Danville | 07/08/2019-07/19/2019
300 Quinterra Lane, Danville, CA 94526
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 return to Montair 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.
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*
Sunny Dawn Shiner, Writing Ranger
Sunny has been a proud parent and educator for over 12 years! When she was in school her favorite thing to do was writing! She was in Book Club and now even enjoys blogging. Sunny and her oldest teenage daughter enjoy reading each other's published stories. Her youngest daughter is 2 years old and is learning to love books like the rest of the family. Sunny is so excited to be a part of leading Albany Adventures in Writing Camp and she can't wait to see the campers' amazing ideas! When she is not spending time writing or engaging in education, Sunny loves snowboarding in the winter and camping in the summer. Sunny's favorite place to camp is near the Redwoods and she can't wait to meet the campers this summer!
Fordy Shoor, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
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.
Kim Vowels, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
This is Kim's second year working for AIW! Kim has taught 1st grade and TK. She loves reading, writing and teaching others to love reading and writing! Learning should be FUN! She just finished her Master's degree in Educational Technology and Design. Her passion is combining technology with academic goals in order to make learning engaging, relevant and fun! When she is not at school, you can find her drinking coffee with friends, hiking, exploring new places or dreaming about new possibilities.
Jennifer Susic, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Jennifer had a terrific experience as an Adventure Guide for the past two summers, so she’s thrilled to be back yet again! She graduated from San Francisco State University a year ago, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Drama. So, as a writer herself, knows how important and rewarding the art of storytelling is. Her major empowered her to explore her interest in writing dialogue through playwriting, and her minor allowed her to delve into the depths of combining playwriting with performance and production.
She is (again) attending San Fransisco State University, but now to obtain a masters in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. She hopes her masters will give her more tools and experiences to create content that easily moves from the page to the screen. Her writing typically combines dialogue and humor to showcase environments where everyday events become entertaining and comical.
When Jennifer's not writing you can find her singing in her car, doing yoga, eating, contemplating life, exploring new places, eating some more, watching/analyzing sitcoms, and going to Disneyland.
Jennifer cannot wait to share her knowledge with the campers this summer and is stoked to read each camper's story! Go imagination!
Al Foreman Jr, Entertainment Ranger
Alaric "Al" Foreman is an experienced and engaged educator from the Oakland Bay Area. In his 6+ years of classroom instruction, Al has challenged the minds of learners from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade and beyond in a wide range of instructional positions, including facilitating extracurricular programs, and as a coach of athletic teams. As an innovative, energetic and hardworking classroom facilitator and administrative leader, Al attributes his love for teaching to his passion for helping kids think 'outside of the box' to showcase their academic knowledge and to express their emotions. In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Foreman has also created instructional supports like his Differentiated Assignment Assessment (DAA) student-focused assessment model, he has created and supported student-run media projects like the 'Bobcat Broadcast News,' podcast within Oakland Unified School District, and he has participated in fundraisers for student-centered wilderness retreats. Al completed teaching credential requirements for Multiple Subject focus through Cal State Teach/California State University Monterey Bay, he is currently a Doctorate of Education candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy, he is a Master's Degree recipient in Graduate Communication Studies, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication/Media Production, and is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
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!
Kaelin Adams, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Kaelin enjoys working with kids and helping them learn about writing and art. Kaelin's parents taught her about art growing up, her mom is a hyper realism painter. They greatly encouraged reading started at a young age, Kaelin often won reading medals at the local library. She's always loved reading and had great grades in English and Art classes. One of her favorite authors is Ray Bradbury, her favorite book written by him is The Illustrated Man. It makes her happy when kids learn that they can do anything with their imagination and take initiative to create art and stories on their own after learning the basics and having fun with it, just as she did when she was younger and continues drawing and writing to this day. Kaelin believes encouraging young minds that they can do anything builds self esteem, making them more confident in expressing themselves with art and stories that they create. She looks forward to working with your kids and helping to inspire them!
Siena Bowen, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Siena has loved writing since she was little, and pursued her interest at Monte Vista High School by taking an AP Language & Composition course her junior year. She received an 'A' both semesters, and later received the highest score possible on the AP test. As a senior, she took Expository Writing and explored a more creative writing style with projects such as creating her own screenplay (and directing a film for it), writing and illustrating a children's book, and composing an essay about her inspirations. As an incoming sophomore at the University of Oregon, she is excited to continue to pursue Environmental Studies. Having six years under her belt working on staff at a county-wide 4-H camp and multiple sectional/state 4-H leadership conferences means she loves working with kids, and enjoys dress-up days just as much as they do. She can often be found bribing kids with candy to get them to pick up trash, and sprouts facts about nature and animals like it's nobody's business. She's very excited to join the 2018 AIW Camp Team as an Adventure Guide!
Archana Palanivelu, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
My name is Archana Palanivelu, I’m from San Ramon and currently study at San Diego State University. While I love sunny San Diego, the Bay Area is where my heart is at. I love writing, particularly creative writing. Growing up, one of my favorite hobbies was to write stories and if you walked into my room you would probably find me scribbling about the most random things. I find working with kids to be immensely enjoyable and rewarding, which is why tutoring was the best part of volunteer work that I did in high school. I believe writing is an important and useful skill that often goes underemphasized. It is important to reinforce writing skills in an engaging way and I believe that Adventures in Writing Camp is a great source for that!
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.
Claire Inman, Secretary of Shenanigans
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!
Madeleine (Maddy) Voorhees, Supervised Play Scout
Maddy is an incoming sophomore at Santa Clara University, where she is double-majoring in English and Theatre with a minor in Musical Theatre. She has a love for storytelling and is thrilled to share this passion with children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. During the past few years, you may have seen Maddy performing in shows with the award-winning theatre company Poison Apple Productions in Martinez, where she also assisted with youth productions of Honk! JR., Seussical KIDS, and Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. She has worked with SingOut! Theatre Company's Kids and Mini-Kids performance classes, as well as student-directed for the company's charity-driven musical review, By the Kids, for the Kids. In May 2018, as part of her high school Senior Project, she co-directed a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Wren Avenue Elementary School in Concord. She spent the last three summers at St. John Vianney's Vacation Bible School in Walnut Creek, leading the preschool group in crafts, songs, and games. In her free time, you can catch Maddy reading some quality historical fiction, belting show tunes at the top of her lungs, and rewatching her favorite episodes of Grey's Anatomy.