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’s passion for working with children and their families
can be traced back to her upbringing. Whether it was spending her summer before
college as a preschool summer camp teacher or providing hours of fun and care
as a nanny, she has been involved with youth development from the start. After
earning her degree in Human Development and Family Studies, she was drawn to
the mission of the Davidson Institute and the families it serves. Kayla began
her career at Davidson as a family consultant through the Young Scholars
program, and through that experience she quickly learned of the countless
benefits summer programs provided gifted students. Since then, she joined the
summer team and found her niche in developing youth summer programs. Taking her
own experience as a camper with her, she is motivated to create experiences for
students to grow, make lasting memories, and simply have fun! Kayla’s favorite
part of each summer is seeing the friendships formed and making genuine,
lasting connections with families. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the
numerous fun events Northern Nevada provides and spending time with her family.
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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.