Calabasas | 06/17/2019-06/28/2019
22601 Liberty Bell Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
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 come to Chaparral 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
Robin Jankiewicz, Site Administrator
Robin Jankiewicz is returning for her fourth year of writing adventures. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul's book The Cat Really Did That? and The Miracle of Love. She's eager to watch youngsters grow into the novelists, journalists, and screenwriters they aspire to be.
Brittanica Bakta, Assistant Site Administrator
I have been teaching for over 11 years. I have taught Robotics and STEM courses for the past 7 years and love teaching willing minds eager to learn. I have taught grades from Kindergarten up to adults in college. Education is important to be because it builds confidence and allows a person to reach their fullest potential in life.I have majored in creative writing as an undergrad and graduate student. I have been teaching for over 10 years and have become very familiar with the requirements within the common core elements.As a Robotics instructor I have had the opportunity to learn various types of software granting me the extensive knowledge of being able to understand various forms of learning through technology.I am easy going energetic and love being around people. To me learning is something that should be fun and approached with a positive can do attitude.
Elizabeth Crawford, Assistant Site Administrator
Elizabeth Crawford is a creative writer and an educator who has worked as a personal assistant to a horror novelist, in an independent bookstore, and in public high schools and non-profits teaching English/Language Arts. Her passion is teaching creative writing. Elizabeth is also an aspiring librarian and is currently enrolled in an MLIS program. She will begin her role as an Upper School Librarian at Milken Community Schools this coming Fall. Her favorite writer is Virginia Woolf. Her favorite Middle Reader books include: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. She is thrilled to be the assistant director and is excited to hear the many stories that will come out this summer!
Melissa Berry, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
"How to Write"
First letters make words on the pages,
Then words become stories by stages.
By using your "think,"
And quick as a wink!
A masterpiece fit for the ages!
Melissa Berry, a third-generation Los Angeleno, has been teaching for what seems like forever! Although she left Los Angeles to go to NYU for Graduate School (with a very, very extended stay in Paris afterward), she returned to Los Angeles and will be the first to tell you there's no place like home. Being home included earning a Lifetime California State Teaching Credential in English, MA in Humanities and MFA in Creative Writing from Mount Saint Mary's University, becoming a published author, and a teacher. Although Melissa taught Middle School Literature for 17 years, she has now been a faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles for a number of years. Her teaching there includes teaching both undergraduate English including "Children's Literature," and a variety of Graduate Humanities courses including “Children's Literature for Adults,” "Victorian Novellas of Mystery,“ and American Short Stories of Famous Novelists.” Although full time at MSMU, she continues to teach middle school one day a week at St. Brendan School where she taught Literature for those 17 years - only now instead of Literature, it's Latin Prep! As a freelance writer, Melissa has written screenplays, non-fiction books, as well as articles which have appeared in Smooth Jazz Magazine, Buzzine, The LA Times, and other publications. But, none of this makes her prouder or happier than having won The Purina Cat Chow National Poetry Contest in 2011which included a year's supply of cat food and a super deluxe convertible cat stroller/onboard cat carrier.
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.
Laura Lopez, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi my name is Laura! Working with kids has always been such a rewarding experience for me which is why I am currently in school to become a teacher. I love that I can learn as much from the kids as they can from me!
Cassandra Reveles, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi y'all, I'm Cassandra Reveles, a Senior at CSU Chico. I love kids and I'm pursing a career in Liberal Studies (YAY for teachers) with a minor in Spanish. I plan on enrolling to the bilingual teaching credential. In my free time I LOVE to watch movies, anywhere from comedy to thrillers, just not anything scary. I also enjoy a good beach day, and hiking although I don't do it often as I'd like. I would say I'm a pretty cool, energetic, and very friendly person.
Rachel Gantman, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi there! My name is Rachel and this will be my first year as an Adventure Guide with Adventures in Writing. I am thrilled to join the AIW team and encourage our future writers to be the best authors they can be!
Jennifer Hunt, eBook Ranger
I am Jennifer Hunt and I am thrilled to be part of AIW! I have been teaching for 24 years and I received my teaching credential from California Lutheran University. I am also the mother of 2 wonderful kids who are 12 and 14 years old. I have worked with the UCLA Writing Project as well as many different writing programs. I value using technology to enhance and enrich the writing process. I will bring my years of teaching experience and my love for writing to share with your child this summer.
Samuel Korobkin, Secretary of Shenanigans
Sam Korobkin is thrilled to be spending his summer with Adventures in Writing! Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sam is glad to be back in his favorite city. When he is not in beautiful California he is studying hard at Pace University in Manhattan. There he is working to get his Bachelors degree in International Performance and Devised Works. Last summer Sam worked as a traveling kids show performer, performing a 45 minute science show at birthday parties and libraries all through out California. He loves to bring a sense of ?play? into everything he does and understands that learning can be fun. Sam hopes to spark a unique sense of creativity in every camper at AIW. Bringing everything he?s learned long the way, Sam intends to leave AIW campers and staff with the memory of the most fun summer they have ever had.
Diana Lopez, Supervised Play Scout
Diana graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University with a Gerontology major in May 2017. She enjoys socializing with the older adult population while doing arts and crafts to work out their brain.
However, she has always been involved in children's education. She worked in a child development center in college, volunteered to read and edit personal statements for high school students, and co-facilitated a classroom of middle school students informing them about the process of applying to college. Currently, she works as a program leader for an elementary school's after-school enrichment program where she understood what it meant to be part of shaping children's education. Creating fun projects with her students, assisting them with homework, and getting to know them as scholars made her realize that teaching is something she enjoys doing. Seeing the progress of students from the start of her job up until the end reassured her that teaching is what she is meant to do. Diana looks forward to pursuing a career in the field of education.
Learning new cultures is something she enjoys doing in her spare time. For example, reading travel books, memoirs, manga, and watching international movies and dramas allow her to feel like she is traveling the world. Aside from this, Halloween is one of her favorite holidays so expect her to be at the front of the line at haunted attractions in amusement parks and screaming her lungs out in the roller coasters during the month of October.
Diana is excited to work at Adventures in Writing Camp as a Supervised Play Scout and see the progress of the campers in their writing journey.