Saratoga | 07/10/2017-07/21/2017
14592 Oak Street, Saratoga, CA 95070
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 Saratoga 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
Danielle (“Danni”) Davis, Site Administrator
“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!
Leanne Otten, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Leanne is heading into her fourth year of teaching middle school and she loves it more and more each year! Leanne started teaching 8th grade in Santa Clara Unified School District and now most recently 8th and 6th in Saratoga Union. She has also led creative writing camps and tutored in previous summers! Leanne has both Multiple Subject and English teaching credentials from San Jose State and an undergraduate degree in English with a Technical Communications Certificate from Cal Poly.
Before she became a teacher, she wrote a few articles for Bay Area magazines, interned at NASA Ames as a copyeditor, and taught preschool. Her free time is spent going hiking, eating gelato or chocolate Toblerone bars (she’s addicted!), reading, and painting. Leanne loves hanging out with kids because they are so funny and creative, and it is truly special to be a part of their learning and self-discovery!
Marika Parnell, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Marika has been teaching 2nd grade for the last 3 years in Union School District in beautiful Los Gatos! This will be Marika’s second year teaching at Adventures in Writing Camp, and she is excited to hear and read all the amazing ideas the students are sure to come up with!
Chelsey Staley, Writing Ranger
Chelsey’s passion is writing! Last year she graduated from Cal State San Marcos University with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Linguistics. This past year Chelsey has been part of the Cal State San Marcos Middle Level Teaching Credential program that shows her how to be an excellent Middle school teacher.
While in the credential program she was a part of The Writing Project which takes her passion of writing and shows her specific ways to make writing for students more fun! When Chelsey is not in school you can find her at the beach in sunny San Diego, running around at Disneyland and California Adventure, or exploring at the San Diego Safari Park as she loves to learn more about wildlife. Chelsey looks forward to working with middle school students and share her love of writing with them!
Jennifer Portillo, Entertainment Ranger
Mrs. Portillo has been teaching for twelve years. Her experience includes teaching at private and public schools, Preschool, all the way up to 8th grade. She currently teachers 7th and 8th grade social studies in Loomis, California. She loves teaching and enjoys making connections with students. Last year, she worked at two AIW camps and fell in love with the program! Mrs. Portillo loves hiking with her family and watching movies.
Michelle Yee, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
When you need a pen, Michelle Yee has got you covered! Ever since she was young, she always carried around a pen for those moments when inspiration struck. Her imagination and creativity only continued to grow as she got older and she dreamed that one day, the lines in her notebook would become lines in a novel.
Michelle continued that dream by studying English and Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. She loved writing so much that she decided to continue her education and pursue her Masters in Creative Writing at Chapman University! Currently, she is working on perfecting her thesis project, a series of short stories about a diverse group of LA people who live in an apartment complex.
Of course, Michelle has always loved helping other people, whether it be volunteering at an arts camp at the local community center or mentoring high school students in creative writing. As you can tell, Michelle has a large passion for reading and writing and she is excited to share it with everyone. After all, the journey of a thousand words begins with one small pen!
Ayako Lainez, eBook Ranger
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
Ayako is excited to be back with Adventures in Writing Camp for a second season! Last year, she was a Writing Ranger at the Palo Alto camp and enjoyed the journey of creating amazing eBooks together, and hopes to do this again with all of the campers she meets this year!
Ayako holds a master’s degree in Special Education from Notre Dame De Namur University, and has been teaching as a resource specialist for the last two years.
She has experience both in the elementary and middle school setting, and recently was a language arts and learning skills teacher at a middle school.
She has also been an international journalist writing for newspapers, Internet websites and magazines in the past, and has mainly covered horse sport for people with disabilities (Paraequestrian). This has brought her to the Paralympics and World Equestrian Games to write, and also support the Japanese national team.
In fact, Ayako enjoys riding horses herself, and is a certified PATH International therapeutic riding instructor.
In her spare time, she likes to listen to analog vinyl records with her husband, and with him together, has a collection of over 200 records of various different genres. Welcome Back, Ayako!