North Shore Day Camp Directors
Paula Rothman is a full time owner/director who has been at the helm for over 15 years. Her extensive experience as a day camp and school director and her work with pre-school through teenage children make her a valuable friend and advisor to our North Shore families through the summer, as well as during the off-season. She is the leader of our senior staff leadership team and takes great pride in our on-going, comprehensive staff training program. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Education.
During the winter months, Paula stays in contact with camp families and staff, organizes off-season events, tours new families, plans the following summer's activities and interviews and hires new staff members for the upcoming camp season.
Paula serves on the board of NYSCDA (New York State Camp Director's Association). She was the Vice-President and Secretary of the Long Island Camps and Private Schools (LICAPS). She has served on the Board of the American Camp Association and serves on committees for Morry's Camp and S.C.O.P.E. (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Program). Morry's Camp and S.C.O.P.E. are both programs that provide well deserving economically disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to attend summer camp.
Joni Iacono joined the North Shore team in 2002 bringing with her many years of teach-ing and working with children both in a classroom and recreational setting. Before com-ing to North Shore, in addition to teaching, she was the director of an after school pro-gram at an elementary school in Queens for 15 years. Joni holds a Master's degree in Education and considers herself a lifelong learner in all aspects of life. Her philosophy in working with children is one that encourages them to feel confident in their developing abilities. As an educator for over 25 years, she has acquired many skills to help children develop their own sense of self as well as learn to be successful in a social setting.
Prior to taking on the role of Associate Director, Joni worked extensively with our First & Second grade girls creating a program that ensured new friendships and experiences for each camper. She brings a strong sense of humor to everything she does and be-lieves that laughter is the best medicine.
Joni understands the value of the camp experience for children through her own experi-ence as a camp parent. Watching her own child grow and develop through her camp years has helped Joni to understand what is needed to create a special experience for each camper. Joni's own child ultimately joined the North Shore Day Camp staff, carry-ing on the teaching of our STARFISH values.
As a member of our leadership staff since 1999, Richie brings to NSDC more than twenty-five years experience as a day camp and sleep away camp Head Counselor and Associate Director. Throughout the year he is actively involved in staff hiring and training, program development and camp operations. An outstanding educator and Assistant Principal for over 30 years, and an author of educational books, he possesses a nurturing warmth and gentle, positive humor combined with highly professional skills and competence. Richie is respected by campers, staff and parents alike, and is a reassuring staple of the North Shore "family." He is an active member of the American Camp Association.
Judi joined the North Shore family in 1999. With over twenty years of camp experience, she brings a wealth of day and resident camp knowledge to our leadership team. Judi's spirit, energy and compassion is demonstrated through her daily contact with our campers, families and our staff as she helps to provide an atmosphere of fun and friendship. During the winter months Judi assists in developing programs, as well as recruiting and hiring staff. She is an active member of the American Camp Association.