Diamond Bar | 07/22/2019-08/02/2019
Mount Calvary Lutheran School
23300 Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
07/22/2019 – 08/02/2019 (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 Mount Calvary 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
Christi Tucker, Site Administrator
Christi Tucker is a credentialed 4th grade teacher with her masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She has eleven years of experience in preschool through 8th grade. Christi loves the Southern California sunshine, color-changing sheep on Minecraft, kayaking, and taking on a challenge to learn something new. Embracing change, she loves to integrate technology into learning and utilize it to make writing an adventure everyday. She is excited to help students find their voice as authors this summer at Adventures in Writing Camp.
Chloe Williamson, Assistant Site Administrator
Hello, my name is Chloe, but my camp name is Lucky Clover! Why, you ask? I actually have a little bit of Irish in my blood and I love the idea of being lucky all the time! I also chose this name because my favorite color is green! I was adopted when I was just a baby, so I am extremely blessed and lucky to have the life that I have right now and to be as unique as I am! Hence, Lucky Clover! I have worked with AIW Camp before as an Adventure Guide and I simply cannot wait to get back into it. I love writing and I actually want to become a Children's Books Author! I am a very creative individual and I would love to be able to spread my positivity and creativity to the kids when helping them learn how to write and having fun with it! Write to you heart's content!
Vanessa Chi, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
“Create something that will make the world awesome!” - Kid President. When I was little, I wrote countless of stories of my own. Some about princesses fighting dragons, some about the places I visited, some about friends. I wrote because I wanted to express my feelings concretely, intentionally, and purposefully. Hello there, my name is Vanessa Chi and I finished my first year as a classroom teacher! I received my multiple subjects teaching credential and Masters of Education from University of California, San Diego. Besides education, I love eating good food, drinking milk tea, and going to the beach. Feeling the sand between my toes calms my mind and fuels my creativity, in writing or drawing! I also LOVE cats, anything cat related makes me smile! I am super excited to work as a ranger because I love kids, especially the little ones. I can’t wait to inspire kids to write with big imaginations. Let’s create something awesome, together!
Mariah Cheng, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Following your dream is a great way to lead your life! I've wanted to teach my whole life and now I am. I've been a teacher since 2002 at various grade levels. This chapter with AIW is just one more way to give back to students, hone my skills, and have fun while doing it. I'm so excited to be a part of the AIW team again! Let's write Middle Schoolers!
Kait Alcantara, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kait is a writer through and through! She has been writing since she was eight years old, and, having graduated last year from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, she is now pursuing writing professionally in a Master's of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program. When not writing (or reading, or illustrating), Kait likes to listen to music and play old video-games. She has been working with children in k-12 for over three years and specializes in tutoring reading and writing skills. She is excited to share her passion for writing, story-telling, and having fun with the students she will meet at Adventures in Writing Camp!
christopher G Hawkins, Entertainment Ranger
My name is Chris Hawkins. I work as an intensive behavior interventionist for Long Beach Unified school district and a voice teacher for Jonnell music company currently. I am an experienced voice and music teacher with over 10 years experience in formal instruction within the discipline of music including conducting choral ensembles and teaching voice, piano and music theory. Demonstrated, extensive background in successfully working with students of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities as well as those with disabilities and special needs. I totally enjoy working with my students and making learning fun and exciting!
Madison Rae Mientus, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Madison Rae Mientus is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she studied Film and Fiction Writing! Growing up, Madison struggled with reading and writing, until a similar program helped her to excel. Now, she lives and breaths for creative writing and can’t wait to share her excitement with others! Madison’s other passion is acting, and she has tackled several exciting roles such as, Anastasia in Disney’s Cinderella, and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Madison loves to sing and dance, and might just surprise the camp with a performance. Besides working in theater, Mientus has also had several editorials and short stories published in local magazines and continues to write short fiction, novels, and screenplays in her spare time.
Danielle Baker, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
My name is Danielle Baker. I am 24 years old, Virginia raised, California born, with a background in child care, English education and business management, and member of the International Association of Professional Writer's and Editors guild. World issues, relationships and humanities became my focus and as I developed a love for reading and writing in school, I centered my energy on attaining knowledge through self love, meditation and daily practice. I excelled academically and online with multiple websites and platforms as a poet, writer, and scholar, winning awards, participating in writings clubs all over America and my school's literary magazines with personal poetry about life and love during adolescence. I believe in the power of good deeds, volunteering and hold a deep passion for life, understanding human perspective and building self confidence as the foundation for our world's future with writing and language influences from American classics, YA, manga to contemporary American and international lit. I have been blessed to meet and work with successful authors, poet laureates and creators everywhere from music, video games, and television online and in person. I hope to build a self aware, progressive and positive community of lit lovers and future world changers.
Aubrey Caires, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hello! My name is Aubrey Caires and I am 20 years old. As a northern Nevada native, I am enjoying my time down here in lively southern California. I possess a very ambitious and dedicated personality, which I apply to all aspects of life. I just finished my 3rd year of school at Whittier College where I study Kinesiology and Organizational Leadership. I am also a part of the volleyball team on campus. I apply this love of sport and physical activity through coaching t-ball, basketball, volleyball, and other sports during youth camps throughout the year. Since physical activity is characterized by fun and upbeat movement, I am hoping to transfer this energy to the classroom and your child's future writing career while at camp! Channeling all of the liveliness that young kids possess is a tough task, but I believe it can be done through writing and other activities that we offer. When I am not busy being a student-athlete or coaching, I like to spend time hiking, going the beach, or being anywhere outside! One fun fact about me is that I am left handed and I definitely use my creative and emotional right brain for problem solving! I am excited to spend time as an Adventure Guide this summer, encouraging kids to find innovative and imaginative ways to express their energy in positive ways!
Zachary Peterson, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Zachary’s love of language is only outmatched by his passion for learning. A recent graduate of California State University Fullerton, with Bachelor’s Degrees in both English and Theater, Zachary is currently pursuing a career in education. Realizing from a young age that someone had to be making edu-tainment programs like Sesame Street and Blues Clues, Zachary has devoted much of his life to inspiring the same level of joy in learning new things. In his spare time Zachary enjoys old films, board games, and carpentry. His own writing is focused on fantasy and science fiction, which he likes to bring to life with table-top games. He is excited to share his passion for writing and creating this summer with Adventures in Writing!
Evelyn Casas, eBook Ranger
I am a fourth-year teacher that leads the 6th-grade team and holds the mathematics department chair. I bring a strong business background and a love for teaching. I would love to inspire students to become lifelong learners who not only seek higher education but who also strive to achieve their dreams in spite of personal challenges. I have three beautiful children and a wonderful extended family. Recently, we explored the Gila Cliff Dwellings and took our twins to work on set with the stars. Reading is my favorite past time, especially thrillers and mysteries. I look forward to incorporating all our strengths to building writing skills and expanding knowledge.
Mari Villanueva, Secretary of Shenanigans
Meet our Secretary of Shenanigans, Mari! Mari is in school for Interior Design, but when she's not studying, she's always trying to travel the world and learn different cultures, foods, and languages. She finds that reading and writing really strengthens our communication skills and that anything can be solved by great communication and understanding. Mari currently knows four languages and doesn't plan to stop there. Mari often finds herself amazed by children's brain power, imagination, and natural desire to learn! As a former kid's entertainment coordinator and Disneyland cast member, Mari was able to see happiness everyday and plans to bring that same joy to Adventures In Writing Camp!
Aanya Ismail, Supervised Play Scout
Aanya Ismail loves to learn and explore through her writing! She has been writing poetry, fictional and nonfictional short stories for years, and was inspired to write creatively at a young age. When Aanya was in high school, she wrote and published articles in her school newspaper and was part of the journalism club. She is currently works at School Connection as a Teachers Assistant, helping children with home and schoolworks in all subjects at all grade levels. Aanya is also an honors college student who is pursuing a major in English and Children's Literature. She also plans to pursue a multiple subject teaching credential in order to become an Elementary school teacher.