Alameda | 07/22/2019-08/02/2019
St. Philip Neri School
1335 High Street, Alameda, CA 94501
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 St. Philip Neri 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
Rasheedah Jones, Site Administrator
"Rashida Jones, the actress from Parks and Rec?" Nope, sorry, wrong Rasheedah Jones! I know, I know, what a shame, but I promise you she's a whole lot cooler!When she's not jumping out of planes, climbing mountains, watching baseball, playing soccer, or traveling around the world, she is shaping and inspiring the young minds of 4th and 5th graders. Rasheedah is in her fourth year of teaching a 4/5 combo class in the New Haven School District. She received her BA in Liberal Studies, Teaching Credential, Masters in Curriculum, and Masters in Reading & Language from Cal State East Bay. Next, she will be going for her Administration credential with the dream of being a principal one day. Oh, but wait, that's not all, she is putting her Curriculum Masters to use, and is currently writing a Social Emotional Learning curriculum for upper grade students! Wooooo that's a lot! This will be Rasheedah's second year at AIW as a Site Administrator, in hopes to many more years sharing her love of writing, learning, and teaching to students. PS. Her favorite spirit day at school is mismatch day ...*hence the photo*
Natalie Farrell, Assistant Site Administrator
Natalie Farrell is a California native who holds an MA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Literature & Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz. Natalie has been working with and leading kids aged 4-18 as well as college students in various school and camp settings as a camp director, counselor, instructor, teacher, facilitator, mentor, and friend for 7+ years. During the school year she is on tour throughout Bay Area schools bringing interactive history theater programs with the company California Weekly Explorer. Natalie is also a published poet and playwright.
Fordy Shoor, Entertainment Ranger
Fordy is excited to bring a fourth summer of shenanigans back to AIW Camp. He is a double English degree holder, with a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from CSU East Bay. He works at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley as a Teaching Assistant. As a writer, he finds the small stuff most challenging, such as the finding the right word and drafting (I mean revising. No, changing. Actually, I meant drafting. Yes, that's it! Drafting); his interests lie in short fiction, poetry, and essays. He has facilitated writing workshops and acted as an editor on literary magazines. In his free time, Fordy adores being with his cats, his bass guitars, friends, garden, kitchen, concerts and books. He's passionate about both creative writing and literacy, and proud to be contributing to the summer retention rate for young learners.
Marjorie Boggs Vazquez, Writing Ranger
Marjorie is super excited to be working with Adventures in Writing Camp for the third year! She has been in education for 11 years, and a teacher for 8 of those years. When she's not teaching, she spends her time cuddling her kitties, doing yoga, and sitting by Lake Merritt with friends. She is really looking forward to meeting her newest crew of campers and families this spring!
Siena Meeks, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Siena is a camper at heart, but happy to be returning to camp as a site administrator this summer!! With lots of experience at different types of camps herself, both as a camper, counselor, and director, she can't wait to bring the excitement and good vibes into one of her favorite places... the classroom!! She currently works at Aurora Elementary School as a Teaching Assistant and has plans to pursue a teaching credential. She looks forward to thinking creatively together and to inspiring one another through writing and fun!!
Dara Foran, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Dara Foran loves reading, writing and working with kids! She just finished her junior year at the University of Oregon where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology, along with a minor in Media Studies. Growing up, Dara played many sports including soccer, basketball and tennis. She has also always had a love for animals and volunteering at shelters. She is excited to be home for the summer to spend time with her pets! Dara has experience working in a kindergarten classroom where she helped students with their reading, writing, math and art. She plans to get her teaching degree after she graduates from college and continue to help kids have fun while learning!
Alexis Miller, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Miller and I am currently a college student at Santa Clara University. There I study, English Literature, French, and Linguistics. I have been tutoring for the past 6 years. I am so excited to spend the summer with all of you!
Claire Inman, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Claire Inman loves reading and writing! She is especially skilled at story telling, for she can make any type of dialect come to life! Claire is an upcoming junior at UC Davis, and is double majoring in Psychology and History. Therefore, she not only has the knowledge and skill sets to make reading and writing comprehensible, but also has her own creative ways to make reading and writing fun! Claire has years of experience in designing her own games and activities for elementary school students, for in high school she conducted her own running group for elementary student athletes. Claire knows how to bring out the best in each student she works with, for she takes the time to get to know everyone she works with personally in order to bring out their best selves! Through college, she has fallen more in love with reading and writing as she has taken countless courses in social science subjects for her double major preparation. When she does not have her nose in a book, Claire can be found adventuring through the mountains and beaches of Northern California!
Madison Houston, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Madison is excited to be an Adventure Guide for her first time this Summer! She is a lover of reading, creative writing, skiing, listening to music, helping others in need, and especially enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and cat, Simba. She is a rising junior at Willamette University in Oregon, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Environmental Sciences. Her time spent in Oregon is greatly enjoyed, however, she looks forward to spending her summers where she grew up, in the East Bay Area. Prior to college, Madison took part in 18 different musicals and sang in choir for 5 years; she is very passionate about the creative arts! During high school, she worked as a rehearsal assistant, makeup artist, and stage crew member for her local Danville Children’s Musical Theater Company (DCMT), allowing her to acquire much experience in working with and helping children in creative settings. She loves being fun and silly with kids and is greatly looking forward to having fun with her campers! In her free time, Madison can be seen belting her favorite songs, devouring delicious food, and continuing her hard fought attempts at successfully snapping and whistling.
Jamila Brooks, eBook Ranger
This is Jamila's third summer with Adventures in Writing Camp! She teaches 1st grade at Montclair Elementary School in Oakland. Jamila is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Developmental Teacher Education program where she earned a Multiple Subject teaching credential and a MA in Education. Jamila is mom to Reile (9) and Kaia (4) and enjoys taking her children to the park, hiking and reading mystery novels. Jamila actually plans on writing a mystery novel one day - she's got one chapter finished so far!