Ali “Gator” McGray
Ali “Gator” McGray grew up in Sandwich, Illinois and is a rising senior at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her passion for language and working with children started at an early age when she overcame pneumococcal meningitis and spent eight years in speech therapy and special education to rehabilitate the skills she had lost. Now she advocates for meningitis awareness and people with special needs, and is a student speech-language pathologist at Augie’s on-campus speech clinic working with people who have varying communicative difficulties. Because of her early struggles in life, she hopes to one day be a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist helping people like herself live the best lives they possibly can.
In her spare time, Ali enjoys social dancing (such as swing and salsa), photography, reading, gardening, cooking, being outside, and spending time with her family and two dogs (named Bear and Fizgig.)
Her goal in joining the Camp Warner Park team is to help children develop stronger social skills while also cultivating a strong interest in nature. She’s looking forward to a great summer and is very excited to meet and interact with all of our campers.