The NSDC Staff

Second to None in Attracting,Training and Retaining Outstanding Summer Camp Staff

hockey-3At North Shore Day Camp we take great pride in a professional staff development program that includes an extensive recruitment and interview process, background checks, 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

North Shore is known for its ideal group size and exceptional staff. With excellent staff to camper ratios, we ensure the best possible care and supervision so that we can keep YOU informed.

Division Leaders and counselors review each camper’s day, EVERY day. Phone calls are made home regularly by Division Leaders to keep you up to date regarding everything from your child’s swim progress to new friendships to what they ate for lunch. We believe that communication is essential in facilitating the most secure environment for our campers and we look forward to partnering with our camp families every summer.

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At NSDC, a child’s emotional safety is as important as his or her physical safety. Every member of our staff undergoes an extensive training program to ensure that your child is being properly supervised while having the best summer possible

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 educators and camping professionals with exceptional experiences working with children. All prospective staff undergo a thorough interview process and background check.

staff-camper-smilingYear-round staff training programs employ the services of top psychologists and child development experts for both our Leadership Team and general counselor staff.

Our unique evaluation process requires our Leadership Team to work closely with their counselors as they are responsible for delivering 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, among the highest in the industry, ensure a wide pool of quality applicants and keep our quality staff returning year after year.

2019 LEADERSHIP TEAM

STEPPING STONES

Marisa Goldsmith

Division Leader, Nursery

Marisa is very excited to be returning for her second summer as our Division Leader for our Nursery campers. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College, Marisa taught in both public and private schools in New York City and then ultimately becoming the Director of Education at The Children’s Aid Society Nursery School in Greenwich Village. After taking some time off to start a family, she now works as a teacher in the Manhasset school district. Marisa’s children, 4 & 5 years old, love going to NSDC  just as much as Marisa enjoys working here!

Felisa Myer

Division Leader, Pre-K

felisa-myerThis will be Felisa’s 12th summer at NSDC. She spent her first three summers as a group leader, playing and laughing with her campers, before becoming a Division Leader for our 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.

Aubrey Siegel

Division Leader, Kindergarten Girls

Aubrey is entering her 9th summer at NSDC! This summer will be her second year as a Division Leader. Aubrey spent last summer with the 1st grade girls and now is making the move back to Stepping Stones overseeing our Kindergarten campers, after spending her first 7 summers as a Group Leader for this age-group. From day one she loved camp and could not wait to come back year after year.

Aubrey is currently working for the NYC DOE as a 2nd grade ENL (English as a New Language) self-contained teacher. She has been working as teacher for 16 years.  Aubrey is also a proud mother to her 3 year old son Liev who will be attending NSDC for his second summer! Aubrey’s love for camp and children is something she wants Liev to love just as much as she does! It is such a great experience to learn about our STARFISH Values Program and to meet new people and have a blast!

Mike Iacono

Division Leader, Kindergarten Boys

Mike has been working with the TLC Family of camps for the past 11 years. First as a general counselor at North Shore Day Camp, then as the Program Coordinator at Hampton Country Day Camp, and now he is back at North Shore as a Division Leader. His role throughout the year includes hiring counselors for boys side and specialty areas, as well as parent correspondence.

Mike is an alumni of Allegheny College where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. His favorite part about his career path is that it has allowed him to spend every summer at camp having a positive impact on the children in his groups. He lives by the camp’s mission, “We help children build the skills of making and keeping friends while improving their self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience.”

GIRLS

Caroline McCarthy

Division Leader, 1st Grade Girls

Caroline is excited to be joining NSDC this summer as the Division Leader for 1st grade girls. She attended Hofstra University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Literacy. She has a wide experience in teaching children ages 3-6. She currently teaches 3K through the New York City Department of Education, but also has 5 years of experience in teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing and the great outdoors. She can’t wait to make great memories this summer at NSDC!

Lauren Wander

Division Leader, 1st-2nd Grade Girls

Lauren is entering her 7th summer at NSDC and her first year as a Division Leader for our 2nd grade girls. Lauren could not be more excited to embark on this new adventure! Over the past six summers, Lauren has worked as an Assistant Division Leader for Grades 3-6 and a Group Leader for 1st Grade Girls. Lauren is currently working as a 3rd Grade, Special Education Teacher with the NYC DOE.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood & Childhood Education from LIU C.W. Post and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Queen’s College, she has over 8 years of experience working with children both inside and out of the classroom. Lauren also works as a Program Leader for a Creative Arts-Respite Program for children with Autism at Life’s WORC. Lauren loves the fun, excitement, and positive values that North Shore and the STARFISH Values pogram have to offer. She can’t wait for her campers to experience this summer after summer!

Jamie Sall

Division Leader, 3rd-4th Grade Girls

Jamie has been part of the North Shore Day Camp family for fifteen years and has loved every minute of it! Jamie started her North Shore Day Camp journey as a camper and eventually became a CIT and a General Counselor. For many summers, she worked at NSDC as a Group Leader for our littlest campers in Stepping Stones. Jamie is thrilled to be moving on up to Upper Camp to take on her first summer as Division Leader for the 3rd and 4th grade girls. Jamie has a passion for camp and is looking forward to sharing that with all of her campers!  During the school year, Jamie is a teacher at a private school in New York City for children with learning differences. Jamie truly loves everything about NSDC and is excited to see all that summer 2019 has to offer!

BOYS

Shaq Reyes

Division Leader, 1st Grade Boys

Shaqunna better known as “Shaq”, has been apart of the North Shore Day Camp family for over 15 years where she has worked as a Group Leader for the 1st grade boys division. Shaq, has over 17 years of experience working with students with special needs as a educator for the New York City Department of Education, where she embraces her love for learning, her love for children, and her desire to create a safe learning environment for all students.

In addition to her merits in education, Shaq is highly trained in positive behavior interventions, peer mediation and conflict resolution. Shaq is elated to begin her new role as Division Leader for the 1st grade boys, where her personal mission is to “fill her campers’ bucket of confidence and self-esteem so high that no one can poke holes in it”. Shaq’s favorite quote is, ” Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things”. Shaq is looking forward to another amazing summer at NSDC, where she builds walls of confidence one brick at a time!

Judi Vandow

Division Leader, 2nd Grade Boys

judi-vandowJudi comes to us with many years of resident camp and day camp experience. This will be Judi’s 19th 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 for our camp and school.

Adam Lenneberg

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Adam is looking forward to another great summer at North Shore Day Camp. He returns to NSDC for a 14th summer, and after three years as a Division Leader for our 3rd-6th grade boys, he is now leading our CREW campers. Adam 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.

CREW

Allyson Lenneberg

Division Leader, 5th-7th Grade Boys & Girls

Allyson is so excited to begin her 3rd summer as the Division Leader for the oldest children in camp! Allyson has been an 8th Grade English Teacher with the New York City Department of Education for 19 years and loves working with teenagers. Both her children have been a part of the NSDC family for the past 12 years and LOVED every summer!

SUPPORT STAFF

Ruth Nathanson

Office Manager

ruth-nathansonMiss Ruthie 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.

SWIM STAFF

Vanessa Schroeder

Aquatics Director

vanessa-schroederVanessa has been teaching swimming as a certified Water Safety Instructor for the past 25 years. After spending the past four summers as our Assistant Director, Vanessa will be our Waterfront Director and she can’t wait to put her stamp on the program! During the school year, she is a teacher in the Merrick Public School district. “I am so happy to be leading the swim program,  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!”

Jillian Terrana

Assistant Aquatics Director

 

Jillian is excited to be stepping in as the Assistant Swim Director this summer.  She has been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor since 2000 and has taught all different ages and swim levels in the pool.  She loves to teach at NSDC because she gets to watch the kids grow, become stronger, and gain more confidence in the pool throughout the summer.

Jillian has her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in School Counseling both from Long Island University.  Outside of camp she spends the year raising her 3 kids Mason, Logan and Lily.  They are all excited for another great summer with their TLC Family.

 

Eric Heischober

Assistant Aquatics Director

eric-heischoberEric has been a part of the swim staff for 15 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 reach his/her potential at swim.”