Meeting a Community Need
The desire to offer a summer camp for members of our community diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder was born from a brave mom who decided to reach out and ask if Hills of Milk and Honey would consider creating a unique camp experience to meet this need. You see, her child has ASD. This wonderful mom had attended a dinner event on the farm and wanted so badly for her child to be able to attend a summer camp geared to her child's specifics needs. After prayerful consideration, and reaching out to a wonderful friend of the farm, we were able to build a unique farm experience for children, teens, and young adults with ASD.
Amy Milliron, owner of Hills and Milk and Honey, has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and has taught varying ages from preschool through adult in a variety of settings, including public school, private school, home school and college courses. She is happiest when she is able to facilitate the learning of others and join them on their quest to gain more knowledge. Although her degrees are not specifically in special education, she has a range of experiences working with varying special needs. She also has the privilege of being related to one super special person in her family who didn't get diagnosed with ASD until later in life. She has witnessed the freedom that comes with a diagnosis and she loves to learn how to best support those on the spectrum.
Amy is a farmer, with a teaching background, who happens to have an incredible friend who loved the idea of partnering to offer this camp to the community. Amy's friend, Kim Van Roekel, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with her degree in Education and obtained a dual certification in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-12. She also earned certificates in Learning Disabilities , Emotional Disabilities, and Mild Mental Retardation. Kim is passionate about working with children struggling with a learning difference and helping them to reach their potential.
Kim develops and implements individualized academic remediation programs for students according to their strengths and needs. She utilizes the most current, research-based programs and a multi-sensory approach in her teaching methods. She also strives to rebuild a student's esteem that may have been adversely affected by a learning difference. Kim works with families and schools to provide students the educational accommodations they require, and she equips older students with the skills to be their own advocate.
Kim is a wife and mother of three children. In her free time, she and her family enjoy spending time together volunteering with local organizations in their community, participating in short-term mission trips, and spending time exploring the outdoors. Kim is excited to fuel her passion for helping others at camp this summer and looks forward to seeing you at Hills of Milk and Honey!