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

AndrewAcademic 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.

Contact Paulette at 830-329-1551 or pauletteann@yahoo.com

Dyslexia Teacher: Joan Helbling

Orton-Gillingham Method Practitioner

Staff Joan and Mark HelblingJoan Helbling is a retired Elementary school teacher who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has attended the University of California at Berkeley, California State University at Hayward, earned her Masters Degree at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She has also been trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method of teaching reading. Her teaching experience includes her work in California, Tanzania, East Africa, Minnesota, Ivory Coast and Honolulu, Hawaii. She has worked with the Director, Joyce Bilgrave, over the years at Summer Camps in Maryland, Colorado and now Texas. Her son, Josh, when he was a third grader, made great progress when he attended Camp Bombadil in 1981. At the end of that summer her son had gained a great deal of confidence that helped him successfully complete both high school and college.

Contact Joan at 808-284-3597 or helbling@hawaii.rr.com

Writing Teacher: Mark Helbling

Ph.D American Studies

Mark Helbling is a retired University professor who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, California and the University of Minnesota for a Ph.D in American Studies. In addition to teaching at the University of Hawaii, he has taught in Tanzania (1964-6), Tunisia (1976), Ivory Coast (1985), Frankfurt, Germany (1996) and Paris, France (2003,05,08,09 and 2013). He has written a book on the Harlem Renaissance, numerous articles, poems and short stories. He has worked with Director, Joyce Bilgrave at the summer camp in Colorado and now Texas. He will be teaching writing this summer and enthusiastically looks forward to this year’s eager students.

Contact Mark at 808-269-7957 or helbling@hawaii.edu

Staff Anna MartucciIntern Language Therapist: Anna Martucci

AA Liberal Arts

Anna, originally from California is embarking on a new career path as a dyslexic tutor. Currently she is in the process of becoming certified.  While raising her family abroad, she volunteered at various international schools and secured private employment as a tutor teaching English. Before moving abroad, she was employed as an interpreter at San Francisco General Hospital.

Contact Anna at 408-767-9789 or anna_martucci@hotmail.com

Intern 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.

Contact Kim at phone: 254-458-3355

Staff Kerri AprilLanguage Therapist: Kerri April

Parelli Natural Horsemanship 4 Star Senior 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.  She has had her own educational programs an equestrian facilities in Maryland, Colorado, an Texas, where she currently conducts 2-5 day clinics year round.  Additionally, she is an experienced Orton-Gillingham Language Therapist.  She home schooled her two dyslexic sons for eight years and tutored at Rocky Mounting Camp for dyslexic students in Evergreen, Colorado.  She was on the founding Board of Directors for the Rawson-Saunders School for Dyslexic students in Austin, Texas.

Contact Kerri at: kerriannapril@gmail.com

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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