We believe that just like a high-quality education, an amazing summer camp experience should be available to all children. One of the most important components of making this dream a reality is a fun, talented, dedicated, and mission-driven staff. Being a staff member at Camp Uncommon is more than a summer job; it's an unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to reach your full potential as you help others reach theirs. Camp Uncommon is staffed by Uncommon teachers and alumni as well as dedicated individuals looking to ensure campers are safe and have the time of their lives.
97% of staff feel that Camp Uncommon accomplishes its goal of developing campers’ independence, responsibility, confidence, and curiosity.
Senior Staff Profiles
Josh Phillips, CEO of Change Summer and Founder of Camp Uncommon
Josh attended Camp Naticook in New Hampshire as a child and worked as the Head Boys Counselor at Camp Laurel in Maine for several summers. He founded Camp Uncommon in 2016 and Change Summer in 2018. Josh is also a Senior Advisor at Uncommon Schools. Formerly, he served as Uncommon’s Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Rochester and Troy schools, and Chief of Innovation and School Operations. He was previously the Co-Director of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Boston. In 2007, Roxbury Prep’s 8th graders had the highest math MCAS scores in the entire state of Massachusetts. Prior to leadership at Roxbury Prep, Josh served as the Enrichment Coordinator and sixth grade World History teacher. He was also a history teacher-intern at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science while earning an EdM in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University. Josh received his B.A. in political science from Colgate University and his M.A. in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a Pahara Aspen Fellow and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of the American Camp Association of NY/NJ and Rochester Prep Charter School.
Mike Callahan, Director of Camp Uncommon
Mike is a proud husband and father as well as a musician, champion of lawn games, and holder of the highest batting average in the history of Camp Uncommon’s Tennis Baseball League. He earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Social Work from NYU. Mike’s camp career started as a camper at Camp Kingsley Pines, continued as a camp counselor at the Montclair YMCA Day Camp, and later as Assistant Director of Camp Sunshine at the Westfield YMCA. Next, he helped to found the Better Days Foundation to serve families who lost a parent or loved one on 9/11/01. He also served as the Assistant Director of Camp Better Days for 10 years. In 2013, Mike joined Uncommon Schools as a school Social Worker at North Star Academy’s West Side Park Campus. In 2016, Mike co-founded Camp Uncommon. He is currently a member of the American Camp Association of NY/NJ Tri-State Conference Committee.
Emma Simmons, Program Director
Emma Simmons earned a B.S. in Human Services from Northeastern University and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. Emma spent all of her summers as a child attending different camps, and then worked at camps during summers throughout college. Before joining Uncommon, Emma worked as the Event Manager for CYCLE Kids, which is a non-profit that gives children the opportunity to learn how to ride bikes and learn nutrition during the school day. Emma joined Uncommon 4 years ago as a 2nd Grade Teacher at Vailsburg Elementary School in Newark and currently, she is a 5th Grade Math Teacher at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill in Boston.
Ebony Joseph, Head Girls Counselor
Ebony is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. She worked as a program director for Kids First summer camp while in school creating an activity curriculum for the summer. She began Uncommon in 2014 as a founding fourth grade teacher at West Side Park Elementary school and is in her fourth year of teaching. Ebony believes that all children deserve a memorable summer and Camp Uncommon provides just that. She began at Camp Uncommon in its first year as a group counselor as well as an activity counselor teaching art at Camp Uncommon and she is excited continue to be a part of the family.
Alex Toole, Head Boys Counselor
Alex Toole has been a “camp kid” all his life, attending and working at camps since he was old enough to walk. Starting with day and summer camps in his home state of Maine, Alex eventually ended up as a camper, junior counselor, and tent counselor at Pine Island Camp in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. He taught kayaking and led overnight hiking, canoeing and kayaking trips for Pine Island Camp for four years. Alex earned degrees in Political Science and French from Dickinson College and his Masters of Education from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Uncommon Schools, Alex taught 4th and 5th grade Literacy and History in Baltimore through Teach for America. He is now in his third year with Uncommon, teaching 6th grade Literacy at Roxbury Prep Dorchester Campus in Boston. Summer 2019 will be Alex’s third summer with Camp Uncommon.
Yasmin Bailey, Head of Junior Counselors
Yasmin Bailey is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, obtaining a BA in Psychology. As an alum of Roxbury Prep and a founding counselor of Camp Uncommon, Yasmin is more than excited to be returning to Camp Uncommon for her third year as the Head of Junior Counselors. During the school year Yasmin is the part time Regional Coordinator for Uncommon’s Boston, Troy, and Rochester middle schools as well as a Lead Organizer of Campaigns and Operations at Youth Justice and Power Union (YJPU).
Olivia Allen, Family Liaison
Olivia Allen is currently a 5th grade teacher at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School - Mission Hill in Boston, MA, where she also serves as a track and field coach, and previously, an instructional leader. She returns to Camp Uncommon as the Family Liaison for summer 2019 after serving as a group counselor in 2017. Prior to joining Uncommon Schools in 2016, Olivia taught 5th grade in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she also served as a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member. Olivia graduated with her B.A. in International Affairs with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Business from Northeastern University in 2014. Later, she earned her M.A.T. from The University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Olivia is thrilled to return to Camp Uncommon to give extremely deserving students a chance to experience a safe, fun, and enriching summer camp experience!