Seasonal Summer Staff
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.
A health supervisor also joins us to oversee the wellness and care of each participant during the program. Specifically, the health supervisor reviews participant information ahead of time, corresponds with parents regarding any medical care needs, and completes a short intake process with each participant upon arrival. Our health supervisor is a registered licensed nurse for the state of Nevada.
All staff members are carefully selected through a multi-step interview process and complete a background check, drug screening, and CPR/first aid certification before completing our multi-day training program prior to the program.
Other support staff members include a night shift supervisor and University affiliates.
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.
Jessica has enjoyed working in youth development for the past decade. Her journey began while teaching English in Thailand to K-12 students. Through that experience she developed a passion for working with children and young adults in educational settings and cultivated an appreciation for the impact of charitable organizations within a community. Since then, she has dedicated her career to nonprofit management and working in higher education institutions. Jessica joined Davidson in 2013, where she has been able to combine her background in education, nonprofit management, and youth programming.
Jessica is a huge fan of youth summer programs and firmly believes there is a “magic” at camp that is difficult to replicate anywhere else. Outside of the summer program world, she is an avid baker and spends much of her time exploring Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Sierra Nevada.