San Jose Almaden | 06/19/2017-06/30/2017
1150 Rajkovich Way, San Jose, CA 95120
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 return to Williams Elementary 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!
MEET THE TEAM
Jaimee Montali, Site Administrator
Joyous Jaimee will be your Site Administrator during the most incredible writing adventure you have ever been on! Her passion, her soul, her delight is to write. Moreover, she enjoys teaching others about the joys of writing…hence her name, Joyous Jaimee! Her regular gig, or job, is teaching teachers as an Instructional Coach in San Jose Unified School District. This is her 15th year in public education. She has a Masters Degree in Administration and a Teaching Credential through UCLA. Her philosophy on teaching writing is to expose children to what it is like to lead a “writerly life”. Which means that in order to become a good writer, you must do what REAL authors do. Joyous Jaimee cannot wait for camp to start in June. The music, dancing, curriculum, and craziness will make it a summer to remember forever.
Danielle (“Danni”) Davis, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
“Diction Danni” has returned! This will be Danielle’s second season at Adventures in Writing Camp, and first as Site Administrator! Danielle taught English at Downtown College Prep High School for eight years and has recently gone on to private tutoring. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature at UC Santa Cruz and her master’s in education and English teaching credential at Stanford University. Danielle just looooves words, wordplay, and all sorts of stories. She is excited to help campers find the stories inside them and get zany with words!*Pictured: Diction Danni makes it home to her favorite shelf of books (seen in background) after climbing through a mudslide — nothing stops her!
Melissa Gallo, Writing Ranger
Welcome back Melissa! Melissa is looking forward to her third year with Adventures in Writing Camp! Melissa is excited to lead as Site Director this year, having also been a Writing Ranger and Camp Director in previous years.
Helping students write and illustrate their own stories is a lot of fun for her and she finds watching students grow as writers fulfilling! As a veteran teacher of 25 years it is wonderful to have Melissa back at camp to be a part of students’ growth as they begin to view themselves as authors!
Heidi Bayless, Writing Ranger
Heidi Bayless is a super proud mother of six, grandmother of one, and special education high school teacher to many! She has also been referred to as “second mom” or “school mom”. That’s just who she is. She loves kids, and loves the kids she considers privileged to work with. She takes great care and pride in teaching and guiding the students in her care.
Heidi has a BA Degree in Human Development with an emphasis in English and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Azusa Pacific University. She also holds a valid mild/moderate special education credential with an Autism Authorization, also from Azusa Pacific University. Heidi is very excited to share her love of learning and writing with your children this summer and have a blast while doing so! Let’s do this!
Megan Miles, Entertainment Ranger
Megan Miles is a music teacher from Vancouver, WA. She grew up in Ridgefield, WA, a small farm town just outside of Vancouver. Megan went to Elementary School as a Tater Tot, and graduated High School as a Spudder in 1997. She went on to attend college at Central Washington University and graduated in 2001 with her Bachelors of Arts in Education with an endorsement in Music Education. Then in 2011 she graduated with a Masters in Education.
Music has always been an important part of Megan’s life; she started performing music when she joined the fifth grade elementary school band and continued to perform through her college years. Megan started teaching in 2001, and has been teaching music since 2006. She loves being a music teacher and enjoys the opportunities she gets to inspire students through the power of music!
Megan believes that learning to perform helps prepare them for the world we live in. Megan’s primary teachers would be in shock to see the shy Megan Miles from elementary school, who didn’t even speak until she was in the fourth grade, leading concerts of one hundred twenty students at a time in front of an audience of five hundred people! Music helped her come out of her shell, and provided a path for her to grow and bloom into the person she is today. Megan enjoys inspiring her students to find their own voice and discover their unique path through creating, responding, connecting and performing.
Megan has been working at Adventures in Writing Camp since 2015. Writing has always been a passion of hers, and to be able to integrate teaching writing with music was a dream come true!
After camp last summer, one of her students, who struggled coming to camp the first few days because he hated to write, asked her, “Can I do that writing camp again this next summer?” and then went on to say, “That sure was fun.” Those are the words she strives to hear from every struggling writer after camp. Megan believes learning is an adventure and learning to write should be the best adventure of everyone’s summer!
Adriana Ramirez, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This will be Adriana’s second summer at Adventures in Writing Camp. She enjoys working with kids because they are smart, funny, and creative. She likes being out in the sun, whether it’s swimming, bike riding, or hiking. You can always catch her with a smile and laughing at pretty much anything! She cannot wait to work with these campers with all the fun activities that camp offers!
Cassie Gallo, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This will Cassie’s third year at Adventures in Writing Camp. She loves getting to meet new kids and help them on their journey to become better writers, as well as joining in on the fun games. You can often see her making a fool of herself playing Screaming Lemurs or Kangaroo Hop.
Maria Espinoza, eBook Ranger
Mrs. Espinoza has been working for 8 years as an elementary school teacher. Her hobbies are reading and hiking. She is coming back to teach at AIW camp for her second time because she thinks AIW is awesome!