meet our year-round staff!


Chad Watson, Summer Enrichment Camp & Base Camp Co-Director: Chad has been a part of camp for a long time- first as a camper, then as staff. He has filled just about every role at camp at one time or another. He co-directed from 2002 to 2005, then stepped back into the job in 2011. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas, where he teaches Pre-Calculus and Statistics to high school students.


 Jessica Young, Summer Enrichment Camp Co-Director:  Jessica has also been a part of camp much of her life, working in a variety of roles from counselor to camp cook before becoming Co-Director in 2012. She and Chad have overseen the rapid expansion of camp and AICL’s move from Warren Wilson College to Mars Hill University. She lives with her family in Tennessee and looks forward to a future when AICL runs year-round.


Wes Cheek, The Summit Co-Director: Wes Cheek is a Ph.D. candidate in the City, Culture, and Community program at Tulane University. He is originally from Destin, Florida. He has occupied a number of roles at AICL over the past 25+ years, from camper, to counselor, to co-director.

we love our teachers and counselors, too!