Each summer we hire a group of energetic and responsible college students as program assistants or “PAs” to live alongside participants while providing care and supervision. We actively seek out successful young adults who are committed to our shared mission of providing participants with a fun, engaging summer program experience in a setting that fosters independence and growth. In many cases we have the advantage of hiring Davidson Academy chaperones who are very familiar with working directly with profoundly gifted youth on a daily basis. After getting to know our seasonal team members through the interview process, PAs are thoughtfully matched with a group of participants whom they accompany throughout the week and attend the academic courses in an effort to create a close-knit community.
Seasonal staff bios coming spring 2020
We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of year-round staff members to plan and implement a memorable summer experience. We are proud members of the American Camp Association and participate in yearly summer program conferences, training, and program development events to continually improve the summer programs we offer. Leadership staff members are on-site daily and are primarily responsible for program and staff management, as well as facilitating parent communication.
Kayla joined the Davidson Institute in 2014 after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She truly enjoys planning and coordinating the summer programs. STARS and THINK are a fun highlight of her work year and she looks forward to making each summer better than the last. She is constantly inspired by the families and community within Davidson programs and enjoys seeing the connections made during the summer.
Jessica developed a passion for nonprofit work while completing her bachelor's degree and teaching English in Southeast Asia. After working in fundraising and volunteer management, she found her niche in program development. Jessica enthusiastically joined the Davidson team in 2013 to help create memorable programs for gifted youth. Her favorite part of every summer is seeing the amazing personal and social growth that students make.
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Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.