Arts Alive Staff

Camp Coordinator


My name is Kendall Carlson and I am a proud member of the Arts Alive Staff.  I have lived in Arlington Heights for 29 years and recall fond memories of participating in the Arts Alive Camp as the child.  During the school year, I am a first grade teacher in Mt. Prospect.  I love my job and wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember.  For the past fifteen years, I have spent summers working for the Arlington Heights Park District as a lifeguard, swim instructor, concession cashier, and softball complex manager.  I am a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign –Urbana, enjoy watching sports and spending time with family and friends!  I am looking forward to a creative summer at Arts Alive!

Arts Alive Instructor

Sandra Ladzik

My name is Sandra Ladzik and this will be my first year as a member of the Arts Alive Staff! I am a senior at Rolling Meadows High School. I have dedicated a majority of my life to dancing and have danced at the park district since age 3. I love working with all ages of children and plan on majoring in education in college. In my free time I like to dance and spend time with my friends and family. I can't wait to see what this summer has in store for me at the Arts Alive Camp. 

Arts Alive Instructor


My name is Andrew Hagen and I will be one of the instructors this year at Arts Alive.  This will be my 10th summer working with the program, and as always, I am excited to be back.  I am a graduate from National Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  I am currently teaching 7th grade science and have previously student taught at MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights teaching 7th grade science, social studies, and language arts.  Though I do love teaching, I have other passions which include playing guitar and basketball, as well as drawing.

Arts Alive Instructor


Hi, my name is Angela Lazzeretti and this will be my fifth year as a member of the Arts Alive Staff! This summer I am looking forward to helping instruct the 3-5 year old camp and assist in the camp for 7-12 year olds. This past year I have finished my 4th year at University of Wisconsin Whitewater. My area of study is Early Childhood Education and Special Education. In my free time I like to go running and rollerblading with friends and spend time with my family. I am very excited to begin another summer at the Arts Alive Camp!

Arts Alive/Tennis Camp Instructor


My name is Kim Cooney and I have my degree in Recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  I have been teaching preschool for the past 10 years at the NAESE Accredited First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights where I work in the three year old classroom.  This coming fall I will be going on my 16th year working for the Arlington Heights Park District at the Heritage Tennis Club.  I have three sons that went to Prospect High School and now attend the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and the University of Missouri in Columbia.  As a family we have participated in numerous park district classes and activities over the years.  I am excited and looking forward to my 3rd year with the Arts Alive and Tennis Camp Staff.

Art Tennis Camp Assistant


My name is Machaela Leno and this will be my second year in the Arts Alive Staff. I will be a freshman at the University of Illinois in the fall. I have been involved in art classes ever since I attended my Arts Alive camp as a child. In my free time I swim and play water polo. I am looking to earn a degree in art education in college and am looking forward to helping out as an assistant at the Arts Alive camp this summer.

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