Meet Our Summer 2013 Head Staff: Part II

  • Happy New Year! One of my favorite things about January is that I can now start saying “this” summer instead of “next” summer. Yes, summer 2013 is just 175 days away and the excitement grows as we continue to hire our staff for “this” summer. In November we introduced you to our Head Counselors. Now we are happy to introduce our other adult team members, including many familiar faces and a new Head of Arts and Crafts. And, after a one year hiatus, we are thrilled to welcome Glenn back as Head of Land Sports. These are the people who help make Camp Tevya the very special place that it is.

    Head of Arts and Crafts: Miryam Sharon

    IMG_6869I am excited to begin my first year at camp Tevya as the Head of Arts and Crafts. Joining me will be my girls; Daya,

    who is 13 and just celebrated her Bat Mitzvah, Ella, who is 10, and Lia, who is seven. I have worked as a preschool teacher for six years and this is my fourth year teaching at Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, MA. I also teach Jewish Art and Hebrew at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Westborough, MA. I received my degree in Industrial design from Hadassah College in Jerusalem and served two years in the IDF as a paramedic. I moved to Massachusetts in 2002 with my husband and family. I enjoy cooking, art, and reading books in Hebrew! I am eager to share my love for art with your children, and am looking forward to meeting everyone this summer.

    Head of Land Sports: Glenn Brannon

    with bethI’m happy to be returning to camp. I spent last summer in Tucson, Arizona, and had a great time, but I missed everyone at Tevya. I’ll be back at Land Sports again for my fifth summer. I’m still teaching English to freshmen and seniors at Wellington High School in the West Palm area. I can’t wait to see you all.

    Office Manager: Jen Goodman

    JenThis will be my second summer as Office Manager, but my 13th overall. Many years ago, I spent my summers on Lake Potanipo as a camper, CIT, bunk counselor, and Assistant Head of Waterfront and I am thrilled to be back working in the office. In addition to these roles, I have also been a camp parent for the last six summers. My children, Sara, Amy, Jack, and Adam have been enjoying their summers at camp for many years, this summer being their 7th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd summers respectively.

    In the off-season, I live in Westborough, MA with my husband, Sam, where I stay busy volunteering in my children’s schools and at our Synagogue, all the while trying to keep up with our children and all of their activities. We are all looking forward to another summer of making memories on the shores of Lake Potanipo.

    Head of Waterfront: Harrison Shapiro

    harrison shapiroThis will be my 14th summer at camp and I am so excited to be back on beautiful Lake Potanipo. This will be my seventh summer on staff and my second as the Head of Waterfront. I have been on the Windsurfing, Boating and Canoeing, and Waterskiing departments, and have been the Head of both Boating and Canoeing and Waterskiing. I am from Stamford, Connecticut and in the fall I plan to enter the student teaching phase of my Physical Education program at Central Connecticut State University.

    This summer, I look forward to being back at the beach with all my staff. My experiences from past summers on the lake along with my Physical Education training will enable me to come up with new activities to implement within each of the departments. I cannot wait to see everyone out on Potanipo!

    Head of Photography: Amy Blotner

    DSC_0200SMILES, SMILES, and SMILES! That’s what I get to photograph all summer long. Lots of awesome, happy, smiling campers having an amazing time with their friends on the shores of Lake Potanipo! This will be my 11th summer at Camp Tevya. My youngest son Squirt (aka: Adam Goffstein) and I followed my two older children (Matthew and Sara Zimmer) to camp. Best decision we ever made! (I now also wait ten for two!)

    When I started at camp I was teaching “old fashion” photography. Guess what, I still do! The campers love taking photos around camp with manual film cameras and then they learn to print B&W negatives in the dark room. The darkroom is one of the coolest places (figuratively and literally!) in camp to be. Over the years my position has expanded to taking photos around camp during day and evening activities, and posting them online for all the parents to see, as well as helping put together the Kolainu (yearbook).

    I look forward to meeting, photographing, and having another incredible summer at Tevya with all your children!

    Head of Jewish Life and Learning: Heidi Lovitz

    Camp Tevya - July 30, 2011 - Shabbat MorningI joined Camp Tevya as the Head of Jewish Life and Learning 13 years ago (known then only as the “Culture Department”). I came to camp with my two children, Melissa and Samuel, and my husband, Peter, joined us on Shabbat. Now, my son, who is finishing his senior year at Westford Academy, is also a staff member, and my daughter and husband still enjoy coming for Shabbat!

    In the off-season, I am the Director of Education and Programming at Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, NH. I have held this position for the last three years. Prior to that, I worked as a Family Educator and sixth grade teacher at Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton for 15 years. Jewish Education in all its forms is truly a passion for me.

    I continue to be inspired by the opportunity for growth and innovation each camp season. Bringing new ideas and improving on the standards are exciting for me. I eagerly await my new staff for this summer and cannot wait to welcome another “mishlachat” (Israeli Delegation) to Tevya.

    Head of Tennis: Emanuela Bilderman

    manuYes, it’s me: Emanuela (you know me as Manu) Bilderman. I will be back again as the Head of Tennis for my seventh summer! I was born in Tel Aviv and have been living in Israel since then. I have worked as a physical education teacher for the past 30 years at a high school in Holon. I live in Rishon Le Zion with my Husband, Offer, and we have three children. My whole family knows how to play tennis. When I was 16-years-old, I was the third-ranked tennis player for my age in Israel. I have been the Head of Tennis at Tevya since 2007. I am proud to have the chance to teach camp Tevya’s campers tennis, watch them improve their skills with training and fun, and see them return as tennis counselors.

    Head of Shira: Aaron Tornberg

    AaronThis year will be my second at Camp Tevya after spending last summer on Lake Potanipo with my wife, Kim, and three-year-old son, Benjamin. I have been an educator and Jewish music specialist for over 25 years. I have worked at synagogues in Kansas City, Cincinnati, Boston, Toronto, New Hampshire, and many more. I currently teach web design and technology courses at North Shore Community College in Beverly and Lynn, MA. I am also teaching various technology courses at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA including several I will be bringing to Tevya this coming summer!

    But before getting to the exciting new electives, as Head of Shira this summer, I will be teaching a wealth of traditional and new Jewish melodies, as well as many great camp classics. So, while Shira will be the main focus of my life at Tevya in 2013, I will be bringing my educational technology expertise to the new Videography and Claymation electives. I am very excited to bring new electives and new songs to camp this year. Get ready for another great summer!

    Head of Performing Arts: Sara Phillips

    DSC_0426I am so excited to be returning for my second summer at Tevya as the Head of Performing Arts. This year has been a huge one for me. I spent my off-season student teaching in my home state of Illinois, and am graduating from Illinois State University with my degree in Theatre

    Education in May. In my free time, I keep busy by teaching creative drama, directing, stage-managing, and performing with several local theater companies, and of course, dreaming up big ideas for Tevya 2013!

    I am definitely looking forward to working with some amazing kids to create amazing camp theater this summer, and coming back for another round of that awesome Tevya Spirit! See you all in El Bess!

    I am so lucky to work with this dedicated and energetic team of professionals. I can’t wait for all of you to meet them in person “this” summer. See you in 175 more days!

    With Tevya Spirit,

    Mindee

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