Susie and Steve met many summers ago, when they both worked at the oldest camp in the country for dyslexic children. They married and shared a vision--to own and operate their own camp. After all their experience working at schools and camps that focused on dyslexic students, Susie and Steve decided to combine the best features of the programs they had experienced to establish a camp in Western North Carolina. After locating just the right spot in Bakersville, NC, in 2003, they opened Camp Spring Creek and made their dream a reality.
Susie van der Vorst, Academic Director, is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, an accrediting organization with the highest standards. She originally trained under Diana H. King at the Kildonan School and Camp Dunnabeck. She has used Orton-Gillingham since 1989 in both public and private sectors, teaching both dyslexic and non dyslexics from ages 4-45. She has presented nationally in Atlanta, San Diego and Philadelphia to name a few. Her passion is to empower dyslexic students and all those who interact with them. Her ultimate goal is to see all teachers everywhere getting the Orton-Gillingham principles in their initial training as a teacher.
Steve van der Vorst, Program Director, received his training from Amsterdam University in the Netherlands where he concentrated on teaching and arts. He worked at Camp Dunnabeck every summer from 1984-1993 as counselor, assistant program director, and waterfront director. His Dunnabeck experience gave him expertise in dealing with self-confidence and social issues with dyslexics. Steve works with the camp counselors closely to insure a strong connection to the children they are supervising. He has a wonderful rapport with children of all ages.