Meet the Summer Staff – Part 12

Posted on May 24, 2014

1. What’s your name? Stephany Turcios (Mostly everyone calls me Steph!)
2. What’s your age? 22
3. What’s your hometown? Baldwin, Long Island
4. What college/university do you attend? What major? I graduated in January from St. John’s University in Queens, NY with a BS.Ed in Childhood/Special Education. In January I began a fellowship program at Hofstra University on Long Island. Here I am studying and working to earn a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, focusing on Early Intervention services.
5. What’s your favorite food? I love home cooked meals, especially from my culture. Now that I am living on my own I really miss ‘real’ food (Easy Mac and Ramen noodles is just not the same)!
6. What’s your favorite camp activity and why? I might be a bit biased, but Arts & Crafts really is my favorite camp activity! It was so rewarding to see campers who didn’t consider themselves very artistic grow to really take pride in their creative work by the end of the sessions. It also gave campers time to express themselves and their feelings while at camp by using a different outlet.
7. What are you most looking forward to about summer and why? I cannot wait to see returning and new campers/staff! The Camp family has such a special bond that can’t be found anywhere else.
8. What’s your favorite camp core value (community, Christian Formation, Developing Leaders or Natural Setting) and Why? ‘Developing Leaders’ is my favorite camp core value. Each camp activity from cabin clean-up to the challenge course, provides campers with unique experiences to develop leadership qualities while providing opportunities to directly apply them. This value really applies to everyone at camp; campers, LITs, staff etc. By helping campers realize their full potential and supporting the development of leadership skills, we as staff are serving as role models to the campers.
9. What do you love most about Camp DeWolfe? My most favorite thing about Camp DeWolfe is the diversity found within the camp family. We have campers/staff from so many different cultures and backgrounds. I think this adds to the uniqueness of Camp DeWolfe. The diversity found at camp gives campers exposure to customs and perspectives different from their own. This truly adds new depths to each core value at Camp DeWolfe.
10. What’s your dream job/vocation/calling for life? Currently I am a substitute teacher for NYC, but I am looking forward to the day I have my own classroom! Specifically, teaching in modified settings with students with special needs is my goal. Also, I really want to teach in a community where there is a need for Spanish speaking educators. I feel that I could use my language skills to support parent/family engagement while serving as a community advocate!

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