The team spends the year planning and overseeing every detail of the day-to-day happenings, mentoring our teachers, and completely immersing themselves in every aspect of Hollingworth Science Camp. Our leaders are not simply camp directors for the month of July, they are highly credentialed administrators, educators, and research scholars in the field of science and early childhood education.
Lisa Wright, Ed.D. serves as the director of The Hollingworth Center, a program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Under Dr. Wright’s leadership of 28 years, the Center develops model programs and offers enriched educational services for graduate students, educators, and children.
Jacquelyn serves as Director of Enrichment Services at The Hollingworth Center. Under her supervision, Hollingworth Science Camp provides innovative science-based education to hundreds of elementary school children every year. In keeping with the Center’s dual mission to provide educational enrichment to both children and educators, Jacquelyn provides teacher education and training for our science camp teachers.
Alison earned her Master’s in Elementary Education from Teachers College in 2006 and went on to teach for seven years in public and independent schools in New York City. She also taught for eight summers here at Hollingworth Science Camp. After starting a family, Alison took time at home to care for her twins, but she couldn't stay away from Hollingworth for long!
An alum of both the Hollingworth Preschool and Hollingworth Science Camp, Nina completed her undergraduate studies at Clark University in studio art and graphic design. Currently Nina is the Coordinator of Special Projects at Hollingworth, supporting our programs with her expertise in graphic design, research, teaching, and the visual arts.
Allison Bookbinder, originally from Connecticut, is a fourth-year PhD student in the Science Education program at Teachers College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Colgate University in Upstate New York, where she double majored in Biology and French. Allison joined The Hollingworth Center in 2015 and has enjoyed supporting Science Camp for the last three summers by maintaining communication with parents, organizing camp-wide events, and beyond.
Min Jung Lee is currently a fifth year PhD student in the Science Education program at Teachers College. She finished her undergraduate in South Korea, where she majored chemistry. She is a certified chemistry teacher in both South Korea and the U.S. Through her graduate studies, she is interested in science learning in informal environments; integrating STEM curriculum ; and teachers’ understanding of teaching science with an integration of mathematics.
Our Head Teachers teach in a variety of both private and public schools throughout the city, and hold Master’s degrees from Teachers College. Our Assistant Teachers are current Teachers College graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in the field of education. In addition, our teachers receive professional development as an integral part of our preparation for each camp season.
Our artists-in-residence facilitate our parade art class, while our movement instructors teach dance, outdoor games, and circus moves classes. Theme teachers lead our engineering-design challenge events and form connections between each group topic and our camp-wide theme with special theme lessons.