Los Altos | 07/08/2019-07/19/2019

Covington Elementary

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PRICING (2-WEEKS)

Note: All prices shown are for TWO-WEEKS of camp.

$859 Tuition

Tuition includes all instruction, activities and materials. It also includes two camp t-shirts, which should be worn daily. Lunch is NOT included.

Add-Ons

$70 – Morning Supervised Play (8am – 9am)
$140 – Afternoon Supervised Play (3pm – 6pm)
$100 – Daily Lunch & Snack
$6 – Extra camp t-shirt (2 shirts are included with your registration)
$6 – Extra camp CD (1 CD is included for each child registered)

Discounts

Family Discount:

  • $20 off per camper for 2 members of the same family
  • $30 off per camper for 3 members of the same family
  • $40 off per camper for 4 members of the same family – please contact us to register 4 or more members of the same immediate family

201 Covington Road, Los Altos, CA 94024

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 Covington 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.

Only 3 spaces remaining in 1st grade!
Only 1 space remaining in 2nd grade!
Space available in 3rd grade!
Only 1 space remaining in 4th grade!
Space available in 5th grade!
Only 2 spaces remaining in 6th grade!
Only 1 space remaining in 7th grade!
8th Grade is FULL for this camp!
     Click HERE to be added to the waitlist.

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Camp Staff

MEET THE TEAM

Zoe Bader, Site Administrator

Zoe Bader is a 5th and 6th English Language Arts Teacher in Los Angeles. She spends her summers in San Jose with her family and to work for Adventures in Writing Camp. She loves how the camp teaches writing in a fun and interactive way! Zoe has been teaching for 5 years and has been involved in Adventures in Writing Camp for the past 3 years. Zoe received her undergrad degree in arts education at UCLA, and went on to receive her Masters in Education at Loyola Marymount University. She is so excited to join the Adventures in Writing Team again this year.

STEPHANIE ECHEVERRIA, Site Administrator

Stephanie is a 2018 graduate from San Francisco State University where she earned a degree in Psychology and double minored in Human Sexuality and Criminal Justice Studies. She currently works with elementary school kids, where she assists with daily classroom activities for children who have trouble with cognitive behaviors.She has extensive experience in working with children and uses it to her advantage to create bonding connections with them, as she expresses her understanding and validation towards their feelings and ideas. Her knowledge and background in psychology allows her to be intuitive to the children’s needs and she is always alert to make sure that everyone is safe, but is still having enjoying themselves. Stephanie is a hard worker that will make sure to go above and beyond her responsibilities so that things run smoothly at our camp. Besides her passion for learning, she enjoys outdoor activities, working out, lots of traveling and of course Disneyland. For now, she looks forward to start her first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp.

STEPHANIE ECHEVERRIA, Assistant Site Administrator

Stephanie is a 2018 graduate from San Francisco State University where she earned a degree in Psychology and double minored in Human Sexuality and Criminal Justice Studies. She currently works with elementary school kids, where she assists with daily classroom activities for children who have trouble with cognitive behaviors.She has extensive experience in working with children and uses it to her advantage to create bonding connections with them, as she expresses her understanding and validation towards their feelings and ideas. Her knowledge and background in psychology allows her to be intuitive to the children’s needs and she is always alert to make sure that everyone is safe, but is still having enjoying themselves. Stephanie is a hard worker that will make sure to go above and beyond her responsibilities so that things run smoothly at our camp. Besides her passion for learning, she enjoys outdoor activities, working out, lots of traveling and of course Disneyland. For now, she looks forward to start her first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp.

Kendyll Owens, Assistant Site Administrator

Kendyll Owens is thrilled to be returning to Adventures in Writing Camp as a SuperPlay Scout. She is a recent college graduate who graduated with a degree in English Writing. Currently, she loves to instruct students in writing enrichment in a ESL school in Cupertino. While she is not hanging with cool kids, she is usually found wandering the library or searching for the best boba tea. Hint, Hint: it's the Boba Guys!

Saramma Philip, Writing Ranger

This will be Saramma's third summer teaching at AIW Camp. She loves the many different and creative stories she has seen students create during camp. Saramma has been an elementary school teacher for over eight years, and she loves it! Seeing students get inspired, and being inspired by them in return, gives her great joy.

Jillian Singh, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Teaching writing is not necessarily easy, but it is something I excel at. I truly enjoy writing and am passionate about helping students improve their writing. Writing is often a form of creative expression, where students can use their own unique voice. Helping students to hone their writing skills and voice is important to me, because each student deserves to be heard. Some say that writing is a skill you?re either born with or not and I don?t necessarily agree with this. I believe every student, myself included, has the capacity to continually improve their abilities as a writer. In terms of my education, I majored in world literature during my undergraduate time at UC Santa Cruz, completed my master?s in journalism at Northwestern University, obtained a social media marketing certificate from SFSU and am set to complete my single subject teaching credential from SJSU by this June. I am currently interviewing for high school and middle school English teaching positions and student taught freshman English and senior, junior and sophomore journalism at Leland High School in South San Jose this past school year. During the Summer I enjoy working with younger students and appreciate their unique enthusiasm and perspectives.

Lucky Linda, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)

Linda has been an educator for 14 years. She loves teaching and inspiring her students. Her favorite subject to teach is Language Arts. Linda recently became an Apple teacher and enjoys using technology in the classroom. She is looking forward to a fun summer teaching at Adventures in Writing Camp.

Christopher Chiang, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Christopher Chiang is a 14-year educator and advocate for progressive education and project-based learning. Mr. Chiang has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, in Political Science. He earned his first Masters in History Teaching from Stanford University and second Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He also completed certification in gifted education instruction from the University of California, San Diego and completed his project-based learning training through High Tech High and Brightworks. Mr. Chiang’s greatest passion is helping students become self-directed learners.

Colleen Mahal, Entertainment Ranger

Colleen Mahal is a three time Grammy award winning recording artist and has been teaching K-12 music for bay area public and private schools for over ten years. She is a singer, songwriter, arranger, and radio personality. She is a published author featured on Yahoo! and Business Insider and has been featured on the radio show “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” in New York on Sirius FM with Mark Ruffin.

Teaching music to all ages for over ten years, Colleen received her B.A. in Vocal Performance and her B.M. in Music Education as well as her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. A singer-songwriter from the bay area, she has performed alongside Tony! Toni! Toné!, Kool and the Gang, as well as many others. She is a recording artist and engineer with The International Studio based in Oakland, CA. She is an executive assistant to Phil “The Thrill” Arnold, president of Thrill Entertainment where her role is to assist with artist administration and festival production. Thrill Entertainment has represented multi platinum artists spanning over three decades. These include such artists as B2K, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Kool and the Gang, Con Funk Shun as well as solo artists such as Raz B, and past artists such as Ike Turner. This provides her a wealth of information about the music the industry and industry relations which keep her attuned to the opportunities available for student-musicians.

Colleen performed and arranged for Prime Time A Cappella, winners of San Francisco’s Harmony Sweepstakes. She has taught classes on songwriting, arranging and recording for public and private schools. She also teaches a series of workshops on integrating Music & Technology at Silicon Valley Giants such as Apple, Google, and PayPal.

A few of Colleen’s performing credits include performing at the 2017 RUMI International Fashion & Music award show hosted in Oakland. In 2009 Colleen participated in a recording of Mahler’s 9th Symphony with San Francisco Symphony which went on to win three grammy awards for best classical album, best choral performance and best engineered album.

Maddy Kaplan, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Maddy Kaplan is very excited to be joining AIW Camp for her first year! Having recently graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, she's looking forward to hanging out with campers as a SuperPlay Scout. She was active in the theatre community at Gunn and will be attending Willamette University in the Fall studying Psychology and Theatre. After growing up going to camp every summer she's thrilled to be bringing her enthusiasm, excitement, and extensive camp-knowledge to AIW!

Bryanna Young, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Bryanna Young is currently studying Strategic and Corporate Communication with a minor in Chinese at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She has a passion for writing and wants to help others pursue their interest in writing and reading comprehension. She has worked with kids at VBS and in third world countries and is excited to take on this summer with Adventures in Writing Camp. Aside from writing, Bryanna is also a dedicated photographer who has her own business taking portraits, prom photos, and family pictures. She enjoys working with new people and finding ways to be more creative and unique in her art. Bryanna is independent, responsible, and adaptable. She hopes to build friendships with campers this week and inspire them to enjoy writing.

Katie Duong, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello all! I am extremely excited to be an Adventure Guide this summer. I am entering my second year Neuroscience major at UCLA, and love being a lifelong learner! Whether inside or outside the classroom, I love discovering new things about the amazing world around us. I especially enjoy hiking to learn about the plants surrounding us, and reading historical fiction to learn about our incredible past. I also love giving back to the community! I volunteered for a few nonprofits in the San Jose area for 3 years in high school and even won a Junior League of San Jose recognition award. I carried that passion for service into college, and continued to volunteer at UCLA.

I look forward to meeting all the campers! Let's have some FUN this summer!

Luc Lorain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Luc is absolutely ecstatic to be joining Adventures in Writing as a first-time Adventure Guide! Having always had a passion for reading and writing (and a tendency to get lost in a good book!), he hopes to teach the next generation of writers just how exciting putting one's thoughts into action can be. Luc currently attends UCLA, where he splits his time between the fascinating microbiology and art history. In the past he has worked as a martial arts instructor and a volunteer arts and crafts leader for the Sunday Friends of San Jose charity.

Avi Varghese, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Avi Varghese is a journalism student with a passion for writing, talking to people, and helping other writers develop their ideas and put them on paper. Right now he's studying at Northwestern University on Lake Michigan -- which means he's never more than a minute from the BEACH! (Well, it's a cold and rainy beach, but that's besides the point.) When he's not working, Avi likes to watch cat videos, take long walks on the water and listen to music. His other hobbies include guitar and learning about education.

Sara Raheem, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hey my name is Sara Raheem and I'm a fourth year Political Science and Sociology major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My passions involve writing, music and art. Overall, I love deriving knowledge out of fun activities and being able to become a facet in enhancing campers experience!

Elena Trachtenberg, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Elena Trachtenberg is a Graphic Design major at San José State University. She has had a lot of fun as a camp counselor and teacher in the past and is excited for her first summer as an adventure guide. One of her favorite things about working at summer camp is learning from campers: everything from surprising bits of wisdom to secret handshakes. When she is not studying or teaching kids, Elena can usually be found sketching wherever she goes, or planning her next road trip.

Amber Gao, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

I'm excited for my first summer as an Adventure Guide at AIW camp! I recently graduated from Los Altos High and I will be attending NYU's Gallatin School in the fall, likely with a concentration in social economics. Ever since elementary school, my nose has been buried in books. Though I love and consume all sorts of literature, my favorite genre at the moment is dystopian fiction. Last summer, after attending the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, my passion for reading also developed into a love of experimentation with words. Writing-wise, I enjoy combining fiction and nonfiction, using my friends from the real world as characters in strange, fantastical realities. When not studying or reading, you can find me biking around the Bay, scoping out cool new coffee spots. I love travel of all sorts, and I can't wait to visit Israel this summer (and of course, NYC for the next four years)! I'm thrilled to meet the campers this summer and bond over a passion for writing!

Chelsea McDonald, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

My name is Chelsea McDonald and I am a first year Adventure Guide here at camp! I will be a freshman at Sonoma State University in the fall as a Political Science major. I was born and raised in San Jose by my two parents and older sister. I was a nanny for over two years for children ages five to ten and a camp counselor at Walden West Outdoor Science Camp. I was also a competitive dancer and all-star softball player for over 10 years.

Lelia Feyzbakhsh, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello there!My name is Lelia (Lily-uh), but a lot of people prefer to call me Lily. Either one works for me, and I love nicknames. I am 18, and about to enter my second year at Ohlone College as a music major. I have been lucky enough to have a natural ability to work with children, specifically students with special needs(gifts). My brother has autism, and he has been my complete inspiration to pursue a career in teaching and music therapy. I have some big dreams. One day I want to build my own school, teach, and somehow manage to be a singer all at once. I love writing poetry and reading. There is something magical about them. I love to learn and be enlightened by other people's words, and I believe writing allows people to release their minds without the pressure of the spoken word. I am super quirky, creative, and I laugh all the time. I am so excited for a new adventure! Thanks for learning a little about me!

Alexander Tran, eBook Ranger

Hello, my name is Alexander Tran and I recently completed my teaching credential program at San Jose State University. I am currently a substitute teacher in the Evergreen School District. I have experience in teaching second and fifth grade. In addition to completing my teaching credentials, I also hold a Master?s Degree in Education from San Jose State University. While I am not teaching, I am researching day and night on how I can make writing more fun and creative for my students. Because I believe that you can make anything by writing.

Lara Kerwin, Secretary of Shenanigans

Lara's joining Adventures in Writing for her first year as an Adventure Guide and Secretary of Shenanigans this summer! She loves writing, art, and music, and loves to perform. When she's not out playing with a jazz band or writing, she's a physics major at UC Davis. She loves to cross the boundaries between art and science, whether it's through exploring the physics of music or exploring the engineering of the future through writing! When she's not working on a new experiment, Lara loves spending time with her pets— a dog, a leopard gecko, and three birds (one of who's rather fond of the camera).

Kendyll Owens, Supervised Play Scout

Kendyll Owens is thrilled to be returning to Adventures in Writing Camp as a SuperPlay Scout. She is a recent college graduate who graduated with a degree in English Writing. Currently, she loves to instruct students in writing enrichment in a ESL school in Cupertino. While she is not hanging with cool kids, she is usually found wandering the library or searching for the best boba tea. Hint, Hint: it's the Boba Guys!

Jessica Rebollo, Supervised Play Scout

During her free time, you can usually find Jessica Rebollo reading in a shady spot under a tree. She loves reading and is a huge history geek, so she will get immersed in any historical fiction book that she can get her hands on. Jessica currently attends California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she is majoring in history and minoring in political science and Latin American studies. Jessica spent much of her teenage years babysitting local neighborhood children and has a strong passion for working with kids. Jessica is also very active and has a huge passion for rockliming. She loves teaching the basics of the sport to anyone who wants to learn.

MEET THE TEAM

Zoe Bader, Site Administrator

Zoe Bader is a 5th and 6th English Language Arts Teacher in Los Angeles. She spends her summers in San Jose with her family and to work for Adventures in Writing Camp. She loves how the camp teaches writing in a fun and interactive way! Zoe has been teaching for 5 years and has been involved in Adventures in Writing Camp for the past 3 years. Zoe received her undergrad degree in arts education at UCLA, and went on to receive her Masters in Education at Loyola Marymount University. She is so excited to join the Adventures in Writing Team again this year.

STEPHANIE ECHEVERRIA, Site Administrator

Stephanie is a 2018 graduate from San Francisco State University where she earned a degree in Psychology and double minored in Human Sexuality and Criminal Justice Studies. She currently works with elementary school kids, where she assists with daily classroom activities for children who have trouble with cognitive behaviors.She has extensive experience in working with children and uses it to her advantage to create bonding connections with them, as she expresses her understanding and validation towards their feelings and ideas. Her knowledge and background in psychology allows her to be intuitive to the children’s needs and she is always alert to make sure that everyone is safe, but is still having enjoying themselves. Stephanie is a hard worker that will make sure to go above and beyond her responsibilities so that things run smoothly at our camp. Besides her passion for learning, she enjoys outdoor activities, working out, lots of traveling and of course Disneyland. For now, she looks forward to start her first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp.

STEPHANIE ECHEVERRIA, Assistant Site Administrator

Stephanie is a 2018 graduate from San Francisco State University where she earned a degree in Psychology and double minored in Human Sexuality and Criminal Justice Studies. She currently works with elementary school kids, where she assists with daily classroom activities for children who have trouble with cognitive behaviors.She has extensive experience in working with children and uses it to her advantage to create bonding connections with them, as she expresses her understanding and validation towards their feelings and ideas. Her knowledge and background in psychology allows her to be intuitive to the children’s needs and she is always alert to make sure that everyone is safe, but is still having enjoying themselves. Stephanie is a hard worker that will make sure to go above and beyond her responsibilities so that things run smoothly at our camp. Besides her passion for learning, she enjoys outdoor activities, working out, lots of traveling and of course Disneyland. For now, she looks forward to start her first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp.

Kendyll Owens, Assistant Site Administrator

Kendyll Owens is thrilled to be returning to Adventures in Writing Camp as a SuperPlay Scout. She is a recent college graduate who graduated with a degree in English Writing. Currently, she loves to instruct students in writing enrichment in a ESL school in Cupertino. While she is not hanging with cool kids, she is usually found wandering the library or searching for the best boba tea. Hint, Hint: it's the Boba Guys!

Saramma Philip, Writing Ranger

This will be Saramma's third summer teaching at AIW Camp. She loves the many different and creative stories she has seen students create during camp. Saramma has been an elementary school teacher for over eight years, and she loves it! Seeing students get inspired, and being inspired by them in return, gives her great joy.

Jillian Singh, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Teaching writing is not necessarily easy, but it is something I excel at. I truly enjoy writing and am passionate about helping students improve their writing. Writing is often a form of creative expression, where students can use their own unique voice. Helping students to hone their writing skills and voice is important to me, because each student deserves to be heard. Some say that writing is a skill you?re either born with or not and I don?t necessarily agree with this. I believe every student, myself included, has the capacity to continually improve their abilities as a writer. In terms of my education, I majored in world literature during my undergraduate time at UC Santa Cruz, completed my master?s in journalism at Northwestern University, obtained a social media marketing certificate from SFSU and am set to complete my single subject teaching credential from SJSU by this June. I am currently interviewing for high school and middle school English teaching positions and student taught freshman English and senior, junior and sophomore journalism at Leland High School in South San Jose this past school year. During the Summer I enjoy working with younger students and appreciate their unique enthusiasm and perspectives.

Lucky Linda, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)

Linda has been an educator for 14 years. She loves teaching and inspiring her students. Her favorite subject to teach is Language Arts. Linda recently became an Apple teacher and enjoys using technology in the classroom. She is looking forward to a fun summer teaching at Adventures in Writing Camp.

Christopher Chiang, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Christopher Chiang is a 14-year educator and advocate for progressive education and project-based learning. Mr. Chiang has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, in Political Science. He earned his first Masters in History Teaching from Stanford University and second Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He also completed certification in gifted education instruction from the University of California, San Diego and completed his project-based learning training through High Tech High and Brightworks. Mr. Chiang’s greatest passion is helping students become self-directed learners.

Colleen Mahal, Entertainment Ranger

Colleen Mahal is a three time Grammy award winning recording artist and has been teaching K-12 music for bay area public and private schools for over ten years. She is a singer, songwriter, arranger, and radio personality. She is a published author featured on Yahoo! and Business Insider and has been featured on the radio show “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” in New York on Sirius FM with Mark Ruffin.

Teaching music to all ages for over ten years, Colleen received her B.A. in Vocal Performance and her B.M. in Music Education as well as her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. A singer-songwriter from the bay area, she has performed alongside Tony! Toni! Toné!, Kool and the Gang, as well as many others. She is a recording artist and engineer with The International Studio based in Oakland, CA. She is an executive assistant to Phil “The Thrill” Arnold, president of Thrill Entertainment where her role is to assist with artist administration and festival production. Thrill Entertainment has represented multi platinum artists spanning over three decades. These include such artists as B2K, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Kool and the Gang, Con Funk Shun as well as solo artists such as Raz B, and past artists such as Ike Turner. This provides her a wealth of information about the music the industry and industry relations which keep her attuned to the opportunities available for student-musicians.

Colleen performed and arranged for Prime Time A Cappella, winners of San Francisco’s Harmony Sweepstakes. She has taught classes on songwriting, arranging and recording for public and private schools. She also teaches a series of workshops on integrating Music & Technology at Silicon Valley Giants such as Apple, Google, and PayPal.

A few of Colleen’s performing credits include performing at the 2017 RUMI International Fashion & Music award show hosted in Oakland. In 2009 Colleen participated in a recording of Mahler’s 9th Symphony with San Francisco Symphony which went on to win three grammy awards for best classical album, best choral performance and best engineered album.

Maddy Kaplan, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Maddy Kaplan is very excited to be joining AIW Camp for her first year! Having recently graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, she's looking forward to hanging out with campers as a SuperPlay Scout. She was active in the theatre community at Gunn and will be attending Willamette University in the Fall studying Psychology and Theatre. After growing up going to camp every summer she's thrilled to be bringing her enthusiasm, excitement, and extensive camp-knowledge to AIW!

Bryanna Young, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Bryanna Young is currently studying Strategic and Corporate Communication with a minor in Chinese at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She has a passion for writing and wants to help others pursue their interest in writing and reading comprehension. She has worked with kids at VBS and in third world countries and is excited to take on this summer with Adventures in Writing Camp. Aside from writing, Bryanna is also a dedicated photographer who has her own business taking portraits, prom photos, and family pictures. She enjoys working with new people and finding ways to be more creative and unique in her art. Bryanna is independent, responsible, and adaptable. She hopes to build friendships with campers this week and inspire them to enjoy writing.

Katie Duong, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello all! I am extremely excited to be an Adventure Guide this summer. I am entering my second year Neuroscience major at UCLA, and love being a lifelong learner! Whether inside or outside the classroom, I love discovering new things about the amazing world around us. I especially enjoy hiking to learn about the plants surrounding us, and reading historical fiction to learn about our incredible past. I also love giving back to the community! I volunteered for a few nonprofits in the San Jose area for 3 years in high school and even won a Junior League of San Jose recognition award. I carried that passion for service into college, and continued to volunteer at UCLA.

I look forward to meeting all the campers! Let's have some FUN this summer!

Luc Lorain, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Luc is absolutely ecstatic to be joining Adventures in Writing as a first-time Adventure Guide! Having always had a passion for reading and writing (and a tendency to get lost in a good book!), he hopes to teach the next generation of writers just how exciting putting one's thoughts into action can be. Luc currently attends UCLA, where he splits his time between the fascinating microbiology and art history. In the past he has worked as a martial arts instructor and a volunteer arts and crafts leader for the Sunday Friends of San Jose charity.

Avi Varghese, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Avi Varghese is a journalism student with a passion for writing, talking to people, and helping other writers develop their ideas and put them on paper. Right now he's studying at Northwestern University on Lake Michigan -- which means he's never more than a minute from the BEACH! (Well, it's a cold and rainy beach, but that's besides the point.) When he's not working, Avi likes to watch cat videos, take long walks on the water and listen to music. His other hobbies include guitar and learning about education.

Sara Raheem, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hey my name is Sara Raheem and I'm a fourth year Political Science and Sociology major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My passions involve writing, music and art. Overall, I love deriving knowledge out of fun activities and being able to become a facet in enhancing campers experience!

Elena Trachtenberg, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Elena Trachtenberg is a Graphic Design major at San José State University. She has had a lot of fun as a camp counselor and teacher in the past and is excited for her first summer as an adventure guide. One of her favorite things about working at summer camp is learning from campers: everything from surprising bits of wisdom to secret handshakes. When she is not studying or teaching kids, Elena can usually be found sketching wherever she goes, or planning her next road trip.

Amber Gao, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

I'm excited for my first summer as an Adventure Guide at AIW camp! I recently graduated from Los Altos High and I will be attending NYU's Gallatin School in the fall, likely with a concentration in social economics. Ever since elementary school, my nose has been buried in books. Though I love and consume all sorts of literature, my favorite genre at the moment is dystopian fiction. Last summer, after attending the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, my passion for reading also developed into a love of experimentation with words. Writing-wise, I enjoy combining fiction and nonfiction, using my friends from the real world as characters in strange, fantastical realities. When not studying or reading, you can find me biking around the Bay, scoping out cool new coffee spots. I love travel of all sorts, and I can't wait to visit Israel this summer (and of course, NYC for the next four years)! I'm thrilled to meet the campers this summer and bond over a passion for writing!

Chelsea McDonald, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

My name is Chelsea McDonald and I am a first year Adventure Guide here at camp! I will be a freshman at Sonoma State University in the fall as a Political Science major. I was born and raised in San Jose by my two parents and older sister. I was a nanny for over two years for children ages five to ten and a camp counselor at Walden West Outdoor Science Camp. I was also a competitive dancer and all-star softball player for over 10 years.

Lelia Feyzbakhsh, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello there!My name is Lelia (Lily-uh), but a lot of people prefer to call me Lily. Either one works for me, and I love nicknames. I am 18, and about to enter my second year at Ohlone College as a music major. I have been lucky enough to have a natural ability to work with children, specifically students with special needs(gifts). My brother has autism, and he has been my complete inspiration to pursue a career in teaching and music therapy. I have some big dreams. One day I want to build my own school, teach, and somehow manage to be a singer all at once. I love writing poetry and reading. There is something magical about them. I love to learn and be enlightened by other people's words, and I believe writing allows people to release their minds without the pressure of the spoken word. I am super quirky, creative, and I laugh all the time. I am so excited for a new adventure! Thanks for learning a little about me!

Alexander Tran, eBook Ranger

Hello, my name is Alexander Tran and I recently completed my teaching credential program at San Jose State University. I am currently a substitute teacher in the Evergreen School District. I have experience in teaching second and fifth grade. In addition to completing my teaching credentials, I also hold a Master?s Degree in Education from San Jose State University. While I am not teaching, I am researching day and night on how I can make writing more fun and creative for my students. Because I believe that you can make anything by writing.

Lara Kerwin, Secretary of Shenanigans

Lara's joining Adventures in Writing for her first year as an Adventure Guide and Secretary of Shenanigans this summer! She loves writing, art, and music, and loves to perform. When she's not out playing with a jazz band or writing, she's a physics major at UC Davis. She loves to cross the boundaries between art and science, whether it's through exploring the physics of music or exploring the engineering of the future through writing! When she's not working on a new experiment, Lara loves spending time with her pets— a dog, a leopard gecko, and three birds (one of who's rather fond of the camera).

Kendyll Owens, Supervised Play Scout

Kendyll Owens is thrilled to be returning to Adventures in Writing Camp as a SuperPlay Scout. She is a recent college graduate who graduated with a degree in English Writing. Currently, she loves to instruct students in writing enrichment in a ESL school in Cupertino. While she is not hanging with cool kids, she is usually found wandering the library or searching for the best boba tea. Hint, Hint: it's the Boba Guys!

Jessica Rebollo, Supervised Play Scout

During her free time, you can usually find Jessica Rebollo reading in a shady spot under a tree. She loves reading and is a huge history geek, so she will get immersed in any historical fiction book that she can get her hands on. Jessica currently attends California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she is majoring in history and minoring in political science and Latin American studies. Jessica spent much of her teenage years babysitting local neighborhood children and has a strong passion for working with kids. Jessica is also very active and has a huge passion for rockliming. She loves teaching the basics of the sport to anyone who wants to learn.