Meet the Team
I was the Camp Director of A Montessori Summer, a day camp for 3-12 year olds in Brooklyn, for 15 summers. During the school year I led the school’s after-school program, visual and performing arts department, and served as their Athletic Director. Currently I do educational consulting on a variety of topics such as school scheduling and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Before living in New York I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where I spent my summers piling into the family station wagon and spending lazy days at the beach with my mother, aunts, and cousins. Weekend visits at my dad and stepmom’s were beachy as well—swimming, diving off my dad’s shoulders, snorkeling, and digging through the muck for quahogs. I treasure my memories of growing up at the beach.
I am beyond excited to return to Saltaire Day Camp for a second summer. The community was welcoming, open-minded and so grateful for some recreation programming for their children during a pandemic. Although there will still be some restrictions, we are slowly returning to normal–and I am confident that as a community we will have a safe and fun summer in Saltaire that will nourish our spirits.
Meg Schou (LaRocca)
Camp Aquatics Director
Hi everyone, my name is Meg Schou and I am the Camp Aquatics Director. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY and have spent every summer between Kismet and Fair Harbor. Time flies and this will be my sixteenth summer working for The Village of Saltaire. In 2006 I started as a lifeguard, and I have been growing my water safety education and certifications since then. I love aquatics!
From the months of September- June I can be found on the mainland teaching high school Health and coaching Girls Varsity Swimming. I received my bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and K-12 Education from Towson University (Go Tigers!) and my master’s degree in Special Education from Touro College. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family, swim, run and read. We have a fun summer planned, and I can’t wait for it to start!
Field Program Director
Hey everyone! This will be my 6th summer working for the Saltaire Day Camp and my 2nd year at this position. I previously served as a Group Leader from 2016 – 2019, where it laid the groundwork for my love & appreciation for such an amazing community that I call a second home. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY (just a five minute drive from Robert Moses Beach) and I currently live up on the north shore of Long Island in a small town called Oyster Bay. I’ve been working as a high school English teacher for the past seven years at one of Manhattan’s top schools. I earned my undergraduate degree from SUNY Oswego in 2013 and completed my Master’s program from LIU Post in 2018.
In these different & difficult times, I think it’s more important than ever for children to get the opportunity to experience a FUN summer through learning, friendship, and camaraderie through outdoor games & activities.
It is my goal this summer to bring out the best attributes in all of our campers. We’re going to make the summer of 2021 the most memorable one yet. I look forward to seeing you all soon! Now, let’s play ball!
Art Program Director
Hi Saltaire! My name is Andrea Rogers, and I am a lifetime Fire Islander. As a Fire Islander, I too attended Saltaire Day Camp for a few summers throughout my childhood. This year will be my 5th Summer working at the Camp, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to re-join Saltaire Day Camp for my 3rd summer as the Art Program Director.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Child Development and focus in Fine Arts, I worked in Manhattan as both a Special Education and Early Childhood teacher for the last five years. Most recently, I have been working on graduate degrees at Bank Street College and CUNY Hunter School of Social Work.
Hello, my name is Dillon Archer and this will be my third summer at Saltaire Day Camp. I was born and raised in West Islip, NY. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Education from SUNY Oswego and recently received my Masters Degree in Educational Technology from LIU Post. I taught Social Studies in a Brooklyn high school for 5 years where I also served as the Lead Teacher. I currently teach high school social studies right here on Long Island. I truly love teaching and building relationships with my students. I am a huge Yankees and Jets fan and love sports. I also coach baseball and football at the middle school level in my school district. I am very much looking forward to spending another summer working by the beach in Saltaire. Can’t wait to get started and have a great summer!
Hello everyone! My name is Jillian Archer and this will be my fourth year at Saltaire Day Camp. As a Long Island native, I am an avid beach-goer and am so excited for this summer! I graduated from Adelphi University in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. After teaching for 3 years in New York City, I moved back out to Long Island and am currently teaching ESL to 3rd and 4th graders in Suffolk County, NY. I have also worked with children as a cheerleading coach and travel camp counselor. My hobbies include staying active, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places. I am so grateful to return to work in such a beautiful town and cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for us at Saltaire Day Camp!
Nature Program Director
Hi campers and parents! You might remember me as Nature Meg from the past four years of Camp or as Meagan from the Office! I am excited to continue to offer a thoroughly hands-on Nature program! I will also be doing a little more behind-the-scenes work (you may find me inspecting your recent construction!) For those of you who don’t know me, I am a year-round Fire Island resident and an EMT and Firefighter with the Fair Harbor Fire Department. Since graduating college I have educated preschool and school-age children on the East Coast and abroad. When I’m not working for Saltaire, you can find me playing beach volleyball, tending my garden, or exploring Fire Island’s wildlife. Our goal for this summer is to get up-close and personal with our flora and fauna in Saltaire and on Fire Island as a whole. Excited to see you all again this summer!
Hi everyone! My name is Renee Walters and this will be my third year here working for Saltaire Day Camp. This past May I graduated from Farmingdale State College with a Bachelor’s in environmental science, along with a minor in sociology. I grew up on the water in West Islip, NY, and spent my summers boating, fishing, and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Throughout the years my jobs have revolved around kids. During the offseason, as well as continuing through the summer, I am also a manager of a paint studio, where I run children’s paint classes. I’ve grown to love working with kids and seeing them grow into amazing individuals. I’m excited to spend the summer sharing everything I’m passionate about with them!
Group Leader – ASL Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Tricia Mueller. This will be my fourth summer having the pleasure to work in Saltaire. This fall I’ll be going into my third year studying American Sign Language – English Interpretation at Rochester Institute of Technology. As an infant I was introduced to ASL, and it quickly became my first language.
Since then, I love being a member of the Deaf Community and attending Deaf Events. During the school year, I enjoy playing and being a team member on RIT’s Deaf Volleyball Association. All year I look forward to teaching the campers and their families during our weekly ASL Classes. My favorite part of our class is making our Annual ASL Music Video to showcase what everyone has learned. I can’t wait to share another summer at Saltaire Day Camp.
Group Leader/Recreation Support
Hello everyone! My name is Connor Lambert. Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed Saltaire Day Camp and the activities that were offered. My favorite team to be a part of was Corkball. During the school year, I would go back home to Virginia Beach. Eventually, my love for sports led me to Long Island University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting and Communications. I look forward to another great summer at Saltaire Day Camp!
Hey everyone! My name is Ryan Denninger and this will be my first summer working as a group leader at Saltaire Day Camp. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in History and completed my graduate program at Long Island University-Post with a master’s degree in Adolescent Education: Social Studies. I am currently a high school history teacher in Brooklyn and I love what I do! In my free time, I love keeping active in any way possible. I love playing sports and rooting on my favorite professional sports teams in the Yankees, Knicks, and Jets. I also enjoy working out each and every day, but I can’t deny the fact that my eating habits need to improve. Way too much pizza! Nothing beats spending beautiful summer days on the beach so I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with you all.
Hi everyone! My name is Gianna Fioravanti and this is my first year working at the camp as a group leader. I am a sophomore at the University of Connecticut studying business. I am from West Islip, NY and grew up spending my summers at the beach and in the water. Before starting at Saltaire Day Camp I have experience babysitting and coaching children with ages ranging from one to nine years old. I love to spend my time at the beach, with friends and family and staying active. I am excited to spend my summer with everyone at the Saltaire Day Camp!
Yoga Program Director
Dear Friends: If there were ever a time for yoga, it is now. I am so looking forward to returning to the Saltaire Camp/Recreation Program to bring Yoga to your children. This will be my fifth summer. For those of you who do not know me, I have been coming to Saltaire since my son Alexander was born, 18 years ago. After completing my Yoga training (200TTC) to become a licensed yoga instructor, I soon discovered the joy and true sense of peace in teaching at our beach. Currently, I am furthering my prana vinyasa, restorative, yin and reiki studies in Los Angeles and completing my 300TTC. I look forward to showing and building a harmony with your children; sharing the beauty, focus and strength of yoga and our environment. I am grateful to be sharing what I love and strive to make your child’s yoga journey fun, fresh and challenging. Namaste
I am a violinist, pianist, and composer from Seattle, Washington. I’ve lived in NYC for the last 13 years and I have taught students of all ages since 1993. I was the Music Director at Bucks Rock Camp-an overnight camp in Milford, Connecticut. Most recently I taught violin at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. I look forward to leading the children of Saltaire in some musical explorations, including the all important movement to music! Each session will include some dancing to fiddle tunes.
“Nurse Dana” here and I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to be the Medical Director for the Village of Saltaire Day Camp of 2021. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your campers and enjoying the amazing things they will do at camp. My top priority is ensuring that all of the staff and campers remain safe and healthy during their camp experience.
I grew up in Brightwaters and now live in Bay Shore, during the winter. From March until November, my husband, Joe Hanner and I live in Kismet, along with our yellow lab, Rocky, who is a certified therapy dog. Rocky loves to visit hospitals, schools and libraries. I have been living on Fire Island, from Dunewood to Kismet, since I was 15 years old.
I have decades of experience as a pediatric nurse, working at many hospitals and home care. During the last few years I have been a substitute School Nurse at the Woodhull School, in Ocean Beach, as well as the Bay Shore Schools.
Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, currently a senior at Stony Brook University studying Marine Vertebrate Biology. I’m Long Island born and raised, from Massapequa. I grew up on the waters on Long Island, spent every day of my childhood exploring sea life, surfing, swimming, and a whole lot more. I have been an ocean lifeguard for the past six years at Tobay Beach, just a few miles west of Saltaire. One of my biggest passions in life is marine conservation, especially taking care of local Flora and Fauna of Long Island and her waters. This is going to be my first summer here at Saltaire Day Camp, and I couldn’t be more excited to meet everyone!
Hi everyone! My name is Gianna, and I am currently a junior at SUNY Cortland where I am studying Inclusive Education. At SUNY Cortland, I am also a member of the Inclusive Education club. I grew up nearby Fire Island on the Town of Babylon beach, Oak Beach. So, I have always spent my summers on the water boating and fishing. Before starting here at Saltaire Day Camp, I have a lot of experience babysitting children ages 2-13. This will be my first summer at Saltaire Day Camp, and I’m so excited to see what this summer has in store!
Hi everyone! My name is Christina Molloy and this will be my first summer working as Group Leader for the Saltaire Day Camp. I am entering my junior year at Siena College and I plan to become a teacher. I’m from West Islip, NY and I spent many of my summers boating on the Great South Bay. Some of my favorite summer memories include boating at Atlantique and spending time in the Adirondacks. Before working at Saltaire Day Camp, I was a tennis instructor at a tennis camp in Suffolk County. Some of my favorite hobbies include long distance running, playing tennis, swimming, and of course going to the beach! I’m so grateful for this opportunity to work at Saltaire Day Camp and I’m so excited to see what’s to come this summer!
Assistant Camp Aquatics Director
Hey everyone! My name is Caitlin Appel and I will be the Assistant Camp Aquatics Director this summer. I am proudly born and raised in West Islip, NY. I am super pumped to start here! I am a school counselor here on Long Island. I have been a lifeguard for the past 8 years. I coach soccer for a JV high school team and SUSA. I also coach lacrosse and have spent most of my summers instructing swim. I played soccer and lacrosse at NYIT where I received my bachelors and masters. I always aim to advocate for what is best for the children and always prioritize having fun! Swimming, running, sports, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, and skating are all things that make me happy. I am so excited for what this summer camp is going to bring me!
Hi Saltaire!! My name is Jill May and this is my second year coaching lacrosse at the Saltaire Camp! I am a Kismet year-round resident and I am the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Division I, Manhattan College! I played collegiate lacrosse at The Ohio State University as well as Long Island University Brooklyn, where I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Special Education! When I am not at Manhattan College or on the beach, you can find me working for my small business, Island Lacrosse LLC, specializing in private and group lacrosse lessons as well as recruitment for collegiate women’s lacrosse players! I am excited to bring back lacrosse to the island for the summer, teach new things and have fun with all the campers!