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susan-leip-02Susan Leip, Director

Education: M.Ed., BA Boston College

Years at Beaver: 22 years

What I love best about Beaver: Camp is such a great experience for children and I love being a part of Beaver Summer Camp. The staff team that we form each summer is always such a caring and dedicated group of educators. I find it rewarding to work with people who love children and enjoy making a magical experience for our campers.

Interesting fact:  I taught in Laie, Hawaii for one year.  My classroom faced the ocean.  I still write to my co-teacher 3 times a year.  She is retired, but she is a great pen pal.

Tara Paulauskas, Associate Director

Education: LICSW, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Years at Beaver: 10 summers and 21 years in the camp and school communities respectively

What I love best about Beaver: I love the energy at camp! Observing people across age groups with varied life experiences and skill-sets all working together on a shared goal- to have a summer filled with fun and growth- is incredibly fueling for me. I could not be more excited to join the camp leadership team this ear.

Interesting fact: I have 2 children and one is going to be a first-time camper this summer! What a great commuting buddy!

Laurel Sullivan, Operations Manager

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College, Sociology

Years at Beaver: 6 years at camp and 3 years as a student

What I love best about Beaver:  I love getting to be a part of Beaver Summer Camp. I have had the opportunity of working as a counselor, and have experienced the teamwork and dedication among them. Since joining the Office Staff, I love to chat with campers who come into the office about their favorite parts of their day and enjoy meeting the wonderful family and friends of our campers!

Interesting fact:  I lived in Australia for a year before going to college!

Seasonal Leadership

Lynne Strobl, Lower Camp Director

Education: I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Salem State University.

Years at Beaver: 17 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a 6th Grade Science teacher for Topsfield Public Schools!

Jill David, Assistant Lower Camp Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College in Theater and Dramatic Literature.

Years at Beaver: 9 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a teacher in the Angier Afterschool Program in Newton, MA!

Gaby Yurrita, Assistant Lower Camp Director

Education: I have an Associate’s Degree from Mass Bay Community College in Early Childhood Education.

Years at Beaver: 9 years

When not working at Beaver: TBA Early Learning Center and Assistant Director of Extend Day at Memorial Spaulding.

Christina Lozier, Middle Camp Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree from Boston College in Social Work.

Years at Beaver: 3 years

When not working at Beaver: I am an adjustment counselor at Walpole High School!

 

Andrew Grusby, Middle Camp Assistant Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree from Boston University in Early Childhood Education

Years at Beaver: 9 years

When not working at Beaver: 4th Grade Teacher at Mitchell School in Needham.

 

Joanna Murray, Upper Camp Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Salem State University.

Years at Beaver: 10 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a middle school English teacher in Everett, MA!

 

 

Scott Vinchesi, Assistant Upper Camp Director

Education: I am getting a Master’s Degree in Advanced Elementary Studies from Salem State

Years at Beaver: 7 years

When not working at Beaver: Special Education Paraprofessional at E. Ethal Little Elementary in North Reading.

 

Daniel Costigan, Senior Camp Director

Education: I have an MAT from Simmons College.

Years at Beaver: 7 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a long term substitute teacher at Amesbury High School.

 

 

Paul Kielb, Assistant Senior Camp Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UMass Boston.

Years at Beaver: 10 years

When not working at Beaver: I am the 2nd and 3rd grade Coordinator at the Mason-Rice Extended Day Program.

 

larry-mckinneyLarry McKinney, Aquatics Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.

Years at Beaver: 26 years

When not working at Beaver: I teach Science at the Upper School at Beaver Country Day.

 

Casey Dolan, Aquatics Director

Education: Masters in Art of Teaching from James Madison University and Masters in

Education, Organizational Leadership from Endicott College

Years at Beaver: 5 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a Fifth grade teacher in Newton Public Schools and father of two amazing daughters!

Cathy Keating, Aquatics Director

Education: M.A. in Elementary Education and Inclusion from Teachers College, Columbia University

Years at Beaver: First!

When not working at Beaver: I am an Instructional Coach for Boston Public Schools

 

larry-mckinneyTom Manning, Director of Safety and Operations

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in Education from Tufts University.

Years at Beaver: 26 years

When not working at Beaver: I am an Administrator and English teacher here at Beaver Country Day School.

Thomas Reid, Counselor-in-Training  Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Technology from Northeastern University.

Years at Beaver: 6 years

When not working at Beaver: I am the 4th-5th Grade Coordinator at the Driscoll Extended Day Program.

 

Allison Fisher, Counselor-in-Training Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in English and Education from Georgia State University.

Years at Beaver: 2021 was my first summer!

When not working at Beaver: I am an 8th Grade English teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, MA.

Sean Curran, Trip Camps Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Northeastern University.

Years at Beaver: 10 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a Special Education teacher at Bowman Elementary School in Lexington, MA!

Alicia Ruth Jackson, Performing Arts Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance from Faulkner University.

Years at Beaver: 4 years

When not working at Beaver: I am the Kindergarten Coordinator for the Driscoll Extended Day Program in Brookline, MA.

Sarah Miller, Visual Arts Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Years at Beaver: 11 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a preschool teacher in Wellesley, MA.

 

Nate Guevin, Design Lab Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Bennington College in Education and Computer Science.

Years at Beaver: 10 years

When not working at Beaver: I am a teacher in Beaver Country Day School’s Research and Design Center during the school year.

 

Pearl Laxague, Adventure Challenge Director

Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from UMass Lowell.

Years at Beaver: 8 years

When not working at Beaver: I was a middle school teacher in Lowell, MA this past year!

 

Zach Fraielli, Sports Director

Education: I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from UMass Boston.

Years at Beaver: 5 years

When not working at Beaver: I teach Kindergarten at Brookline Public Schools.

 

Todd Morse, Extended Day Director

Education: B.A., Boston College

Years at Beaver: 12

When not working at Beaver: I am the Director of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts Community Theater Academy

Kim Birkett, Office Assistant

Education: M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire

Years at Beaver: 10 years

When not working at Beaver: I am an English Teacher and Cheerleading Coach at Norton High School