Sending a child to camp takes an enormous amount of trust on the part of parents. At Brooks, we take that responsibility seriously and maintain an environment that both encourage safety and health. The ultimate goal of Brooks School Summer Programs leadership team is to provide an enjoyable, exciting summer experience that allows campers to develop self-confidence, social achievement, and leadership skills.
Each season, we develop the Summer Programs team from alumni, students, and faculty from regional schools and colleges. We look for people with personality, character, maturity, professional training, experience and most importantly, a sincere desire to work with children.
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 seventh summer working at Brooks. Outside of camp, Tim enjoys creating music, reading, writing, and travel.
Anne provides program and administrative support to the office of auxiliary programs. Her primary responsibilities focus on supporting families in navigating all medical requirements and releases as mandated by the local Board of Health. Anne’s background in I.T. support, health care, and educational settings helps her serve as the liaison between enrolled families and the Brooks School Summer Programs medical team. Before coming to Brooks, Anne worked in North Andover Public Schools, assisting students, substitute teachers, and teacher aides. Anne has a passion for photography and enjoys traveling and spending time at the beach with her husband and children.
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 foodservice 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.
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.
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 supports the group three & four coordinators and counselors, bringing 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 is the liaison to families for extended day and transportation services. 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.
Fiona specializes in leading the program for our youngest campers, ages four to five. Fiona’s passion is ensuring the day camp experience is both developmentally appropriate and engaging for young children. She is currently enrolled at Merrimack College and will be graduating this spring with a degree in Elementary Education and a degree in Human Development and Human Services. Since she was five, Fiona has been a camper at Brooks, successfully completed the Leaders-In-Training program, and was a counselor for several summers. Fiona reminisces that having Brooks in her life has added countless positive experiences and irreplaceable memories that drive her to remain connected in the Brooks community to this day. She is looking forward to working in a new leadership role and bringing her experiences to facilitate a safe and memorable summer.
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.
Gayle has been working as the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2012. In this role, Gayle directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Her greatest satisfaction in work is seeing young adults/children begin to take responsibility for their wellness. Gayle received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Master’s degree from Boston College. During the school year, Gayle works as the Director of Health and Wellness at a local school. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, skiing, or participating in almost any type of outdoor activity.
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.
Gail leads the team of counselors who work with campers between the ages of eleven and thirteen. Gail has over fourteen years of experience in education and athletic coaching at the k-12 level. Currently, Gail teaches sixth grade. Before teaching, she was an Assistant Athletic Director and has also served in communication roles at the university level. Gail brings a strong background in education, experience in independent school settings, and firsthand knowledge of summer camps. In her spare time, Gail enjoys spending time with her children at various sporting events.
Julie provides health services to the summer community and ensures that participants have a healthy and safe experience. She has been a part of the Brooks School Summer Programs for ten years. Julie earned her BSN in 2009 and has worked in various settings throughout her nursing career. Currently, she works as a public health nurse for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is committed to community health and health care equity. She is pursuing her MSN with a focus on family medicine. In her free time, Julie enjoys running, swimming, and attending all her kids’ extracurricular activities.