Ann Marie Gallo
Founder & Camp Director
Ann Marie Gallo, the founder and creator of Summer’s Edge Day Camp, comprises the heart, the brain, and the drive that blooms the Summer’s Edge experience for campers and counselors each summer. With her doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University, she is a full professor at Salem State University in the Sport & Movement Science Department. She teaches a wide variety of courses in pedagogy and camp administration. Ann Marie also works with Massachusetts’ public school physical education teachers in the area of curriculum instruction and assessment. She coordinates the undergraduate and graduate physical education teacher programs at Salem State University. In the spring of 2019, Ann Marie received the 2019 Joseph McKenney Award from the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD). The Joseph McKenney Award is the highest honor a member can receive, recognizing an individual's distinguished service to the allied fields, MAHPERD, and the youth of Massachusetts. In spring 2015, Ann Marie was bestowed with the Massachusetts Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance 2015 Presidential Citation Award presented to a professional whose life contributions, devotion, and support have assisted in the advancement of the allied fields and youth of Massachusetts. Ann Marie holds a Master of Education from Cambridge College, a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate, and a B.S. in physical education from UMass Boston. In addition to these degrees, Ann Marie is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training Instructor, and C.P.R./F.P.R. Instructor. In recognition of her many years working with students, Ann Marie was named Teacher of the Year at Minuteman High School for the 1998 school year. In 1991 and 1996, she was named Minuteman’s Coach of the Year. She also received the Gatorade Coaches Care Award in 1991. Thus, with Summer’s Edge now nestled into Minuteman’s campus, Ann Marie is back home! Through her life’s main goal and venture that is Summer’s Edge, Ann Marie has relished the opportunity to see so many of her campers ‘grow up’ and become staff members. While maintaining the manifold roles that come with her role as owner and camp director, she looks forward to the one day each week that she gets out to the archery range to instruct the campers on this difficult yet rewarding activity: “Archery is different from team sports; it is a sport of precision that takes practice and patience to master.” With the belief that all that we impart at camp is truly essential for life, she thinks that the world needs a ‘Character Counts’ program just like at Summer’s Edge as we progress through the 21st century. Ann Marie is ecstatic that her nephews Anthony “AJ” (6 years old) and Michael (5 years old) are now campers at Summer’s Edge!
S.E.T.S. Summer’s Edge Tennis School
Joe Gallo is the founder of Summer’s Edge Tennis School. Joe is a U.S.P.T.A. certified Tennis-Teaching professional. Joe is a professor and the program coordinator of the Athletic Training Program at Salem State University, where he teaches courses in athletic injury, examination, and rehabilitation. Joe completed his doctorate in sport physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University. He received his B.S. in physical education and athletic training from West Virginia University and possesses a master’s degree in physical therapy from Delaware University. He was honored as the 2015 Little East Conference Tennis Coach of the Year at Salem State University. Joe co-authored the 2014 publication, Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation. Joe and his wife have two children, AJ and Michael.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Supprise
During the school year, Jacqueline (Jackie) Supprise works as a physical education teacher at John Glenn Middle School, Bedford. When summer arrives, she assumes her role as the central nervous system of Summer’s Edge, where she has been for 26 years. She implants her energy and expertise through the circuitry of the entire camp, directing all aspects of our programming. She earned her Masters Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Technology from Lesley College. Jackie graduated from UMass Boston with a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate and a B.S. in physical education. She has earned her CAGS from Plymouth State University in Educational Leadership with concentration in adventure learning. Jackie is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, a Water Safety Instructor, a Lifeguard Instructor, and a C.P.R./F.P.R. Instructor. Jackie is also known at Summer’s Edge as the maven of technology; she essentially serves as Ann Marie’s own private “Geek Squad!” She does excellent work leading adventure and cooperative games, including teaching and training the staff on the latest innovations in these fields: “I enjoy seeing a group coming together to solve a problem or complete an initiative without the concern of keeping score and finding enjoyment in being active.” Jackie has traveled to Tikal National Park in Guatemala, where she was enthralled by sunsets from atop a temple, night hiking beneath a full moon, and coexisting with howler monkeys and Oropendolas.
Elizabeth “Beth” Billouin
Elizabeth (Beth) Billouin is the Summer’s Edge Aquatics Director and a senior staff member. Her technical title is Water Safety Instructor and Life Guard, but “Water Wizard” suffices as well! This will be Beth’s 25th year with us. She attained a B.S. in Health Education from UMass Lowell as well as a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate. While at UMass, she received the Dean’s Award for having the highest GPA in her major. Beth completed her Masters Degree at Cambridge College in August of 1999. She is a certified instructor of Water Safety, C.P.R., and First Aid. Beth teaches or has taught courses in health education, marine biology, and anatomy and physiology at Bedford High School; she also serves as the varsity swim coach. She is most proud of being a mom, and Summer’s Edge is fortunate to have both of Beth’s sons, Tyler and Zack, as part of our community for the entire summer.
C.I.T. Director & Newsletter Writer/Editor
John Camp enters his 21st year as a counselor and leadership team member for Summer’s Edge. At camp, Johnny Boy (as he is known at Summer’s Edge!) runs the C.I.T. program, teaches golf, and assists with SETS when needed. He is an English teacher and the Director of Student Enrichment in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at St. Mark’s School, where he has been bestowed with the Kidder Faculty Prize. He earned his M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth College, with a focus in creative writing and gender studies; he graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English and as a Charles A. Dana Scholar. His children, Grady, Joss, and Desmond are Summer’s Edge campers. Johnny is the writer of ‘The Camp Chronicles’ in all of the newsletters for Summer’s Edge. Blame him (me) for all the goofy puns.
Senior Camp & L.I.T. Director
Michael Carr is a physical education teacher in Newton and holds a B.S. from Salem State with a major in sport, fitness, and leisure studies. Congratulations to Mike who during the past year received his master’s degree from Plymouth State University in physical education with a concentration in adventure education His favorite memory as a Summer’s Edge counselor was his very first game of krack-a-bout, which he calls “a life-changing experience!” Mike is the reliable rock who leads the Bristol Week overnight experience and the weekly senior camper trips. He especially enjoys introducing cooperative activities that involve the whole group’s interactions. In his free time, Mike partakes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which he calls “the ultimate truth,” and he has earned the prestigious brown belt. He and his wife became homeowners over the winter!
Director of Arts and Crafts
Our director of arts and crafts is Allison Watts. If you time-traveled into the past, you would find Allison leading Group 3, being the maven of arts and crafts, or working with senior campers. Allison recently returned to the United States after eight years living across the pond in England with her husband and children, Jacob and Lilly (now campers!). Allison earned her M.Ed in Moderate Special Education at Simmons College upon completing her undergraduate work at Wheaton College. During the academic year, she is an elementary special education teacher at the Brooks School in Medford. Allison thrives on switching gears from teaching to delving into crafts in the summer, particularly helping campers of all ages get creative with a variety of approaches to her projects.