Tustin | 07/10/2017-07/21/2017
Tustin Memorial Academy
12712 Browning Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
07/10/2017 – 07/21/2017 (M-F, 9am – 3pm)
Supervised play available 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm for an additional charge.
Adventures in Writing Camp is excited to return to Tustin Memorial Academy with new curriculum this summer! This location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs! Our team of credentialed teachers, musicians, and college students is ready to help new campers build confidence and fall in love with writing, and help returning campers continue to develop as writers!
PLEASE NOTE: We are happy to announce that we ARE able to offer extended care from 8-9 am and 3-6pm at TMA. Pricing for extended care is $40 total for all 10 mornings (8-9am) and $80 total for all 10 afternoons (3pm to 6pm).
MEET THE TEAM
Judi Gaines, Site Administrator
Books are Judi’s passion; books lead to writers and people and kids! Yes! Judi loves kids and mentoring young people. She has a lot of life experience working with people of all ages and it’s her joy to be back at Adventures in Writing Camp for the second summer.
During the school year, Jammin’ Judi is a local elementary librarian along with being a full-time wife, mom and grandma. With 5 kids, 6 grandkids and 3 great-grands, you can trust her to run a safe, smooth summer camp. She loves the AIW Camp program, and Jammin’ Judi says her Tustin team will be THE BEST! She cannot wait!
Markie Zobel, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Ms. Markie Zobel loves working with kids. She loves to sing and dance (even though she isn’t very good at either), especially with her baby daughter Stella. Markie loves reading and is happy to be reading to her daughter and passing down her favorite books. Markie works at Long Beach Poly High School. Go Jackrabbits! She helps kids become better writers and thinkers every day. Markie teaches English and has just received her Master’s in Reading Education from Cal State Fullerton.
Cullen Bonham, Entertainment Ranger
This will be Cullen’s second year with Adventures in Writing Camp! He is a Southern California native with a passion for music and education. Cullen works as a resource educator for the Tustin School District and spends the majority of his free time as a studio musician and song writer. He is beyond excited to share the joy of music and writing with the next generation of talented youngsters!
Kristina Fecarotta, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kristi loves dancing around in her shark costume! When she is not dressed as a shark, you can find her at Boston College! She studies Communications and English, and is also on the swim team at BC.
Kristi loves writing, and hopes to one day write for a television show. Growing up, Kristi watched TV comedies, such as SNL and Modern Family, and they inspired her to write comedy in the future!
Kristi loves having fun, and is excited for more adventures in writing to come!
Baylee Shlichtman, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This is Baylee’s first year working with Adventure’s in Writing Camp. She is a quirky and energetic freshman at USC, the best school in the whole world (Fight on!). She is currently in between majors, but is a storyteller at heart with a knack for making people smile. Hobbies include lip syncing melodramatically, bundling up in way too hot weather, and singing too loud, especially in the shower. She’s really excited to work with all of the campers this year and help them with make their own adventures through writing.
Collette Golden, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Collette is many things, but she is especially one thing – a storyteller! As a lover of a good story since she can remember, her entire life has always been about telling stories, in one way or another! As a kid, she devoured every book she came upon. She wanted to be a creative writer, and loved to improve her writing skills, just like all of the campers! As she grew up, she learned how to tell stories on the stage through technical theater, and made costumes, makeup designs, set designs, and more!
Now, in college, she is pursuing a double major in Design and Fine Arts, in the hopes of helping to tell stories at Disney/PIXAR Animation someday soon. Collette is a Dean’s List student at the University of San Francisco, and can often be spotted in the fog by her bright blue hair. Collette can also often be found at her Internship with camp founders Hans & Jen, creating art at USF, or designing cool posters for her campus’ Career Services Center. When she’s back in her hometown of Santa Ana, CA, she can be found working with various children’s organizations, or getting artistic inspiration by walking around Disneyland. She can’t wait to share her love of storytelling with campers this summer!
Jillian Kido, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jillian is super excited to return for another summer with Adventures in Writing Camp! She is a sophomore at UC Davis and currently studying Economics and Communications. She also works at the library on campus so she is always surrounded by books! When she is not working or studying, she likes to go hiking, go to the beach, and the movies! As a former writer and editor for her high school newspaper, Jillian loves reading and writing and she can’t wait to help your camper with writing!
Kirstin Joyce, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kirstin’s favorite movie growing up was Beauty and the Beast – most girls wanted the castle, but she just wanted the library. As an English major and aspiring teacher at California State University Chico, she’s fortunate enough to have been hired as an English and Political Science mentor on her campus, and gets to spend lots of time guiding incoming freshman to success in their classes.
As a member of the mentoring program, she has been trained in methods of teaching that include hands on learning, group activities, and making sure others feel positive about themselves and their abilities within a the classroom.
Her personal take on writing? It is one of the best ways that young minds can express and discover themselves, and she is crazy excited to be working with so many creative kids!
When she’s not hitting the books or coming up with story ideas (she would read and write all day if she could), you can probably find her at the theater house or in the nearest cupcake shop – she seriously loves those things!
Richelle Apiz, eBook Ranger
My name is Richelle Apiz, and I am excited to be returning to camp this year as a Writing Ranger and Camp Director. I have been working with children of all ages for many years. I earned my Bachelor degree in Child Development from California State University, Fullerton and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Teaching from University of California, Irvine. I love sharing my passion for learning, reading, and telling stories with my students. I believe learning can be fun by incorporating songs, games, and imagination. When I am not teaching, I love scrapbooking, hiking, and playing with my dog, Oliver.