At the heart of The Keiki Explorers Club, you will find a camp staff that is second to none! Our incredible counselors include a mix of New Jersey Certified Educators and high achieving college students. With decades of combined classroom and camp experience, our staff is ready for anything that our adventures have in store for us! All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Our core group of counselors have been working together for years and know exactly how to provide our kids with a fun, meaningful, and memorable summer the Keiki way! Scroll down to learn a little bit more about who we are!
MrP's adventures have taken him from trail blazing in the rainforests of Belize to hang gliding over the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but his greatest adventures have come while working in the classrooms of Montclair's Renaissance Middle school. He has spent the last 12 falls teaching at Renaissance and 10 summers as a counselor, manager, then part owner of Surf and Turf Adventure Camp. Now, he's proud to lead The Keiki Explorers Club into its second summer of fun!
Richard Gazzillo, a man People Magazine once called "Not a candidate for our Greatest Man Alive award" is excited to be back at Keiki Explorers for another amazing summer. Richard Gazzillo, is currently the 6th grade mathematics teacher at Renaissance Middle school in Montclair, NJ. In addition to teaching, Rich oversees various extra-curricular activities, including the Renaissance baseball team, Science Olympiad team, and Magic the Gathering club and is currently pursuing his masters in Education Supervision and Administration. Rich has 18 years of experience working in the Camp setting, including assistant director, general counselor, yoga and archery instructor. In his free time Rich, enjoys playing every sport imaginable or unimaginable, attempting to play guitar, collecting vinyl records and fighting crime as (due to pending legal litigation) Flying Nocturnal Mammal Man.
Hello! Elena here. I am currently a sophomore studying chemical engineering at Princeton University. I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and one of my favorite extracurricular activities has always been working with kids, whether it was through summer camp, babysitting, or tutoring. I've been a camp counselor and lifeguard for five years, and I really enjoy working with children and young adults.
Scott is currently a Senior at TCNj who is majoring in Elementary Education and History. He has been with the camp since he was a camper in 2004. His favorite trip was the trip to Niagara Falls a couple years ago. During his free time Scott volunteers at Renaissance Middle School with the band, listens to music, plays the saxophone, and let's just say he and Superman have never been seen in the same place.
Is super excited to be a part of the Keiki Explorers Staff! Kelly has been working with young children in the camp and classroom setting for over 10 years. Though working at an elementary school in North Brunswick is her first love, one of her other loves is travel. She has spent time jumping over the Grand Canyon, catching waves at the Jersey Shore, and running through the hills of Salzburg, Austria. Kelly is always up and ready for the next adventure all while capturing it on camera. She also enjoys eating good food wherever she goes. Food. Is. Awesome.
Alex is currently an undergraduate student studying Sports Management at Rutgers University and was on the Women's Rowing Team at The University of Delaware. Her favorite hiking adventure was in the beautiful mountains of Howth, Ireland. Alex loves being outside, playing sports, listening to music, and swimming.
Meet Greg, AKA Greg the Intern, AKA Greg the worker. He is our helpful healthcare professional. He is an EMT and counselor, so he's all about helping the campers enjoy their week at Keiki. When he is not busy working he enjoys being outside and exploring the tristate area. His goal for the summer of 2017 is to get his family up to the top of High Point State Park's monument. Oh, and his favorite summer hangout? Yankee Stadium of course!
Supernova Tova is currently at Rutgers University studying Education and resides in New Brunswick, NJ. Along with the many places she has explored with Keiki, Tova has travelled to places all over the world.
Whether it was polar-plunging in Alaska, capturing images of beautiful architecture in Spain, biking for days in Canada, searching for baby turtles in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, or riding the rapids of the Colorado River
Emma is a freshman at The University of Vermont and has been a camper for seven years as well as counselor for three. She has experience with children from babysitting for 10 families in Montclair to tutoring at Renaissance Middle School. Emma is a member of the outing club at UVM and goes hiking and skiing all over Vermont. Emma loves to adventure and is looking forward to being outdoors all summer with Keiki!