Our instructors bring professional expertise, insight into learning, and an appetite for fun to every SEE Camp experience.
SEE Camp is comprised of a fully professional staff. From the counselors to the teachers and directors, all staff members serve as teachers during the school year, or are college students preparing to become teachers upon graduation.
What does that mean for your children? For one, it means that our counselors, whose primary function is to meet the needs of the campers in their assigned group, have the ability to effectively manage the dynamics of their groups. This naturally prompts their campers to come to create lasting bonds that carry over from summer to summer.
Having a fully professional staff also means that our teachers and subject area directors are highly qualified when it comes to developing age-appropriate activities that will challenge our campers and encourage them to try without the fear of being judged. Moreover, our camp directors, who possess masters’ degrees in educational leadership, are in tuned with what it takes to be pro-active and manage both campers and staff to foster a positive, safe, and fun, learning environment. SEE Camp provides close staff supervision, with a student-to-staff ratio less than 10 to 1.
Here’s a look at just a few of our amazing instructors.
Paul Smith, our Camp Director, is entering his 13th year at SEE Camp. He has previously served as Assistant Director at our Mountain Lakes location. Paul has his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and during the school year is a History teacher at Pompton LakesHigh School.
Our Science department is directed by Joe Componile, a a teacher at Morristown High’s prestigious STEM Academy. Joe will be joining us for his fifth year at SEE.
Directing the third year of our Project Discovery program will be Michael Thayer, who is returning to SEE Camp for his ninth summer. Michael holds a PhD in Physics and during the year teaches Mathematics at Summit High School. We look forward to learning and exploring STEM with him again!
SEE Camp is pleased to welcome back Wendy Schibener for her second summer as our Theater and Music Director. With a wealth of experience as a drama club advisor and as an accomplished musician and an MFA in Theater, we are lucky to have her on our staff.
SEE Camp also welcomes back Francesca Hare, our Art Director. Francesca is a Yale graduate with a specialty in painting. During the year, Francesca works as an art teacher in the Mendham public schools. We look forward to her sharing her creativity with us!
We are happy to announce this year’s returning counselors include Jennifer Larson, Lindsay Olsen and Nancy Porat. Counselors new to our staff this summer include teachers, Chris Lyon and Franchescha Hunt. They all look forward to ensuring that their campers have a great experience this summer!
Certified Yoga Instructor Heather Bivona will engage children in beginning yoga once again, while Paul Smith, a high school fencing coach, will take on Fencing.
Chris Patrick, our Camp Director, enters his 17th season at his post. He previously filled the position of Recreation Director from as early as 1993. A high school social studies teacher and track coach, he has taught courses at the Gifted and Talented Institute. Chris is a graduate of Albright College, in Reading, PA and holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
Our Science department is once again directed by Marie Stelling, who enters her 11th year with SEE. Marie holds her MS in Chemistry and is currently a physics teacher atPomptonLakesHigh School. Prior to entering the teaching field, Marie was a research scientist for Hoffman LaRoche and the CIBA Corporation. Marie also teaches at the Gifted and Talented Institute.
Directing our Project Discovery will be seasoned teacher and former SEE Counselor Justin Perinotti. Justin is an elementary teacher in Chatham during the school year and has successfully implemented the challenges from Project Discovery into his school curriculum.
We welcome back Truc-Lan Vu as our Theater Director. During the school year, Truc-Lan is third grade teacher inSummit. She brings her love of performance and experience as a school musical director to our show. We look forward to singing and performing with her!
Art Director, Judith DelRio, a seasoned art teacher, returns to SEE Camp for her 16th summer. Judy has previously served as Visual Arts Specialist at the Essex County Junior Academy.
SEE is pleased to welcome back our returning counselors for another fun summer! Those counselors include Nicole Orecchio, Bobby Hebenstreit, and Lindsay Flanagan.
Certified Yoga Instructor, Heather Bivona will engage children in beginning yoga and Tom Owens will be our fencing instructor. Our lifeguards this summer will be Raymond Denti and Orion Woodard.