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 third year as a Site Administrator! She is looking forward to seeing familiar faces this year. Currently, Wileen is attending SF State for her Masters in Elementary Education. When Wileen isn't at school, she likes to go to go on hikes, bake cookies, practice yoga, and work in her garden.
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 the 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 English and Composition. He’s excited to be bringing together his interests in creating, learning, and teaching at Adventures in Writing!
Erica Zatarain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Erica is very excited to be spending her summer as an Adventure Guide for Adventures in Writing Camp! Currently, she is attending San Francisco State, where she’s majoring in Hospitality and Tourism, an industry which suits her energetic and outgoing nature. When she is not studying, Erica enjoys reading to, entertaining and watching over elementary students at her local elementary school. She also has a surplus of experience tutoring middle school students. 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, has written many stories and has been recognized for her writing by receiving the Academic Excellence Award for Humanities in high school. 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!
Theresa Yob, eBook Ranger
Teaching Creative Writing rocks her world! Whether it's one-on-one teaching individual students how to begin an exciting original story or guiding a group of third to fifth graders in creating their own customized travel brochures, Theresa is amazed and thrilled to experience their stories, dreams, and visions then help them to capture these on the page. This past school year, Theresa worked with sixth graders on writing personal and unique stories at a Middle School in South San Francisco. She's prepped up and 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 training (NDNU) to guide young writers to create a book of their own! She's also taught Adult classes in Journals and Memoirs in San Francisco, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo and online.