North Shore Day Camp Staﬀ
North Shore Day Camp's formula is unique. We take pride in a staff development program that boasts the highest salaries in camping, a professional recruitment interview process and background check process, and an ongoing, extensive training program unsurpassed in the camping industry. Our multiple in-season staff evaluations, backed up by performance based bonuses, have no equal in the summer camp profession.
Small Groups With Exceptional Supervision
Over the years, North Shore has always been known for its ideal group size and exceptional staff. With a 1:3 staff to camper ratio, we ensure the best possible care, supervision and instruction.
The Highest Standard of Professionalism
To promote the highest standard of professionalism, unlike any in its class, North Shore Day Camp adheres to a strict NO TIPPING POLICY for its staff.
Our Leadership Team is a highly trained and dedicated group of exceptional adults. Group counselors and specialists are carefully selected through an innovative interview process developed by an internationally renowned personnel consulting firm.
On-going staff training program employs the services of top psychologists and child development experts for both our Leadership Team and general counselor staff. Training takes place all year round: during the winter months, an orientation in June, and throughout the summer season.
Our unique evaluation process requires our Leadership Team to work closely with their counselor staff, for they are responsible for performance-based bonuses. These bonuses are given to counselors in lieu of tipping, which is strictly prohibited at North Shore Day Camp. Our staff salaries, amongst the highest in the industry, ensure a wide pool of quality applicants and enable the camp to keep quality staff returning year after year.
Danielle is ecstatic to begin her first summer at North Shore Day Camp. She has been an Early Childhood Educator for the past 11 years. She currently works as a lead teacher at North Shore Day School, where she works to instill a love of learning in her young students. Danielle attended Long Island University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. She is a proud mother to her three and a half year old daughter and her two-year-old son. She will provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for our younger campers. Danielle truly loves working with children and looks forward with great anticipation to an amazing summer at camp!
This is Allison's 11th summer at NSDC. "Each day at camp is filled with adventure, laughter and fun. It is a joy to watch the Stepping Stones grow throughout the summer from their swimming skills, to trying new foods, to building friendships and much more. I cannot wait for the 2015 summer to begin!" During the year, Allison teaches second grade at the Glen Head School.
This will be Felisa's 10th summer at NSDC. She also spent three summers as a group leader, playing and laughing with her kindergarten girls. "I am very excited about my leadership role at NSDC and spending another wonderful summer making sure my campers have a summer filled with lots of fun and friendships." During the school year, Felisa is a reading teacher at the Lakeville Elementary School in Great Neck.
Lindsay is entering her first summer with NSDC as a Division Leader for Kindergarten boys. With a Masters in Elementary Education from Adelphi University, she has over 13 years experience working with children both in and out of the classroom holding various positions as a teacher with the New York City Board of Education, Director of Youth and Adolescent Services for the Samuel Field Y and Teen Director for the Samuel Field Y Day Camp. After sending her eldest daughter to North Shore for the first time last summer and witnessing the impact that the STARFISH program can have, Lindsay couldn't be more excited to be part of the amazing environment created at NSDC!
This is Abbe's eighth summer at North Shore Day Camp. During the year she is a physical education/health teacher in the Westbury school district. "I am so fortunate to be part of the wonderful TLC family. I am excited to watch all of the children grow before us during the summer. They too will create lifelong friendships. I have camp in my blood and hope to share that passion with your children."
For the past 17 years, "Miss Alicia" has been the Associate Director of the North Shore Day School." She’s super excited to be returning for her 2nd summer as a Division Leader at NSDC! Alicia loves to laugh and have fun and she’s most looking forward to rocking and rolling and having an awesome summer! "I hope each camper leaves everyday feeling good about themselves and wanting camp to never end! "
This is Andrea’s 22nd summer at NSDC. She is a School Secretary at P.S. 135Q during the year. Andrea started at North Shore Day Camp as a Specialist and "Mom" and worked in many different areas within the camp. She also worked at North Shore Day School for 5 years, which gave her the background and expertise to get her where she is today. "Nothing makes me happier than to see the girls having a great summer and making new friends!"
Judi comes to us with many years of resident camp and day camp experience. This will be Judi's 17th summer with us. "I love sharing in the many positive changes that the campers and staff experience, from the time they first arrive at the beginning of the summer, through their last day of camp." During the rest of the year she is also our Associate Director.
This will be Greg’s second year at North Shore Day Camp. Last year he led our FAST Fundamentals program and had a blast with our campers! This year Greg will be using his positive energy and enthusiasm in a different role as a Division Leader for 2nd grade boys. Greg is a graduate of William Paterson University. He graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health as well as a M.S. in Sports Management. During the year, he is a physical education teacher in the Fort Lee School District, and has been working in the Childhood Education field for 9 years. Greg has coached baseball, soccer and basketball for over 10 years at all age levels.
Nick is very excited to be back at NSDC for his 4th summer. Nick spent his previous three summers as a group counselor for the 3rd and 4th grade boys division and is looking forward to his new leadership role. Nick is a SUNY Cortland Alumni where he wrestled and majored in Physical Education. Nick currently resides in Mineola where he teaches Phys Ed at Hampton Street Elementary School.
Adam is looking forward to another great summer at North Shore Day Camp. He returns to NSDC, along with his 2 boys, for a 10th summer, but this will be his first as a Division Leader as he spent his first 9 summers as the Assistant Director of Transportation. During the year, Adam is a Math Teacher at John Bowne High School in Flushing. Adam has a contagiously positive personality and he hopes to use his vast day camp experience to help all the campers in his division have the greatest summer of their lives.
Brian is eager to start his fourth summer at NSDC and begin his first year as the Voyagers Division Head. For the past three summers, he has enriched our campers with exciting activities in our computer lab. Brian holds a New York State permanent teaching license in Elementary Education and Special Education. He also has a Class C Soccer Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA. During the year, Brian is a 6th grade Social Studies and Math teacher. He has been teaching elementary and middle school in Manhasset for the past 20 years. When not in the classroom or at camp, Brian is very involved with youth soccer. He coaches three teams and is on the executive board of a local Long Island soccer club. Brian’s passion and joy for teaching, coaching and working with children allows him to bring a wonderful energy and camp experience to his campers at North Shore Day Camp. His goal is to provide a safe, fun and amazing summer for all.
Melissa will be joining our Leadership Team as the Assistant Division Leader for the Voyager division, after working at NSDC as a counselor for the past 3 summers. Melissa is thrilled to join the team and will bring her spirit, devotion to the campers, and overall genuine camp enjoyment every day. Melissa holds a BS in Elementary Education from Boston University, and a MA in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education from NYU. Her love for working with children has been evident from a young age, and she is enthused about expanding her responsibilities at NSDC.
Ruth has been our year-round office manager since 1993. She says that her priority is to make sure that all families feel comfortable enrolling their children at camp. Yet we all know that she is and does much, much more than that. She is the epitome of the loving, nurturing environment that is the essence of North Shore Day Camp.
"This will be my 20th summer at North Shore Day Camp. I love working at North Shore because it gives me the opportunity to be part of a fabulous summer experience for all the North Shore families. During the school year, I teach a first grade class at a public school in Kew Garden Hills. The class is made up of general education students and students on the spectrum with ASD. Watching the natural friendships that form between children, regardless of their different abilities and interests is one of the many reasons why I love teaching and love my summers at North Shore."
This will be Susan's 17th year at North Shore. During the school year she is a school nurse in East Meadow. "I have been a nurse for over thirty years and this is my twenty-fifth summer as a camp nurse. Our office helps make sure that the fun time everyone has at camp is also a safe and healthy one."
This is Lisa's 17th year here, starting as a counselor, and now in her 14th year as Program Director. "I have always had a love for camp... and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my summers... I feel the same way about camp today as I did when I was a child… I am looking forward to another fabulous summer at North Shore and my goal is to make this summer's program the best one yet."
Moving over from our sister TLC camp in East Hampton, Joyce is joining us at NSDC, and we are thrilled to have her here. "This is my fourth year with the TLC family of camps. I’ve been a chef since I'm 22. I am looking forward to a fun and nutritious summer"
No stranger to the TLC family of camps, Todd started as a camper at Tyler Hill in 1999, eventually became a Group Leader and then Assistant Food Service Director. He has a degree in hospitality and has experience in hotel event management and food service. As Director of grounds and food service and with his involvement in programming & events, he brings high energy, spirit and a youthful perspective to all he endeavors.
This will be Stu's 18th summer at NSDC. Stu is recognized throughout Long Island for his expertise in every area of aquatics He teaches lifeguard training, lifeguard management, water safety and first aid/CPR for the Red Cross and frequently lectures at the American Camp Association Tri-State Camp Conference. "I hope the campers will all learn to swim or learn to swim better than they did in the past. We're going to have a great time at NSDC!"
Eric has been a part of the swim staff for 12 years. During the school year he is a physical education teacher in New York City and owns a private swim school. "My goal is to see each and every child reaches his/her potential at swim."
Vanessa has been teaching swimming as a certified Water Safety Instructor for the past 25 years. During the school year, she is a teacher in the Merrick Public School district. "I am so happy to join the North Shore Day Camp family, and I am really looking forward to working with our little fish in the pool this summer. I know that our campers will leave with an increased comfort level in the water and enhanced swim skills. See you at the pool!"
This is Joanne's 18th summer at NSDC. During the year she is Controller of TLC camps. She works hard every day making sure that campers arrive here and return home safely. "My greatest wish is that campers have a fun and very safe summer.".