Susquehannock is extremely proud of the experienced coaches and gifted teachers that are brought together each summer to work with our campers. Many of our senior staff and cabin counselors attended camp as they grew up. As a result of what they learned throughout their years, each has a deeply ingrained dedication to the positive development of young people.
Every summer these staff members, as well as staff we have recruited from around the world, gather to provide a time-tested program, which has been developed to inspire and challenge young men and women achieve their maximum potential.
More about Win
Edwin “Win” Shafer Jr. began as a camper and has served as a counselor and an assistant boys camp head. Since 2001 he has been The Susquehannock Camps’ Co-Director.
Win coaches MS Squash at Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA), and is a Middle School Science teacher. He is a licensed PIAA and NISOA Soccer Official, and also coaches Varsity Golf, Middle School Crew and JV Soccer.
Win took a sabbatical during most of the summer of 2009, hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail with his son Blake.
Win has a B.S. (Biology) from The University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Counseling from Villanova University.
More about Cannie
Cannie began at Camp as head of the Craft Shop at S4B, then served as the Assistant Director of S4G, and Co-Director of The Susquehannock Camps since 2001.
Cannie worked for 30 years at The Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA), including 11 years teaching and coaching, 17 years as the Head of Lower School and 2 years as Assistant Head of School. She also served as Head of Lower School for 3 years at Germantown Academy (Ft. Washington, PA) and is currently serving as the Academic Dean of Lower School at Girard College (Philadelphia, PA).
Cannie has an A.B. from Sweet Briar College (VA) and an M.A. (Elementary and Secondary Administration) from Villanova University. As an athlete at Sweet Briar, Cannie earned 12 varsity letters in Lacrosse, Field Hockey, and Basketball, and is a charter member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
More about Andrew
Andrew joined the Camp staff originally in 1990 as a counselor, after 8 years as a camper. Andrew returned to Susquehannock in 2008 with his camper daughter Abigail and his younger son Drew.
Andrew holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from Wake Forest University. He is a Middle School History teacher and Head Coach for Middle School Girls Lacrosse and Middle School Boys Basketball at Summit School (Winston-Salem, NC). Andrew also coaches youth boy’s Lacrosse.
More about Jay
Jay joined Camp staff in 1993, after 9 years as a camper. After 14 years away, Jay returned to camp with his wife Jennifer and daughters Kaitlyn and Elizabeth, soon followed by his son Ryan.
Jay is the Middle School Dean of Students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Jay coaches golf and Soccer in the Middle School and Upper School Varsity Boys Lacrosse.
Jay earned his B.S. in Education at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and his M.A. Ed. from Villanova University (Villanova, PA).
More about Jon
Jon joined the Camp staff in 1988, after 6 years as a camper. “Savy” is a teacher at the nationally acclaimed Watershed Program at Radnor Middle School (Radnor, PA). He is the Head Middle School Coach of Girl’s Basketball, Girl’s Lacrosse, and Boy’s Soccer.
Jon is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton as well as the NOLS Outdoor Education Program.
More about RK
“RK” joined the Camp staff in 1980, after 6 years as a camper. He coached Tennis and Hockey while teaching at the Marvelwood School (Cornwall, CT). He has a fourth degree black belt in Aikido which he taught in CA for over 20 years. RK currently lives in MD and helps run a startup that designs aerospace manufacturing systems. He is the founder of The PeaceCamp Initiative. “RK” teaches an Aikido and Politics course in winter term for the Political Science Department at his alma mater, Williams College, where he was a Philosophy and Religion double major. He earned a Masters degree in Ethics at Claremont Graduate School.
More about Heather
Heather joined the Camp staff in 2013.
Heather comes to camp with her husband Mike and daughter Zoe. Heather is a fitness enthusiast who has coached both Lacrosse & Swimming and is a lover of the outdoors.
Heather currently works at Springside Chestnut Academy (Philadelphia, PA) in the Admissions department.
More about Laura
Laura joined Camp Staff after 9 years as a camper.
Laura graduated with her Master of Arts in Teaching English from NYU. She is currently a middle school English teacher in New York City.
More about Seth
Seth joined the Camp staff after 9 years as a camper. Seth teaches Baseball, Soccer, Fitness, and Ultimate Frisbee, in addition to his instruction at the waterfront.
Seth graduated from Camp Hill High School (Camp Hill, PA), where he was captain of the Soccer team and ran Track. He is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he played Ultimate Frisbee. Seth graduated with his Master’s of Education from New England College (NH). He is currently a high school and middle school math and history teacher at Winston Preparatory School (NY, NY).
More about Blake
Blake joined the Camp Staff in 2007 after 13 years as a camper. Blake is the great-grandson of Founder “King” Shafer, and 4th generation Shafer family on staff. Blake teaches Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball and Soccer, in addition to being a swimming instructor at the waterfront. He also created and oversaw Susquehannock’s Organic Garden program.
Blake is a graduate of The Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) where he played varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse. Blake graduated from Bates College (Lewiston, ME) with a double major in Economics and Mandarin.
Blake is currently a glacier guide at Fox Glacier in New Zealand.
More about John
John joined the Camp staff in 2007 after 8 years as a camper. He graduated from Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, PA) where he played varsity Ice Hockey and graduated college from Temple University.
John is an assistant teacher at Episcopal Academy and he is in the process of finishing his teaching degree.
More about Bethany
Bethany joined the Camp Staff in 2009, after 2 years as a camper.
Bethany graduated from Cabrini College with a degree in Secondary Education. She is a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C. and she coaches softball.