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.

2018 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!

Danielle Haga

Division Leader, Pre-K

danielle-hagaDanielle is ecstatic to begin her 4th summer at North Shore Day Camp where she oversees our Pre-K campers. Danielle has been an Early Childhood Educator for the past 14 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 5 year old daughter and her 3 year old son.  She continually provides a safe, happy and nurturing environment for our Stepping Stones campers. Danielle truly loves working with children and looks forward  to another amazing summer at camp!

Felisa Myer

Division Leader, Kindergarten Girls

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.

Lindsay Soloff

Division Leader, Kindergarten Boys

lindsay-soloffLindsay is entering her third summer with NSDC as a Division Leader for our Kindergarten boys. With a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Adelphi University, she has over 14 years experience working with children both in and out of the classroom – Lindsay has worked 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 her first summer and witnessing the impact that the STARFISH Values program can have, Lindsay decided she wanted to be part of the amazing environment created at NSDC!

Girls

Aubrey Siegel

Division Leader, 1st Grade Girls

Aubrey is entering her 8th summer at NSDC! This summer will be her first year as a Division Leader for the 1st grade girls. She is super excited and can’t wait for her new venture to begin! During the past 7 summers Aubrey had worked as a Group Leader for the 5 year old girls. 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 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland, her Master’s Degree in Literacy, and her Second Master’s in ENL (English as a New Language). Aubrey is also a proud mother to her 2.5 year old son Liev who will be attending his first summer as a camper! Her love for camp and children is something she wants him 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! The positive environment that camp instills is something she wants to continue to build inside and outside camp!

Lauren Wander

Division Leader, 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!

Alicia Aguilera

Division Leader, 3rd-6th Grade Girls

alicia-aguileraFor the past 20 years, “Miss Alicia” has been the Associate Director of the North Shore Day School.” She’s super excited to be returning for her 4th 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!”

Boys

Judi Vandow

Division Leader, 1st Grade Boys

judi-vandowJudi comes to us with many years of resident camp and day camp experience. This will be Judi’s 18th 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.

Mike Iacono

Division Leader, 2nd Grade Boys

Mike has been working with the TLC Family of camps for the past 10 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.”

Adam Lenneberg

Division Leader, 3rd-6th Grade Boys

adam-lennebergAdam is looking forward to another great summer at North Shore Day Camp. He returns to NSDC for a 13th summer, and his 3rd as a Division Leader. 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.

Voyagers

Allyson Lenneberg

Division Leader, 7th-9th Grade

Allyson is excited to begin her second summer as the Voyager Division Leader. Last summer was so amazing, between all the day trips and week long trips, she is coming back for more! Allyson has been an 8th Grade English Teacher with the New York City Department of Education for 17 years and loves working with teenagers.  Both of her children have been a part of the NSDC family for the past 12 years and LOVED each and every summer! Now, with both boys, one a Voyager and one a Counselor, along with her husband(the Division Leader of the 5/6 Boys) she realized North Shore Day Camp is the place to be!

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

Stu Karp

Aquatics Director

stu-karpThis will be Stu’s 20th 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. “Our goal is for all campers to learn to swim or learn to swim better than they did in the past and love coming to the pool. We’re going to have a great time at NSDC!”

Eric Heischober

Assistant Aquatics Director

eric-heischoberEric has been a part of the swim staff for 14 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.”

 

Vanessa Schroeder

Assistant Aquatics Director

vanessa-schroederVanessa 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!”