Fresh Faces for 2017: Introducing Our New Head Counselors
Summer is on its way! Camp Pembroke is already brimming with excitement and fresh energy. Please join me in welcoming our 2017 Head Counselors, three wonderful women whom some of you may know already!
The Head Counselor role is central to how we build community and integrate campers into bunk life at Camp Pembroke. As part of our leadership team, the Head Counselors manage the camp units (Upper, Middle, Lower). Bunk counselors work with the Head Counselors to ensure the best possible living experience for each camper and staff person. Head Counselors are also available to respond to parent questions and concerns.
Each of these 2017 Head Counselors – all of whom are experienced teachers in the “off-season” – are already bringing their creativity and new ideas to the job. They can’t wait to spend this summer with our campers, learning and growing together to continue to enhance the sisterhood that is Camp Pembroke. Like me, they are all counting the days until camp.
Their excitement is evident, as they convey below in their own words:
“I am very excited to join the Pembroke staff! The Cohen Camps are a very special place for my family: my daughter attends Camp Pembroke, and my son goes to Camp Tevya. I feel honored to join such a dedicated and caring team of professionals.
I have been teaching for seventeen years, in grades kindergarten through second. In addition to my Master’s degree, I hold dual certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I currently teach kindergarten in the Hopkinton Public Schools and love every minute of it! I look forward to getting to know each of Pembroke’s campers, counselors, and families – and to take part in the summer excitement my daughter has been telling me about for years!”
Melissa (Mason) Ginsberg
“I am thrilled to be back at my summer home! I’ve spent 14 glorious summers at Camp Pembroke – as camper, counselor, Athletic Department Head, and Lower Camp Head Counselor – and can’t wait to return. Two of my children attend Pembroke, and my son attends Camp Tevya. My youngest, a toddler, will be a “mascot” at Pembroke this summer. I spent several weekends at Pembroke in 2016 to start preparing for my 2017 role, so I’ve had lots of fun planning this for a while now.
In fact, I credit Camp Pembroke with inspiring me to follow my life’s work as a teacher. For 18 years, I have been teaching fourth and fifth grade in the Hudson Public Schools. I can’t wait to meet this summer’s campers and our entire parent community!”
Deb (Bornstein) Hickey
“I am so excited to return to Pembroke this season for my 14th summer! The sign at Pembroke’s entrance says, “The journey begins here,” and my own Pembroke journey began at age 9. I have enjoyed every second of my experience moving from camper to CA to counselor and eventually to Middle Camp Head Counselor. This year I am ecstatic to be given the privilege once again be a Head Counselor.
I am currently enjoying my 15th year teaching 7th grade science in Millis, MA, where I get to be creative and make my students laugh every day both in the classroom and in the extracurricular activities that I organize for them. At home, I have a husband and two girls who can tell you that I love hip hop dance, cooking competition shows, being with family and friends, and laughing. My daughters will join Pembroke as campers this summer, and they are both overjoyed at the prospect of experiencing the place that they have heard so much about and that I have called my summer home for years!”
Thank you for joining me in welcoming these Head Counselors. I look forward to sharing more staff and camp updates with you in the coming weeks!