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Meet Our Directors

Jim Stayton - Upper Camp Director  

Jim Stayton has worked as a Music Educator and School Administrator for the past twenty years.  His career as an educator at the elementary, high school and college level includes directing and conducting state and nationally recognized and award winning instrumental and choral ensembles.  Jim has also worked as Music Director, Organist and Pianist for multiple congregations in New York, New Jersey and Florida.  Mr. Stayton also serves as the Music Director of the Harmony Singers of Wayne, NJ. 

Jim is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he holds a B.A. in Choral Conducting and an M.A. in Composition.  Outside of the music field, Jim has spent many years as a Baseball, Softball and Golf Coach and has been recognized with multiple league, county and state Coach of the Year awards. 

Jim is married and the father of two children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and rooting for his hometown teams.  

You can email Jim at Jim@Oasischildren.com

 

Christina Soto - Early Start Imagination Camp Director

Christina is returning for her 6th summer at Oasis and her first as the Early Start Imagination Camp Director (ESIC)! She started out as a counselor in Upper Camp and later became a Division Leader for Upper Camp. Christina has always loved camp and working with children. She holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY New Paltz in History and Secondary Education and is finishing up her Master’s degree in School Psychology with a Bilingual Extension from Mercy College. She graduates in May and will be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist for the NYC DOE. She is currently completing her internship with the NYC DOE as a Psychologist in Training. 

Christina has experience working with all age groups, as she was a Nursery School teacher for a 3’s program during her graduate studies and is currently working with High School students. She loves working with all different age groups, especially the youngest campers here at Central Park. ESIC campers experience many firsts and she loves being part of their growth, not only socially, but emotionally as well. Christina believes that play is a child’s work and brings that idea of Jean Piaget to camp with her, as she makes sure all her campers go home tired from their eventful day of playing and enjoying all the camp activities Central Park has to offer. Her favorite part of camp is seeing the smiles on her camper's faces when they try something they have never tried before. She is looking forward to meeting every single smiling ESIC camper and sending them home tired and dirty! She can’t wait to meet you all during Summer 2017!

You can email Christina at Christina@oasischildren.com.

 

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