Our Difference:  SIDC Leadership Team
The Professionals Caring for Your Children

The SIDC Leadership Team is Comprised of a group of highly experienced professionals all of whom are either practicing or retired educators who have impecable credentials.    The team is led by camp owner and CEO Mike Halpern.  Mike has owned and operated Staten Island Day camp for thirty-nine years.     The stability and longjevity of the camp is a tribute to his leadership and vast knowledge of providing a quality day camp experience for childen.     The individuals who comprise the Leadership Team are responsible for developing the unparalled calendar of themes, entertainment, activities and superb swim program.  The team also provides leadership and supervision to all age groups at the camp.  These professionals crerate a safe and fun-filled atmosphere  while maintaining a watchful eye on the campers.   The team is unmatched in education, credentials and experience.  
At Staten Island Day Camp there is no substitute for quality!

Mike Halpern, President/CEO

  • Owner,President,CEO 39 Years
  • B.S. Education,
  • M.S. Education
  • M.S. Administration & Supervision
  • Retired NYC Principal
  • Licensed NYC Principal & Supervisor
  • NYC Certificates Principal/Supervisor, Grades 1-12 Physical Education, Science & Recreation
  • CPR/RTE Certified

Dr. George Connelly (Doc), Executive Director

Lauren Whalen, Director for  Camp Junior (4 yr. olds) & Early Childhood (5 & 6 yr olds)

Michele Pisani, Director for General Operations & Transportation

Etan Goldberg, Director for 7-9 Campers

Matt Carilli, Director for 10-13 Campers

  • Ed. D. Rutgers University, Educational Theory & Administration, M.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Psychology & Counseling, M.A. NJCU Educational Technology, M.A. Seton Hall University, Administration & Supervision, B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Elementary Education
  • Retired Supt. of Schools, Asst Supt. of Schools, Elementary,Middle, H S Principal & Director of Special Programs
  • Licensed NJ Supt. of Schools, PreK-12 Principal, Director, Supervisor, Counselor & Teacher
  • Preschool Program  Awarded National Recognition by United States Dept. of Education
  • SIDC Director 10 Years
  • CPR/RTE Certified

  • B.S. SUNY, New Paltz Early Childhood Education
  • M.S. Special Education, College of Staten Island
  • NYC Primary Level Teacher 5 years
  • N.Y.S. Teaching Certifates: Early Childhood & Students With Disabilities, Birth -Grade 6
  • N.Y.C. Elementary Teacher
  • Early Childhood Staff Devlopment Leader
  • Counselor, Staten Island Montessori School
  • SIDC Early Childhood Counselor 2 Years
  • SIDC Director 9 Years
  • CPR/RTE Certified

  • B.A. Early Childhood Education, College of Staten Island
  • M.S. Special Education, College of Staten Island
  • N.Y.C. Para Professional Early Childhood & Special Education Children With Autism
  • SIDC  Medical Interventionist & Transportation Specialist
  • SIDC Counselor 2 Years
  • SIDC Director 8 Years
  • CPR/RTE Certified

  • B.A. Education, SUNY Binghamton
  • M.S. Syracuse University, Childhood Education
  • N.Y.C. Intermediate Teacher 12 Years
  • N.Y.S. Teaching Certificate Grades 1-12
  • Attained Rank of Eagle Scout & Asst. Scoutmaster
  • SIDC Scheduling Specialist
  • SIDC Director 13 Years
  • CPR/RTE Certified

  • B.A.. Psychology, College of Staten Island
  • M.S. School Psychology, Touro Graduate School of Psychology
  • School Psychologist, Rahway, NJ School District
  • NJ & N.Y.S. School Psychologist Pre-k -12
  • SIDC  Intervention Specialist
  • SIDC  Counselor 3 years
  • SIDC Director 2 years
  • CPR/RTE Certified