Meet our Counselors

We were so fortunate to have a great staff to guide and inspire our Great Ex campers this summer. Their skills, talents and experience helped create amazing educational experiences for our campers.

  Haleigh     (pronounced like Sally) grew up in St. Pete and visited Great Explorations many times as a child; she loved it so much that she began volunteering here in high school.      Haleigh graduated from UF in May with a degree in Elementary Education and is taking Master’s courses this summer and through the spring. She loves working with children whether it is reading stories, singing or doing arts & crafts.

Haleigh (pronounced like Sally) grew up in St. Pete and visited Great Explorations many times as a child; she loved it so much that she began volunteering here in high school.  Haleigh graduated from UF in May with a degree in Elementary Education and is taking Master’s courses this summer and through the spring. She loves working with children whether it is reading stories, singing or doing arts & crafts.

Jake (helping campers in the background of the above picture) fell in love with Great Ex when he began here as a volunteer in High School, and we loved how great he was in his work with the preschool children of Early Explorations Preschool! Jake attends college at Tulane University where he is majoring in Mathematics and Psychology. After graduation Jake plans to continue helping children as a teacher or child psychologist. In his free time Jake enjoys watching superhero and spy movies as well as supporting his favorite sports teams: the Bucs, Rays and Lightning.

  Amber is a native Floridian and proud graduate of Florida State University, where she double majored in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology. She formerly taught first and second grade in Manatee County and VPK at Early Explorations Preschool. During her free time, she likes to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios with her husband and is an avid listener of Dave Ramsey. The week she was most excited about is “Life in the Reef” because she enjoys visiting Hope and Winter at the Clearwater Aquarium.

Amber is a native Floridian and proud graduate of Florida State University, where she double majored in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology. She formerly taught first and second grade in Manatee County and VPK at Early Explorations Preschool. During her free time, she likes to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios with her husband and is an avid listener of Dave Ramsey. The week she was most excited about is “Life in the Reef” because she enjoys visiting Hope and Winter at the Clearwater Aquarium.

  Theresa (opening her arms above with her typical enthusiasm and energy) is a Tallahassee native, and was excited to return to the Florida sun after 4 years of living in busy NYC. She has been teaching and empowering children in schools and hospitals for the last decade. With a degree in Education and an understanding of the true value of play and expression, she cannot wait to spend the summer encouraging young explorers. She has an undeniable love for silly songs, sound effects, dancing, Disney, Harry Potter, chocolate, traveling and sloths!

Theresa (opening her arms above with her typical enthusiasm and energy) is a Tallahassee native, and was excited to return to the Florida sun after 4 years of living in busy NYC. She has been teaching and empowering children in schools and hospitals for the last decade. With a degree in Education and an understanding of the true value of play and expression, she cannot wait to spend the summer encouraging young explorers. She has an undeniable love for silly songs, sound effects, dancing, Disney, Harry Potter, chocolate, traveling and sloths!

  Mr. Micah is a Great Ex celebrity as School’s Out camp counselor and a staff member on our gallery floor. We were very happy to have him back in town and educating children in our camp program this summer. Micah plays football at Ana Maria College and will graduate next spring with his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Micah plans to complete a Master’s degree program with a focus on Social Work before beginning his professional career working with children. In his free time he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his mom.

Mr. Micah is a Great Ex celebrity as School’s Out camp counselor and a staff member on our gallery floor. We were very happy to have him back in town and educating children in our camp program this summer. Micah plays football at Ana Maria College and will graduate next spring with his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Micah plans to complete a Master’s degree program with a focus on Social Work before beginning his professional career working with children. In his free time he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his mom.

  Camp Director Lauren enjoyed her fourth summer at Great Explorations. Lauren has a degree in Psychology, and is a Pinellas County native.  In addition to leading the summer camp program Lauren is also responsible for Great Explorations After-School, School’s Out Camps and Parents’ Night Out programs. When not at the museum Lauren enjoys paddle boarding and beach cruising through St. Pete.

Camp Director Lauren enjoyed her fourth summer at Great Explorations. Lauren has a degree in Psychology, and is a Pinellas County native.  In addition to leading the summer camp program Lauren is also responsible for Great Explorations After-School, School’s Out Camps and Parents’ Night Out programs. When not at the museum Lauren enjoys paddle boarding and beach cruising through St. Pete.

Summer Camp was made possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.