Message from Founder and Executive Director
Welcome to Inspire’s after school and summer programs. The purpose of Inspire is to provide additional educational support for all children, especially children with disabilities in motor skill development, academics, social skill training and behavior management.
Inspire offers a variety of programs in a safe and nurturing environment where children continue to learn and grow after the school day ends. Our high-quality programs are designed to enhance a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development while promoting character building and teamwork. For children with disabilities, participation in after school and summer programs provides opportunities to be in an inclusive and diverse environment where children can play and learn together.
We are proud of our experienced instructional staff of special educators, paraeducators and instructors that possess an endless amount of enthusiasm, dedication and passion for sharing what they enjoy most. That passion combined with a solid work ethic gives Inspire the driving commitment to offer the very best after school and summer program in our community.
As the Founder and Executive Director, I take great pride in the leadership and educational experiences provided by our staff for our participants. Our professional team has more than 100 years of collective experience and we are committed to providing top quality programs, which makes participating in one of our many INSPIRE programs a highlight in the life of each child who joins us. We look forward to making a positive impact in a child’s life.
Founder and Executive Director
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Founder & Executive Director
Rocco is Nationally Certified in Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) and has earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education with an emphasis on early childhood development from the State University College of Brockport, Brockport, NY. Rocco also received his Post Master’s Certification in Administration and Supervision from Towson University. He is the Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education and Corollary Sports for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. In 2008, Rocco was named the National Teacher of the Year in Adapted Physical Education.
Rocco also directs and teaches children with disabilities in Adapted Aquatics and is the Founder of Camp Inspire. Rocco has authored and co-authored many book chapters and articles through his thirty years in education, which include his first publication entitled: Sports, Fitness and Motor Activities for Children with Disabilities. A Comprehensive Resource Guide for Parents and Educators. He has traveled throughout the country providing workshops and presentations on similar topics.
Camp Inspire Director
Shea Frazier currently works for St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a Special Education teacher. He has supported 8th grade students for the past five years at Leonardtown Middle School. Prior to his current position, he worked for four years as a Special Education Paraeducator providing one-on-one support to a student with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Shea has been involved with Camp Inspire, a summer day camp for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, since its inception in 2008. Working with Rocco Aiello, he planned and piloted the work-training branch of Camp Inspire, known as Project Inspire. He has supported the camp as an Instructor, Specialist, Project Inspire Specialist, and Assistant Director.
Camp Inspire Assistant Director
Anna works for St. Mary’s County Public School as a Special Education Paraeducator and coaches Corollary Sports at Chopticon High School while pursuing her Special Education degree. Anna also works as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) during the school year. She is the Assistant Director and ABA specialist for Camp Inspire and Project Inspire.
Anna has been an Adapted Aquatics instructor for five years offering swim lessons for individuals with disabilities through the Department of Recreation and Parks.