Millbrae | 06/18/2018-06/29/2018
Green Hills Elementary
401 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae, CA 94030
06/18/2018 – 06/29/2018 (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 Green Hills Elementary 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!
As a note, we group campers by grade level. If your child is attending with a friend and they are entering the same grade, they will be grouped together.
MEET THE TEAM
Elizabeth Casey, Site Administrator
Liz is thrilled to return to Adventures in Writing for the third year. She is a high school English teacher during the school year. She completely understands the importance of fostering an appreciation of reading and writing in the elementary school years. As an actress and theatre major, she includes any dramatic elements whenever and wherever possible into her teaching. She has recently returned to the Bay Area from SoCal and loves exploring her new home. This is her 15th year teaching and is excited to work with fellow adventurers and mini-adventurers in creating new books and dreaming new dreams!
Richard Gabri, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Richard Gabri has been teaching children of all ages for over 20 years. Richard loves to make learning fun and exciting for everyone. When Richard is not teaching he is either playing with his son's action figures or LEGO set. Richard loves buying his son new toys so that he can play with them. And if his son also wants to play with the toys, well, he will just have to wait his turn. But seriously, the only thing Richard loves more than playing is playacting. That is why his most of his students, once they finish taking his class, end up breaking their parents' hearts by deciding to become actors!
Zoe Marinkovich, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Zoe can often be heard shouting with joy her favorite camp cheer "You Rock! You Rock like a Rock Star!" Zoe loves cheers, games and camp more than anything in this universe. She has been a camp counselor for more than 20 years. During the "off season," you can find her in a classroom. She has taught second grade as well as middle and high school levels. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master's degree in Education from San Francisco State University and a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She has taught writing at almost every grade level including helping graduate students with their dissertations. She loves to help students stay motivated through revisions and reach for the stars.
Theresa Yob, Writing Ranger
Creative Writing rocks her world! Especially teaching individual students how to begin an exciting original story or guiding a group of second to fifth graders in creating their own original stories. Theresa is amazed and thrilled to experience their stories, dreams, and visions, then help them to capture these on the page. She's getting ready for a new adventure at Adventures in Writing Camp this summer! This is her fourth year with AIW Camp where she uses everything she learned from her M.A. in English/Creative Writing (SFSU, 2001) and her Teacher Credential Program (NDNU) to guide young writers in creating a book of their own! She’s presently teaching English at BHS.
Megan Cisneros, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This is Megan’s fourth year at AIW, and she is so stoked to be back! She goes to Southern Oregon University and is majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Criminology. She hopes to teach kindergarten or first grade, or possibly work in the Juvenile Justice field. During the school year she is a Site Lead for YMCA's after-school program. Megan loves walking her four dogs, hunting ghosts, reading, dancing, going to the beach, and glitter. She is very excited meet all the new campers and see some returning faces!
Elena DeNoia, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Energetic Elena is back for one more round of Adventures in Writing Camp! She is graduating from UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!) in the summer with a Bachelor's in History. Elena hopes to one day get her PhD and work at the archives in Washington D.C. Elena was an Adventure Guide with AIW Camp for the past three summers and loved it so much she just HAD to come back! In her spare time, she likes to read, play soccer, and sing Disney songs with her friends!
Victoria Rose Casey, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
I am a student at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania currently studying Psychology/ Pre- Occupational Therapy. I am also a member of Arcadia Women's Soccer team. I love working with kids and helping them learn within the classroom while also having fun.
Erica Zatarain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Erica is very excited to be spending her summer as an Adventure Guide for Adventures in Writing Camp! She can’t wait to sing, dance, write and be silly with campers! Erica has a surplus of experience reading to, entertaining and watching over elementary students from her babysitting days.
Currently, she is attending San Francisco State, where she’s majoring in Hospitality and Tourism, an industry which suits her energetic and outgoing nature. Erica loves animals and spending time with her kitties. She combines her passion for animals and people by volunteering with the Therapy Animals Program at San Francisco State. It brings her joy to be a one-woman welcoming committee for the program and help her peers come out of their shells and be more comfortable.
Erica also loves writing. In school she wasn’t so keen about writing and found it a chore. But once she discovered a "Magical Side of Writing", her whole perspective changed and now she can’t get enough of it! Erica writes all the time for fun and has written many stories. She has also participated in musical theater since she was little and loves to perform and be silly. Erica can’t wait to meet the campers and help them make memories and grow a love of writing!
Emily Stack, Secretary of Shenanigans
Hi there! This is Emily's first year as a Ranger after three years of being an Adventure Guide. She recently graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in English - Literature, Criticism, and Theory, where she specialized in Shakespeare studies and wrote about everything from Renaissance agriculture to theater costumes. When she's not in the classroom, she can be found practicing her French and Irish (Bonjour! Dia dhuit!), laboring over graduate school applications, hiking, romping around the beach with her dog, gardening, and re-reading "Macbeth" for the umpteenth time. She's excited to be teaching writing this summer and is looking forward to sharing her love of language and stories with campers!