Leadership Team

  BEN THOMAS

Director
Ben Thomas is a British native who attended The University of Wales, where he studied Business Management. He started his camp career at Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania, where he held the positions of Programming Specialist, Friendship Coach and Programming Consultant. In addition to camp, Ben has taught Math and Physical Education to children in Wales and Poland. Ben brings an incredible sense of warmth and spirit to camp. Fun fact: Ben met his wife while they were both working at a sleepaway camp!

301-320-1044  |  benjamin_thomas@landon.net

 


 

 

 

  MICHAEL COOK

Assistant Director
Michael Cooke started at Landon in the fall of 2000, and has worked at Landon Summer in a variety of positions. Mike is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for the Middle School, teaches Physical Science and Ancient History, and coaches MS football and JV lacrosse. Fun Fact: Mike started his Landon career as the head athletic trainer. 

301-320-1044  |  michael_cooke@landon.net


 

  MIRACLE PEARSALL

Office Manager
Miracle Pearsall is a native of Frederick, MD who graduated from Liberty University, where she earned her bachelor's in Sport Management. She began her camp career at Landon Summer in 2018 as a Zone Coordinator/Office Assistant. In addition to camp, Miracle has served at Landon School in a variety of capacities, including as a LEAP Coordinator in the Lower School and as an administrator in the Auxiliary Programs department. She currently serves as Landon's Auxiliary Programs Manager and is looking forward to running the camp office and ensuring a great summer for all involved. Fun fact: Miracle also works part-time for the Washington Wizards and enjoys spending time with her family.

301-320-1375  | miracle_pearsall@landon.net

 

 


 

Outdoor head shot of Andy Katz, Director of Boys Day Camp, wearing a Landon Summer staff shirt.

 

  ANDY KATZ

Director, Boys Day Camp
Andy has 34 years of teaching experience, including 26 years at Landon School. He has worked with the Boys Day Camp for 23 years and has been Boys Day Camp director for the past 18. He teaches mathematics in Landon’s Upper School and is the 12th grade Class Dean. He is also the head wrestling coach. Fun fact: Andy is the father of four girls!


 

  DAVID BARNHOUSE

Assistant Director, Boys Day Camp
David is in his 8th year of teaching. 6 of those years were spent in Loudoun County Public Schools. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in education and teaches Social Studies at Northwest High School in Germantown, MD. David has worked with the Boys Day Camp for the past three summers as soccer coach before stepping into his new role as Assistant Director in 2019. Fun facts: David is originally from Michigan and loves to watch premier league soccer with his son!

Outdoor head shot of David Barnhouse, Assistant Director of Boys Day Camp, wearing a Landon Summer staff t-shirt.

 


 

Outdoor head shot of Ally Farias wearing a Landon Summer staff t-shirt.

 

  ALLY FARIAS

Co-Director, Girls Day Camp
Ally began working at Girls Day camp as a teacher in 2017 and has been back every year since. She taught arts and crafts along with various clubs such a STEM and American Sign Language. Ally graduated from Towson University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. During the school year, she is a 3rd grade teacher at Woodlin Elementary School. Ally's favorite part of camp is the people. She loves working with the Girls Day Camp staff and getting to see campers having fun and making friends! Fun fact: Ally loves to travel! She's been to 10 countries and hopes to keep adding more to her list!


 

  ELIZA FOSTER

Co-Director, Girls Day Camp
Eliza is a middle school History teacher and the Form I Dean at Landon School. Eliza graduated from Williams College and holds a master’s degree from Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. She attended summer camps when she was younger and has worked at sports camps and summer school sessions since she was in high school. Eliza is a big fan of all things related to camp—activities, teamwork, new friendships, themes, being outside, and anything that will get young people excited about learning and growing! Fun fact: Eliza has a dog named Chance who has 4 middle names!

Outdoor head shot of Eliza Foster wearing a Landon Summer staff t-shirt.

 


 

 

  SHEMEKA IVY

Co-Director, Preschool Day Camp
Shemeka is a native of Washington, D.C. and has been an educator for over 10 years. She joined Landon in the Summer of 2019 as a lead teacher in the Eagles' classroom. Shemeka is currently a first grade teacher wit Rocketship Public Charter Schools. She loves early childhood education and also enjoys watching and facilitating the development of young minds. She is returning to Landon Summer serving in a new role, as Co-Director of the Preschool Day Camp. She is excited to provide an awesome experience for Landon's youngest campers! Fun fact: Shemeka loves traveling , shopping, trying new foods and binge watching a good series.


 

  NAVEENA MORA

Co-Director, Preschool Day Camp
Naveena began working at Landon Summer nine years ago as a lead teacher for the Giraffes in Preschool Day Camp and is entering her first year as Co-Director of Preschool Day Camp. Naveena earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and master's in Teaching from Trinity University (DC), including a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Race and Equity with Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. Naveena is currently a kindergarten teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools and can't wait to return to Landon to spend another summer with us! Fun facts: Naveena is married with three children whom she enjoys spending time with and watching shows on Netflix!