Meet the Team
From our dynamic leaders to our counselors and guest artists, you won’t find a more daring or talented group of women committed to providing our girls with a summer experience of personal growth, creativity and fun that will last a lifetime.
Crystal Bobb-Semple, Founder
Crystal Bobb-Semple is the Founder/CEO of Plato Learning, the company behind the exuberant literary summer programs, Camp Half-Blood and the Double-Daring Camp for Girls. Plato Learning transforms classic stories into play-based explorations of History, conflict, morality and character development through a unique platform that helps kids develop social courage. Since 2010 her company has established itself as one of the foremost enrichment programs in Brooklyn for kids age 6-14. She is working to enlarge the company’s footprint throughout New York City with the ultimate vision of extending its model across the nation.
Bobb-Semple has been a community leader for nearly two decades. In addition to owning and operating Brownstone Books (2000-2010) she has been active in developing businesses and civic organizations that have evolved the educational landscape, and bolstered efforts to bring industry to Brooklyn. She sits on the board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, co-founded The Brooklyn Brownstone School and Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association and produces The Word of Mom; a yearly forum for independent private school admissions directors to connect with families in Central Brooklyn.
Bobb-Semple is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education where she is researching progressive education teaching practices in communities of color. She resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant with her husband and two children.
Jean Hall, Director
Jean is a Brooklyn-based teacher from Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006. In 2007 her love for fashion and her desire to live out her passion inspired her move to New York. After several years in the fashion industry, Jean’s desire to give back to her community inspired her to resign from her position as fashion market editor at Surface magazine to pursue a career in education. Jean aspires to teach children the power of literacy, inspire children to explore the world and pursue their dreams.
Allison Dubinksi, Assistant Director
Allison Dubinski is a Brooklyn-based teacher, social worker and violinist from Bloomington, Indiana. After graduating from Butler University with a degree in Violin Performance and recognizing a strong desire to promote social justice in the world of elementary education. Allison’s passion is to provide children with opportunities where they can develop their confidence as individual and innately beautiful, unique human beings and learn that self-expression can be awakened through all kinds of creative outlets. Creativity, she believes, is the way to realizing your true dreams in life and finding compassion for yourself and those around you.
Sarah Grace is a teaching artist and educational program developer based in New York City, where she is also an actor and writer. She has been performing and teaching in tandem since she was a teenager in suburban Detroit. Sarah graduated with honors from New York University with a BFA in drama and a minor in applied theater. Since then she has worked with Opening Act, Educational Alliance, and Wingspan Arts. Sarah believes strongly in empowering young minds through creativity and fun challenges. Helping children learn empathy for themselves and others will create a more positive and enriching world.