Hillsborough | 07/17/2017-07/28/2017
303 El Cerrito Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010
07/17/2017 – 07/28/2017 (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 South School with new curriculum this summer! The Hillsborough 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
Deborah Mar, Site Administrator
Dr. Mar is a recently retired school administrator/teacher. She has been an educator for over 30 years and has two Master’s degrees (go Cal!) and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Her hobbies include adventure travel and writing, which she shares through her blog, DebVentures.com. She is excited to be joining the Adventures in Writing Camp staff, and is excited to assist campers become published writers this summer!
Natalie Pitre, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Natalie is excited about starting camp this summer! During the school year Natalie is a kindergarten teacher at PLACE @ Prescott elementary school. She also is the lead math teacher, as well as the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) lead. This is her third year teaching in Oakland and 5th year teaching over all. Natalie is passionate about building rapport with her students, and creating a safe, welcoming learning environment where students are excited about learning. Natalie achieved her teaching credential from California State University East Bay in 2014. Before teaching Natalie worked for an organization called Playworks. While with Playworks she was an Americorps member who provided recess organization, conflict management strategies, student leadership, and ran an after school program. Natalie truly enjoys working with kids and helping them realize their potential. In her free time Natalie enjoys spending time with her one year old daughter singing songs and playing games. Natalie is also a past college student athlete and enjoys playing basketball with friends.
D’Ouita Woods, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
D’Ouita is a Bay Area native who has taught at an elementary school within Oakland Unified School District for the last 10 years. Over a 15 year period, her passion for teaching has afforded opportunities to teach adult ESL, general education elementary and middle school students, as well as K-12 students who have learning disabilities. She enjoys hiking Bay Area trails, baking and spending quality time with family and friends. She loves music and thinks she can dance! She wants to set foot on every continent at least once. She is the proud mother of one brilliant daughter who is also pursuing a career in education. She is excited to join Adventures in Writing Camp!
Jamie Lerner, Writing Ranger
First grade teacher, Jamie Lerner, has worked with kids in some capacity for 11 years. She taught first grade for 2 years in Oakland. Before working for OUSD, she worked as after school teacher for years at Redwood Shores Elementary. Her experiences teaching K-5 grades and camp counseling at Camp Keff in Foster City and Camp Galileo in San Mateo were incredible! In the past, she has taught K-12 at Temple Beth El in San Mateo. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in California State University, Long Beach. In 2015, Ms. Lerner earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. She has led community projects including: Challah for Hunger and Beach Hillel Clothing Drive. She enjoys yoga, art, music and photography. She loves the outdoors and leading a healthy lifestyle. She encourages students to be themselves and help others. She understands what kids need in order to be successful academically, social-emotionally, and physically. She is excited to see students progress and feel confident about their efforts.
Shawn Gallagher, Writing Ranger
Shawn is a 5th grade teacher at St. Clare School in Santa Clara. He was raised in Ireland, so he always has a good fun story to tell about his days growing up on a small farm, and cycling to school everyday.
Shawn always wanted to be a teacher, but when he left high school, he said that he needed a break from school. He did not think at the time it would be almost twenty years before he would actually go back to school, and earn his teaching degree.
During those years, Shawn worked at many jobs, and lived in many countries. Finally, he circled back to what he always wanted to do, and that was to teach! He has been teaching for ten years now, and he loves it! Shawn’s experiences have taught him just how hard it can be for some students to really get into and enjoy writing, but this is what this camp is for – it is to make writing a fun and enjoyable experience!
Matthew Hagarty, Entertainment Ranger
Matthew currently teaches K-7th supplemental English and Reading at two schools in San Francisco’s Mission District. While in high school, Matthew first discovered his passion for writing as well as leadership and community service. While attending California State University, Chico, Matthew worked as both a writing tutor at the Student Learning Center and a coordinator for Community Action Volunteers in Education (C.A.V.E.), where he assisted the Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley to recruit university students to volunteer at local club sites.
After graduating college, Matthew began to pursue his other passion in life, music. When he is not in the classroom teaching, Matthew can be seen playing some of the Bay Area’s most prominent music venues and summer festivals. He is STOKED to be able to share both his passion for writing and music with everyone this summer at Adventures in Writing Camp!
Sebastian Gallegos, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Sebastián is originally from the Bay Area, but goes to school in Maine at Bates College! Sebastián loves science and is studying it, as well as concentrating in modern short stories! Some hobbies of Sebastián’s are singing and dancing, and once in a while Sebastián likes to shake that booty!
Sebastián has worked with kids for a extended number of years, having been a returning camp counselor at Walkers Creek Ranch in Petaluma. At Adventures in Writing Camp, Sebastián is excited to come to work every day to encourage the importance of writing in the children of our future!
Nicky Ferguson, Adventure Guide, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Whether in school, town, or abroad, Nicky Ferguson is always down for an adventure!
She grew up right here in Hillsborough where she developed her love for helping others learn and tutored in math for several years. Nicky now has a double major in Economics and Environmental Science with college honors from Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout college she coached kids of all ages in soccer, basketball, lacrosse and baseball.
But Nicky can’t contain her curiosity for the world! She moved to Australia to work in sustainability for three years and then spent over a year traveling all around the world. She has returned back to where it all began to share her love for laughter and learning with you!
Katelynn Rekow, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Katelynn Rekow is joining Adventures in Writing Camp for the first time this year! She is a 16 year old girl who attends classes at Canada College. She started her acting career at a very young age. She performed in many mini plays and sung and danced for several years. When she was about 8 years old she started writing short fictional stories and anything that came from her imagination. When she is not learning or working, Katelynn likes to hang out with her friends and play with animals. She cannot wait to help young learners open their minds and expand creativity!
Idallis Caraang, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
When Idallis was ten, she read Harry Potter, a book that sparked her love for reading. Every Christmas holiday after that, she asked for books, eventually growing her bookshelf into a library.
When Idallis is not reading or writing creative journals, she is playing her guitar, reading about politics, and admiring art galleries. She hopes to travel the world someday. Idallis is currently enrolled in a UK university for English literature and creative writing and hopes to become a journalist or author.
Liam Lee, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Liam is a hard worker who loves to write and knows what an important skill it is for young scholars. Liam is a high school student in his junior year. He is great at having fun and supervising kids. He has been on the Dean’s list every year in high school thanks to a love for books and writing!
Growing up, he took guitar and piano lessons, and loves music to this day. Tennis is another passion of Liam’s – he has been on his school tennis team all throughout his middle and high school careers.
Liam aspires to get his undergraduate degree in Political Science or Economics and eventually wants to go to Law School. But most of all, he cannot wait to have fun at Adventures in Writing Camp this year!
Kristen Ozorio, eBook Ranger
Kristen is returning for her second year of Adventures In Writing! She enjoys teaching students the writing process and helping publish their stories. She is excited when her students are as enthusiastic about writing as she is! She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University of California. Kristen loves teaching 4th grade at El Crystal STEM Magnet School.