both home to color.

Soccer Shots

Grade PK: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grade K- 2: 4:15-5 p.m.
Spring Term, 8 weeks
Class dates are April 6 - May 25

Soccer Shots is a program designed to introduce your child to soccer! Energetic and enthusiastic instructors love working with children. They not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect.

Video Game Design

Grades 2-5: 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Class dates are March 2 - April 20
No class March 23, 30

How would you like to create your own video game for you and all your friends to play? Students in this program will learn how to use computers and specially designed software to create their very own video game. Students will follow the same process real video game designers use to create the games they play at home.

Ultimate Minecraft Map Creation

Grades 2-5: 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Class dates are April 27 - June 1

Calling talented Minecraft fans who want to push their map making skills to the next level! Instead of just playing the game you love, create completely customized worlds that will challenge you and others. Learn how to best use Minecraft and special editing tools to make original puzzles, adventures, mini-games and more. Your friends will be begging to try your maps again and again! Students will be able to access the maps they create at home following the class.

In-Service Days/Break Camps

For the 2016-2017 school year, ASE will offer in-service day and school break programming on all days the Junior School is not in session (excluding the holidays listed below). These exciting day- and week-long camps are much more than six hours of day care. Each affordable program is centered on a theme; over the course of the year, students will travel through time, bake, learn new sports skills, explore our communities and parks, get tech-y and go on a field trip to a secret location!

Rates & Details

In-Service Day Programs

Open to SSA Junior School students only.
Full-day programs: $70
Lunch provided

School Break Camps

Open to students from any school.
Weekly rate: $350
Daily rate: $80
Families must provide lunches and snacks daily.

All Programs

  • Programs run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Junior School unless otherwise noted.
  • FREE before care begins at 8 a.m.
  • After care is available until 6 p.m. at an additional cost of $20 per child (free on in-service days for attendees who are enrolled in ASE the day the program occurs).
  • A shuttle between the Junior and Senior School campuses is available for a fee of $5/child. Bus departs the Senior School at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m.
  • All activities included in program cost.
  • Late registrations are subject to a $20 fee. Some programs may not accept late registrations.

No programming is available on the following holidays:

  • Sept. 5 – Labor Day
  • Oct. 3 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Oct. 12 – Yom Kippur
  • Nov. 23, 24, 25 – Thanksgiving
  • Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 20 – Presidents' Day
  • April 14 – Good Friday
  • May 29 – Memorial Day

Break Camps

Spring Break, March 20-24

Performance Week
We will welcome local performers into the Junior School each day. Eric Costello, of Weird Eric Magic, will join us each morning to show us some of his tricks but also teach us how to perform them. Nancy McNulty-McGeever, Jr. School substitute teacher and ASE staff member, will give us some tips to become budding actors in our midday session. We will round out the afternoon by making instruments and performing music with ASE music teachers, Anne Angyal and Brian Hecht.

Spring Break, March 27- 31

Wellness Week
Each day will begin with a yoga session. We will take a short break and then head to the cafeteria to make some healthy snacks. After lunch, we will have a quiet rest coupled with a daily meditation. To end the day we will get our hearts pumping with a different style of exercise each day.

In-Service Day Programs

Sept. 15 - Hopes & Dreams Conferences

The Frick Art & Historical Center
Step back in time while only taking a few steps from the Junior School! Our PK-first grade friends will explore the Frick Art Museum and Greenhouse and our second-fifth grade friends will explore Clayton House. Both groups will end the tour with a beautiful art project to bring home and share. The Frick Art & Historical Center is located right around the corner so we will also visit Frick Park on our walk.

Nov. 18 - Evaluation Day

Fall Festival
It's time to step into the kitchen with Metz Catering! Our super school chefs will teach our Jr. cooks a thing or two and show us how to whip up some fun. We'll also be making a fall themed art project to display around the house while the leaves are falling.

Dec. 9 - Parent Conferences

Hatch Art Studio
We'll be visiting one of Pittsburgh's newest creative spaces. Hatch is a space to "make art, develop creative thinking, spark curiosity, and use your imagination." Owner Shannon Merenstein is creating a fun, sensory inspired day, just for SSA!

Jan. 2 - In-Service Day

Ice Skating
Let's lace up those ice skates and have some wintry fun at the Senior School McKnight hockey rink! All attendees must wear a helmet and bring their own skates.

Feb. 24 - Optional Parent Conferences

Carnegie Science Center and Omnimax
On a wintry day, the Carnegie Science Center keeps our bodies moving and our minds engaged. We will visit Highmark Sportsworks, watch an Omnimax movie and explore all four floors of the exhibits in the main building.

April 3 - In-Service Day

Children's Museum
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has something for all of our in-service day friends! The Attic and Garage rooms have been favorites in the past, and the Limb Bender always lives up to its name.

May 22 - Evaluation Day

Surprise Field Trip!
Here we go, SSA! Here we go! Wonder where we're going on our field trip? You may think you have it figured out, but you'll have to join us to be certain!

June 2 - Parent Conferences

A Day in Frick Park
Blue Slide Park, here we come! It must mean another school year is coming to an end. A morning spent on the playground and an afternoon walking deeper into Frick Park, while stopping to perform all of the exercises along the path, is a great way to get ready for summer vacation!


Can my child take enrichment classes and music lessons?

Absolutely! That is the benefit of an all-inclusive program. The full year and trimester rates include the choice of one enrichment class each day and one 30-minute music lesson each week (based upon availability) as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at Home Base, and access to a quiet, supervised Study Center and the Fox Chapel Shuttle.

How do I register?

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Some enrichment classes fill up quickly! At the beginning of each term, you will receive an email to let you know that registration is open. Full year Explorers will have the opportunity to choose new enrichment classes each term. Visit the Register Now! tab above to find the link to our online registration site when registration is open.

Do I need to send payment with my registration?

No. You have the option of being billed by the school at the end of each trimester (the charge will appear on your statement from SSA) or paying by credit card through our registration site.

Are enrichment classes or music lessons ever canceled?

Very infrequently! Because we have a stable set of teachers in the program, we are able to deal with the ebb and flow of registrations. Though SSA reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient enrollment, we will have additional daily activities in which all enrolled children can participate. Home Base and the Study Center will never be canceled if the Junior School is open.

If I'm running late, can my child stay after school?

If you encounter an unexpected delay, the After School Explorers program is available for a $30 daily drop-in rate per child. Students will have access to Home Base, the Study Center and the Fox Chapel Shuttle (based on availability and an additional fee) until 6 p.m. Changes to your child's transportation must be emailed to your child's teacher and

How do I pick my child up from After School Explorers?

For the safety of your child, all doors to the Junior School are locked. You can reach us by calling 412-254-4772 when you arrive, and we will open the doors nearest to the gym for you to enter the building. An ASE staff member will radio for your child to meet you near the gym doors. If you need to arrange for your child to be ready to be picked up when you arrive, we ask that you call 5-10 minutes in advance of your arrival to allow sufficient time for your child to wrap up an activity and to retrieve his or her belongings.

How many enrichment classes can my child take each day?

Your child will have access to one enrichment class for every day that he or she is enrolled in After School Explorers. This rate includes recess and snack, access to the Study Center, music lessons and Fox Chapel Shuttle (based on availability and an additional fee).

Who are the instructors for the program? Are students properly supervised?

A consistent group of qualified and experienced staff supervise students during music lessons, time in the Study Center and during unstructured play times. Please take a look at the "Staff" tab to learn more about who will be the consistent faces for you and your child throughout the school year.

Enrichment classes are taught by SSA teachers and reputable members of the Pittsburgh community. Most enrichment classes are capped at 16 students.

Who can I contact with questions?

We welcome any and all questions regarding registration, billing and suggestions about future enrichment classes. Please contact Melanie Smith at or 412-473-4194.

What is the Tax ID number for tax purposes?

Shady Side Academy's Tax ID number is 25-0965561.


Melanie Smith, Director of After School Explorers

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith joined the Shady Side Academy community in 2007. Prior to becoming director of the After School Explorers programs in 2013, she taught pre-kindergarten for six years and was director of the East End Explorers summer camp at the Junior School.

In addition to her roles at the Junior School, Mrs. Smith was also involved in the Residential Life program at the Senior School. She lived on campus for four years and was the head dorm parent in Morewood House (girls' dormitory) for three years.

Prior to Shady Side, Mrs. Smith was living in Quito, Ecuador, teaching kindergarten in an international school setting at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in applied developmental psychology and her early childhood teaching certification, as well as a master's degree in early childhood education.

Heather Hamill, Assistant Director of After School Explorers

Heather Hamill

Heather Hamill obtained her bachelor of arts in Art Therapy from Carlow University. During her education, she was able to work with adults and children of different abilities through the Western Psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Program and multiple childcare facilities. Seeing the growth that multidimensional therapies were able to accomplish, Heather became determined to find ways to help children.

As an Assistant Director for Brain Balance Centers of Wexford and a preschool teacher and childcare provider, Heather was able to incorporate a multidimensional educational plan into her classrooms. This plan aided in including children of different abilities into an inclusive program to promote growth and development. The progress that the children displayed was recognized by many parents as well as fellow staff. Finding joy working with children has brought Heather to Shady Side Academy. She is excited to work with the After School Explorers and to be a part of the Shady Side team.

Reed Williams, Assistant After School Explorers Director of Studies

Reed WilliamsReed Williams joined the Shady Side Academy community in 2000. Prior to joining After School Explorers, she served as the librarian at SSA Senior School, where she also co-taught English and history electives, and served as a third form advisor, coach and faculty sponsor of a variety of student clubs.

Ms. Williams has also worked at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh's Health Sciences Library, and the library at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Prior to becoming a librarian, Ms. Williams worked at a battered women's shelter, at a rape crisis center, and as a respiratory therapist in hospital settings. She has her B.A. in English and her M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Eric Lewis '10, Assistant After School Explorers Director of Staff and Programs

Eric LewisEric Lewis '10 is a Pittsburgh native, and alumnus of Shady Side Academy. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in English and a focus in creative writing. He enjoys musical performance, reading and writing.

Mr. Lewis' goal is to have a career in educational administration. Since 2009, he has worn many hats at SSA's Day Camp Discovery.

Remi Annunziata, After School Explorers Staff

Remi AnnunziataRemi Annunziata, originally from New Jersey, graduated with a degree in public policy from Duquesne University in 2016. Remi is currently attending the Heinz College of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and would like to work towards criminal justice policy reform.

Ms. Annunziata previously worked as a mother's helper and as a "Safety Town" camp counselor.

Leah Bartos, After School Explorers Staff

Leah BartosLeah Bartos, a student at Duquesne University, is studying to be an elementary school teacher. When finished with her undergraduate work, she hopes to get her master's in special education. Leah has worked at the Whitehall Summer Rec since 2013 and loved every second of it! She's excited to join the SSA Junior School community!

Jamie Bird, After School Explorers Staff

Jamie Bird

Jamie Bird, a student at Duquesne University, is studying to be an elementary education teacher. From Cleveland, Ohio, Jamie has been a special needs counselor since 2015. She enjoys working with children and has high hopes for her experience at Shady Side Junior School!

Courtney Blaker, After School Explorers Staff

Courtney BlakerCourtney Blaker graduated from Carlow University in May 2016 with a masters in counseling and a certification in school counseling.

She has been working with children since 2006 in daycare centers and as a nanny. She has always been fascinated with child development and interactions with others.

When she is not working at the After School Explorers program, she can be found working as a school based therapist in the Woodland Hills School District. She plans to finish up her Licensed Professional Counselor degree by 2018 so she can work with families and children in a therapeutic setting.

Brian Gaither, After School Explorers Staff

Brian Gaither joined Shady Side Academy in 2016 where he served as a summer camp counselor at the East End Explorers camp. Prior to that, Brian served as a substitute teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools and also as an ESL tutor for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. He received an associate’s degree in teacher education with a concentration in history/social studies from CCAC in 2010. In 2012, he earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Carlow University and spent several months living and studying in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. In 2015, he obtained his master’s of fine arts in studio art from Pennsylvania State University where he taught drawing foundations and sculpture. He currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Painting at Chatham University and exhibits his work nationally.

Brian Hecht, After School Explorers Music Teacher

Brian Hecht has played guitar since 1998, and has taught private music lessons since 2006. After getting his feet wet performing in the North Hills High School jazz band and Pennsylvania Musical Educators Association (PMEA) district jazz band, he earned his bachelor of music from Duquesne University where he studied jazz guitar with Pittsburgh locals Ken Karsh and Mark Koch. Passionate about independent and experimental music, Brian spends much of his free time organizing, attending and performing at local music events. He currently teaches guitar and piano at Batavia Studios in Mars, PA.

Lisa McFarland, After School Explorers Staff

Lisa McFarlandLisa McFarland graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's program of applied developmental psychology. She is currently working towards earning her early childhood education certification at the University of Pittsburgh.

Previously, she worked at The Carriage House Children's Center as an assistant teacher in the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Daja McGuire, After School Explorers Staff

Daja McGuireDaja McGuire received her associate's degree in psychology from the Community College of Allegheny County. Currently, she is pursuing her bachelor's degree at Point Park University. Daja worked at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh prior to her arrival at After School Explorers.

When she's is not busy studying and drawing pictures with our PK and K friends, she likes to unwind by knitting.

Joseph Molinaro, After School Explorers Music Teacher

Joseph MolinaroJoseph Molinaro or "Mr. Mo" as he is known around the Junior School, is a Western Pennsylvania native. He attended the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN, where he earned a degree in music education, studied violin in the Jacobs School of Music, performed in the prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra and taught with the IU String Academy. Upon graduation, he taught in before- and after-school music programs for stringed instruments, drum set and trumpet as well as directed a violin/fiddle academy in southern Indiana.

Mr. Mo was also a music teacher and full-time orchestra director. His writing has been published in nationally magazines, and he presents musical workshops in a variety of disciplines across the country.

Regina Sandora, After School Explorers Staff

Regina SandoraRegina Sandora, a student at Duquesne University, is studying to become an elementary school teacher. In high school she took a child development course in which she was able to teach lessons and assist in the set up of the classroom for a preschool class. She had the opportunity to conduct an independent study in her senior year, where she examined how technology is affecting children today. At Duquesne she is a member of the Best Buddies organization along with the Duquesne University Students Education Association.

Jazmine Scales, After School Explorers Staff

Jazmine Scales Jazmine Scales graduated from Slippery Rock University, where she earned her bachelors degree in elementary education and early childhood development. In 2013, she began teaching pre-kindergarten at the Junior School. She also taught Zoo Camp at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. In her free time, she loves spending time with her rambunctious boxer, Hampton.

Kelly Wall, After School Explorers Staff

Kelly Wall

Kelly Wall, a student at Duquesne University, is majoring in secondary education and is preparing to become a social studies teacher. She has a passion for teaching and is excited to enter the field of education. After her high school graduation, she was employed as a summer intern with the Heinz Endowments, where she had the opportunity to create a radio piece discussing the difficulties young adults in foster care face when requesting financial aid for higher education. At Duquesne, she is a mentor as well as social media and outreach coordinator for the University chapter Strong Women, Strong Girls, a mentoring organization with the mission to inspire young girls by surrounding them with living examples of strong female role models.

Nayelle Williams, After School Explorers Staff

Nayelle Williams

Nayelle Williams became a student at Duquesne University in the fall of 2016, studying secondary English education. She loves kids and wants to make an impact on their lives, and believes that the best way to do that is by becoming a teacher. She is family oriented and in her spare time she enjoys spending time her family and friends. Her other hobbies include shopping, writing and volunteering. She lives by the quote spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

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After School Explorers Registration

After School Explorers registration for Spring 2017 will open on Monday, Jan. 23. Classes for the Spring Term will begin on Monday, Feb. 27.

Note: After School Explorers is only available to currently enrolled SSA Junior School families.

Register Now!

In-Service Day & Break Camps Registration

Registration for in-service day programs and school break camps is open.

Note: Break camps are open to students in grades PK-5 from any school. In-service day programs are only available to currently enrolled SSA Junior School families.

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