Meet The Staff
Jill Burgy - Lead Educator, Camp Director
Jill completed her Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College, NJ in May, 2017, and is excited to be working at Weis full time now. She grew up in Key West, FL where she first developed a personal relationship with the natural world. As an Environmental Studies major at Rowan University, she completed an internship working as an outdoor educator with the NJ nonprofit Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association. Graduating in 2013, Jill took a summer position at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ, where she honed her public speaking skills with daily programs and led interpretive marsh and kayaking tours. Hooked on the idea of becoming a full-time environmental educator, she moved to New England to work for the Nature’s Classroom organization. Her experience there shapes how she writes programming and hosts activities, and taught her that you don’t need a classroom to make an impact on a student’s life. Jill brings these experiences to Weis, where she is developing programs that combine organic outdoor learning with technical skill development, and are impactful, create understanding and ignite students' creativity.
UPDATE 4/15/18: Jill has been selected for Bergen County Audubon Society's 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Award!
Sarah Crosby - Educator, Camp Counselor
Sarah grew up and still lives in Ringwood, NJ, and studied Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Rutgers University, graduating in Spring 2018. Sarah worked as a Jr. Counselor at the former Weis Ecology Center before it closed, and returned a Camp Counselor after the center reopened (as the New Weis Center) in 2015. She is one of our field trip educators, and has been promoted to Head Counselor for the 2018 summer camp season. Sarah has a great rapport with people of all ages, has represented Weis at area farmers markets and industry conferences, and continues to volunteer at special events. Her interests include conservation, environmental education, organic agriculture and plant ecology, and she hopes to share those passions in upcoming Weis camps and programs.
Michael D'Agnilli - Educator
Michael has a B.S. in Biology from Rowan University. He has worked as a high school science teacher in Kinnelon, NJ and as an outdoor science instructor for the Galena Creek Visitors Center in Reno, NV. He also took his skills to the ocean, where he worked as a NOAA observer on commercial fishing vessels, long with collecting data and compiling reports. Michael grew up in the Highlands region of NJ and has always enjoyed hiking and exploring the forest. He looks forward to bringing his science background to Weis field trips and new lab series. Michael now lives in Ringwood, NJ with his wife and 2 dogs.
We are fortunate to have two college interns from Ramapo College every year, as part of the "May H. Weis Environmental Award". The award was established In 1984 with a generous donation in May Weis’ memory by her son, Leonard W. Weis, Ph.D. It is a joint program between Ramapo College and The New Weis Center Recipients of the award participate in a 1 year paid internship at the Center and receive a full tuition scholarship for one semester at Ramapo College. These interns receive training and professional development, and assist with field trips, summer camps, and public programs.
We also accept additional interns throughout the year on a rolling basis. Depending on their experience and the nature of the internship, they may also assist with programs and events. Learn more about our Interns and Internship programs