SAS Summer Camp Staff

Student Musicians
SAS Summer Camp Staff

SAS Summer Camp participants will have the opportunity to craft their own personal weekly schedules as they select from a variety of instructor-lead sessions alongside traditional summer camp activities.  As we continue to build our programming, the following sessions are currently in place:

  • American Sign Language - Climbing - Culinary Arts - Dance - Eco-Build - Farming - Mountain Biking
  • Music Lessons:  Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin
  • Technology: Intro to Web Development, Computer Software w/ Minecraft
  • Pottery - Visual Arts - Woodworking

Traditional summer camp activities will include:
Biking, hiking, Frisbee golf, arts & crafts, yoga, tennis, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, group games, waterfalls and swimming holes, volleyball, dodgeball, strength and conditioning, soccer, and more.

As we continue to add instructors and sessions, we encourage campers to preselect up to six favorite sessions when registering.  All campers will have the opportunity to revisit their selections and confirm their choices in the spring.  

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Bailey Hill
Banjo / Mandolin
Bailey is a 2010 alumnus of SAS and a professional musician specializing in guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo. He was youth camp coordinator for the  Alabama Folk School for many years and is lead singer of The Yellow Dandies. 
Ben Ayers
Ben teaches and plays guitar professionally and has recently moved back to the Sewanee area. He and his wife, Margaret, now live on a family farm in nearby Roarks Cove. Ben is a founding member of the Yellow Dandies and a 2011 graduate of SAS.
Christi Teasley
Visual Arts
An alumna of SAS, Christi holds a BFA and MA from Rhode Island School of Design and is the owner of her own studio, Teasley Textiles. She serves on the faculty of Shakerag Workshops and taught fine arts for 27 years at St. Andrew's-Sewanee. 
Kelsey Keener

Kelsey is a third generation farmer with Sequatchie Cove Farms where he lives with his wife and two sons. A graduate of SAS, Kelsey is an integral part of the success of his family's farm and is excited to return to SAS.  

Barry Dillon 
American Sign Language

Barry recently moved to Sewanee with his wife Jennifer and son Victor, an SAS rising 10th grader.  A former pastor and high school teacher, Barry has been teaching ASL for four years and works with special education students at nearby Grundy County High School..

Ben Paty

From Nashville, Ben specializes in beautiful bowls and was recently recognized as a merit award winner for a wooden free-form vase  during American Craft Week by the Tennessee Arts Commission. He is an alumnus of SMA, a parent school of SAS.


We are currently confirming our instructor for fiddle lessons.  Stay tuned!

Michael Short 
High Adventure

An SAS residential faculty member, Michael teaches 6th grade humanities, English, adventure education, outdoor adventure and is the outdoor learning and placed based education coordinator. He also coaches the SAS mountain biking and climbing teams.

Holli Hutson 

Holli lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she teaches middle school theater and high school dance. She received her master's from Antioch University McGregor and has been with the Hamilton County Dept. of Education for 11 years. She is excited to be teaching her first classes on the SAS campus.

Ashley Dryden 

Ashley is committed to inspiring youth with soulful projects and staying connected to nature on every level. By living tiny, she teaches to respect the environment while combining art and creativity with trade skills.  An alumna of SAS, she returns to the Mountain from the West Coast.

Bentley Cook 

As an engineering leader and web application developer in a wide variety of computer system applications, Bentley currently works as a developer advocate with Trello.  He received his BS in computer science and Russian from The University of the South.

Wesley Smith 

An SAS alumnus, Wesley received a major in environmental art and humanities at the University of the South. He learned to throw pottery at SAS and creates inventory for Hallelujah Pottery while running his own clay business.

Rick Wright 
Culinary Arts

Chef Rick Wright, University of the South Director of Dining Services, leads and all-star team of executive chefs to guide participants in a wide range of culinary skills along with helping campers create lunch for everyone Monday-Friday.  Chefs include Kenyatta Ashford, Carolyn Foley, and Caroline Thompson.

Speed Baranco 
Mountain Biking

A lifelong biking fanatic, Speed is a graduate of The University of the South and head coach of the SAS Mountain Biking Team alongside owning his own real estate marketing firm. A parent of two SAS alumni, Speed also serves on the residential staff and is founding board advisory president of the Tennessee Interscholastic Cycling League.