We have some super exciting news that we know you all celebrate just as we are. And that is that we’ve hired Teresa Padgett to join the Administration Team at Camp Alleghany for Girls in a newly created position as as our Leadership Program Director.
Teresa spent this past summer as our first-ever Head of Leaders In Training Program and did a stellar job. Now she’ll bring her same acumen, organization, creativity, and leadership qualities to this new over-arching leadership position that will serve as an adjunct and powerful new addition to the work Program Director Casey Tucker is doing to build out and develop our many programs and activities across camp. In fact, they’ll be working closely together on programming and like all of us on the Admin Team, sharing ideas and brainstorming and camp pedagogy — we’re all so excited!
Since girls’ leadership is crucial to our overall mission, we created this position as a way to oversee, nourish, and further develop all the distinct leadership program areas of camp: Start-ups, Midways, Upstarts, Leaders-In-Training (LITs), and Junior Counselors (JCs).
Of course, each of these groups has their own summertime staff member in charge of them, but Teresa will be their direct supervisor. She’ll be responsible for making sure the curriculum is planned and detailed in the calendar and that Alleghany’s mission is alive and evident in all the curricula and programming, among myriad other details and duties that such a position requires.
This role will also make Teresa a key player in staff training, counselor supervision, and as a creative and valued member of the Camp Administration. Anyone who knows Teresa will know that she’ll also play a huge role in counselor morale, as she’s just an amazing human being who brightens everyone’s day! We really admire and value what a pro she is at listening, offering empathy, and helping everyone to see the bright side of things. She’s a ray of positivity!
I also want to take a moment to add a personal anecdote about Teresa. Like so many ‘Ghany Girls, Teresa got her start at camp as a very young camper. There’s so much history, that once upon a time I when I was Head of Junior Camp in 2002, Teresa was a sweet, VERY shy nine-year old in Junior Camp.
Well, one day that summer Teresa broke her glasses. She needed to be taken into town to get them fixed and so I volunteered to do it. As a fun treat we stopped and got smoothies afterward. She was SO shy that she barely said a word to me the whole time. I just thought she was the sweetest thing and so cute and I was thrilled when she came back to camp the next summer. She stuck with camp in so many ways over the years as a camper and then counselor and it’s simply amazing to have seen her blossom into a far-from-shy, vivacious, capable and creative leader! And now she’s my coworker — it goes to show what being a ‘Ghany Girl can do for young women!
In Her Words
And what did she think about her time at ‘Ghany?
I first heard about Camp Alleghany when my brother started going to Camp Greenbrier as a nine-year old. I was five-years old at the time and I really wanted to go to camp too! The directors at Greenbrier told us about the girls camp across the river — Camp Alleghany! We went for a visit and I counted down the days until I could spend my summers at camp.
I began camp as an eight-year old in 2001 and continued coming back as a camper until I was 16 in 2009.
In 2010 I came back as a Junior Counselor (JC) and fell in love with being a staff member. I had eight-year olds and 13-year olds and taught Canoeing and Sports & Fitness. I returned as a Unit One counselor and Blue/Gray Mentor in 2011, then Head of Unit One in 2012, and Assistant Head of Junior Camp in 2014.
I also worked in the office as a Guest Counselor in 2015 and 2018 after serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana from August 2015 – October 2017.
And what does she think about this new job? Well, Teresa shared with us that,
This past summer I had the privilege of being the Head of LIT with our amazing first group of Leaders-in-Training. I’m so thrilled to be the Leadership Program Director, seeing camp from a new perspective and supporting campers and counselors of all ages.
I’m so thrilled to join the Admin Team as the Leadership Program Director! Camp is my happy place and home away from home and I’m grateful to be a part of camp planning and inspiration year round.
I look forward to supporting all of the leadership programs in camp from Start-ups to JCs. I’m especially excited to continue supporting the LIT program — a program close to my heart — along with the JC group who were my LITs this past summer.
I can’t wait to spread my love for camp and be an advocate for campers and counselors alike. Words can’t describe how lucky I feel to be able to empower women and girls in a safe, nurturing, and beautiful environment on the Greenbrier River. Looking forward to this transition and the opportunities of growth and leadership to come!
I feel so grateful to be able to work for my favorite place year round and l look forward to this new adventure!”
Welcome Aboard, Again
And like I said, we’re thrilled too!
Knowing that Teresa will be in on strategic planning, pedagogical explorations, creative programming and brainstorming sessions, at camp conferences with us, developing leadership tools and techniques to further support our mission and programs, working directly with staff to develop in them more advanced leadership and teaching skills, and all the daily nitty gritty of any admin team member from requisitions and budgets to binders full of plans and procedures…well it’s just plain exciting, amazing, and wonderful!
Teresa starts on the first of September so please give her a big shout out on social media and a big a congrats. For now she’ll be working remotely because she’s also working in Fairfax County Public Schools this year. But she’s fully on board with this new position and we know she’ll add so much to our programs at camp and to our staff. It’s just the best, best news.
So raise your smoothie glass and let’s toast her — hurray for Teresa!
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls