Technology Instruction Corporation was founded in 1982 by Karen J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D, who had planned to do educational consulting as well as camp – but camp quickly took over!
Dr. Rosenbaum designed the camp to have a half day each of computer learning and sports, ensuring a mind and body balance. Inspired by Seymour Papert, the pioneer in artificial intelligence who invented the LOGO language, the program allows each child to define their own project and learn by discovery. This required a teaching ratio of 4:1 and exceptional counselors, encouraged to innovate. These same core values still drive TIC today, more than 30 years later.
In 2008, Karen recruited Emily Riedel (pronounced “REED-el”) in preparation for her retirement. After providing three decades of leadership, Karen retired in 2012 and Emily became the Owner/Director of the next generation of TIC Summer Camp.
Ms. Riedel originally began her career with TIC Computer Camp in 1989, working in various roles for six summers during high school and college. Emily Riedel obtained her MBA in 2007 and brought a wealth of business acumen after 15 years in non-profit and corporate marketing.
Emily is an active member of the American Camp Association (ACA), serving on the Local Council of Leadership (LCOL) for the VA section, which includes all camps in Virginia and West Virginia. She also serves on the Local Council of Leaders (LCOL) for ACA Virginias as the Development Co-Chair, an ACA Accreditation Lead Visitor and participates in the Standards and Professional Development Committees. Ms. Riedel grew up in Northern Virginia and currently resides in Annandale, VA with her husband, an elementary school educator, and their three beautiful children, ages 11, 8 and 8. She coaches baseball and basketball and is often found attending baseball games with serious Natitude!