Our Team

Our Team
Patty Pyrz
Hi all! My name is Patty Pyrz and I’ll be the new Art/Crafts Director for Indian Acres this summer. I can’t wait to create with your kids and get messy! I am a practicing artist and passionate teacher with twenty years of experience instructing students from preschool age to adults in various art projects/lessons. I have taught at St. John’s Lutheran School, Savoy Recreation Center, and Springer Cultural Center, as well as U of I’s Campus Well-being Services. I have a Master of Arts degree from University of Central Florida. I look forward to meeting your camper this summer! Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking & biking Favorite Camp Food: S’mores! Place I’d like to visit: Redwood National Forest.
Lexie Kesler
Hi! My name is Lexie Kesler! I am the Chief Team Leader and cannot wait to get back to camp! I am a fourth-grade teacher at Next Generation for the past 9 years. We have two beautiful girls, my oldest will join us in camp this summer and she is so excited! My hobby is running. My favorite food is grilled vegetables. If I could travel anywhere, I would head straight to Greece!
Barb Bracewell
Hi! I am Barb Bracewell and I am the 7-9 team leader for IA. I am a kindergarten teacher at Wiley Elementary. I have been a teacher in the C-U area for 16 years. My favorite camp snack is string cheese. My favorite sport is baseball. If I could travel anywhere, I would be in Maui!
Mandi Pryor
Hello! My name is Mandi Pryor and I am the 5-6 team leader for IA. I am a teachers aid at Carrie Busey and love working with the students! I have been with IA since 2017. My family enjoys camping, hiking, and just being together. My favorite camp snack would be pretzels with cheese. If I could book a trip today, my ticket would say Mexico! Can't wait for summer at IA!
Luke Bronowski
Hi! I am Luke Bronowski. I have been the Physical Education Teacher at Next Generation for 16 years. I am the lead for aquatics at Indian Acres and cannot wait to teach swimming for all of our campers! My hobbies include hanging with my kids, baseball, and running. My favorite food is burgers and brats. If I could visit anywhere in the world it would be Poland!
Emily Sawlaw
I have been with Indian Acres for the last 5 years, but I have always done water fitness! My favorite food is any kind of dessert. The biggest parts of my life are my family and faith. We have a dog Poppy and our new kitten, Teddy. They love each other and we love them! We take walks, hikes, and Poppy loves to play ball. If I could visit anywhere it would be Scotland and Italy. Lauren asked me what my favorite water aerobics move is, and the honest answer is all of them! I love them all for the different effects on the muscles of the body. Water aerobics gets you the sun and resistance with no impact on the joints! When I am not at Indian Acres, you can find me in Piatt County working as Dispatch.

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