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Digital & Media Literacy Summer Camp

ASC partners with the local community to bring a Digital & Media Literacy Camp to students from across the district. This specialty camp provides students with enriching and exciting opportunities to become effective communicators and consumers, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and empowered citizens. Rising Kindergarteners through 12th Grade students receive instruction from CMS master-level licensed teachers for the 6-week camp.

In addition to serving students, our camp offers Professional Development courses for teachers. With the generous support of the CATO Corporation, we are able to offer a select number of teachers seats the week of June 23-27, 2014. Eligible teachers must be a K through 12th grade teacher working for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, or Union counties in North Carolina or Lancaster or York counties in South Carolina, and come recommended by their Principal. $500 stipends are available, and teachers will receive 8 CEUs. More information on the teacher PD can be found here, or by emailing Crystal Lail at

2014 Summer Camp for Students / $155 Per Week

Studio 345 / Spirit Square / ASC 704.335.3033
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Register your scholars today! Camp registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and our program always fills quickly. Register here: 

The Arts & Science Council Scholars’ Academy is designed to provide students with a fun and engaging summer experience that will enhance literacy skills through the arts. The focus of the camp is Digital and Media Literacy. Scholars will use digital cameras, wireless devices, and computers to create digital stories, art, and music. Art, science, and math are integrated into project-based learning experiences to summer learning experiences in a fun and creative environment. Students will also participate in field trips and community-based service projects!

Groups are taught by certified, master-level teachers from 8:30-3:30 each day. We have a full-range of certified teaching specialists including talent development, exceptional children, high school science and art, elementary and middle. Campers work with their home-base teacher in the morning and then choose from several different options for their afternoon sessions. Afternoon sessions appeal to a wide range of interests such as: Yoga, jewelry making, digital music composition, team sports, drama, Zumba, Claymation, natural art, printmaking, mosaic art, etc.

The camp is divided into three sessions. Each session lasts for two weeks. Campers are encouraged to attend both weeks of the session to participate in all of the activities, but campers may attend only one week if necessary. Every session offers a different community-based service project and experience. We would love to have your camper for all three sessions! Camp days are Monday through Thursday from 8:30-3:30.

Academy Session Schedule for 2014:

Session One: Digital Storytelling
June 16-19 and June 23-26

Campers will learn focus on the theme of healthy living. While exploring sustainability and local markets, campers will create digital stories using digital cameras and technology tools.


Session Two: Digital Storytelling with Multimedia Art and Graphic Design
July 7-10 and July 14-17

Campers will learn about the city of Charlotte and participate create multimedia messages to share what they learn.


Session Three: Environmental Arts
July 21-24 and July 28-31

Campers will participate in projects focused on environmental awareness and create art with natural materials.


Register your scholars today! Camp registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and our program always fills quickly. Register here:




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Our Staff

Eric Bailey

Eric Bailey is an educator with over 13 years of teaching experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (LD K-12) from Elon College and his Masters of Education (Literacy) from Queens University of Charlotte. He worked for 11 years teaching Special Education at the high school setting starting in Burlington, North Carolina and for the past seven years here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eric currently works for the Exceptional Children’s department as an Itinerant Coordinating Teacher. In his current role, he has many duties that range from working with individual schools on various projects to creating professional development courses. Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing tennis, traveling, writing, reading, outdoor adventures, and spoiling his little puppy, Mocha.

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Rob Felker

Rob Felker has been an educator since 1993. He moved to Charlotte from Charleston, SC in 1993 after receiving certification in Elementary Education at the College of Charleston. He grew up in Suburban Detroit and yearned for better weather and more outdoor opportunities which prompted the move to the South. In 2004, Rob received his National Board Certification and in 2005 received a Master’s Degree in Education from Winthrop University. For 18 years he taught in Grades 2-4 but developed a love for Gifted Education and is now working as a Talent Development teacher. Rob also works for The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a National Board Facilitator and a Professional Development Master Teacher. When not working, Rob enjoys road biking, running, hiking, and traveling. He enjoys spending time with family and friends cooking, reading, and watching Independent films.

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Amber Gentle

Amber Gentle received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2008. She has been a first grade teacher in CMS for 5 years. Last May, she graduated with her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University. She is currently teaching first grade at Olde Providence Elementary School. When not in the classroom, Amber loves reading and spending time with her family. Amber loves learning new things and is always on the look out for unique and innovative strategies to incorporate into the classroom. This is Amber's first summer working with the ASC Summer Camp and she looks forward to a wonderful summer of growth and enrichment for both herself and her scholars.

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Crystal Lail

Crystal Lail graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past eleven years. Crystal is a National Board Certified teacher and serves as a Professional Development Master Teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. During the summer she enjoys working as an enrichment camp instructor. Crystal is currently serving as an Academic Facilitator. She is a North Carolina Principal Fellow and is pursuing her Master’s degree in School Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Nicole Schubert

Nicole Schubert has been a middle school Language Arts teacher in CMS for eleven years. She currently teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Northwest School of the Arts. She was a Yale National Fellow in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Upon the inception of the Charlotte Teacher's Institute, she was a Fellow in 2009 and 2011. Through a partnership with ASC, CMS, and ASEP, for the past five summers she has worked as a middle-grades teacher for Differentiation Academy, Scholars Academy, and Digital & Media Literacy Camp.

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Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a multimedia artist and musician from Davidson, North Carolina. He uses tactics that depart from commercial/narrative filmmaking. His initial work was facilitated with little more than 16mm stock in spring-loaded cameras. Chris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Afterward, he worked with directors to assist in the production of the HBO series,  The Neistat Brothers in New York City. He went on to work for the Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization The Buckminster Fuller Institute. Now living in Charlotte, Chris works as a freelance artist and audio engineer. He performs and produces music with multiple bands and enjoys bike riding.

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Elizabeth (Libby) Withrow

Elizabeth (Libby) Withrow has been a Science educator for thirty five years. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and her graduate degree was obtained from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Libby is a National Board Certified Teacher and is a staff member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Professional Development Center. Along with her teaching position, she assists in the management of the National Board program for Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers. One of her major interests is teaching about Environmental Sustainability. She traveled to Japan on a Fulbright Scholarship to study sustainability with Japanese and American teachers. Her travels have also taken her to Belize to work with the North Carolina State Natural Science Museum on comparing the environment of North Carolina with that of Belize. Libby brings all of this knowledge back to her classroom to share with her students who are always number one in her life.

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