Meet Our Instructors for 2021
Elizabeth Shelor, Lead Violin Instructor
Elizabeth has been involved with many music organizations in the area, including Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Blacksburg String Quartet and Ensemble, St. John's Music on the Corner, Piedmont Suzuki Ensemble, and CelloFest of Blacksburg. She was a big help in getting the Blue Ridge Strings program started at The June Bug Center, and has been a great asset to this community and students. She is also trained in the Suzuki Method.
Emily Gruver, Director
Emily Gruver is the Executive Director of the June Bug Center. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications (Media Production) and Theatre. Before working at The June Bug Center, she worked as a video producer at Citizens Cooperative and a News Producer at WDBJ7. She is also co-founder of The Floyd Community Theatre Guild, which is part of The June Bug Center and has directed many of the young actors' productions such as Frozen, Big Bad Musical, Oz the Musical, and many others.
Paul Tremblett, Lead Computer Instructor
Paul has worked for 25 years in the telecommunications industry. He spent a couple of years writing software for the television advertising industry and then left there and worked for Vonage. After he and his wife moved to Floyd in 2007, he worked at the corporate research center at Virginia Tech for seven years, and then worked three more years from home for a company in Canada. He is the author of three books that have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, and Spanish and that deal with computer programming and software development. He has written numerous articles for technical publications.
Resa Mattson, Programming Assistant
Resa is our Programming Assistant and has been working with the June Bug Center for two years now. Resa is currently finishing up her degree at New River Community College. She teaches our LEGO, Improv, and assists with Acting Out. She is also a big volunteer for the Floyd Community Theatre Guild. "I'm extremely grateful that I get to spend time with these kids and teach them about something I'm proud of. These kids have taught me so much and I can't wait to see everyone again!"
Valerie Moran, Lead Acting Out Instructor
Valerie Moran is our lead teacher for the Acting Out program. Valerie has volunteered for many years at The June Bug Center and has been a big part of bringing theatre to young, aspiring actors in our community. She helped start our Acting Out program and is excited to keep our young actors growing!