Meet Our Staff

Leadership

 

Noah GallagherNoah Gallagher, Camp Director

Noah is an experienced Jewish camping professional who joined Tel Noar after thirteen years as Director of JCC Denver Ranch Camp and Camp Young Judaea Midwest. He also served as Assistant Director of Camp Tel Yehudah and in roles at Young Judaea’s national organization. A graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, he brings a track record of strengthening camp programs, safety, camper care, staff training, enrollment, community, and parent partnership and satisfaction. A fluent Hebrew speaker and accomplished photographer, Noah holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and attended Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel.

Now in his first season at Tel Noar, Noah says, “I’m so thrilled to meet each of you in the Tel Noar family, and to welcome newcomers. The traditions and atmosphere of each camp are unique; I love learning all that is special about Tel Noar. Keeping us all at camp as safely and normally as possible is my top priority.”

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Amanda Charson, Assistant Director

When you call to enroll or ask questions, you’ll likely speak with Amanda first. Amanda is joining CTN’s year-round team in early 2019, but she already knows camp well; she was the CTN Program Director for three years, 2011-13. She comes to us from another assistant director role in which she has led youth and engagement for synagogue K-6 programs. She has extensive background as a high school teacher and an innovative K-12 synagogue school leader. Amanda holds a BA from the University of Florida and has attended law school as well. She says, “Growing up at summer camp taught me so much about friendship, independence, and the value of sleepaway camp for growth and confidence. I was a camp counselor for 5 years even before I came to CTN. Camp is close to my heart. Now I am so thrilled to rejoin Camp Tel Noar!

Michelle Jackson, Assistant Director

Michelle is returning to camp in even more of a leadership role. She has been CTN Program Director since 2017. As always, she brings a huge amount of creativity, energy and fun! She came to CTN from thirteen years at the Stoughton YMCA (previously the Striar JCC). In her career, she has overseen day camps, after-school programming, aquatics, membership, and family programming. She grew up in Marblehead where everyone she knew was connected to summer camps, and she is delighted to have her own camp friends now! With a BA in Psychology from Bowdoin, and her incredible experience, Michelle is a terrific asset to camp. Michelle loves being a part of this camp family and sharing her experience with her own family and wife (CTN alum!) Shanna Belenky.

Sharon Lasky, Director of Community Supporthead counselors

Our most tenured member of staff, Sharon has nurtured every camper and staffperson for 51 summers. The Sharon Lasky Scholarship Fund honors all that she means to CTN—and her commitment to camp families.

Sharon is your “camp mom,” a hug when you feel far from home, a wise friend when you want kindness and perspective, the smiling bringer-of-mail, and our unofficial camp historian and storyteller. She’s bubbly, fun, and a wonderful resource for our campers, counselors, parents and everyone in between. Have a summer birthday? Sharon will be the first to lead the camp in singing Happy Birthday and the first to skip around the room! You can always find Sharon around camp sporting her sun hat and walkie-talkie, ready for anything. Sharon is a great source of knowledge about the traditions and history of camp and helps infuse the legacy of Tel Noar in all that she does.

Summer Staff

Swimming Lessons

The Tel Noar staff undertakes with great care its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers. Each staff member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day. Tel Noar administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tel Noar counselors were Tel Noar campers themselves, and each of those came through our Dor L’Dor capstone program which combines an Israel experience with counselor training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a contingent from Israel, which greatly enhances the camp experience. We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.