SAS Summer Camp Staff

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 - Farming - Mountain Biking - Karate - Yoga
  • Music Lessons:  Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Electronic DJ
  • Technology: Programming & Game Design w/ Roblox Studio, Tinkercad, Intro to Python, Robotics, Electronics and Circuits
  • Pottery - Painting - Theater - Woodworking

Traditional summer camp activities will include:
Biking, hiking, disc 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.  We advise that campers make their selections rather than parents!

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2023 Staff

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Emily Wallace
Culinary Arts

Emily is a Certified Chef as a graduate of Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago, and was our inaugural culinary chef in 2021.  She owns Emily Wallace Catering alongside the extremely popular Scoop ice cream shop in Monteagle.  She has been an executive chef in Tennessee the past 18 years, most recently at St. Andrew's-Sewanee and St. Mary's-Sewanee.

Ben Ayers
Ben teaches and plays professionally numerous instruments and is a certified music teacher. He currently is the countywide music instructor for all of Grundy elementary schools. He is enrolled in UTC's masters of education program. Ben is a founding member of the Yellow Dandies and a 2011 graduate of SAS.
Barry Dillon
American Sign Language

Barry and his family live in Sewanee and his son Victor is a rising 11th grader at SAS.  A former pastor and high school teacher, Barry has been teaching ASL for five years and is a full-time middle school science teacher at Belvoir Christian Academy in Chattanooga.

Josie Brown
Outdoor Adventure     Yoga - Lead Counselor

Josie is an environmental  arts and humanities major at The University of the South and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. She brings a wealth of experience with her absolute love of the outdoors.  Josie serves as lead female counselor and instructor of outdoor adventure and yoga.

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.

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.

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 
Lead Counselor

An SAS alumnus, Wesley received a major in environmental art and humanities from the University of the South. He learned to throw pottery at SAS and creates inventory for Hallelujah Pottery while running his own clay business.  Much to the delight of our campers, he is taking time off from his North Carolina apprenticeship to return as co-lead counselor and pottery instructor.


Michael has taught Karate and Iaido (Japanese sword) for 26 years at two dojos, and started martial arts programs at three secondary schools.  He recently retired from a 25-year teaching career and works in security systems as he continues to pursue writing poetry, composing and recording music, and, of course, martial arts.

Elliott Duncan
Digital Music Prod
Lead Counselor

Elliott is a graduate of SAS and is currently completing his bachelor degree at Middle Tennessee University with a major in digital music production and film. He has been working as a dj for the past three years and is excited to be a part of the instructor team in addition to serving as a co-lead boys counselor.  

Julie Jones
Art / Painting

Julie is a former faculty member, head librarian, and gallery director at St. Andrew's-Sewanee and is the parent of a current junior.  She received her BFA in painting from Indiana University and her MA in painting from Temple University Rome and a second master's in art and library science from the University of Iowa. 

Elizabeth Duncan
Camp Director

Lizzie has been with SAS since 2002. She served as Director of Alumni & Special Events for 17 years and is now Director of Auxiliary Programs & Special Events where she serves as Summer Camp Director, senior year coordinator, and manager of the school store.  She has a BS degree in special and elementary education from Peabody of Vanderbilt University.  She studied acting at the Studio Theater Conservatory in DC and with various coaches in Los Angeles, including Michael Shurtleff and Randy Kirby.