Summer Programs
Specialty Programs
One-Week Specialty Programs

Specialty Instructor Bio

Meet our fantastic Specialty Instructors

CHESS: Lou Mercuri is actively teaching chess in the Boston area and in MetroWest. His students continue to improve and play at the highest levels for their age groups. Currently six of his students are rated in the top 100 for their age group in the US and compete in National Scholastic Championships. As a player, he is a US Life Master and his rating has peaked at 2404 (Senior Master). He was awarded the International Title of FIDE Trainer at the Turin, Italy Olympiad in May 2006. This selective title is awarded to experienced chess coaches and trainers at the 2350 rating level. He is among the first chess trainers in the United States to be awarded this title by FIDE, the International Chess Organization. Lou's students have won Massachusetts State Scholastic Championship and one National Elementary Championship.

These programs for 5 and 6 year olds 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.  In Summer 2015 McKenna taught a variety of sciences for 7 weeks to children ages 4-12, and last summer she taught 4 Specialty Programs at Tenacre.   McKenna is very excited to start her second 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 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.

Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.