Louise Larsen
Camp Director

I have been a teacher at NCA for 15 years and the camp director for four years. I’ve taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, but for the past five years I’ve been teaching 3rd grade which I love. I really enjoy being the camp director for NCA’s Wildcat Summer Camp. It’s another way for me to interact with the children outside of a traditional classroom setting. We have a great camp staff team that loves what they do. We have just as much as fun as the kids! Every day is different with lots of fun activities. We go on phenomenal field trips, which the parents rave about every summer. Some of my favorite field trips we go on include the county fair and the water park. Other Wildcat Summer Camp favorites include the craft projects we do with the preschoolers and cooking with the older campers.

I’ve lived in Chicago all of my life and I love the city, but I’m also a big outdoors person. I love to be outside every chance I get, which is why running NCA’s Wildcat Camp is so much fun for me. In my spare time, my family spends a lot of time in Michigan, near Muskegon, camping and enjoying the outdoors. We have three kayaks and two canoes that we use all summer. As the Wildcat camp director, I hope to instill this same love of the outdoors and summer camp with our campers, and give them an experience of a lifetime!


Margie Maitland
Lead Counselor

I have been a teacher for six years and have been at NCA for three wonderful years. This will be my third year as a lead counselor at NCA’s Wildcat Summer Camp. What I love the most about Wildcat Camp are the group games, outdoor time, and arts and crafts! My favorite memory has to be the time we painted glass mason jars as candle holders. The kids were so creative. In my free time, I like to ride bikes, exercise, go to the beach, and make homemade cards. I’m obsessed with crafting!


Jenna Gorman
Lead Counselor

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I have been part of the NCA community for the past five years. I started here with student teaching and long-term substitute positions. I’m currently a preschool teacher at NCA and this is my fourth year working at Wildcat Summer Camp. Some of my favorite Wildcat Camp activities include group games like Island Dodgeball, Pac Man, and Raft Across the River; doing science experiments with the campers; and going on all the different field trips to the museums, the county fair, and Nickel City. In my free time I love to read, play board games, and try different science experiments. I’m currently working on my master’s degree at DePaul University.



Joan Harrington
Lead Counselor

I’ve taught preschool at NCA for the past 16 years and have led the preschool Wildcat Summer Camp group for the last four years. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years with my husband, three young adult children and three dogs. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, yet love living in this wonderful city. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, quilting, crafting, spending time at the lake, swimming, attending sporting events, exploring Chicago, and taking mini road trips to areas around Lake Michigan. I look forward to spending the summer going on adventures with your children as they learn about this great city and our surrounding areas.


John Phillips
Lead Counselor

I have been working for NCA Wildcat Summer Camp since 2008, and soon after joined the staff of the NCA Aftercare Program. This year (2014-2015) is my first year working as an aid to Ms. McDavid’s kindergarten class. What I look forward to the most at Wildcat Summer Camp are the great museum field trips we go on every summer, including the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum. In my free time I enjoy riding my bike, playing paint ball, and playing both Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering.


Mark Coleman

I have been the Extended Care supervisor at Northside Catholic Academy for the past eight years. This will also be my eighth year working at Wildcat Summer camp, four of which were as a lead counselor. My favorite NCA camp activities are the designing and building projects. I’ve lived in Chicago and Evanston my entire life, and taught Industrial Technology at Chute Middle School for over 31 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a master’s degree in instructional media from Illinois State University. Among my most unusual hobbies and goals is to visit every county in the United States. So far, I’ve been to 49 states (ask me which one I’m missing) and 1,924 of the 3,147 counties. I’m once again looking forward to working with your children at Wildcat Camp this year and for many years to come.


Michelle Bell


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