Staff Spotlight – Shaina Mahoney
We are so excited to announce that we have a new CIT Director this year who will be a familiar face to many, Shaina Mahoney! We wanted to take this opportunity to have Shaina share a little bit about herself.
Hi friends! I’m Shaina, this summer’s Counselor in Training (CIT) Program director. During the year I study at Bryn Mawr College, just outside Philadelphia. I am a Linguistics and French double major, which is a very obvious fact if you’ve ever talked to me for more than about thirty seconds. I just spent my fall semester studying in Paris (where I got to do linguistics IN French! Every girl’s dream, I know), and am now also a connoisseur of all things cheese and bread. My greatest loves, outside of camp and my majors, include tea, rabbits, spontaneous dance parties, and the New York Times crossword puzzle.
I am so excited to begin what will be my twelfth summer at Mohawk (look for me during 1-9-2-0!), my fifth on staff, and my first as CIT director! In 2012 I was a CIT in Jawaks, then a counselor in Mohicans, Utes, and most recently up the hill in Oscadees. I’ve been teaching yoga for the last three years, and last year I taught American Sign Language as well. I will sorely miss those activities this summer, but am looking forward to my new role with our spectacular counselors-in-training.
I cannot wait to see this unique and inspiring group of camp veterans mired in Mohawk sprit take the passion, dedication, and energy that got them into the Shoebox, and learn how to harness it as they become role models, teachers, organizers, and forces for good in their communities. My summer as a CIT was one of the most formative and educational of my life, where I learned as much about myself as I had about leadership, was challenged daily to exceed expectations, and made some of my closest friends. I aim to create an environment this year that fosters this same growth, drive, and community for this formidable team.
We can’t wait to have you back this summer, Shaina!