West Hills | 07/22/2019-08/02/2019
de Toledo High School
22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307
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 come to de Toledo High School this summer! 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!
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 studied and taught film for over ten years. I have written award winning screenplays and poems. 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.
Grant Frailich, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
"It was the best of times...at Adventures in Writing Camp!"Besides paraphrasing Charles Dicken's quotes, Grant spends his time teaching elementary students in Las Vegas, NV. He has taught both 2nd and 4th graders and takes extra joy in watching students' develop their confidence throughout the writing process. He has taught for 5 years. Throughout his teaching career, he has led multiple professional developments on everything from family engagement to technology in the classroom. On top of that, he earned a Masters Degree in education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and is working on completing his Masters' in School Administration (he hopes to become an Assistant Principal). Grant graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Management. Last, but not least, Grant has over a decade of experience working with the Swift Youth Foundation, a charity which puts on summer camp for low-income students. He has held leadership and administrative positions at camp and is excited to take what he's learned from Camp Swift and apply it to AIW. This will be his second summer working with Adventures in Writing!
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.
Stephanie (Stevie) Tayor, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Stephanie, who affectionately goes by Stevie, is an L.A. transplant originally from Michigan. Someone told her she was a writer as a kid and she believed it! Stephanie has been pursuing her writing dreams since middle school and is excited to inspire kids to pursue their love of writing!
Cynthia Molt, eBook Ranger
My name is Cynthia Molt. I’ve been an educator for 30 years and enjoyed it all. I’ve had the privilege of teaching students from all backgrounds from Preschool through 12th grade. No matter what age, whether student or teacher, life is a journey. I’m the first and only college-educated person in my family, who had no idea how to go about applying or have anyone to help me figure it out. I made up my mind that I would be there to help students on their educational journey and make it more fun and less confusing. Life is confusing enough! I must have loved going to school, since I ended up getting a master’s in administration, one in curriculum, and one in teaching. I’m a California native and adore my rescue pets and wish I could rescue even more! It’s a privilege for me to be your student’s writing guide at Adventures in Writing!