MEET OUR LEADERS
Amy Ellisor came to Camp Discovery from the Division of Education at Columbia College where she was Director of the Teaching Fellows and Teacher Cadet Programs and was Professor of Science Strategies for Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Candidates. Amy has taught numerous science methods, human growth and development, children’s literature and educational technology courses. As well, Amy was selected as a Richland School District Two Honor Roll Teacher and Bookman Road Elementary’s first Teacher of the Year. She served as an administrator in Richland School District Two and as a Teacher Specialist for the SC Department of Education and is a Dwight D. Eisenhower Award recipient for her work with professional development in science education. She was a featured author in T.H.E. Journal for her work in customized learning, and she serves on the School Improvement Council at Windsor Elementary and has held leadership positions on the School Improvement Council and PTO Executive Board at Bookman Road Elementary. Amy is a GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) certified educator and a NASA MEI Faculty Advisor.
Amy earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina where she received the Mary J. Heimberger Memorial Scholarship. She is married to her husband, Casey Ellisor, with two children - Lucy and Deon.
Katie Smoak works at Camp Discovery as the Program Specialist. Katie graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and has taught in the Greenville school system as well as Richland Two. She also loves facilitating at Camp Discovery where she helps children discover their love for the outdoors while reinforcing what they are learning in the classroom.
Katie is married to her husband, Charles, who also teaches in Richland Two. They have three very active boys - Chase, Jacob and Luke. As a family, they love being involved in their church and spend a lot of time at the baseball field!
Tracey Morris works at Camp Discovery as an Administrative Assistant as well as a facilitator. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biology & Chemistry from Francis Marion University. Tracey feels that Camp Discovery offers amazing programs that allow kids to be kids, while still learning to enjoy nature and respect others.
Tracey is married to her husband, Mack, and they have three children - Kyle, Halle and Ethan. They are active in their church and enjoy vacationing in the mountains.
CAMP DISCOVERY INTERNS
Bianca Gilyard is a sophomore at Columbia College where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in Spanish and Leadership. She graduated from Spring Valley High School where she was a key leader in the Teacher Cadet program. Bianca is in the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program as a part of her Sophomore Cohort requirements. Bianca worked at Camp Discovery last summer and this semester she is completing a leadership shadowing internship at Camp Discovery under the mentorship of Amy Ellisor.
Noah Zeis is a senior at Ridge View High School. Noah and his family have been involved with Camp Discovery for many years. Noah has been working as a junior counselor since he was in 8th grade and is now working as an intern this semester. While working as an intern he will be focusing on social media and marketing for Camp Discovery.
Andrea McBride received a BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University. McBride retired in June 2018 with more than 30 years of experience as an educator in grades Pre-K through second grade. Her passion for children and learning did not end and she was lead to Camp Discovery. She believes the connections that can be made at Camp Discovery between the children, teachers, facilitators and nature will provide a sense of comfort and safety, and an environment for social and academic learning. McBride is married to Greg McBride, a golf professional at The Spur. They have two children and 3 grandchildren.
Heather Phelps received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wofford College in 1999. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina before becoming licensed as an Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice. Heather is married to Jason Phelps and has two children, Ava and Will. Both children have been attendees of Camp Discovery's Earth Keepers summer camp for many years. Heather has worked at the South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers and has spent many years providing therapy to children and their families. She is now looking forward to serving children and the community at Camp Discovery.
Summers McBride graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she began teaching in Richland 2 where she taught for 7 years. Summers is married with 2 little boys who keep her very busy. She is so excited to be a part of Camp Discovery where she will be able to continue to work with children but also inspire their curiosity to explore the world around them.
Tracy Etu is a Columbia native and a Richland Two graduate. Tracy received her Elementary Education Degree from Presbyterian College and has over 22 years of teaching experience, working in both public and private education. She is married and has two active boys who are very involved in sports and Scouts. Tracy loves working at Camp Discovery, where she can bring her love of teaching and her love of the outdoors together to inspire children.
Whitney Chick is an educator with a love and passion for children. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, Divergent Learning, and Administration and Leadership. Whitney taught K, 1, and 2 while in the classroom and now serves as the Director of Teaching Fellows at Columbia College.