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.
James first began working at Brooks School Summer Programs in 2006 and now leads the team of summer school teachers. James has been an English teacher for sixteen 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 gamming. 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. 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.
Hannah is responsible for the safety and well-being of all campers and staff while boating on Lake Cochichewick. She has been a member of staff for four years but has attended camp since she was four years old. Hannah is a student at Bridgewater State University, where she is pursuing her Master’s in Special Education. Some of Hannah’s most memorable experiences have been traveling to India to work as a teacher at an orphanage and teaching English to high school students in China. Hannah has been playing the viola for seventeen years and actively participates in Big Brother Big Sister.
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alsion 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 17 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.
Charlene “Donna” specializes in leading the program for our youngest campers, ages three to five. Donna’s passion is ensuring the day camp experience is both developmentally appropriate and engaging for young children. Donna has been an educator since 2007. For the past 8 years, she has been working as a middle school Special Education Teacher. She particularly loves her current role as a Reading Specialist because she gets to help students strengthen their reading skills. Outside of work, Donna reads, bikes, and kayaks on Lake Cochichewick. She also enjoys visiting Nova Scotia with her husband Dave, son Danny, and dog Mia. Donna is proud to have citizenship in both the USA and Canada. She is very excited to be joining the Brooks School Summer Programs this year.
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.
Marissa is the group four coordinator and brings 14 years of experience as a camper, LIT, and counselor. She is currently a Quinnipiac University student pursuing her BS/MOT to become a pediatric occupational therapist, with a minor in Spanish. Marissa is always excited to share her enthusiasm for Brooks School Day Camp with her colleague and campers. Marissa enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, and catching up with friends in her free time.
Emma has been a part of the Brooks School Day Camp community since she was five years old. She has been a camper, graduate of the Leaders-In-Training program, counselor, and group coordinator. Emma is a graduate of Boston College, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. This fall, Emma will begin a Master’s of Education program at BC. Her favorite part of working at Brooks is seeing the campers’ smiling faces and watching them form new friendships with one another. Emma also enjoys developing relationships with the campers year after year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Kenya helps to create and foster a strong sense of teamwork, cooperation, and morale among all staff, campers, and families, as well as provides direct assistance to all program supervisors. 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.
Emily has been spending summers at Brooks School Day Camp for 20 years. This year will be her twelfth 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 in schools. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, sports, and spending her summer days at the beach.
Philip is responsible for leading the team of counselors who serve our campers between the ages of eight to ten years old. He has over a decade of experience in working with children in various capacities. Philip started as a group leader in an after-school program and now serves as the site coordinator for Kittredge School’s Kid Stop Program. Philip earned his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. As he completes his Master’s degree, he works at the Kittredge School as a teacher’s assistant. Philip has lived in North Andover most of his life and recently moved to Haverhill. He enjoys playing and watching sports as well as arts and crafts.
Sonja is the liaison to families for extended day and transportation services. Sonja is an arts educator and watercolorist who grew up in a small town in Western Mass. She received my M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2021, her bachelor’s degrees in English and French, and my BFA in Studio Art from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2016. During the academic year, Sonja teaches Painting, Drawing, and English at Brooks School and serves as the faculty advisor for the school yearbook, and helping students in the Learning Center. Sonja enjoys painting watercolors, running, and reading in her free time. She lives on campus in Whitney House with her husband, Max Nagel, and their puppy, Scout.
Samantha oversees the day-to-day operations of all nineteen activity areas. Sam has been a part of the Brooks School Summer Programs team for three years and was the Adventure Head for the day camp before assuming her current role. Sam is currently pursuing her degree in English from Westfield State University. She brings an extensive background in educational settings as a substitute teacher and counselor. Sam has a passion for outdoor education and has always enjoyed being a part of the summer camp environment both as a camper and counselor. She is excited to share her talents and enthusiasm with the Brooks 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 fifteen 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.