Wolf Creek Camp

About Us

Meet The Staff

The staff of WOLF CREEK CAMP are hand-picked professionals dedicated to the academic success and personal achievements of each student.

Executive Director: Joyce Bilgrave

M.Ed. Johns Hopkins University, Fellow: Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Mrs. Bilgrave’s four decades of academic and camp experience span the United States.  She is co-founder and former director of the Jemicy School of Baltimore, Maryland, a nationally acclaimed program of excellence for dyslexic students.  She co-founded and directed Camp Bombadil, a day camp for dyslexic students, and Big Rock Creek Camp, a conference center and outdoor science program in the Angeles National Forest of Southern California.  In addition, Mrs. Bilgrave was instrumental in founding the following programs for dyslexic children: Rawson-Saunders School, Austin, Texas; Durango Mountain Camp and the Liberty School, Durango, Colo.; and Rocky Mountain Camp, Colorado.

Contact Joyce at phone: 720-980-4805 or email joyce@frontier.net

Assistant Director: Kerri April

Staff Kerri April

Orton-Gillingham Reading Therapist, 4-star Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instructor

Kerri is a Parelli 4-Star Natural Horsemanship Instructor (one of only 14 such instructors in the United States)  and has been involved with instructing horsemanship for many years. A mother of four children, two of whom are dyslexic.  She home schooled all four children for eight years.  She was on the founding board of Rawson-Saunders School, Austin, TX. She was on staff at both Durango Mountain Camp in Durango, CO and Rocky Mountain camp in Evergreen, CO.  Kerri was founder and director of Trails End Equestrian Center for fifteen years and is currently the manager/owner of Wolf Creek Guest Ranch, Fredricksburg, TX.

Contact Kerri at: 512-922-9690 kerriannapril@gmail.com

Academic Director: Andrew Costigan

M.Ed. Harvard University

Andrew has been working on behalf of dyslexic young people for 15 years.  He was a language therapist at the Kildonan School, a specialized residential school for dyslexic students, in Amenia, New York.  Later, he taught at the Rawson-Saunders School, a day school for dyslexic students in Austin, Texas.  Additionally, he has been a master language therapist at the Durango Mountain Camp in Durango, Colorado.  Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas, in Austin.  He also maintains a private tutoring and consulting practice.

Contact Andrew at phone: 434- 466-2387 or email: andrewpetercostigan@gmail.com

Staff Paulette PetersenWilson Dyslexia Therapist: Paulette Petersen

BS Education,  Level 1 & 2 Certifications in Wilson Reading Systems

Paulette Petersen is a Wilson Dyslexia Therapist with Level 1 and Level 2 certifications.  She has been the dyslexia specialist for Fredericksburg Independent School District for 12 years serving students at all grade levels.  Her teaching experiences include teaching Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd and 5th grade.  She loves seeing her dyslexia students blossom with the potential talents they have been given as well as learn to read, write, and spell with “tools in their pockets” to be more successful.

Language Therapist: Kimberly GehringStaff Kim Gehring

BS Education, University of Central Texas

Kim Gehring, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, at 20 years old, she joined the U.S. Army to expand her life experiences. After four years of serving in foreign lands she married a soldier and became a homemaker and raised their children both stateside and overseas. When their oldest daughter had trouble learning to read, Kim changed her college major to Education. She is passionate about wanting to understand why children, like her daughter, struggle to learn to read. Kim taught for 10 years in K.I.S.D., (Killeen Independent School District), before leaving the teaching field to open up a small business with her husband. She is looking forward to helping her students learn and practice important skills to aid them with their reading and writing.

 Biology Professor: Chris Distel

Ph.D Associate Professor of Biology, Schreiner University

Chris Distel

Dr. Chris Distel is a biology professor at Schreiner University in Kerrville. His research deals with ecology and conservation, and his most recent work has focused on frogs, hummingbirds, and aquatic insects. He very much enjoys working with interested kids and sharing discovery in nature. He also helps to connect how science is (and isn’t) used in our understanding of species and their habitats. He is chair of Conservation Ecology in the Texas Academy of Science.

Dr. Chris enjoys birdwatching, theater, and spending time with his wife Sarah and their three kids.

Reading Specialist: Rachael Dyer

Rachel Dyer

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

Rachael Dyer lives in Rhode Island and works as a reading specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rachael studied reading at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She is dedicated to improving the learning experiences of people with language-based learning differences.  She loves adventure, books, fly fishing, and spending this summer at Wolf Creek Camp!

Cognitive Science Educator: Katie Cashette

M.Ed Columbia University’s Teachers College

Katie graduated from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2003 with a Masters Degree in Cognitive Science in Katie CashetteEducation.  For ten years, she worked at Orton-Gillingham-based schools, i.e., the Kildonan School in NY and the Liberty School in Durango, CO, doing 1:1 tutoring and teaching subject matter classes designed for dyslexic learners.  For the past four years, she worked as Palm Beach Day Academy’s Learning Specialist in West Palm Beach, FL.  This upcoming year, she will be working with the Kildonan School again to help found a Florida branch of the school.

Visit our associated sites: Rocky Mountain Camp and Durango Mountain Camp

Wolf Creek Camp
458 Wolf Way, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Joyce Bilgrave: 720.980.4805     joyce@frontier.net

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