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!
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!
Cynthia Starborn, Writing Ranger
Cynthia Starborn is a life-long teacher and creative writer. She has taught all ages from preschool to high school, in both public and private school settings, and particularly loves working with elementary-age students. Her favorite subject to teach is, of course, creative writing! Cynthia started writing stories and poems at the age of five, and has been published in the anthology “365 Moments of Grace” (2016), as well as the anthology “365 Life Shifts” (2017). Cynthia loves helping students to express their unique voice through writing, and she is excited to support campers in having many magical “Adventures in Writing” this summer.
Abraham Resngit, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Abraham started out as an Adventure Guide with Adventures in Writing Camp and is thrilled to return as a Writing Ranger! Abraham discovered his love for teaching in college, earning a degree in English with plans to teach high school. He has spent the last year teaching English in the East Side Union High School District, and wants to give back to his community by impacting students the same way his teachers did. On his down time Abraham enjoys reading, cooking, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He looks forward to making campers’ time at Adventures in Writing Camp one of their most memorable experiences, allowing them to return to school in the Fall with found memories of their summer vacation!
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!
Liz Cromarty, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Liz is so excited to begin her first year at Adventures in Writing Camp!
Liz is a sophomore at New York University, majoring in Education Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis.
She has spent the past year working with third graders in a New York City Public School, and absolutely loves working with kids. Her passion is education, and working with kids is always her favorite part of the day.
In her free time, Liz loves to read and play music, and enjoys playing sports in her free time.
Jacob Metevia, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jacob is a student at UCLA and he also works as an academic mentor. Jacob’s main extra curricular activity is Quidditch. At UCLA there is a ‘muggle’ Quidditch team that competes against Quidditch teams from other colleges across the country (he recently played at nationals in Florida). To answer a few questions: yes they do hold brooms between their legs (pvc pipe), the golden snitch is a tennis ball attached to the back of a big person who throws people around, and to answer the most important question–they really do fly (just kidding on the last one but Jacob wishes they did).
He loves reading, writing, and fun (who doesn’t?) and he can’t wait to start as an Adventure Guide this summer!
Maddie Steinberg, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Maddie is going to be an Adventure Guide for the first time and is excited as can be! She’s always on the job at family get-togethers to watch over her eight younger cousins, and loves doing it! She truly is a child at heart, still enjoying walks to the park and swinging on the swings when no one is looking. She has recently graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto and is staying in Palo Alto to go to community college. Maddie plans on majoring in Marine Biology and volunteering at the Aquarium of the Bay in future months. In her free time she loves to read, write, and listen to music.