Los Altos | 07/09/2018-07/20/2018
Blach Intermediate School
1120 Covington Road, Los Altos South, CA 94024
07/09/2018 – 07/20/2018 (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 Los Altos this summer with new 2018 curriculum and two back-to-back sessions at Blach Intermediate School! This location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs. Our strong team of credentialed teachers, musicians and college students are 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
Craig Kabert, Site Administrator
Craig Kabert is very much looking forward to his new role as the Site Administrator for the Los Altos and Cupertino locations. During the school year, he teaches and is attending San Francisco State University to obtain his Special Education Credential. Craig has been teaching and working in public, private and charter schools for the past eight school years. He plans on using this experience to help make camp an inspiring and fun experience for his campers and staff.
Kristine Tsung, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Kristine Tsung loves working with children. She is a high honors graduate of UC Berkeley, and completed her Joint Teacher's Credential with Masters in Education at San Jose State University. She is the owner and Chief Creator of BuzzingBOTS (yaybots.com), an award winning multimedia property for tweens. Winner of the business pitch competition in 2009, Kristine was interviewed on CBS TV where she showcased BuzzingBOTS. At the Santa Clara University Baby Boomer B-Plan Competition, her business plan targeted to boomer parents took the semi finalist position. Recently, BuzzingBOTS was a top 8 finalist in PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Students With Solutions contest. Kristine helped launch Youth Charge Now!, a non-partisan civic engagement group energizing Asian American youth. She helped cross promote Asian Heritage Night to welcome NBA rookie Jeremy Lin making history with 17,000+ in attendance. Her mission is to connect different interests to work towards a global future – to connect, inspire and integrate. Kristine is looking forward to sharing her expertise and enthusiasm with the campers this summer!
Elizabeth Casey, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Liz is actually a chameleon who reads and acts. She specializes in matching her surroundings. As an actress and theatre major, she includes any dramatic elements whenever and wherever possible into her teaching. Her curiosity is piqued to begin teaching with Adventures in Writing Camp. She has recently returned to the Bay Area from SoCal and is ready to begin acclimating! This is her 11th year teaching and is excited to work with fellow adventurers and mini-adventurers in creating new books and dreaming new dreams!
Helen Foley, Entertainment Ranger
We are very excited to welcome Helen Foley back for her third 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!
Eric Whitson, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This is Eric's second summer with Adventures in Writing Camp, and he's so excited to share his enthusiasm for creativity and writing with the campers again!
He loves to play basketball, solve math problems, read and write!
Growing up, Eric wrote and illustrated books of his own and also made films. In high school, he took ceramics and glassblowing classes.
Eric is creative, funny and loves to laugh and have fun! When he isn't reading or inspiring readers and writers, he is studying to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science.
Eric is looking forward to another awesome summer of creativity, fun, learning and writing!
Susan Vang, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
My name is Susan Vang, and I am an Adventure Guide. In my photo is a furry family member named Potato. I am currently applying for graduate school with a focus on Education. My career goal is to teach Mathematics. I am known for my energetic and optimistic attitude, which I definitely plan on bringing to my adventures with the campers! I have my bags packed and I am ready to explore the world of writing with an open-mind.
Claire Buiocchi, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working with Adventures in Writing Camp for her second summer! She is a rising junior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and is studying music and education. Claire has an extraordinary passion for music and plays guitar, piano, drums and sings in an acapella group. She also enjoys writing her own songs and performing them for her friends. When Claire isn't geeking out about her love for Tchaikovsky or her appreciation of "Call Me Maybe," she enjoys acting on stage and writing her own plays. In high school she acted in seven main stage productions, including Fiddler on the Roof and The Drowsy Chaperone. She also enjoys playing video games, playing softball, and dancing (even though she knows she's not that great at it). One fun fact about Claire is that she has a twin sister!
Zach Steuer, Adventure Guide, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Zach is a math major at Oberlin College, where he has also taken classes on music, programming, and journalism. He is an avid reader and can be found writing for fun on his blog or even in his personal notes. He has also played guitar and written music for most of his life, and he hopes to lead the campers in some tunes. Zach went to Gunn High School where he had leadership positions in several clubs, including Spreading The Music, which taught music to elementary school children at Barron Park Elementary School. Zach enjoys putting a unique spin on things. He was the first electric guitarist in Oberlin's marching band, and his spirit animal is the Okapi.
Juliana Aleixo, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Juliana is an outgoing person, and is always open to new ideas and adventures! She enjoys learning and teaching new games of any and every sort. Juliana's main goal at Adventures in Writing Camp is to teach kids in a fun and creative way, and to pass on a positive attitude!
Lara Kerwin, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Lara's joining Adventures in Writing for her first year as an Adventure Guide and Secretary of Shenanigans this summer! She loves writing, art, and music, and loves to perform. When she's not out playing with a jazz band or writing, she's a physics major at UC Davis. She loves to cross the boundaries between art and science, whether it's through exploring the physics of music or exploring the engineering of the future through writing! When she's not working on a new experiment, Lara loves spending time with her pets— a dog, a leopard gecko, and three birds (one of who's rather fond of the camera).
Daniela Balaguera, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Daniela Balaguera absolutely loves working with children, reading, and writing so you can imagine how excited she is for this summer!
She has worked as an Assistant Coach at Run for Fun Camps and has lots of games up her sleeve as well as experience with how to make class FUN for kids!
She has been gifted with writing skills and has been trying to finish writing a novel for a couple years now. In fact, in 4th grade - Daniela's poem was published in "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans: 2009 Edition."
Whenever she isn't working with kids or struggling through a period of writer's block, Daniela spends her time studying Computer Science at Santa Clara University. While this can take up much of her time, she still is able to hang out with friends, drink LOTS of coffee, read, write blog posts, run, and go to Zumba classes.
Josh Greenebaum, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Everybody make way for Jubilant Josh! A new member of our team, Josh is a rising undergraduate at the University of Victoria, studying psychology and philosophy. Ever since he was fourteen, he has had four jobs taking care of kids, including teaching them the basics of karate and dance! If you ever get a chance to talk to him, he will surely bring up his enthusiasm of the books he is currently reading, such as "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. Now at our camp, He is excited to help introduce higher aged kids to the fantastic world of writing!
Daniela Garcia, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Daniela is an excited Adventure Guide who loves to work with children! She just graduated from De Anza College and will be attending UC Davis in the fall majoring in Human Development to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Daniela always has a possitive attitude when it comes to finding new ways to have fun in the classroom with arts and crafts. Her hobbies include reading, painting, and photography. When she is not studying she is having adventures with friends in museums, different cities or she's hanging out at the beach. Daniela can't wait to see new and exciting faces at the start of camp!
Malar Kumarappan, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Malar Kumarappan is an excited new adventure guide who just graduated from Irvington High School and will be attending Creighton University in the fall. She loves working with children and has taught children music and robotics. She loves writing and has been the Awards Director in charge of writing all awards of the award-winning FRC robotics team the Space Cookies. She is excited to help others love writing and can't wait to start camp!
Katy Carlson, eBook Ranger
A new member to the AIW Camp Family is Writing Ranger, Katy Carlson , and she is absolutely thrilled! Prior to being a Writing Ranger, Katy has worked in many school districts up and down the Central Coast substitute teaching. Katy will be a 4th grade Long Term Teacher starting in the Fall and just recently finished a Long Term teaching position in a Kindergarten class! Katy has her BA in Child Development and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Education in the Fall. Aside from teaching, Katy loves to cook, dance, decorate, and try new fitness workouts! She is very excited to create amazing memories this summer as well as dive into super creative writing that allows growth in everyone's writing abilities!
Keely O'Loughlin Camp, Secretary of Shenanigans
A new addition to the AIW Camp family is Adventure Guide, Keely Camp, and she is ready to make sure this summer is a blast! She is a child psychology student working towards her bachelors degree. When she is not studying, Keely works as a behavior therapist in the Bay Area with children who love adventures just as much as her. She also loves reading, hiking/being outdoors, basketball, and dogs of course!
Maddy Kaplan, Supervised Play Scout
Maddy Kaplan is very excited to be joining AIW Camp for her first year! Having recently graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, she's looking forward to hanging out with campers as a SuperPlay Scout. She was active in the theatre community at Gunn and will be attending Willamette University in the Fall studying Psychology and Theatre. After growing up going to camp every summer she's thrilled to be bringing her enthusiasm, excitement, and extensive camp-knowledge to AIW!