Meet the Site Director for Chapin School Princeton: Michelle Sklar


Michelle Sklar

Hi, my name is Michelle Sklar, and I am the site director for ESF at Chapin School Princeton. This will be my third summer with ESF Summer Camps. As the former site director of ESF at The Lawrenceville School, I am excited to move to our new home. I grew up in Florida and have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Florida. For more than 20 years, I have worked with young children. I began my career as a first grade teacher for 2 years and transitioned into Early Childhood Education when I moved to New Jersey in 2000. Over the last 18 years, I have had the privilege of being a director for different childcare centers throughout New Jersey. My goal as a director was to ensure that children, families, and staff were receiving the highest quality education offered. Throughout my time in the field of Early Childhood Education, I took multiple courses through the NAEYC Accreditation process and mentored colleagues. As a child, my favorite time of year was summer when I would go to camp. I couldn’t wait to go back year after year and spend time with my “camp family.” Being a part of ESF allows me to merge my experience in education and child development with my passion for summer camp. Outside of ESF, I am a wife and mom of two amazing daughters, when I’m not working I’m usually at a field cheering them on!

What do you love about working at ESF?
The enthusiasm for camp and being able to share my love of camp with the children!

What is your favorite camp tradition?
Watching the excitement and teamwork during the spirit stick and oracle challenges.

What is an ESF fun fact about you?
I did not apply for ESF, they found me online and it was the best thing that happened to me.  I love working for ESF!!!

What is the most unique/interesting job you have had outside of ESF?
I worked as a life guard on Miami Beach while in college one summer.

What is your favorite quote?
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Diet Coke and Chocolate

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Be in multiple places at one time.