Our Leaders

Jo-Anne Crawford

Executive Director of GMS
Junior Sea Camp Lead Teacher
Since 1984,  Jo-Anne has been teaching or consulting with GMS Adventure Camp. She is responsible for all curriculum and staffing for summer camp programs, and is the lead teacher for Junior Sea Camp. The  current Junior Sea Camp was established out of necessity when her son Everest turned 5 and wanted to go to camp. When she is not teaching, Jo-Anne is busy working with her import business, A Global Home, and promoting the goals of seArts (Society for the Encouragement of Arts on Cape Ann) or doing community service with Gloucester Public Schools, SailGloucester, and Boy Scouts.

Jeff Crawford

Adventure Sea Camp Lead Teacher
Lead Lifeguard/ First Aid Supervisor

Surfing and hiking around the world (Australia, Mt. Everest, Southeast  Asia, etc.) for the past 30 years has prepared Jeff for his role as our lead Lifeguard and Dory Trainer. Jeff has a love of history, orienteering, and all things nautical that translates into fun and adventure when he is teaching Adventure Sea Camp. His extensive knowledge of solar energy design and carpentry has provided the Ram Island Nature Center a self sustaining system.

Jeff works with all of the kids on methods for lowering their Carbon Footprint, challenging themselves without the element of competition, and being aware of being your best self within a group. When not teaching camp, Jeff is busy with his carpentry and design business.

Amanda Madeira

Junior Sea Camp and Adventure Camp Marine Science Educator
Captain of GMS Tall Ship Schooners

Captain Amanda possesses remarkable skills as an educator which she gained through years of training and professional experience with programs onboard ADVENTURESS, ANNE KRISTINE, BOWDOIN, CORWITH CRAMER, HARVEY GAMAGE, HIGHLANDER SEA, OCEAN STAR, REGINA MARIS, TOLE MOUR, and WHEN & IF.

Her years of study in Science and the Arts, along with her extensive salt marsh knowledge and inquisitive nature continue to provide a constant source of excitement among the children. Amanda works with GMS in the summer months when she is not working in Floating Classrooms aboard schooners.

Herb Stillman

Technical Climbing Expert

The love of rock climbing has stayed with Herb since 1975 when Jim Schoel introduced him to the sport at GHS.  Herb is our technical climbing expert for Junior Sea Camp and Adventure Sea Camp.  When Herb is not climbing around Cape Ann, he is hiking and climbing throughout the Northeast and afar.  Herb spends his spare time climbing in the White Mountains, and he has written a book while working with the Army Corps of Engineers and utilizing his vast knowledge of the geology of the Northeast.

 

Junior Leaders

Emily Ohrtman has been teaching at the camp for several years and prior to teaching she was a dedicated GMS camper.  She is the Head Counselor at Junior Sea.  She is a college student, activist, and enjoys acting.

Kim McEachern has been teaching at the camp for several years and came to GMS since she was a little kid.  She works with Senior Sea.  She is going to be going to college this fall.  she enjoys cheerleading, DECA, and life guarding.

Jared Beane has been teaching at camp for four years and was also a GMS camper.  He often works at Senior Sea.  He is going to be a senior in high school in fall.  He enjoys skiing, Generals baseball, and climbing.

James Ramsdell has been teaching at camp for several years, but was not a camper.  He works at Senior Sea.  He is a college student who enjoys lacrosse, sweet cars, and studying rocks.

Emily Dailey has been teaching at camp for four years, and enjoyed being a camper.  She switches between Senior, Junior Sea, and Rock Climbing camp.  She is going to be a senior in high school this fall.  She enjoys rock climbing, painting, and tennis.

Everest Crawford has been teaching at the camp for four years, and was a loyal camper.  He switches between Junior and Senior Sea.  He is going to be a senior in the fall.  He enjoys running, swimming, and boating.

James Parker has been teaching at the camp for three years and was a camper in Senior Sea.  He often works with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a junior in high school in the fall.  He enjoys swim team, Boy Scouts, and exploring nature.

Sophie Wilson has been teaching at the camp for three years, and was a camper.  She works with Junior Sea.  She is going to be a Junior in high school in the fall.  She enjoys swimming, exploring, and getting muddy!

Emma Beane has been teaching at the camp for three years, and was a regular at GMS camp.  She works with Junior Sea.  She is going to be a junior in high school, come fall.  She enjoys soccer, track, and swimming.

Jason O’Neill has been teaching at the camp for three years and was a camper at GMS.  He is a CIT with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a junior in high school this year.  He enjoys swimming, mud, and learning.

Noah has been teaching at the camp for three years and was a camper,  He is a CIT with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a junior in high school.  He enjoys swimming, soccer, and exploring.

Matt Dailey has been teaching at the camp for two years, and was a camper at GMS.  He is a Assistant Counselor with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a sophomore in high school this year .  He enjoys skiing baseball, and adrenaline pumping activities!

Jon Dailey has been teaching at the camp for two years, and was a camper at GMS.  He is a Assistant Counselor with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a sophomore in high school this year.  He enjoys saxophone, skiing, and baseball.

Owen Brown has been teaching at the camp for two years and was a camper at GMS.  He is a CIT with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a sophomore in the fall.  He enjoys boating, band, and Boy Scouts.

Tucker Hase is new this year and was at camper at GMS.  He is a CIT with Junior Sea.  He is going to be a freshman in the fall.  He enjoys skiing, wakeboarding, and skateboarding.

 


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  • From our campers…

    The row at the beginning of the Mayor's Cup Race last year was brilliant.
    We had a front row seat to everything and it felt great to be part of it all. I also loved working with my boat mates. The current and chop were sometimes tough but the teamwork was definitely one of the contributing factors that made it so enjoyable. Thanks Joanne and Jeff!

    Sarah- 6th grader,