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.
Juliana Rossi, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Ever crave a McDonald’s burger or a Sprint cell phone after watching a commercial? Then you probably watched a commercial Juliana helped create! In a previous life, Juliana worked as a “Mad (Wo)Man” in the advertising world.
She is originally from Texas and moved to San Francisco six years ago. She became a varsity volleyball coach and then decided to apply to the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, also known as BATTI! She was accepted and worked full time as a teacher while getting her Masters of Education and her teaching credential through the University of the Pacific/BATTI. She has been teaching 2nd and 3rd grade for the last five years and has loved every minute!
Outside of school, Juliana used to do stand-up comedy and competitive karaoke. She encourages her students to put their talents and humor into their writing. Juliana is an avid hiker, camper, and backpacker as well. When she isn’t outside exploring the natural beauty of California or on stage singing a karaoke song, she is at home hanging out with her cat, Simone.
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!
Madeline Casey, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
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!
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
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.
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!