The Hampton Country Staff

Second to None in Attracting, Training, and Retaining Outstanding Camp Staff

Hampton Country Day Camp’s formula is unique. We take pride in a professional staff development program that includes an extensive recruitment and interview process, background checks, and an ongoing, comprehensive training program unsurpassed in the camping industry.

The Highest Standard of Professionalism

dunking-a-basketball Our Leadership Team is a highly trained and dedicated group of exceptional professionals. Group counselors and specialists, brought in from all around the world, are carefully selected utilizing a thorough interview process, complete with reference and background checks.

Year-round staff training programs employ the services of top psychologists and child development experts for both our Leadership Team and general counselor staff.

Our innovative evaluation process enables our Leadership Team to work closely with their counselor staff. Our staff salaries, amongst the highest in the industry, ensure a wide pool of quality applicants and keep our quality staff returning year after year.

Small Groups With Exceptional Supervision

gymnasticsHampton Country Day Camp is committed to small groups and high staff to camper ratios so that we can best supervise your child and keep YOU informed. Division Leaders and counselors review each camper’s day, EVERY day. Phone calls are made home regularly by Division Leaders to keep you up to date regarding everything from your child’s swim progress to new friendships to what they ate for lunch. We feel that communication is essential in facilitating the most secure environment for our campers and we look forward to partnering with our camp families every summer.

Hampton Country Day Camp’s commitment to the health and safety of every child is unsurpassed. At HCDC, a child’s emotional safety is as important as his or her physical safety. Every member of our staff undergoes an extensive training program to ensure that your child is being supervised while having the best summer possible.

2017 LEADERSHIP TEAM

STEPPING STONES

 

Jayne Kaht – 3 Year Olds

Jayne Kaht is thrilled to be returning for her eleventh summer as our 3 year old Division Leader in our Stepping Stones program.  Jayne is a passionate play-educator who has been working in the Early Childhood field for 35 years. She is currently Lead Teacher for the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Career and Technical Center Early Childhood Education Programs where she has been teaching for twenty-nine years. Her job involves preparing high school students for careers in early childhood while running an on-site lab preschool in the classroom and guiding her students through the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing process.

Jayne is an Adjunct Professor and teaches Early Childhood and Special Education courses to both undergraduate and graduate pre-service and in-service teachers. Jayne is a professional consultant, providing workshops and seminars for teachers, administrators and parents.

Jayne received her degree in Child and Family Studies/Family and Community Services, her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education and her Post Master’s Certificate in Parent Education and Parent Guidance.  Jayne has three grown children, including a foster daughter who has added “grandmother” to her list of credentials!  Jane shares her world of knowledge, her love of toddler aged children and her enthusiasm for camp with the Stepping Stones Division at Hampton Country Day Camp!

 

Barbara Marder – 4 Year Olds

Barbara, returning to HCDC for her eighth summer, comes with many years of professional as well as life experience with young children. Barbara has always stayed closely connected to camp, especially while raising her two daughters who both attended day camp as well as sleep away camp for many years.

Barbara is the proud mom of two professional elementary school teachers. She is also a proud grandma to a 1.5 year old grandson and is expecting a granddaughter in June 2017.

Barbara has taught several years of kindergarten in the Half Hollow Hills School District on Long Island and currently teaches fourth grade there. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and School Administration. With over twenty years in the field of childcare she is invested in getting to know each child and responding to his/her individual needs. Barbara prides herself on establishing close relationships with her counselors as well as developing consistent and attentive communication with parents. Barbara will provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for our younger campers and looks forward to meeting everyone at Parent Orientation in June.

 

GIRLS SIDE

 

Sarah Sanders – 5 Year Old Girls

 Sarah is excited to be returning to HCDC for her tenth summer and second year as the Division Leader of the 5 year old girls. Sarah is married and is the proud mother of a three and half year old daughter, Sadie, who is also excited for camp this summer. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Sarah currently is a third grade teacher in Northern Virginia. She prides herself in nurturing our younger campers, helping to build their confidence and self-esteem. Sarah is very excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm for camp to the young girls in her division.

 

Jennifer Fallon – 6 Year Old Girls

 Jennifer is thrilled to be returning as an HCDC Division Leader for her fifth summer. Her bubbly and energetic personality allows her to foster great relationships with both parents and children. Jennifer is married to a New York City teacher and together they are the proud parents of two boys, Grey and Parker. During her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Jennifer has devoted herself to her work as an elementary school teacher in the Half Hollow Hills School District for the past 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Literacy and a Master’s Degree in School Administration. She has several years of experience teaching self defense and Taekwondo. Jennifer truly loves working with children and looks forward with great anticipation to an amazing summer at camp.

 

Sheri Silver – 7 Year Old Girls

Sheri is thrilled to be celebrating 10 dedicated years here at HCDC! She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in sociology and psychology, and a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Adelphi University. Sheri brings with her many years of experience working with and educating children.  She teaches 6th grade during the school year in the NYC public school system.

With over 20 years of experience in camping, she brings an abundance of knowledge, understanding, and guidance to her campers as well as the counselors in her division.  Sheri excels in teaching conflict resolution and communication skills, encouraging self-resilience, and independent thinking.  She is always there to guide our seven year old campers and help facilitate their happiest experience possible.

 

Mollie Rosen – 8 Year Old & 9 – 11 Year Old Girls

Mollie is looking forward to returning to Hampton Country Day Camp for her seventh summer. Having previously attended our sister camps, North Shore Day Camp for twelve years, Timber Lake West for four years, and returning to North Shore as a counselor for four additional years, Mollie maintains that she holds the record for most years accrued at the Timber Lake Family of Camps. She will tell you that there is no place on earth that she’d rather be!

Mollie has been a Senior Counselor in the Stepping Stones Division at HCDC for five summers and was one of our Program Coordinators last summer. This year, Mollie will be taking on a new role as the Division Leader for the 8-11 year old girls and she could not be more excited! When not at camp, Mollie is a kindergarten teacher at a public school in New York City and holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Special Education. Mollie is thrilled to combine her love of children with her love of camp for another spirited summer at Hampton Country Day Camp!

 

 BOYS SIDE

 

Seymour Gregorio – 5 Year Old Boys

Over the last ten years, Seymour has been dedicated to ensuring his campers have a fun and safe summer at Hampton Country Day Camp. Born and raised in NYC, Seymour went on to study Information Technology and Business at Hofstra University but his real passion has always been working with and mentoring children. In 2016, Seymour Co-founded, MySuperSitter a childcare service in NYC & The Hamptons, dedicated to providing a better babysitter experience. Seymour’s experiences at HCDC, along with training and resources, are continuously helping him be an exemplary mentor & coach. Seymour is always dedicated to his campers and families and will do all he can to ensure a great summer at Hampton Country Day Camp.

 

Cabel Alfriend – 6 Year Old Boys

Cabel is back at HCDC for his third summer, and this time as the 6 year old boys Division Leader. For the past 3 years in the camp “off-season”, Cabel has been a middle school social studies teacher at a school for dyslexic education in Baltimore, MD. This fall, Cabel will be moving to New York to continue his teaching career in the Big Apple.

Cabel has worked in summer camps since his early teen years, and through those experiences he developed a strong passion in education. More than anything, his goal is to make sure that every child has the opportunity to have fun, learn, and make meaningful connections with new friends and camp is the perfect place for that!

Cabel is looking forward to a great summer full of fun and excitement!

 

Will Bush – 7 Year Old Boys

Will is delighted to be returning for his fifth summer at HCDC. Will comes from Liverpool, England and has a great deal of experience working with children through numerous coaching roles in a variety of sports including soccer, tennis, cricket and netball! In addition, Will is an English Football Association Qualified Soccer Coach.

Prior to working at HCDC, Will spent two summers working at a watersport activity center in the South of France and three winters working in the French Alps, most recently working as a UK Operations Executive for a Travel Company in London. Will strongly believes that children’s skills and personalities are developed by encouraging them to use their creativity in everything that they take part in.  Will can’t wait to return to as the Division Leader for the 7 year old boys.

 

Paul McDermott – 8 Year Old & 9 – 11 Year Old Boys

Paul hails from Dublin Ireland and is excited to be returning for his fifth summer at HCDC.  This summer, Paul will be joining our Leadership team as the 8 – 11 year old boys Division Leader.

Paul’s experience working with children is extensive.  He has developed expertise working with children with special needs and is exceedingly sensitive and responsive to the needs of his campers.  Paul has received the CIPD Award in coaching and mentoring from the National College of Ireland.

Paul enjoys being active and loves the outdoors.  He has coached basketball and soccer and is an accomplished swimmer. Paul has traveled extensively and relates to people of diverse cultures, making him an asset in our international camp community.  Paul’s enthusiasm is contagious and his genuine passion for camp is evident every day in his work.

 

Scott Abran – Sports Academy Coordinator

This is Scott’s fifth year working under the Hampton Country Day Camp umbrella and his third as our Sports Academy Coordinator. Scott lives locally in East Hampton and works at the Spring School as a Teaching Assistant. He also coaches middle school football, basketball and varsity baseball. Scott is talented at infusing as much fun as possible into all skill development and looking forward to another successful summer leading up the Sports Academy.

 

SWIM & PROGRAM

 

Tara Marcone – Swim Director

Tara is eager to start her fifth summer at HCDC and fourth year as Swim Director. Prior to working at HCDC, Tara spent 5 summers working at a camp for underprivileged children as the Head Lifeguard. Tara holds a current certification in Lifeguard Management from the American Red Cross and has been a certified lifeguard and water safety instructor for years. During the year, Tara is a fourth grade teacher on Long Island. Tara graduated from James Madison University and holds a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching. Tara has a joyful passion for teaching children. She enjoys spending the summer fostering the love of swimming to campers along with strengthening and developing their skills. Providing a fun and safe experience is her top priority.

 

Jenny Speicher – Program Coordinator

Jenny is eager to return to Hampton Country Day Camp for her fifth summer. After working as a senior counselor in the six and seven-year-old girls division, she is excited to take on a new role as Program Coordinator. During the school year Jenny is an elementary school teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland in Childhood Education and is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree at Molloy College in Special Education. Jenny cannot wait to put her spirit and energy into her new position and help create a summer to remember for every child who steps into Hampton Country Day Camp!