From a Montessori school teacher and drama instructor to a documentary filmmaker to professors and illustrators, our authors span the spectrum of disciplines and dedications.
Michael Wexler was born on April 15, tax day, and was thus written off from a very young age. Despite his New Jersey upbringing and since retired Brooklyn fade haircut he has managed to author eight books, create and direct projects for the likes of Fox, ABC, NBC, Microsoft, NPR, Sirius/XM, and HBO, as well as serve as an Adjunct Professor of writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Despite a devastating elbow injury (long story) that derailed his burgeoning tennis career, Wexler has also sublimated his creative and existential longings via an unheralded and unsuccessful music career that spans five self-released albums featuring performances from the likes of alt-country Grammy nominee Tift Merritt and others. Michael currently splits his time between Keuka Lake in Western, NY and Oak Bluffs, MA.
John Hulme is a writer and filmmaker from Highland Park, New Jersey. He is the co-author of five books, including The Seems, a trilogy of sci-fi fantasy novels from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, the esteemed imprimatur of the famed Harry Potter series. He directed the award-winning documentaries Unknown Soldier: Searching For a Father (HBO) and Blood, Sweat & Tears: A Basketball Exorcism. He also co-created the original radio drama, Vanishing Point (NPR, SiriusXM Radio). He is currently building the Highland Park African American History Project — a multimedia oral history of his hometowns black community — which is being funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The Project’s first documentary, Blacked Out, won the Best Youth Film award at the 2018 Harlem International Film Festival. Hulme is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, where he teaches Documentary Filmmaking and Digital Storytelling as well as being a proud father to Jack and Maddie, and wife – aka husband – to Jenn.
Philip Wexler is Executive Director of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and Society, and emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he held the Unterberg Chair in Jewish Social and Educational History. He was formerly at the University of Rochester as the Scandling Professor of Education and Sociology, where he was also Founding Dean of the Warner Graduate School (1989-2000). He later served as Director of the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002-2010), Visiting Bronfman Professor at Brandeis University (2010-2012), and Professor of Social Pedagogy and Social Policy at the Bergische University, Wuppertal, Germany (2012-2014). He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow. He has published eighteen books on sociology, education, postmodernism and religion.
A Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater institution, the camp wouldn’t be the same without Carrie who has been involved in the vaunted summer playhouse since childhood. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and a certified Montessori schoolteacher with fifteen years of experience as Head Teacher in ports of call ranging from Bridgewater, New Jersey to Vineyard Haven (Martha’s Vineyard), Massachusetts and beyond. Carrie has written over twenty plays for kids of all ages and is best known for deriving fun, alternative lyrics to popular songs. Her works have been circulated and re-performed at summer and school year drama programs from Hyannis to Hong Kong and beyond. Caroline “Carrie” Peckar (whose middle name is “Flo”) goes with the flow in Oak Bluffs, MA where she continues to write, teach, and create jewelry for the inimitable Hawkhouse gem company. Her most recent innovation, Sharknado: The Musical earned her a coveted “MLW Best Children’s Drama Award” and a “Kid’s Choice Performance Gold Medal” in the past calendar year alone. Go, Carrie!
Ted “T. Pryde” is a writer-in-residence in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. He works, plays, and laughs amongst the spirited company of his wife, two daughters, and clever but incorrigible dog. T. loves reading and writing and has always loved the meticulous construction of strong sentences. He can often be seen contemplating these very things while staring at the sky. His oldest daughter finds precisely this sort of behavior highly embarrassing. It must be noted, T. Is a notoriously slow starter, but can build up quantifiable momentum given the proper time and space. T. Is the author of three grown-up style novels: Manifest Darkness, And The Rocket’s Red Glare, and The Storms That Pass, The Storms That Stay. He has written the screenplays for And The Rocket’s Red Glare, and Pieces for which he was a semi-finalist in the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Program. He also wrote and illustrated The Cartwheel Kid for Devin, and Snow Pants for Maggie, both of which earned laudatory praise from the critics (Devin and Maggie). He skis in the winter, bikes in the summer, and likes to toast the sunset with a gin martini on Sundays.
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