Lafayette | 07/10/2017-07/21/2017
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
955 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
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 Lafayette’s Contra Costa Jewish Day School with new curriculum this summer! The Lafayette 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
Ramsey DeLano, Site Administrator
Ramsey is passionate educator and a graduate of UC Berkeley (go Bears!) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Education. She taught in elementary and middle schools in Oakland and Berkeley throughout her college career, focusing on literacy training and subject tutoring. Ramsey plans on pursuing a Masters in Education and earning a teaching credential in order to teach history and writing at the high school level.
She loves interacting with students and helping each one recognize and achieve their unique potential. Apart from teaching, Ramsey loves writing silly poems, long distance running, hiking around the beautiful Bay Area, trying new recipes with friends, practicing Mandarin, and learning about the world around her.
Grace Velasquez, Writing Ranger
This will be Grace’s first year teaching at AIW Camp! Grace was born and raised in San Diego, California. At a young age, Grace knew that she wanted to work in education. She loves being in an environment with children, as teaching is her passion. Grace currently teaches third grade at an elementary school in Oakland. In her spare time, you’ll most likely find her trying a new restaurant, eating a lot of ice cream, exploring San Francisco, or visiting San Diego when she’s missing her family! She looks forward to the summer and getting to know all of you!
Jennifer Cousins, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Hello! Jenny is happy to be back in the Bay Area after 14 years living and teaching in Rome, Italy. Jenny has taught many grade levels (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades) in both public and private schools in the US and abroad. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family. She has a daughter who is 2 years old and a son who is 7 months old. Jenny also loves spending time with her three dogs! Her hobbies are cooking, going to the theater, and reading. Jenny looks forward to working with students this summer at Adventures in Writing Camp and engaging in creative story-making projects together!
Jenny Madrigal, Entertainment Ranger
Jenny loves music, and enjoys sharing it with lemurs of all ages! She graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a dual bachelor degree in Music Therapy and Music Business. She has experience using music therapy in schools and in Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. When Jenny is not playing an instrument or singing, she’s on a mission to find a new book to read. She is looking forward to Adventures in Writing Camp and cannot wait to jump in!
Hannah Paige Binder, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hannah Paige is a nerd…and she loves it! She spends her time lost in her latest novel, emailing her editors with yet MORE questions, and reading everything she can get her hands on. (If lost return to the library.) She is just starting at the University of Maine Farmington this year where she will be doing exactly what everyone else is doing at this summer camp…writing! That is Hannah’s all-time favorite activity and has worked very hard to get her first novel, “Why We Don’t Wave”, published at such a young age…Look for it online in the coming months! But of course, at the heart of every writer (Hannah included) is the biggest, silliest of dorks. She dances when people are watching, enjoys belting out songs in animated voices (yes, she’s been told she could have a career as a voice-over expert at Pixar someday…if the novelist route doesn’t pan out, that is.), and is never afraid to jump in and try something new, even if she’ll fail. Most of all, Hannah is a forever-learner. She loves spending time with kids who share the same love for writing and reading that she does. She’ll do just about anything to get those creative juices flowing!