Camp Staff

Camp Encore employs Florida certified teaching artists who are chosen for their accomplishments and expertise in their artistic field, ability to communicate with children and depth of teaching experience. Teaching artists serve as positive role models who mentor campers and teach the elements of visual or performing arts. They design their own curricula using Florida Standards and the National Core Arts Standards, as well as best practices outlined by the NEA and the Kennedy Center. Through rigorous and stimulating programs, campers will learn the various elements of an artistic form, participate in character-building exercises and learn effective means of communication.



Katie Swider

Ms. Swider is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre. She has worked professionally as an actor and director in Florida and Ohio and enjoys being an active part of the Jacksonville theatre community. In addition to teaching theatre, she also enjoys writing and directing. Her play SEND/END was featured in the Atlanta Fringe Festival, and her sketches are featured in many Awkward Silence Jax shows. Ms. Swider works for the Cathedral Arts Project as their lead theatre fellow and teaches at four CAP programs.



Daniel Austin

Mr. Austin is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance. After living and working in New York, he returned to the North Florida area to participate in its current arts and culture renaissance. Mr. Austin regularly works with local theaters and was voted Best Actor in Folio Weekly’s “Best of Jax” (2014). He also hosts a Northeast Florida lifestyle program, “Hometown,” on WJCT. Last year, he taught theatre at Camp Encore and previously taught theatre programs for the Cathedral Arts Project at Jacksonville Heights Elementary School and Lake Shore Middle School.



Mariah Cagle

Ms. Cagle began her formal visual arts education at the age of 9, attending an arts magnet middle school. She graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with a focus in sculpture and photography and received a degree in sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art. Ms. Cagle is versed in many processes of sculpture making, including stone working, woodworking, welding, forge working, casting, assemblage and installation. As she traveled the world and lived in South Korea for almost eight years, her work and knowledge base has grown and evolved with her experiences. Teaching art making to both young and old brings her great joy. She joined the Cathedral Arts Project in 2018 and taught sculpture at last year’s Camp Encore.



Paisley Gibson

Mrs. Gibson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance from Jacksonville University. She studied dance and theatre at Savannah Arts Academy, where she was also an avid community theatre performer. Since graduating from JU, Mrs. Gibson has worked as a dance instructor and freelance choreographer for various organizations, including Savannah Arts Academy, Don’t Miss a Beat, Inc., and Fusion Arts Academy. In addition to her afterschool Cathedral Arts Project classes at Brentwood Elementary School, she also teaches K-5 dance at Brentwood during the school day. She began teaching for CAP in 2013.



Jacob Schuman

Mr. Schuman is a Jacksonville native and has been teaching private music lessons for five years. He teaches at the Ronan School of Music in Avondale, as well as Reach Academy working with children who have autism and other cognitive disabilities. He studied at Jacksonville University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance for guitar. Mr. Schuman joined the Cathedral Arts Project in 2018, teaching ukelele at Camp Encore.


Internship Opportunities Available

If you’re interested in interning for Camp Encore, click here to view the job description and application instructions.

Camp Encore teachers and interns receive level II background screenings and undergo training in diversity and student safety.