Walnut Creek North | 07/09/2018-07/20/2018
Contra Costa Christian Schools
2721 Larkey Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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 come to Contra Costa Christian Schools this summer with all new curriculum! This 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
Haley Walker, Site Administrator
This is Haley Walker's third summer with Adventures in Writing Camp! She is a Fourth grade teacher at All Saints Elementary in Hayward. In her free time she loves to write, read, eat tacos, and play the banjo! She is so excited to spend another fun-filled summer at Adventures in Writing Camp this year!
Fatima Zahid, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Fatima’s passion for writing is paralleled only by her love for reading… be it fiction, non-fiction, online blogs, stories, books, the back of a cereal box or the menu of a local diner… she believes that inspiration for writing can be found anywhere and everywhere. Her love and expertise in writing come from a profound childhood love for classic and modern literature. What started as making up bedtime stories for her siblings, developed into a pungent urge for learning and creating different techniques of writing to engage her audience.After getting her bachelors’ degree in Media and Communication, she worked at a private events firm, a government’s PR office, a women empowerment NGO in a South Asian country and then later a copywriting and content marketing agency in Dubai, U.A.E.Today, she applies her first-hand knowledge of traditional business writing, e-marketing, consumer, lifestyle, fiction and non-fiction writing with a snazzy twist, as a freelance writer, blogger, and a writing ranger at AIW camp.
Al Foreman Jr., Entertainment Ranger
Alaric "Al" Foreman is an experienced and engaged educator from the Oakland Bay Area. In his 5 years of classroom instruction, Al has challenged the minds of learners from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade, in a wide range of instructional positions, including extracurricular supports and athletic coaching. An initiative taking, energetic and hardworking classroom facilitator and administrative leader, Al attributes his love for teaching to his passion for helping kids think ‘outside of the box’. In addition to his instruction experience, Mr. Foreman has also created instructional supports like his Differentiated Assignment Assessment (DAA) student-focused model for teaching, created and supported student-staffed media outlets like the ‘Bobcat Broadcast News,’ podcast within Oakland Unified School District, and recently he participated in fundraisers for a travel-based, student-centered wilderness retreat. Al completed teaching credential requirements for Multiple Subject focus, is Master’s Degree recipient in Graduate Communication, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Production, and is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
Brittany Brown, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
I attend San Jose State University trying to recieve my BA in the studies of Philosophy. I run track and field for SJSU. I am a very optimistic smart individual. I love going out and hanging with my friends. I tend to get overly happy. I try my hardest to succeed and be a great individual to those around me. I love doing whatever I can to make someone smile. I plan to be a mentor for the young, show them that all their dreams can come true.
Jennifer Susic, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jennifer had a terrific experience as an Adventure Guide last summer, so she’s thrilled to be back again! She just graduated San Francisco State University in the fall, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Drama. So, as a writer herself, knows how important and rewarding the art of storytelling is. Jennifer can’t wait to share her knowledge and excitement this summer again!
Jamila Brooks, eBook Ranger
This is Jamila's second summer with Adventures in Writing Camp! She teaches 1st grade at Montclair Elementary School in the Oakland Unified School District and is a graduate of the Developmental Teacher Education program at UC Berkeley where she earned a Multiple Subject teaching credential and a MA in Education.Prior to teaching, Jamila spent 15 years working in the policy and advocacy field, fighting for the rights of children and families. Jamila is Mom to Reile (8) and Kaia (3) and spends most of her time with her family and watching sports. Go A's, Raiders and Warriors! Jamila LOVES writing fiction, and plans on writing a mystery novel one day. She's got one chapter finished so far!
Mari Villanueva, Secretary of Shenanigans
Meet our Secretary of Shenanigans, Mari! Mari is in school for Interior Design, but when she;s not in school, she's always trying to travel thee world and learn different cultures, foods, and languages. She finds that reading and writing really strengthens our communication skills and that anything can be solved by great communication and understanding. Mari currently knows four languages and doesn't plan to stop there. Just like Mari's growing thirst to learn about other countries, children have a natural desire to learn and often finds herself amazed by their brain power and imagination! As a former kid's entertainment coordinator and Disneyland cast member, Mari was able to see happiness everyday and plans to bring that same happiness to Adventures In Writing summer camp!
Jade Wong, Supervised Play Scout
Jade Wong is a spirited and silly individual. She loves music, animals, and dancing. She is ready to learn and is interested in almost anything! Jade is a lover of fantasy and has both read and watched a variety. As a child, she would be found with her nose in a book, reading up six hours in one sitting. Growing up, she spoke in both Cantonese and English. While she is not as fluent in Cantonese now, she is still able to understand and speak conversational Chinese. When she's not reading or watching a show, she is laughing with friends or cuddling with an animal.