Palos Verdes | 07/09/2018-07/20/2018
Lunada Bay Elementary
520 Paseo Lunado, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
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 Lunada Bay 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
Grant Frailich, Site Administrator
"It was the best of times...at Adventures in Writing Camp!"
Besides paraphrasing Charles Dicken's quotes, Grant spends his time teaching elementary students in Las Vegas, NV. He has taught both 2nd and 4th graders and takes extra joy in watching students' develop their confidence throughout the writing process. He is completing his 4th year of teaching in May. Throughout his teaching career, he has led multiple professional developments on everything from family engagement to technology in the classroom. On top of that, he earned a Masters Degree in education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Grant graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Management. He is a die-hard ASU football fan. On top of that, he loves the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Vegas Golden Knights (Go, Knights, go)! Grant also spent 6 months studying abroad in Jerusalem and has a passion for travelling. He has been to 30+ states and countries such as Greece, Israel, Mexico and Jordan. Last, but not least, Grant has over a decade of experience working with the Swift Youth Foundation, a charity which puts on summer camp for low-income students. He has held leadership and administrative positions at camp and is excited to take what he's learned from Camp Swift and apply it to AIW.
Madison Beall, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
We are excited to welcome Madison Beall in her first year as a Site Administrator for Adventures in Writing Camp. Madison teaches 4th Grade at Saint Joseph Elementary School and is entering into her 5th year of teaching in the elementary grades. Madison is never afraid to share her Bruin pride, with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a minor in Child Development from UCLA. She also earned her Masters Degree and Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University. She loves to teach the art of storytelling to her students so that they can uncover their talents in reading and writing. She loves summertime as a teacher, and is looking forward to being in an enthusiastic, FUN camp environment!
Tina Creighton, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Tina is thrilled to be joining Adventures in Writing for middle schoolers this summer! Making learning fun is one of her favorite things to do! She spent a decade as a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies, English and Health teacher, and is a private tutor in multiple subjects. She started her career in education designing children’s software at Disney Interactive, and has been active in and out of classrooms ever since. Tina earned her BS in Education, Fine Art and Interactive Multimedia from USC (Fight On, Trojans!) and her teaching credential from Chapman University. She has been able to study and teach abroad in Japan, developed curriculum for the gifted education program and has mentored low-income students from South Los Angeles. She is thrilled to get to know each student to bring out their talents with enthusiasm and let them shine!
Ben Hermann, Entertainment Ranger
Ben is super excited to be back in camp! He just got off the road with the Missoula Children's Theatre, a touring program that teaches musicals to children across the nation. He's been doing that for the past year, and is that much closer to crossing off "Pet a dog in every state" off of his bucket list. Ben got his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University in December of 2016, while there he was able to hone his skills as a performer and educator, working at the Magik Theatre Summer program as a Teaching Artist. His love of Musical Theatre, improvisation, and puns, always make him a hit in class.
Cassandra Reveles, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi y'all, I'm Cassandra Reveles, a junior at CSU Chico. I love kids and I'm pursing a career in Liberal Studies (YAY for teachers). I plan on enrolling to the bilingual teaching credential. In my free time I LOVE to watch movies, anywhere from comedy to thrillers, just not anything scary. I also enjoy a good beach day, and hiking although I don't do it often as I'd like. I would say I'm a pretty cool, energetic, and very friendly person.
Akeyva Gray, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi! My name is Akeyva and this is my first summer with Adventures in Writing Camp. I am a sophomore Business Management major at CSU Northridge. My passions include cooking and DIY projects. I love working with kids and I am looking forward to helping them develop their ideas.
Erika Ceja, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hey everyone, I’m Erika Ceja Im planing on becoming an Ultrasound Sonography Technician. I love to be with children of all ages, in high school I would volunteer in elementary schools to help children with homework and make learning fun for them. In my free time I like to spend as much time as I can with my daughter doing activities, Arts and crafts, and cooking as well. I’m creative, ambitious, and friendly!
Kirstin Joyce, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kirstin's favorite movie growing up was Beauty and the Beast - most girls wanted the castle, but she just wanted the library. As an English major and aspiring teacher at California State University Chico, she's fortunate enough to have been hired as an English and Political Science mentor on her campus and gets to spend lots of time guiding incoming freshman to success in their classes. As a member of the mentoring program, she has been trained in methods of teaching that include hands-on learning, group activities, and making sure others feel positive about themselves and their abilities within the classroom. Her personal take on writing? It is one of the best ways that young minds can express and discover themselves, and she is crazy excited to be working with so many creative kids! When she's not hitting the books or coming up with story ideas (she would read and write all day if she could), you can probably find her at the movies or in the nearest cupcake shop - she seriously loves those things!
Emma Vichill, eBook Ranger
Just as wind gusts through open windows and doors, skilled writers are able to step confidently towards the grandest of opportunities. Learning it well can lift us up into a whirlwind adventure and illuminate parts of our human brain unlike ever before. A fan of peppermint, health and fitness, and quality enchiladas, Emma is a high energy middle school teacher working in Boyle Heights, California entering her fifth year of teaching. She has taught across subject areas but specializes in developing high quality reading, writing, and grammar skills. Correct apostrophe use and reading in the weirdest of voices is definitely her thing. Emma studied Middle Childhood Education at the University of Dayton and moved to Los Angeles to earn a Master's in Special Education at Loyola Marymount University. Having educated students in Ecuador, multiple cities around Ohio, and the heart of Boyle Heights, Emma is ready to help you open the door to your next adventure: using the power of the pen to become master writers!
Karoline Pintar, Secretary of Shenanigans
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one”- Dr. Seuss
Karoline Pintar’s most important philosophy is to have fun! She always starts the day ready to laugh, smile, and spend time with others!! When Karoline is not hiking the wild wilderness or playing tennis, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and studying at schooll!!
Growing up, Karoline’s main interests in school were math and writing. It was her AP English teacher who taught Karoline about the joy of creative writing. Karoline also has a passion for tennis. She has been playing since she was 8 and her first job was teaching pee wee kids at summer tennis camps. Receiving thank you notes from the kids, hearing laughter on the court, and seeing the kids smiling were all very rewarding to her. Karoline is heading into her third year at UCSD where she is studying International Business. At UCSD, she is a very involved student and participates in CRU, competes and travels with the Club Tennis Team, and is active in Women In Business. Her goal is to pursue a career in sports business. One of the most important things to Karoline is passion, and she hopes her enthusiasm for education makes the kids passionate about writing!!
Arnold Vaughn, Supervised Play Supervisor
Hello! My name is Arnold. I work in an after school program and I love it. Fun fact about me, I like to write in my diary. Also basketball is my life. This is my first summer with Adventures in Writing Camp and I am so excited to share my love of writing with all the campers!
Megan Manriquez, Supervised Play Scout
Hello everyone! My name is Megan and I am excited for our upcoming summer camp! A little bit about me is that I am a student of Long Beach City College working towards an Associate's Degree in Social Science and will soon be transferring to earn a Bachelor's Degree in English. I enjoy working with children and am currently an Instructional Assistant for an afterschool program. I also enjoy dancing Mexican Folklorico and have been a dance instructor to beginning level dancers of ages 4 to 7 for six years. I can't wait to meet all of you and am looking forward to a fun and succesful summer!