Our leadership team consisting of the director, Robyn Tanne, the assistant director, Alyson Platkin, and the supervisors have numerous years of experience in the special education field as well as the world of camp and summer programs.
Our priority is to know and respect each child’s individual needs, talents, interests, and challenges. We provide a personalized approach unlike any other camp. We’re here to provide an environment rich in opportunities and to ensure that every camper can reach his or her full potential and have a fantastic, unforgettable experience.
Robyn Tanne, Director
Robyn Tanne has been a special educator since 1977, working on both the elementary and middle school levels. Her undergraduate degree was from Boston University, while graduate work was done at American University.
Robyn has taught in Maryland as well as in several New Jersey school districts. While with the Union schools, Robyn became trained in the Wilson Reading system. After many years as a teacher in a self-contained classroom and as an inclusion teacher, Robyn then worked as a transition coordinator on a child study team. During the summers, Robyn maintained her love of camp by working as a supervisor and administrator at Harbor Hills Day Camp.
In 1996, Robyn, along with Skip Vichness, former director of Harbor Hills, decided to create a unique summer program environment for children with mild special needs. Harbor Haven was born in the summer of 1996 and opened in the summer of 1997.
Having retired from teaching, Robyn spends all of the off-season time developing new programming and hiring and training staff for each wonderful summer as well as communicating with camp families and meeting with new families.
Alyson Platkin, Assistant Director
Alyson started as a counselor at Harbor Haven in the summer of 2005. She then became an assistant supervisor and after that Aly was the supervisor for Junior Division for a few summers. She also served as Head Counselor for Bright Beginnings, our pre-school division and as a trainer and mentor for the new supervisors. Aly assumed the Assistant Director position starting in the summer of 2013.
Aly attended Northeastern University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood-Special Education in 2006.
Aly taught first grade English learners in Thailand early in her career and is currently a kindergarten inclusion teacher at PS 102 in Manhattan while also working on her ABA Board Certification.
Aly brings to the Assistant Director position a wealth of experiences, skill and expertise which will benefit every aspect of Harbor Haven each summer.