Livermore | 07/31/2017-08/11/2017
Mendenhall Middle School
1701 El Padro Dr, Livermore, CA 94550
07/31/2017 – 08/11/2017 (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 Livermore this summer, in our new home at Mendenhall Middle School. We will have a new curriculum, by the same energy and feel that has made the program so popular in the past. This location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs!
Families who attend Livermore Valley JUSD schools may use the codes below to receive discounted tuition of $475 per camper.
Registration covers both weeks of program. To receive this registration discount, families with one or more children attending LVJUSD should use the case-sensitive code LVJUSD1 at checkout when registering one camper, or LVJUSD2 at checkout when registering two campers. Please contact us if registering three or more campers.
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
Sandra Elliott, Site Administrator
Mrs. Elliott lives in Pleasanton with her sons, Preston and Carson, and husband Daniel. They love to hike, travel and go to baseball games. Mrs. Elliott is the official family photographer, no event is too big or small for her to capture the adventures. Her specialty shots are family selfies. Currently, she teaches 8th grade Honors English and History at Mendenhall Middle School. Mrs. Elliott enjoys the spirit and spunk of junior high students. This is her second year with AIW Camp and she is so excited to share the fun of writing with all the campers!
Patty Santin, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Patty Santin teaches 4th grade at Croce Elementary in Livermore, CA. She believes that teaching is much more than a job, but a true adventure! Patty delights in teaching writing and guiding her students to new heights!
Patty holds her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, East Bay. She has been working with students in kindergarten through 5th grade over the course of her 20+ year (gasp!) teaching career. Patty is excited to share her love of writing as a Writing Ranger at Adventures in Writing Camp again this summer!
Michelle Nunes, Writing Ranger
Wow! Michelle is so excited to be coming back to Adventures in Writing Camp! This will be her second year. Writing has been a passion for Michelle since she was a child. She loves bringing out the creativity and passion that writing brings in her students!
Michelle has taught in the Livermore School District for 19 years. She teaches fifth grade at Junction K-8. She also teaches drama there on Fridays. In her free time she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, working out, and Michelle has started writing children’s books that she hopes might be published some day. Hawaii is her favorite vacation place with beautiful beaches and great weather. AIW Camp is such a fun way to instill the love of writing in those who attend! Michelle is really looking forward to a fantastic camp filled with fun, laughter, music and of course, awesome writing!! See you at camp!! Hang loose!
Daniel Elliott, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Dynamic Daniel is excited to join our team this year as a Writing Ranger! He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and is currently completing his Master in Elementary Education at Western Governor’s University. During his free time, Daniel loves to read and be involved in sports. College football is his all favorite, Go Dawgs! Daniel loves teaching and is very excited to help campers fall in love with writing this summer!
Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Writing is fun! Dr. Cohen has a BA in History from Yale University, a MA in English Literature from the University of London, and a PhD in English Education from the University at Buffalo. In her English classes, Dr. Cohen uses written texts alongside video clips to compare interpretations of books. She also incorporates role-playing, debates, small groups, jigsawing, collaborative writing, and other media, such as music and artwork, into class discussions of the books. At Adventures in Writing Camp, she will be using technologies, such as blogs. Dr. Cohen looks forward to getting to know all of the students in her summer classes and working to develop their writing skills!
Drummer Phil Didlake, Entertainment Ranger
Bada BOOM! Drum roll please….
Drummer Phil is back for his second year at Adventures in Writing Camp and is always excited to spread the joy of rhythm, music and dance moves to all those willing to get in the groove!
Most recently, Phil finished his Music Therapy degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. and has over 8 years of experience providing drumming programs for children of all ages and abilities. Phil specializes in using rhythm and music to foster creative learning through movement, and that is why Phil enjoyed Adventures in Writing Camp so much that he had to come back!
Ashley McKinney, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Ashley’s number one value is to radiate! Radiate positivity and good energy in everything she does. This is a value she also encourages when teaching and interacting with the kiddos to keep the fun energy flowing all day. This positive energy came about through her strong passion for the art of dance, starting with her high school dance team all the way through a hip hop dance company in college. She has studied many forms of dance and movement from Lyrical to African and writes a “story” with every performance. Ashley loves creating her own stories (choreography) and sharing this with others by getting the little ones up and moving to the music whenever possible!
Ashley also has experience teaching 4th and 5th grade students about nutrition, organic gardening and even cooking through hands on learning. You can often find her at the local organic farm picking out her favorite veggie-mushrooms!
Mirna Maamou, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Mirna is 17 years old. She loves going on adventures! She also knows ASL (American Sign Language). Working with kids for Mirna is such a joy and making sure they feel safe and comfortable and always entertained is very important. She will be attending CSU East Bay in the fall as a freshman.
Samara Maamo, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This is Samara, but you can call her Sam, and this will be her third year as an Adventure Guide! She loves being silly and being creative! She believes that AIW Camp is the best place to learn and have fun at the same time. Sam is currently a junior at CSU East Bay, studying sociology. She is also learning American Sign Language, which is a new passion of hers! Her favorite thing to do on her free time is to skateboard, make videos, and go on adventures. Sam can not wait to be an Adventure Guide again this year and help write a whole lot of books!
Victoria Naylor, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Victoria Naylor’s favorite thing to do is write!
She likes it SO much, she studies English at University of Washington, and is currently in a creative writing program!
Victoria grew up playing music. She played the oboe and the saxophone for 7 years before deciding to dedicate her time to studying and writing poetry.
Victoria loves teaching and is very excited to spend another summer teaching kids how to write!
Mary Carmona, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Mary just graduated from Granada High School and she will be attending Las Positas College this fall. Some of her beloved hobbies include art, photography, and fashion. Last year, she was the President of the Art Club at her high school and she loved being in that role; interacting with other artistic minds to create beautiful pieces is a big passion of hers! Mary loves spending time with her four-year-old nephew and the three boys that she takes care of as their nanny. Mary is very excited to meet all the campers and have a great time!
Megan Carpenter, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Megan has always loved reading and writing since she was a little kid, and she is very happy to begin Adventures in Writing Camp. In high school, Megan particularly enjoyed serving as a school newspaper staff member and tutoring students in a photography class, so it seemed right to marry the to elements and assist kids in writing!
While reading and writing is Megan’s first love, her true passion is photography. Since graduating from Livermore High School this past June, she is over-the-moon excited to be attending UCLA this September and follow her dream of photography as an art major.
Denica Gudino, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Denica? Just like the restaurant Denica’s in Dublin, Ca?
That is right! She is named just like the restaurant!
Denica loves to read books of any kind (especially children’s books!) and play tag in the park with her younger brother! When she’s not at the park, she is studying for her summer Biology course at Las Positas Community College. She is about to start her second year at Las Positas and is hoping to transfer soon to Cal State East Bay to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Nursing.
When Denica isn’t studying for her class she enjoys helping kids learn new things everyday. She babysits four wonderful kids ranging from the ages of 2 to 8 years old and loves seeing them grow, especially in their education. From trips to the Oakland Zoo to fun reading times, Denica enjoys helping kids of all ages learn new things that this world has to offer.
Sarah Belsick, eBook Ranger
Sarah is thrilled to return for her second year to Adventures in Writing Camp. She finds the music, the games, the eBook publishing and of course the writing to be engaging and just a ton of fun! Sarah has a Bachelors in English from CSU Stanislaus and has recently graduated from the credentialing program at San Jose State University. Sarah loves learning and exploring California and all it has to offer. She then likes to take what she learns and integrates it into the classroom, whether if that is learning about earthquake fault lines at National Parks or about dinosaurs in museums. Being a teacher and working with kids is her passion and she is excited to continue that over this summer while at AIW Camp!