Atherton | 07/10/2017-07/21/2017
95 Edge Road, Atherton, CA 94027
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 Laurel Elementary with new curriculum this summer! This Menlo/Atherton 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
Betsy Baum, Site Administrator
Betsy Baum is a lawyer turned educator who is credentialed in grades 6-12 Social Science. She has taught 6th English/Social Social Studies Core curriculum and believes that creative and individualized teaching are necessary components of making learning a fun and positive experience. Betsy has a strong philosophy that very child is unique and deserves recognition and support of one’s special attributes. Fostering self-esteem with both encouragement and guidance are two of the hallmarks of her philosophy on education.
Betsy obtained her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur, where she focused on English and Social Studies. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and received her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was a civil litigation attorney for over 15 years, but recently decided to pursue her true passion of working with kids as an educator. She’s always loved school herself, so she decided why not do something that you love?
Betsy loves to ride her bike (though she tends to crash as she is a total klutz). In her spare time she reads, reads, reads and her fantasy is to work at a book store one day. She has boy/girl twins who will soon be high school sophomores. She also journals silly and inspiring thoughts and stories, draws diagrams of her days and learns about memes, online gaming, and all kinds of goofy apps and websites from her twins and their friends!
Betsy looks forward to making this summer an exciting, fun and memorable experience for your child!
“Read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.” Holly Lisle
Lauren Mathews, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Lauren Mathews loves to read, write and have fun while learning! She is excited for her first summer teaching with Adventures in Writing Camp. After receiving her teaching credential from the University of Colorado, Lauren returned to California where she has been teaching 1st grade ever since. She has 5 years of teaching experience. Lauren loves traveling and all activities involving nature; she loves to use her adventures as inspiration for her stories!
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!
Rachel Luther, Writing Ranger
Rachel Luther is excited for her first summer teaching at Adventures in Writing Camp!
She is an elementary school teacher who loves teaching all grades and subjects. She received her multiple subject credential from CSU East Bay and has a BA degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State.
Rachel also has lots of summer camp experience – as a camper, a counselor, and as a rock climbing instructor! In previous summers, she worked at Camp Newman, the Petaluma Wildlife Museum Summer Camp, and Seafari Camp at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Other jobs she has had are working at a dog daycare and as a gymnastics coach. If you ask nicely, she might teach you to cartwheel!
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!
Kessie Huang, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kessie loves reading, writing, singing, cooking, and watching sports. However as a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying political science and communications, she mainly just reads and writes.
Kessie also loves helping people learn. She was a tutor in her high school’s academic center from her freshman year to her graduation. There, she taught and helped students in different subjects and levels in math, literature, science, and history. Her favorite part of that experience was getting to work with and help other students in her favorite subjects: math and literature. In addition, Kessie also enjoys working with children. She volunteered at a science camp for kids during her junior and senior years.
During her free time, Kessie likes hiking, going to the beach, and watching baseball. Kessie is a die hard San Francisco Giants fan, and once sat in the rain for nearly two hours in the ballpark to watch them play.
Dancin’ Derry, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Derry is a graduate of psychology and she is excited to join the Adventures in Writing Camp team this summer! She loves art, music, poetry, ice cream, and dance, and can usually be found out gardening in her spare time. Derry can’t wait to meet you at camp!
Jacqueline Kajisa, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jackie is a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara and spends most of her time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, and spending time at the beach. She also very interested in writing and poetry and is glad to participate in a camp that encourages creativity in kids. This is her first year with Adventures in Writing Camp as an Adventure Guide and she is really enjoying getting to know the campers and helping them both improve their writing skills and have fun in the process!
Libby Horn, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Libby is so excited to be an Adventure Guide for the first time! She has worked with kids at daycares and kids’ activity rooms before, and has more than a little experience with kids from her 19 cousins.
She is a recent graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto, and will be going across the country to Mount Holyoke College in the spring to study psychology and linguistics. In her free time, Libby loves to write, read, and learn new languages and instruments.
Nicholas Friebel, eBook Ranger
Nicholas is a fifth grade teacher at Cumberland Elementary School in the Sunnyvale School District and loves working with his students on their writing!
This will be Nicholas’ first summer working with Adventures in Writing Camp and he is so excited to work with all of the campers! Prior to working as a fifth grade teacher and joining Adventures in Writing Camp for the summer, he taught English as a second language at Amity in Shizuoka, Japan and worked as a special education paraprofessional for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Additionally, he earned a Master’s of Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California and a Bachelor’s in English from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Nicholas can’t wait to begin writing with his campers this summer!