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Camp Staff

clientuploads/Early_Childhood/Staff/LauraSeymour_2010.jpgLAURA SEYMOUR
Director of Camping Services

Laura has been in the camping field for over 40 years, beginning as a Junior Counselor and serving as the Camp Chai Director for over 30 summers. Laura led Camp Chai to achieve and maintain accreditation from the American Camping Association each summer. Maintaining high standards in all areas of camp, from staff training, to programming, to working with children is vital to providing a summer of individual growth and community-building for every child. Laura is a leader in the camping field and has been recognized as such by the ACA and JCCA. 

 


 clientuploads/Early_Childhood/Staff/TaraOhayon_2010.jpgTARA OHAYON
Camp Chai Assistant Director

Tara grew up at J camps, going on to work every summer while pursuing a degree in Special Education and teaching in the Plano school district before returning "home" to the J. Tara has been recognized as a gifted parent educator, worker with children and master trainer of staff. She is committed to giving each child an early childhood experience that allows them to enjoy their childhood while being prepared for the next level in their education. 

 

 


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CYNTHIA CASPER
Camp Simchah Director

Cynthia Casper has been involved with Camp Simchah for over 20 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. During the school year she is the Music Specialist and Mommy & Me Coordinator. Camp has always been a very important part of her life, since she was a child. She understands how important it is for every child to have a camp experience and the life-long friendships they develop during that time. 

 


clientuploads/Camp/AustinHolley.jpgAUSTIN HOLLEY
Tennis Camp Director
 

Austin has been involved in the J's Tennis Camp for fifteen years. He is very passionate about Tennis Camp and says watching all the young kids grow up participating in a lifetime sport is very rewarding. "Some of my proudest moments are when young men and ladies come to me and say Tennis Camp left a forever lasting memory and 'Thank you for everything.' "   

 

 


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POLO CRUZ
Assistant Tennis Camp Director

Polo Cruz has been a tennis instructor at the J for over a decade. He is a full time teaching pro who teaches competitive juniors and adult teams throughout the year. He also volunteers as the Maccabi tennis coach. This is Polo's Third year as Assistant Camp Director. He is proud to see so many campers grow and develop in their years at camp.

 

 


clientuploads/_SummerCamp2014/header/amy postel GYM DIR.jpgAMY POSTEL
Gymnastics Camp Co-Director
 

Amy has been involved with the JCC gymnastics program since she was three years old. She began in preschool classes, continued through the team program, and also worked as a camp counselor for a few years in high school and college. She was even a camper during the JCC's very first summer of gymnastics camp when she was five years old and has many great memories of camp. This is Amy's sixth summer back at the JCC as co-director of camp. She loves being a part of camp again and is looking forward to another great summer.

 


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DEBBIE WEINSTEIN
Gymnastics Camp Co-Director 

Debbie has been involved with the JCC Gymnastics program for over 21 years and is the J's Team Director in charge of competitive programs. Debbie helped to start the JCC Gymnastics Camp in 1987 and loves being a part of this wonderful program.

 

 


JULIE CRUZ
Gymnastics Camp Co-Director 

Julie has been involved with the JCC Gymnastics program for over 15 years. This was her very first job. Julie attended TWU and has a background in elementary education. She was a competitive team gymnast for nine years. Julie loves working at Gymnastics Camp and coaching the AGA Team throughout the year.

 

 

 


clientuploads/Staff/AbbiiCook.jpgABBII COOK
TTC Director

Abbii lived in New York where she worked at Hillel the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at Hofstra University. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in Judaic Studies and Communication, Abbii spent a year working at the American Hebrew Academy, the only pluralistic Jewish boarding school in North America, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. At a very young age Abbii discovered her love of tikkun olam (community service) and that passion has only grown over the years. Abbii has been fortunate to travel with students to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, Israel, and Nicaragua to help build a school. Abbii is very excited to be a part of the J summer camps, and to have the opportunity to combine her passion for working with Jewish Youth and community service, and she looks forward to meeting everyone!


clientuploads/_SummerCamp2014/alise robinson in dallas.jpgALISE ROBINSON
Manager J Performing Arts

brings years of experience working with youth in a variety of facets including teaching preschool, authoring a series of children’s books, creating awarding-winning toy lines and consumer goods, licensing children’s entertainment and, developing and branding children’s intellectual properties.  Alise has also appeared on national and international television as a spokesperson for a variety of brands including ELLE magazine.
But, it is Alise’s 15 plus years as an avid counselor and camper that she believes had the strongest impact on shaping her life.  It is this passion and belief in the power of the recreational and camping experience that has led Alise to combine her love of working with children together with her branding expertise and on-camera experience to pioneer Camp StarQuest, the JCC’s Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Camp.


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Matt Rowland
Sports Director

This is Matt’s first year, and first summer camp here at the J! While he is new to the J, he is not new to Sports Camp, which he was in charge of at the YMCA of Columbia, South Carolina. Along with camps, Matt has experience playing and coaching different sports from the elementary level through the collegiate ranks. He will be sure to bring a new level of excitement to Sports Camp this summer!

 


 

Make a difference - 
Be a Camp Counselor!!

 

There are summer jobs where you will make hamburgers and summer jobs where you'll make sales--why not a summer job where you will make a DIFFERENCE... 
       ...in the life of a child! 
       ...and in your own life

How will being a Camp Counselor Make a Difference in My Life?

  • You will experience the unique feeling of satisfaction that results from being a positive influence in the development of children.
  • The potential exists for you to discover new interests, friends and new skills.
  • You will spend the summer engaged in physical activities that promote your healthy physical development.
  • You will gain increased abilities in working with children and other adults. Increased skills in dealing with inter-personal relationships will benefit you with respect to your future career plans.
  • The JCC Camp Counselor becomes apart of traditions, a spirit that extends beyond the camp day to an entire summer.
  • You will have the opportunity to enrich your camper's life and your own through Judaic programming, gain an understanding of culture, traditions and values.
  • AND "Camp Counselor" looks great on college applications!! A recommendation from your camp director makes a difference to that college recruiter!!

How will I make a difference in the lives of campers?

  • You will be guiding a group of children during the camp day building group skills and a sense of belonging.
  • You will act toward your campers in a manner that provides a safe environment, both physically and emotionally.
  • You will be teaching skills in swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and many more areas that will give campers positive feelings about their abilities.
  • You will demonstrate that setting and following firm limits and guidelines makes a wonderful experience for everyone.
  • You will be a role model - a mentor - a hero - to the children in your care. They will look to you for guidance and you must set a positive example.

Being a camp counselor is more than a job - it is a life changing experience. And who knows - you may meet your life's partner at camp!!!


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