San Ramon | 06/17/2019-06/28/2019
Neil Armstrong Elementary
2849 Calais Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
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 Neil Armstrong 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!
MEET THE TEAM
Haley Walker, Site Administrator
This is Haley Walker's third summer with Adventures in Writing Camp! She is a Fourth grade teacher at All Saints Elementary in Hayward. In her free time she loves to write, read, eat tacos, and play the banjo! She is so excited to spend another fun-filled summer at Adventures in Writing Camp this year!
Richard Heiman, Writing Ranger
Richard Manly (Rick) Heiman, aka Ranger Rick, has worked in public, charter and private school education for ten years. He has also worked with gifted students ages 9-18 as a summer instructor in a variety of subjects--including writing! This is his second summer with Adventures in Writing. He holds an MFA in Writing and his been published by literary journals in ten countries. Ranger Rick's personal creative writing focus is on poetry and short fiction. He loves coaching young writers to develop their writing skills. As you can probably tell, he loves horses too. He looks forward to finding a horse slow enough that he can write some new cowboy poetry in the saddle! Yee-haw! And Ranger Rick is definitely looking forward to camp!
Amy Smoller, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
When she first stepped onto the shuttle bus that took her from the US State Department to Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, little did she know what excitement lay ahead. Although she originally wanted to pursue a teaching career in German, she received her Master’s Degree and Multiple Subject Credential in Education and later her Single Subject Social Studies Credential. She has taught nearly every subject and grade in the San Ramon Unified School District for more than 27 years. Fortunately, circuitously, although the German language was no longer being taught in most schools, she did finally get the opportunity to become a tutor. Growing up, her favorite dinosaur was always the Thesaurus. Her passion for teaching writing comes from having professional writers as parents. As thesaurophiles, they imparted the joy and value of finding the perfect word for the perfect moment. Amy often entered her stories in writing contests, and on occasion she even won! Of course, she had many exciting experiences to draw from, including her bit parts in two major Hollywood films while living in Vienna, Austria. Years later, while in graduate school, she was given the honor of presenting her research paper on reading acquisition at the National Reading Conference in Palm Springs. A return AIW Ranger, Amy is a mother of three amazing young men, with a passion for live music, camping and the outdoors, hiking, biking, and travel. She lives in Oakland where she enjoys the beautiful Lake Merritt with its abundance of happy people. Currently, she is busy working on her next project: her plan to take the thesaurus off of the endangered list.