Jacob has been actively involved in education for over ten years in various capacities, including elementary and middle school education, school leadership, curriculum development, STEM programming, and higher education. Jacob directs the team of summer programs staff in developing, managing, and implementing all programs. Before coming to Brooks in 2016, Jacob lived in Virginia, where he served as STEM Instructional Specialist for Newport News Public Schools creating a pipeline of STEM programming for elementary and middle school students. Additionally, Jacob has worked as an adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. He received his M.A.Ed. from Regent University and his B.S. from Radford University. Jacob lives in Boston with his two cats and enjoys traveling.
Tim is responsible for planning, administering, and directing the daily operation of the Brook School Summer Programs Office. Tim handles inquiries, admissions, registration, financial, marketing, logistical, and program implementation. Before working at Brooks, Tim held various roles in both higher education and independent school admissions. Tim received his MBSR in Mindfulness studies from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This season will be Tim’s eighth summer working at Brooks. Outside of camp, Tim enjoys creating music, reading, writing, and travel.
Emily has been spending summers at Brooks School Day Camp for 20 years. This year will be her fifteenth year on staff. She has her Bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Quinnipiac University, and a Master’s in social work from the University of Michigan. When not a Brooks, Emily works as a social worker at Perkins School for the Blind. She loves working with kids in various settings, including camp, gymnastics classes, and schools. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, sports, and spending her summer days at the beach in her free time.
James first began working at Brooks School Summer Programs in 2006 and now leads the team of Summer Term instructors. James has been an English teacher for nearly twenty years and has been working with children since he was twelve. In high school and college, James was a camp counselor, swim teacher, and tennis instructor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in English/journalism and was a newspaper reporter for four years before returning to earn his Master’s degree in education from UNH, and later, a school principal’s certificate through Salem State University. During the school year, James teaches English and journalism classes at Triton High School in Byfield. In his free time, James loves skiing, hiking, and camping with his wife and two children, and coaches as many of his son and daughter’s sports teams as he can.
Nicole has a passion for the food service industry. As part of the Brooks School Summer Programs, Nicole supervises the logistics team to ensure all programs remain in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Andover Board of Health. For almost twenty years, Nicole has been involved in school-based nutritional services. She holds industry certifications in ServSafe, Allergy Awareness, CPR, and First Aid. During the academic year, Nicole leads a team of youth development professionals in North Andover’s after-school program. Her hobbies include softball, tennis, and gaming. Nicole lives in North Andover with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
Lynn has been going to camp at Brooks since the age of four. She has spent over 25 summers here building friendships and making lasting memories. During the school year, Lynn is a Preschool Teacher at Temple Emanuel Preschool in Andover. At camp, Lynn works as the Head Group Coordinator. In this role, her focus is on supporting the Day Camp leadership team. When not at work you can usually find her spending time with my husband Steve and dog Indy, at the gym doing Zumba, or relaxing on the beach in Maine.
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alison strives to ensure that all participants have a healthy and safe experience. She is committed to community health and health care equity. Alison has worked as a pediatric nurse for 18 years and has been a member of the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2018. During the school year, she works with local pediatrician’s offices and as a school nurse. Alison is the mother of three children who enjoy the outdoors. Her family is passionate about camping and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Renae Cerri joined the Brooks School Summer Programs team in 2017. Renae is a graduate of Salem State University, double majoring in elementary education and geological sciences. Renae is a former gymnast and volleyball player with a passion for sports and active living. She loves being outdoors and going on trips with her friends and family. After being the gymnastics head at Brooks, Renae now leads the activities team. In this role, Renae oversees the daily planning, implementation, and operation of sixteen camp activity areas and co-leading our camp-wide special events.
Gio Drake has been a part of the Brooks School Summer Programs community for ten years. Having first come to Brooks as a camper, Gio now leads the waterfront team. As the Waterfront Coordinator, Gio is responsible for the safety of the campers and staff members on Lake Cochichewick. Gio describes herself as a fun and easygoing person who loves sharing her passion for boating and water safety. Gio is American Red Cross lifeguard certified and loves making meaningful connections with the campers and ensuring that their time at boats is a positive one!
Megan grew up training horses on a farm in southern Mississippi before graduating magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Hill also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance director, actress and coach, she spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance arts portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Prior to joining Brooks School, Hill served as the producing artistic director of Watertown Children’s Theatre and the Mosesian Center for the Arts youth programs, where she developed educational theater programming and high-quality productions. When she’s not in the theater, Hill enjoys spending time with her family, giving new life to old furniture, and learning about holistic healing modalities.
Kristine is responsible for leading the team of counselors who serve our campers between the ages of three and five. Kristine describes herself as a lifelong camper. Having been involved with the Girl Scouts for over twenty years, Kristine brings an enormous knowledge of camp and leadership to Brooks School Summer Programs. Kristine is a preschool teacher and mother of three wonderful children. She loves working in early childhood education because young children genuinely live in the moment! Kristine’s favorite activities are reading, making crafts, swimming, hiking, and tennis. Kristine is pursuing a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Merrimack College in her spare time.
Katherine is responsible for leading the team of counselors who serve our campers between the ages of six and seven. Katherine joined the Brooks School Summer Programs team in 2023. Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a liberal studies concentration in mathematics and now works as a teacher at Pentucket Lake Elementary School. Katherine loves working with children because they teach her something new every day. When not teaching, Katherine enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Kenya leads the sixteen activity teams to ensure a welcoming, positive camp environment focused on the development of independence, leadership, healthy risk-taking. For over twenty years, Kenya has been actively involved with the Brooks School Summer Programs as an activity counselor and LIT 1st and 2nd-year Coordinator. Kenya has been part of the Brooks School faculty since 2007, where he has held several roles, including form dean, psychology teacher, and coach, and now serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Director of Admission. Kenya holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies. When not on campus, Kenya enjoys traveling, cooking, playing trivia, and rooting for all New York teams.
Rebekah is responsible for planning, administering, and directing the daily operation of the Brook School Day Camp. Also, Rebekah assists the group coordinators within their assigned areas of responsibility with planning and implementing effective programs. Rebekah has a passion for youth development and elementary education. She received her M.A.Ed. from Salem State University, as well as her B.S., and is currently a second-grade teacher. Becky lives in North Andover with her husband and two sons and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Philip is responsible for leading the team of counselors who serve our campers between the ages of eight and ten. He has over a decade of experience working with children in various capacities. Philip started as a group leader in an after-school program, eventually becoming the Kittredge School Kid Stop Program site coordinator. Philip currently works at Frost Elementary School in Lawrence as a BBE. Philip earned his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Merrimack College. He has lived in North Andover most of his life and recently moved to Haverhill. Philip enjoys playing and watching sports as well as arts and crafts. The thing he loves about camp is meeting new people and seeing old friends from previous years.
Peter Moccia grew up in Haverhill and studied chemistry at the University of Connecticut. Pete Moccia is a science teacher at Brooks School and lives on campus with his family. Pete oversees the aquatics programs during the summer. He has a vast knowledge of swimming pools and lifeguarding, having been working in pools since he was 16 years old. Pete is lifeguard certified as well as a Certified Pool Operator (CPO). Pete works closely with the facilities team to ensure the pools operate safely. Pete loves seeing how the campus transforms in the summer into a vibrant camp community.
Sarah Spollett grew up in the neighboring town of Andover, doing hobby carpentry with her dad and community theater with her mom. She combined her love of both when she attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Fine and Performing Arts, Music, and Theatre. Sarah then spent numerous years doing freelance carpentry for many regional theaters, including stints at the Weston Playhouse, Barnstormers Theatre, Tufts University, and the Watertown Children’s Theatre. She was a carpenter and then shop foreperson at the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, before turning to education. Most recently, Sarah taught technical theatre and carpentry at Emerson College. When she’s not in the theater, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Mass., where they live, and working on their service project: making meals for people experiencing homelessness.
Mike has worked at Brooks in this role for the past sixteen years. Mike’s focus is to lead the LIT’s in becoming youth development professionals in a friendly, camp atmosphere. Mike has been involved in education for over twenty years and currently works as an Assistant Principal after having taught fifth grade in Andover. Mike has coached J.V. Boys Soccer at Andover High and previously coached J.V. Boys Lacrosse and Freshman Boys Basketball. Mike loves to utilize his extensive experience in the classroom, at camp, and on the field to help kids see their full potential in any arena. In his spare time, Mike is pursuing a second master’s degree in school leadership. He is married to his wife, Nina, and has two daughters who also attend and love Brooks School Day Camp.
Jess joined the Brooks School Summer Programs team in 2023. After earning her degree in communications from Stonehill College, Jess began working as an Administrative Assistant in school health. She is passionate about youth health and wellness and loves helping others. When not at work, Jess is happy being outdoors and riding her horse.