Weekdays 8:30 am- 6:15
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~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue,
NY, NY 10025
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Specialists and Counselors:
A team of qualified administrators develop plans,
insuring that children will safely enjoy themselves.
Summer Camp swim staff are certified by the Red
Cross. Head teachers have experience in similar
settings. Counselors are teachers and college-age
students with an expressed interest in working
with our youth. Staff return to A.C.T. year after
year and have been enrolled in our programs themselves.
Our staff is encouraged to directly communicate
with parents regarding each child's progress.
Staff meetings and training sessions are held
before and during each program season. All staff
are closely supervised and formally evaluated.
José V. Torres,
Executive Director and Day Camp Director:
José Vicente Torres received his Masters
in Social Work from Columbia University after
teaching in elementary school. Mr. Torres is the
chief executive for A.C.T. Programs. In addition
to year-round responsibilities for all A.C.T.
Program operations, Mr. Torres is the Summer Camp
Director who has had the pleasure of sharing his
work experiences with his own wife and children
on the beautiful setting of the Cathedral since
1981. Formerly a teacher, Mr. Torres created and
developed all A.C.T. Program activities since
1981 that include its preschool components, expanded
summer camp program, Divine Parties
and Holiday Vacation camp.
Marie Del Tejo, Director
of Programs, August Camp Coordinator, Nursery
Ms. Marie Del Tejo has worked in the educational
field for two decades. She holds Bachelor of Arts
and Master of Science in Education from Hunter
College. She also attended Columbia University Middle Management program for Youth Services.
Marie has worked in the A.C.T. Programs since
the summer of 1990. She is the Director of Programs,
responsible for the day-to day operations of all programs
activities. Marie also teaches Parent-Toddler
classes and oversees the August Camp Program.
Torres, Assistant Camp Director, Educational
all part-time staff assistants and aids are not
Mrs. Nancy L. Torres
has a Masters in Education from New York University.
Mrs. Torres has 30 years of teaching experience
in private and public schools. She is currently
retired, having taught in all elementary school
grades, most recently at Hunter College Elementary
School. She is certified in Gifted Education.
She is currently serving as an adjunct professor
for Hunter College School of Education and is
a consultant for several nonprofit organizations
including A.C.T. She coordinates all day camp
theme activities and supervises specialists who
offer expert instruction in their fields.
Barbara Ciner, Preschool Head Teacher
Barbara Ciner has worked in the educational field
for over a decade. She received her a Master's
degree in English Education from New York University,
and reading certification from Hunter College.
Ms. Ciner, who has permanent certification in
early childhood through grade 8, is in her third
year as Head Preschool Teacher at our A.C.T. Program.
She implements lesson plans and oversees preparation
of all materials related to curriculum development.
Ms. Ciner also mentors classroom assistants and
Ann Shepherd, Nursery
Head Teacher, Parent-Toddler Instructor
Ann Shepherd, better known as Ms. Ann to our Nursery
school children, has been teaching for almost
two decades. A graduate of Wells College, with
studies in English Literature, Ms. Ann has experience
in a wide range of settings with children between
the ages of three and eight years old. She has
worked in Head Start and in full and parttime
programs at the YMCA Coop Nursery. Before becoming
a lead teacher, she did a student internship at
P.S. 234, tutored children at the Northside Center
of Child Development and worked as a volunteer
at The Lenox School and the Mabel Barrett Fitzgerald
Day Care Center.
Melody McEnaney, Nursery
Melody McEnaney, Preschool Head Teacher Ms. Melody
McEnaney earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in
Early Childhood Education from Americas University
of Florida. In addition, she received a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Art and Design from F.I.T, as
well as a Music degree from the Conservatory of
Music/ Los Angeles. Ms. McEnaney has extensive
experienced in the creation of successful classroom
environments for the enrichment of children's
education. She is a self motivated and detailed
oriented professional with proven ability to build
and foster rewarding relationships with children
Orissa Woods, Assistant
Preschool Teacher, School-Age Program Coordinator
Orissa Woods has nine years experience as an early
childhood education teacher. In 2003, she established
Unity Group Family Daycare Services and administered
the entire operation while maintaining a healthy
educational environment. During the year, Ms.
Woods serves as A.C.T.'s Preschool Assistant Teacher,
is a program specialist in the Afterschool Program
and, in the summer, is an Assistant Teacher
in the Summer Camp MiniACT Program. She is
completing an Associate's degree in Information
Technology at Monroe College.