Redwood City | 07/24/2017-08/04/2017
North Star Academy
400 Duane Street, Redwood City, CA 94062
07/24/2017 – 08/04/2017 (M-F, 9am – 3pm)
Supervised play available 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm for an additional charge.
Adventures in Writing Camp is excited to come to Redwood City’s North Star Academy 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 campers build confidence and fall in love with writing!
Staff to be announced soon!
MEET THE TEAM
Mike Kulbieda, Site Administrator
Mike is a musician, actor, teacher, father of two, and outdoor enthusiast. He grew up on the east coast, received his BA in theater arts from Western Connecticut State University, and spent time living in New York City pursuing his passions in music and theater before teaching finally found him. He spent the majority of his early career teaching and traveling through Asia, Europe, and Mexico. He received his Masters in Education from Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe while working as a ski instructor at Heavenly Valley Resort and has since been working with Elementary School teachers and kids in various capacities. For the past three years Mike has been at the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto developing, coordinating, and managing the school’s “MakerSpace.” He is passionate about hands-on learning and empowering teachers to create opportunities for kids to build, design, and tinker with technology. Mike is very excited to work with the team at Adventures in Writing Camp!
Helen Foley, Entertainment Ranger
We are very excited to welcome Helen Foley back for her second year with Adventures in Writing! There is nothing she loves more than sharing her love of writing with kids through music, dance, and oodles of fun activities.
In addition to being a full-time student majoring in Economics and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Helen loves reading (especially in hammocks) and exploring the outdoors. She is also a music fanatic. Since she was just five years old, she has being playing different instruments, singing, and writing music! Now she is a bluegrass music performer, as well as an active voice and music instructor. However, she is of a firm belief that there is nothing more fun than teaching kids how to rap battle!
Jennifer Von Bleichert, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jennifer von Bleichert, Adventure Guide!
Jennifer is so excited to start a summer full of adventures in writing! She cannot wait to teach children about writing, editing, and publishing books! She loves to teach kids about the process of character development, plot, and an awesome ending, of course.
This will be Jennifer’s first year at Adventures in Writing Camp, and she has many ideas and creative solutions to help the kids with “writer’s block” so that they can write and illustrate their very own stories!
After many years of working in the video game industry, Jennifer found her passion, and started teaching at Childtime Leaning Center School in 2012. Jennifer loves to read, tell stories, and mentor children when she teaches at Workshop Education, an after-school enrichment program in Redwood City (Roy Cloud Elementary School).
Jennifer’s favorite thing to teach at Workshop Education is Writer’s Workshop where her students are “Featured Authors,” and present their own creative books to their friends, realizing how much FUN it is to write!
Katie Lacek, eBook Ranger
We are so excited that Katie Lacek is returning to Adventures in Writing Camp for her second summer as a Writing Ranger! Katie is credentialed to teach elementary school and is currently working for the Palo Alto Unified School District as a long-term substitute teacher. She is looking to teach full time this coming school year. Katie is passionate about teaching students in a fun and engaging learning environment and is excited for all of the creative stories to come this summer. Katie has a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters degree in Education (Special Emphasis). She completed all of her schooling at the University of La Verne, located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and is happy to be back in the Bay Area where she grew up. Katie is looking forward to assisting children with their writing skills this summer and teaching them how to publish their own stories.