Inner Richmond | 06/19/2017-06/30/2017
Congregation Beth Sholom
301 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
06/19/2017 – 06/30/2017 (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 Congregation Beth Sholom this summer! This San Francisco 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 this summer!
MEET THE TEAM
Danielle David, Site Administrator
Mrs. Danielle David is the site administrator for the Inner Richmond camp and is so excited to join the Adventures in Writing Camp team! She is coming from 11 years of teaching experience, first in Oakland Unified School District and most recently in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. Mrs. David has taught TK, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades, and four years ago she stepped out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coach specializing in Reading Intervention with struggling readers. Mrs. David LOVES working with children and holds both her Masters in Educational Administration and her Administrative Credential from St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact Mrs. David with any questions you may have about your child or the Adventures in Writing Camp program!
Abby Benny, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Abby has worked as an elementary school teacher for nine years and recently completed a Master’s program in Language and Literacy and received a Reading Specialist Credential. As an educator, she is passionate about fostering a love for writing at a young age by engaging kids in meaningful and purposeful writing experiences that empowers them to think of themselves as writers. She is happy to be back at AIW Writing Camp helping kids develop a love for writing!
Alice Pederkoff, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Alice Pederkoff believes that strong writing skills are the key to success. Good thing writing is fun, too! She believes that every child is a brilliant writer; all they need to do is build upon and sharpen the creative minds they already have!
She currently teaches at George Washington High School in San Francisco, and has taught and tutored at middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area. She received a B.A. in History from Berkeley, where she realized that the best part of school is writing! She originally earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford University, and a Social Studies teaching credential. Because she has realized that teaching writing and literacy is her true passion, she is currently working on earning a second teaching credential in English Language Arts.
Haley Donovan, Writing Ranger
Haley is a teacher in San Francisco, and because of her lifelong love of learning, she’s also a student herself — when she’s not teaching in a classroom, she is working towards her MA in Elementary Education from San Francisco State University, where she completed her teacher credentialing studies. She has experience working with Kindergarten through Sixth grade, and has worked in public, charter, and independent schools (as well as summer camps). She loves hearing her students’ opinions about the world around them, and seeing students build upon one another’s ideas. She believes that at the heart of every classroom should be teamwork, respect, curiosity, and of course — fun!
Before she became a teacher, Haley worked as a Public Relations and Communications professional in Washington, D.C, where she worked for several years after graduating from University of CA, Davis with a BA in Communication. She first discovered her love of teaching as a volunteer with a nonprofit academic enrichment program based in D.C. Once she saw the looks on students’ faces while they were making toothpaste as part of a group science experiment, she knew there was nothing else in the world she’d rather be doing!
Haley’s been a writer and a storyteller since she can remember – whether it was making up random product commercials as a toddler and begging her parents to capture them on home video, to maintaining a personal blog in her years since college, she has always found joy in the way words and stories can connect people. Haley was born and raised in San Francisco, and her favorite memories from growing up here include swimming at Aquatic Park and going to Swensen’s for ice cream. These days her favorite activities include reading, writing, iPhone photography, exploring the city with friends, and cooking.
Billy Lawley, Entertainment Ranger
Billy has been a musician for as long as he can remember. He began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began singing at the age of 15. Billy has a wealth of experience teaching young students as a music instructor. He moved from Dallas, Texas in 2012, where he spent five years in the elementary classroom as a music teacher. Since that time, Billy has formed his own music teaching studio in the East Bay and works as a resident Composer with schools throughout the Bay Area with the San Francisco Opera Guild. He is a certified music therapist and is always considering the unique needs of each student, including kids with special needs. Billy is known for being “bodacious” and has an awesome energy that kids love! When not teaching, he sings with a community chorus in the East Bay. During the winter season, you may very well see him performing as a caroler in full Victorian costume!
Alexandria Jones, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Alie Jones (Alexandria) is a 26 years old filmmaker, music enthusiast, and social change agent from Fresno, CA. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Public Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Before MIIS she attended CSU Monterey Bay. She spent her final year of undergraduate career in the south of France in Aix-en-Provence. In May 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in Cinematic Arts and Technology from CSU Monterey Bay and a minor in Creative Writing and Social Action. Being involved with sustainability changed the way she viewed activism. Her experience acting in social action pieces changed her perception of herself. She is passionate about promoting women’s empowerment, body positivity, and engaging in new conversations through the arts. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for writing with the campers at AIW Camp!