The Spark! – July 2018

A Note From The Director
Dear Parents,
Summer is finally here! We are enjoying the first few weeks of camp and getting to know our new and old friends. Some children are only with us for a week or two and some spend the whole summer with us. It’s also fun to see our past toddler campers age up to gymnastics camp! My own daughter, Sabrina, usually spends a few weeks here in gymnastics camp and I feel lucky that we get a little extra time together. 

Summer is also like a staff reunion here at Discovery because many of our past staff members come back to work in the camps. Some were part of our early childhood program and some have worked summer camp every year. It’s a wonderful feeling having a group of core staff that work well together. They know the ins and outs of our daily schedule, how we run our programs and our philosophy. The teachers are always happy to see their former students and reconnect with the families. They are an amazing team and I love that they are still like family even after they moved on to other jobs years ago. Check out our summer camp staff below. 

Hope to see you this summer and if not, in the fall for classes!

Warm Wishes,

Katie Kheel
Introducing our 2018 Summer Camp Staff!
We’d like to welcome all of our lovely summer camp staff members with a brief introduction to who they are and what they do! 
Jen Katz
Group: Turtles
Outside of Discovery: Jen is a busy mom of two busy kids. 
Fun Fact: When she’s not teaching in Early Childhood and Art at Discovery, or running around her two kids, she loves going on long walks through Riverside Park with her dog, Percy.
Sarah Roberts
Group: Turtles and Gymnastics Camp
Outside of Discovery: Sarah teaches dance and dances in a small contemporary company called Mook Dance Company. 
Fun Fact: Sarah is originally from Florida, so summer is her favorite time of year!

Misaki Hiyami
Group: Turtles and Dolphins
Ouside of Discovery: Misaki performs with a few dance companies.
Fun Fact: Misaki was born in Tokyo and moved to the US in 2015. 
Marissa Graham
Group: Gymnastics Camp
Outside of Discovery: Marissa teaches dance in several public after school programs, works at a music venue, and pursues freelance professional dance.
Fun Fact: Marissa traveled to Cuba in college to study salsa dancing!
Katrina Muffley
Group: Dolphins
Outside of Discovery: Katrina is a professional dancer and dance teacher. 
Fun Fact: Whenever she has a little free time, one of Katrina’s favorite hobbies is to make handmade cards for family and friends. 
Samantha Lysaght
Group: Turtles
Outside of Discovery: Samantha is a dancer, performing with a couple of different dance companies. 
Fun Fact: Sam can’t wink with her left eye.
Josh Max
Group: Almost On My Own (AOMO)
Outside of Discovery: Josh is a 5th grade teacher with the Co-op school starting this year, and has been a 4th grade teacher for the past three years. 
Fun Fact: Josh just adopted a kitten named Pip who likes to sleep on his tummy. 
Timi Mathai
Group: Dolphins
Outside of Discovery: When she’s not working at Discovery, Timi’s favorite thing to do over the summer is explore the many ice cream places around the city and try all the new and strange flavors. She will soon be embarking on a career as a primary school teacher.
Fun Fact: Timi loves gardening, and she’s currently trying to convert her balcony into an oasis. 
Lila Wolfson
Group: Turtles and Dolphins
Outside of Discovery: Lila is an undergraduate student at NYU studying Early Childhood Education. When she’s not in school or at Discovery, she loves to walk her dogs and do yoga.
Fun Fact: Her family has a parrot who is 28 years old. 
Ashley Brock
Group: Seahorses
Outside of Discovery: Ashley works as a paraprofessional in the NYC public school system.
Fun Fact: This is Ashley’s sixth year at Discovery!
Breyana Anderson
Group: Seahorses
Outside of Discovery: Breyana is a current undergraduate student at State University of New York-Plattsburgh.
Fun Fact: One of her favorite things to do is try new restaurants!
Photo Op: 10th Anniversary Karate Celebration!
Photo Op: Gymnastics Team Goes to Worlds!
Two of our competitive gymnasts, Isabel Vanderveen and Perry Sloan, competed at the USAIGC World Gymnastics Competition in Orlando, FL in June.
Isabel placed 3rd on Floor, 6th on Beam, 6th on Bars, 13th on Vault, and 5th All-Around in her age division.
Perry placed 11th on Floor and 12th on Beam.
Discovery Announcements!
Join us for Summer Camp!
– Register ASAP for Summer Camp at Discovery! We have morning programs for 3-5 year olds and both half and full day gymnastics programs for ages 5-13. 
Summer Classes
– Discovery has classes for all ages throughout the summer in toddler programs, art, gymnastics, ballet, parkour, and more! 
Fall Registration is open!
– Don’t wait to sign up for Fall 2018 classes! Spots will soon be filling up in gymnastics, ballet, and parkour. 

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