Tustin | 07/08/2019-07/19/2019
Tustin Ranch Elementary
12950 Robinson Drive, Tustin, CA 92782
07/08/2019 – 07/19/2019 (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 return to Tustin 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
Evelyn Seto, Site Administrator
Evelyn Seto is currently a 5th grade GATE teacher in Long Beach, California. She has taught for many years in grades 1st through 6th grade. Evelyn has a passion for teaching writing and helping young writers express their thoughts. She finds it inspirational for students to take ownership of their writing and make it unique...and creative! She earned her BA from Cal State Long Beach in Liberal Studies with an English concentration, and a MS from National University in Curriculum and Instruction. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her children, husband, and two dogs. You will often find all of them camping or going on walks on the beach!
Hailey Vittrup, Assistant Site Administrator
Hailey has always loved writing. From research papers to short stories, Hailey cannot remember a time when she didn't want to write. A May 2016 graduate of The Master's College (now University), Hailey has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Communication. Last year, she was a high school teacher and long term substitute for second grade while pursuing a Master's degree in Communication: New Media and Marketing. Since then, she has decided to pursue a multiple subject teaching credential and has been tutoring, subbing, and waitressing. Hailey's interests in the field of writing vary from creative to editorial pieces. She completed a four-month internship at The Signal newspaper while finishing up her Bachelor's degree, and loved interviewing, editing, and writing articles of her own for the paper. She has written to various children's fiction authors over the past few years, and has read more books than she can count. Hailey has volunteered as an AWANA leader and Sunday School teacher in her church for 3 years, and loves teaching children and inspiring them to do their best at whatever they are doing.
Philip Black, Entertainment Ranger
This is Philip Black's third summer working with Adventures in Writing Camp, and he is THRILLED to be back. He received his B.A. in Theatre Performance from Huntington University (in Huntington, IN), where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, and a Colloquium Scholar. He has spent the past 10 years working at theaters across America, performing mostly in comedies and musicals. Making people laugh is the thing he enjoys most, followed closely by reading. As he has traveled, he has made a point of always joining the local library. (At last count, he has 5 active library cards.) Along the way, Philip has also developed a distinct passion for teaching, helping to run educational "backstage experience" tours in Michigan, doing interactive Treasure Island performances for grade students in Missouri, and teaching for two summers at Camp Melodrama, a theatrical camp for students K-8 in California's Central Coast. He currently spends his days during the school year as a full-time presenter with California Weekly Explorer, running "game show" styled interactive history presentations for grades 4-6 all over Orange County.
Lilimary Jimenez, Writing Ranger (Teacher), Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Lilly LOVES to read and write and aspires to instill a love for learning in her students!
She is an energetic, encouraging, and enthusiastic reading teacher (intervention specialist) at California Elementary School in the West Covina Unified School District! She has her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and her Masters Degree in Education with a special emphasis on English Language Learners from the University of La Verne. She has worked in educational programs such as migrant and autism programs, which has given her the opportunity to reach, teach, inspire, and learn from a large, diverse group of students! She's excited to be able to work with an amazing group of kids this summer with Adventures in Writing Camp!
Lilly also loves to camp, hike, and explore National Parks! She loves writing about her adventures, sharing her knowledge, and inspiring her students to learn more about the world around them. Lilly is joyous and is always smiling! She can be goofy and isn't afraid to sing and dance! Her goal is to make her students feel welcomed, comfortable, and motivated to learn. She will meet her students needs to ensure they are successful in their writing endeavors!
Clare Reiland, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Clare is SO excited for camp!! She is originally from Irvine, but she just moved back to Orange County from San Francisco, where she pursued a Master's Degree in Teaching at the University of San Francisco. Clare's been a part of various classrooms throughout San Francisco and the SF Bay Area, but she is excited to return where her own education started! Outside of the classroom, she enjoys listening to music, hiking, traveling, and (of course) writing! This is her second year at AIW. She's so excited to meet the campers and to have a great summer!!
Amanda Steinfeld, Writing Ranger
Hi all! My name is Amanda Steinfeld. I just graduated this May with my Masters in Teaching from Azusa Pacific University, and am so excited to start the summer off right with Adventures in Writing! I first developed a love of teaching after having the opportunity to teach hands-on science for a summer camp, and the rest is history! While I began my teaching experience in the science/math field, I found that teaching writing became on of my favorite subjects to teach. I have experience teaching writing to students from Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to share my love of writing this summer with you all! I enjoy using hands-on, fun, and engaging lessons to help instill a love of writing in my students. I also have a strong passion for performing arts so I may even throw in a few fun writing songs every once in a while. Besides teaching, some of my favorite things include the color pink, music, my friends and family, and everything Disney! Looking forward to a fantastic summer!
Elizabeth Rangel, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Elizabeth is an extremely passionate person. Some of her passions include animals, reading, Disney movies (her favorite is Ratatouille), music, and sports - but most of all, she is passionate about helping others! Elizabeth always tries to devote her time to volunteering, tutoring, and any other way that she can help people. This is her second year at Adventures in Writing Camp, and she can't wait to meet everyone!
Josephine Catalusci Medina, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Josephine Medina is incredibly excited for her second year at Adventures in Writing Camp! She is currently attending Vanguard University as a sophomore psychology and history major. She has worked as a camp counselor at several camps, with children of all ages, and is thrilled to help students create their own spectacular stories! Nothing is more amazing than a homemade story! She loves hiking, exploring, and traveling; and enjoys nothing more than a good book and some hot chocolate.
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!
Emma Kuli, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Emma Kuli is so excited to be an Adventure Guide at the Adventures in Writing Camp! Emma is a Santa Clara University English major from Villa Park, California and a 2018 California Young Playwright contest winner. In the past, Emma has worked as a Community Arts Outreach leader, a Party Pro at Bounce U, and a summer camp crew leader. The only thing Emma loves more than a big bowl of chocolate ice cream is a great book!
Karina Mejia, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
It’s no surprise that Karina loves teaching and learning as she is a kid at heart. She has extensive experience in the classroom as a tutor and more recently as a substitute teacher. Apart from working in the classroom with students K-12th, Karina worked with college students in her undergraduate career as a Residential Advisor for housing services. She loves the outdoors and loves learning about different environments. Geocaching has become one of her favorite past times. She has also discovered a passion for running and has participated in two half marathons plus other races. Karina believes in lifelong learning and personal growth. She will be continuing her education at Azusa Pacific University where she will pursue a Masters degree in Higher Education. With her lighthearted and optimistic personality, Karina makes the most out of every situation and connects well with her peers. She is very excited to build rapport with students and staff this summer!
Ava Weber, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Ava Weber realized her love of creative writing during her sophomore year of high school. She started writing silly stories for her friends and found them asking her for more! She has deepened her love of writing by majoring in English at UCLA with the ultimate goal of obtaining a masters degree in screenwriting. She loves school, and wishes to share her love through teaching. Ava has taken French for five years and has gone on two study abroad programs to France. She speaks French conversationally. Don't hesitate to test her when you see her at camp!
Kari Munoz, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kari earned her Undergraduate from Cal State Fullerton in Health Science, specifically Health Education, and minored in Kinesiology. Through college, she coached girls softball in Orange, and taught after school Chess throughout Orange County. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program through Cal State Fullerton, with an emphasis in Arts and Creativity. Since then, she has been substitute teaching in Fullerton, She is passionate about science, writing, fun, and creativity! She loves hands on learning, especially being able to incorporate games and manipulatives when learning. In her free time, Kari likes to play softball, hang out outdoors, and spend time with family. She can't wait to work this summer with Adventures in Writing!
Belinda Espinoza, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
I am a lifelong educator with a passion for learning. I went to school to be history teacher at UC Irvine and got my teaching credential at Chapman University. Life took some turns and I started teaching Spanish instead. I went to Santa Ana College and got my interpreting certificate. I am excited to be working at this summer camp because I love to write as well. I am a lifestyle blogger for fun so I write as a hobby! I have even taken a journalism course to become a better writer. I love to travel and my history passion is still there so I hope to visit our nations capital next year for our country’s birthday, the Fourth of July, which is my favorite holiday. I don’t have any children but I have ten nieces and nephews that I love like my own. I enjoy spending time with them and love to teach them new things. I work as a teachers aide at a charter school during the school year and I love it! So happy to be here for the summer and hope to share my love of writing with all of you.
Acela Pena, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Acela Pena. I live in a dream more brilliant than fiction. Imagined, yet real, I defy all prediction. You might read this as an oddity, novelty, or even a comedy. But do not reprehend, lay all concerns to rest. I just have a genuine love for poetry and word play. It makes me feel very clever. I'm currently a student at California State University Northridge and I'm working my way to becoming the best elementary school teacher I can be. I've been working with children for four years and have experience working as a special needs caregiver. I speak multiple languages and I understand the importance that reading and writing has in a child's development. Language makes up a generous portion of how a person interacts with their community, and the world around them. It's a skill that is too valuable to be left neglected. My ambition is to observe good faith and to help children cultivate an avid love of reading and writing, that they can take with them into their many future endeavors.
Nicole Mason, eBook Ranger
Nicole Mason is currently an elementary school teacher at Academia Moderna Charter School in LA. She loves working with kids. Niki has been a babysitter, nanny, worked for after school programs, worked as a preschool teacher, and has worked as an instructional assistant before she received her Masters in Teaching. Niki also has a Bachelor degree in Art. Dancing and art are passions of hers. Above all, she loves working with and teaching kids. It is an absolute joy!
David Inga, eBook Ranger
David Inga loves to make writing a transformative and fun experience. Currently serving as a 7th grade ELA intervention instructor in Santa Ana, David has a passion for helping students critically explore the world and discover the power of writing. From middle school ParaEducator, accommodating every level in the classroom, to sitting as editor of California State University Fullerton's award winning history journal The Welebaethan, David has been able to incorporate his wide range of experiences into teaching strategies that work in the classroom. He believes that students can grow and thrive as writers with the proper guidance and a positive learning environment. When David is not at school you can find him coaching soccer, playing music, reading, camping and spending time with his family and beautiful newborn son. David is excited to get to work and is looking forward to fostering the brilliance campers will bring to AIW this summer.
Mackenzie West, Secretary of Shenanigans
My name is Mackenzie West and I am so excited to get to know your children over the next couple weeks! I just finished my junior year at Clemson University in South Carolina, where I am majoring in Elementary Education. After I graduate in May 2020, I plan on becoming a teacher in grades 2-6! Although I go to school on the east coast, I grew up in Los Alamitos, CA, and spend all of my summers here! During my free time I love to read, spend time with friends and family, and cook. When I was a kid, I participated in a similar camp and even to this day, I am so thankful for the skills that I learned during that week! I cannot wait to foster your child?s love for writing and make them excited every time they get to write!
Vanessa Lopez, Supervised Play Scout
Hi, I'm Vanessa! I like to journal, paint and do crafts. I can more than often be a little clumsy but I've learned to laugh along and pick myself up. I am so excited to be helping the Adventures in Writing camp in Tustin and being around kids who also have a common interest.