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George Zoeckler - Curriculum Director

George is an international education consultant, and has spent the last four years creating experiential education centers in China and America. He is driven by a passion for using experiential education to help people grow. Simply put, he believes in loving those in your life, learning from every experience, and becoming the best version of yourself.

George studied Economics and Philosophy at Davidson College where he was also a Bonner Scholar and an All-American Left Tackle. George spent his youth exploring the mountains of West Virginia, building dams in the creeks, and becoming an Eagle Scout. Before entering the world of education, George held positions as an Investment Banker and Technology Product Executive roles.

George, his wife Miya, and their son “little George” now live in Charlotte, and are excited to bring their experience and expertise to Charlotte Day Camp. 2017 is going to be our best summer yet!


Reach George at george@charlottedaycamp.com

Erec Hillis - Day Camp Director

Erec was the Boys Camp Director at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, TX from 2013-2016 and has since contributed to camp projects in Texas, North Carolina, and China. Through 15 years of camp experience as a counselor, division leader, and director, Erec has become a skilled speaker, mentor, and youth development professional. 

Erec graduated from UC-Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. He is also a certified HeroPath Coach and and has run high school mentoring groups, leadership programs, and college transition workshops since 2010. Erec formerly played for a professional ultimate team, the Austin Sol.


Reach Erec at erec@charlottedaycamp.com.

Torie Thoendel - Program Coordinator

Torie is Charlotte Day Camp's fantastic Program Coordinator who is driven by a love for exploring, learning, and teaching! Torie has spent time directing and developing programs in a wide variety of educational settings such as traditional classrooms, outdoor education, summer camps, and even ski instructing. She is originally from Nebraska, but we try not to give her too hard a time about that. 

Torie's youth was spent exploring the countryside around her home or creating wonderful memories at summer camp. These days, Torie loves skiing, ceramics, reading, and seeing as much of the world as possible, but most of all she loves creating educational activities for campers! 




Ismael Salgado - Head Counselor

Ish is Charlotte Day Camp's Head Counselor for Summer 2017. He previously worked with Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas for four summers as a counselor and division leader. Ish brings great positive energy and a desire to both teach and learn at camp. With experience as a sports counselor and intramural sports supervisor, Ish also knows how to get active and have fun! One of Ish's strongest values is having and showing respect for other individuals, and he hopes to bring out that side of every camper at Charlotte Day Camp this summer. 


A graduate from nearby Wake Forest University, Ish is happy to be back in North Carolina. He grew up in love with basketball, and has taken up ultimate frisbee since high school. Born of Puerto Rican descent, Ish can also speak Spanish, as you may be able to tell by his taste of music. Speaking of music, Ish loves to both dance and sing, which is sure to resonate with the campers this summer!