Staff Spotlight: Brigid MacArthur-Thompson

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Get to know Brigid MacArthur-Thompson, Uptown’s Assistant Camp Director 

If you see her around the JCC, you might see her in costume, leading a camp dance, or guiding our little yogis to class. Brigid's official titles are Assistant Camp Director and Children's Program Manager, but a more appropriate title might be "Director of Fun."

Read the Q&A to get to know a little more about Brigid, who is in charge of developing youth programs throughout the year as well as helping to make JCC Summer Camp run smoothly with a maximum output of laughs, learning, and memories.

Describe yourself in three words. 
What’s she doing? 

How long have you been with the JCC? 
About 2 ½ years

Describe what you do at the JCC. 
I get to do all of the fun and silly things! I run all of the children’s programming outside of nursery school, so I get to dance, make crafts, and play games with our youngest JCC members all the time. 

What do you love most about your job? 
Getting to watch kids and families grow and change over the years! 

If you could swap places with one other person at the JCC for a day, who would you pick and why? 
Aquatics Director Kathleen Kennair so I could spend most of my day outside! 

Where did you grow up? 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

What is your favorite New Orleans restaurant and why? 
Frankie & Johnny’s because of the seafood gumbo and the great company! 

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 
I’m naturally quiet and quite introverted 

Where do you like to take out-of-town visitors?
Cemeteries 

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
Music

Tell us about someone you admire.
My younger sister, for being endlessly brave and determined no matter what life throws at her. 

Where’s your favorite place in the world? 
East Durham, New York

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Sunshine yellow

Who would play you in a movie?
Beanie Feldstein or Rebel Wilson 

What tops your bucket list?
Camping in the Grand Canyon 

What is your greatest fear?
Pool drains

What are you currently reading?
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver 

What is your all-time favorite movie?
Practical Magic

Dogs or cats?
CATS 

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Buy my mom a house and pay off my student loans

My phone is filled with pictures of: 
Plants and my cat 

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