Summer Programs
Specialty Programs
One-Week Specialty Programs

Specialty Instructor Bio

Meet our fantastic Specialty Instructors!

These programs for entering 1st & 2nd graders are taught by McKenna Daly.  McKenna is a Math Instructor and Instructional Support teacher at Tenacre Country Day School.  McKenna has a love for Math and Science.  She received her BA in Elementary Education at Loyola University MD.  McKenna loves to teach with a hands-on, inquiry based approach to young children.  McKenna has taught a variety of popular specialty programs at Tenacre summer programs for the past 2 summers. McKenna is very excited to start her third summer working at Tenacre Day Camp integrating Math and Science in a fun and nonconventional way.

Tom Nash
was born and raised in Dedham. He is a full-time educator and veteran camp counselor. His passion has been teaching robots, rocketry, drone technology, aerial photography and movie making from California to Idaho to Massachusetts. Before working as a teacher, Tom performed as a musician, actor and movie production professional on projects in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. He then combined his love of storytelling and production technology, and launched a career as a specialist educator in private schools. He has taught a multitude of age groups from Pre-Kindergarten to high school to college students.  Over the past ten years he introduced his technology programs to summer camps.  He loves the LEGO
® Mindstorms robots and their ability to combine creativity and technology in a way which inspires all ages and challenges the imagination in remarkable ways.   Tom is the managing director of Dedham Country Day School’s extended day program where he also teaches robots.  Tom is looking forward to another fun filled summer at Tenacre!

Cathy Gruetzke-Blais
is a certified Art Teacher who teaches at the Tenacre Country Day School during the school year. She has 20 years of experience teaching art to children in both public and private school settings, as well as summer programs.  She holds B.F.A. and M.A.T. Degrees from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  Ms. Gruetzke-Blais is also a practicing artist with a studio where she works mainly in painting and collage.  She is excited to share her enthusiasm about art and creativity with the children again this summer.

Kris Rainville
currently teaches a variety of styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop to students of all ages at Needham Music & Dance and Kids in Motion in Marblehead, Ma.  She was the dance choreographer with The Arlington Children's Theatre for 5 years which included performances of "Grease", ' "Sound of Music," "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Thirteen," and "Shrek."    Kris is a graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. degree in Performing Arts and a minor in Psychology.  She began dancing at the age of four years old with Mary Bertagna's School of Dance located in Arlington, MA.  She studied extensively with Bill Fowler, Jr. winning several awards with Terpsichore Competition of New England & Headliners Dance Competition.  She also won a scholarship to attend the Dance Teachers Training of America.  She performed in The Nutcracker with The North Atlantic Ballet Company at age fifteen and studied under the direction of Skip Warren at Marie Paquet Classical Ballet School.  She attended The Boston Ballet's summer intensive workshops which explored all areas of artistic expression including dance and drama.

Molly Curry is the 3-6th grade art teacher at the Tenacre School. She loves teaching art to children of all ages and fostering creativity in every student. Molly graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree and is currently finishing her Masters degree at Framingham State University. In her free time, Molly enjoys staying active, painting, and exploring around Boston.

Jacqueline Lawson
is a 6th grade math and science teacher in Shrewsbury. In her classroom, she incorporates STEM whenever possible. In addition, she teaches an enrichment class that only focuses on STEM challenges and the engineering design process. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University. Jacqueline is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in STEM at Framingham State University. She will complete her degree in the Spring of 2018. Jacqueline was a camp counselor at Tenacre for five summers for the 4 year olds. She is excited to offer a specialty camp for the older campers and share her love for STEM this summer.

Maddie Loos
was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Rhode Island to teach. Currently she teaches 7th and 8th grade science in providence. Maddie loves to work with young minds and taught nature and science here at tenacre last summer. Maddie received her bachelors of science from Bucknell University and is graduating this May with her masters of education from Rhode Island College. Maddie loves tenacre because it is fun, engaging, and inclusive. She is so thrilled to be teaching specialty weeks this summer!

Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.