Millbrae | 06/17/2019-06/28/2019
Green Hills Elementary
401 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae, CA 04030
06/17/2019 – 06/28/2019 (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!
Wileen Chen, Writing Ranger
Wileen is excited to return to Adventures in Writing Camp for her fourth year! Currently, Wileen is a first grade teacher in Daly City. When Wileen isn't at school, she likes to go on hikes, bake cookies, practice yoga, and work in her garden.
Gabriella Schmidt, Assistant Site Administrator
Gabriella is a student at Boston University majoring in Political Science and Communication. In college she is a member of the sailing team. After graduating college she hopes to work for the education department in the government.
Gabriella or Gabby loves reading. Her favorite authors are Trenton Lee Stewart, Alyssa Mastromonaco, and David Litt to name a few. She likes reading non fiction books about people who worked in government and sometimes science fiction ;). Gabby says that reading a lot is important to becoming a good writer! Other than that, Gabby loves sailing, spending time walking around the different neighborhoods of San Francisco with her friends, snowboarding, and trying new restaurants.
Gabby loves spending time with kids! She volunteered at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in San Francisco for three years. She is so excited to continue her work with kids at AIW and showing kids how fun writing can be!!
Kaci Brennan, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
I am Kaci Brennan and I am 28 years old from Fresno, CA. I recently just moved back to San Francisco and am planning on teaching Kindergarten/1st grade this upcoming fall. I am a credentialed teacher that has been working in grades K-3 for two years, and I have loved every second of it. I attended Fresno State, where I majored in Child Development and minored in English and I am so excited to share my love of writing with campers this summer! I am currently a graduate student working towards my Masters in Special Education. In my freetime, I love spending time at Oracle Park watching the San Francisco Giants try their best to win some games. I have an English Bulldog that loves to adventure through the parks of the city. I also love to spend time with my friends and family - hopefully somewhere enjoying the sunshine and some good music. I am looking forward to getting to know you all this summer!
KELSEY PARTEE, Writing Ranger
Hi! My name is Kelsey Partee and I recently moved back to California after living in Arizona for the last 6 years! I attended Arizona State University where I received my Bachelors in Education. I am Dual Certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. The last six years I taught students with specials needs ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade. I have always had a passion for working with kids and being a part of their developmental growth, so I am very excited to be joining this camp! In my free time I LOVE to walk my dogs and take them to the beach. I am a sports fanatic and enjoy watching all the games with friends and family.
Josh Tazman Reinier, Entertainment Ranger
Josh has always loved making imaginary worlds. When he was in second grade, he wrote a series of short stories about the Legornegs, furry humanoid creatures that had bows and arrows and could control things with their minds. He even dressed up as one for Halloween! On that note, he still designs his own Halloween costumes, and his love of creating characters has led to a series of musical theater roles, from Bobby Strong in “Urinetown” to Dan in “Next to Normal,” as well as a performance as the Second Spirit in Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.” Josh has combined his passion for words with a lifelong passion for music—he’s been singing, playing piano, and trying out any instrument he can get his hands on for as long as he can remember. He’s been writing songs since 6th grade, has sung jazz at national festivals in New York, Montreal, and even Salzburg, and currently is learning classical composition in college. In addition, Josh has a love of teaching, believing that an inspiring education is a key to a meaningful life. He’s worked for the past 2 summers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he’s taught mindfulness to kids. He attends Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning a double degree in Comparative Literature and Composition. He’s excited to be bringing together his interests in creating, learning, and teaching at Adventures in Writing!
Maddie Wong, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Maddie Wong is currently a student at the University of Washington majoring in Political Science and minoring in Writing and International Studies. At the University of Washington, Maddie participates in student government and is involved in a pre-law fraternity. She hopes to attend law school after graduating college and aspires to have a career in International Law. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Maddie attended St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco where she discovered her passions for reading, writing, and public speaking. She loves reading books, especially anything by J.D. Salinger, and desires to use her talents for writing and public speaking as a lawyer. Maddie is also a big fan of the outdoors and enjoys hiking, running, and going to Giants games with her friends and family. Maddie?s experience as a summer camp counselor includes three years of coaching a rowing camp and two years of volunteering at a summer after-school program for elementary schoolers at the Pomeroy Center. This experience sparked Maddie?s love for spending time with kids of all ages which gives her the opportunity to utilize her positive and upbeat personality. Maddie is very excited to be an Adventure Guide at AIW and hopes to have fantastic times sharing her love for writing and showing kids how much fun writing can be!
Erica Zatarain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Erica is very excited to be spending her summer at Adventures in Writing Camp! She can’t wait to sing, dance, write and be silly with campers! Erica has a surplus of experience entertaining elementary students. 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!
Kristina Zatarain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kristina Zatarain is thrilled to be joining Adventures in Writing for her first time as an Adventure Guide! Currently a student at San Francisco State, she plans to stop climate change, starting by earning her degree in Environmental Science. A Principal's Honor Roll student looking to continue her academic success, Kristina is hardworking and dedicated to her work - whether it be writing essays or playing games with summer campers. Outside of school, Kristina is a complete book fanatic and an animal lover who often combines those passions by speeding through fantasy novels beside her beloved cats. Kristina also enjoys spending time with her six-year-old cousin, particularly when channeling her inner artist and drawing pictures for them to color. Kristina has taken numerous dance and musical theater classes for eight years and loves having fun with fellow performers of all ages. She can't wait to meet her new campers and create a wonderful experience for them to remember!
Madeline Casey, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kathryn Durham, eBook Ranger
Hi. I am Kathryn Durham and I've been a writing teacher for over seven years now.I started my writing career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and was a Freshman Writing Instructor there. I stayed in that position for two years.I'm also a [non-licensed] Landscape Architect. In the past, I've created and written a full-length documentary in Portland, ME, for SALT Center for Documentary Field Studies, where worked alongside a Black & White Print Photographer. Later, in Kittery, ME, I was employed as a beat reporter, serving that community as a print journalist at Foster's Daily Democrat--a Portsmouth, NH-based daily newspaper.
I am presently a Studio Art/Fine Arts student in San Francisco and currently a 30-Day Substitute Teacher licensed by the State of CA, where I teach with Marin County Office of Education, grades elementary through high school. Happy to be here with you this summer. Enjoy writing, Kathryn Durham
Theresa Yob, eBook 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 thrilled to experience their stories, dreams, and visions, then help them to capture these on the page. She's 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.
Logan Turner, Secretary of Shenanigans
Logan Turner is a student at Bucknell University where she studies Comparative Humanities. At Bucknell, she works for the professor of Music Education, teaches music in local preschool and special needs classes, and sings in an a capella group. Logan has always been passionate about connecting with children, and since she has had the opportunity to teach in college she has developed a love for education. Since childhood, Logan has enjoyed writing not only as a means of communication but also as a form of creative expression. Whether it be creating kooky short stories as a child, writing for her school newspaper in high school, or writing essays comparing ancient philosophical teachings to modern films for her college major, writing has always been an important part of her life and she believes that it is an essential life skill. Logan looks forward to showing campers a fun-loving approach to writing and helping them grow!