Cupertino South | 07/15/2019-07/26/2019
Bethel Lutheran School
10181 Finch Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014
07/15/2019 – 07/26/2019 (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 Bethel Lutheran School 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
Craig Kabert, Site Administrator
Craig Kabert is very much looking forward to his new role as the Site Administrator at the Bethel Lutheran location. During the school year, he teaches and is attending San Francisco State University to obtain his Special Education Credential. Craig has been teaching and working in public, private and charter schools for the past eight school years. He plans on using this experience to help make camp an inspiring and fun experience for his campers and staff.
Richard Heiman, Writing Ranger
Richard Manly (Rick) Heiman, aka Ranger Rick, has worked in public, charter and private school education for ten years. He has also worked with gifted students ages 9-18 as a summer instructor in a variety of subjects--including writing! This is his second summer with Adventures in Writing. He holds an MFA in Writing and his been published by literary journals in ten countries. Ranger Rick's personal creative writing focus is on poetry and short fiction. He loves coaching young writers to develop their writing skills. As you can probably tell, he loves horses too. He looks forward to finding a horse slow enough that he can write some new cowboy poetry in the saddle! Yee-haw! And Ranger Rick is definitely looking forward to camp!
Brooke Ottum, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Hi My name is Brooke and I am going to be a Middle School Writing Ranger. I have worked as a Substitute Teacher and Special Education Aide in both the Union and Cambrian School Districts. I have also been an Academy Teacher and Clinician at Lindamood Bell Learning Processes. I have a Chemical Engineering degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from University of San Diego. Many of the women in my family are educators and education is an important value for us. I am passionate about helping kids of all ages reach their full potential. My hobbies include hiking, swimming, and playing with my dog Takoa.
Lani Matsumura, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Lani is super excited to be a Writing Ranger! As a visual artist and graduate of Yamaha Music School, she enjoys bringing art and music into the classroom to make learning fun and engaging for students. Attending California Academy of Mathematics and Science and experiencing project-based learning in engineering and robotics equipped her with a strong background in the STEM fields. Her passions in STEM and the arts led to Lani's decision to pursue a career as an elementary teacher! She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education Sciences from UC Irvine, where she did research on STEM education and digital learning. She recently earned her Master's degree in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Stanford University, where she also sings in the Symphonic Chorus.
Madeline Minor, Entertainment Ranger
After working several years as a theatre counselor for the Girl Scouts of Northern California, Madeline ran off to sea to work aboard the Disney Cruise Line as a Youth Activities Entertainment Host, performing across from Mickey Mouse himself! Upon returning to land, she worked as a Site Director for the fledgling Camp Doodles in Marin county, teaching her staff the magic of teamwork and keeping her Site afloat. This summer she returns to the camp world she loves, excited to get your wee ones writing, singing and dancing to their hearts content!
Josh Greenebaum, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Everybody make way for Jubilant Josh! A new member of our team, Josh is a rising undergraduate at the University of Victoria, studying psychology and philosophy. Ever since he was fourteen, he has had four jobs taking care of kids, including teaching them the basics of karate and dance! If you ever get a chance to talk to him, he will surely bring up his enthusiasm of the books he is currently reading, such as "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. Now at our camp, He is excited to help introduce higher aged kids to the fantastic world of writing!
Daniel Chen, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hello all! My name is Daniel Chen and I will be working as an Adventure Guide. I am currently an economics major at Santa Clara University.
I have tutored at Kumon, which provided me with ample experience with working with children. My patience and bright attitude creates a positive environment for children to nurture their learning.
I do enjoy reading, and have read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy five times over already.
Sydney Schleicher, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Sydney Schleicher is a Harry Potter fanatic who loves to read. Her favorite kinds of books to read are all things fantastical mixed in with some autobiographies. She is also an avid swimmer and lover of the outdoors. Sydney is currently studying at the University of San Francisco. She is Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in German Studies. She was a part of Theater for four years in High School, taking a particular interest in Directing, but still loving to perform.Babysitting is a job that Sydney has had for the past five years, and that she has enjoyed every minute of. She has had experience caring for children between 3 months and 12 years of age. Sydney really enjoys Superheroes and all things Marvel. If she was a superhero, she would want to be Quicksilver from X-men. If she had Quicksilver's powers, she would be able to read hundreds of books in a day. She is very excited to share her love of reading and writing with her campers this summer.
Mary Salmeron Montalvo, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi campers, my name is Mary Salmeron and I can not wait to begin this journey with all of you! I attend California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles where I study communications. After I graduate, I want to travel and speak or write about my experiences. My passion is to teach others about my experiences through leadership. One great quality of being a leader is having great creativity to build your truth. One way we can do so is by writing, so let get to it and create our truth! I love to tell stories, play sports and eat ice cream. I also love volunteering to help great causes. Giving back is my hobby because it is extremely rewarding, especially when you can bring a smile to someone's face. There is so much I could tell you but I would rather tell you all when I meet you. Are you ready to begin an experience you will never forget?
Vivian Luu, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
An Adventure Guide who's always ready to laugh and always ready to learn! Hello! My name is Vivian Luu, and I am currently a 1st year Nursing Science major at UC Irvine. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the pediatric field- in other words, I LOVE kids! I have worked as a reading tutor at Kumon, and always seem to surround myself with bright, happy children. I hope to make camp the most educational and fun experience for all our future writers!
Ayla Levita, eBook Ranger
Hello, my name is Ayla Levita. I completed my student-teaching in December of 2018 and began substitute teaching for Milpitas Unified School District (my alma mater) and Swing Education shortly after. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from SJSU and a Master of Arts in Teaching from USC. I am a dog mama of 3 rescued, rambunctious but lovable puppies! At under 5 feet tall I still consider myself a BIG foodie! Traveling, going on foodventures, and spending time with family and friends are my main passions in life aside from teaching!
Hannah Brady, Secretary of Shenanigans
Hannah Brady currently works for the City of Santa in the Parks and Recreation department. She graduated in 2016 from Loyola Marymount University in 3.5 years with a B.A in screenwriting and a minor in English. Within the Parks and Recreation department she primarily works with the city’s youth theater group that she was a participant of as a child. There she is a jack of all trades, building sets, assisting rehearsals, assistant stage managing, and sometimes even producing and directing shows. She has been with the City of Santa Clara for 8 years since she started the job in high school and continued working throughout college and after. When she is not chasing down rouge 10-year-olds she enjoys writing, babysitting, and watching copious amounts of movies and television.
Brianne Rouleau, Supervised Play Scout
Brianne just finished her second year at college where she is currently studying math. Besides math, she loves playing board games and reading. She is really excited to be returning for a second summer at Adventures in Writing Camp!
Lily Tram, Assistant Site Administrator
Lily loves to play with her cousins and go on adventures with her friends. She loves helping kids learn and having fun. Lily attends San Jose State University and is pursuing a degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She has experience working with children as she occasionally tutors her cousins with their homework. Also, she has worked with children in the Collaborative Community Program at Washington Elementary School where she served as a mentor to young Latino elementary school students. In her free time, she enjoys watching YouTube videos, working out at the gym, going on food adventures and spending time with her family. Lily is super excited to join the SuperPlay Scout Team!