Burlingame | 07/22/2019-08/02/2019
Burlingame Intermediate School
1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame, CA 94010
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 return to Burlingame Intermediate 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
Deborah Mar, Site Administrator
Dr. Mar is a recently retired school administrator/teacher. She has been an educator for over 30 years and has two Master's degrees (go Cal!) and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Her hobbies include adventure travel and writing, which she shares through her blog, DebVentures.com. She is excited to assist campers become published writers this summer!
Lark Leet, Assistant Site Administrator
Lark was raised in Palos Verdes California and has been living in the Bay Area for the last 27 years. She is a mother of three boys one via adoption. She has also been a foster mother and an educator for 15 years. Having graduated from California State University, East Bay, she currently pursuing a master's degree in Special Education. While in college she volunteered with the AmeriCorps program for low income and at-risk children. That is where she realized her passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference in their lives. She loves working with students and being part of their wonderful educational journey. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, playing the didgeridoo, going to the opera, cheering for the SF Giants and spending time with her husband and children.
Amanda Ryan, Writing Ranger
This will be Amanda's third Summer teaching at AIW camp, and second summer at BIS. She has taught eBook and First grade here with her fellow Rangers. Although she works with mostly 4th graders in the regular school year, she is comfortable with all grades! She holds her BA and has earned her Multiple Subjects (Elementary) Teaching Credential. Last summer she also completed her Children's Yoga Training and has taught that in Winter 2019! Amanda looks forward to seeing her regular campers and can't wait to meet the new campers for a summer of fun!
Peggy Koshland Crane, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Dr. Peggy Koshland holds a Doctorate in Learning and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Eduation. She is a consultant, substitute teacher, and part-time faculty member at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is a literacy specialist and enjoys working with both children and adults. Her priorities are to make learning fun, to help all children succeed, and to create a healthy and happy environment in all settings for the students.
Henry Cooper, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Henry Cooper loves to read and make corny jokes! He always tries put a fun spin on learning by making silly jokes or thinking of new fun activities for kids to play. You should always be smiling and having fun in Henry's classroom! Growing up, Henry spent most of his time playing sports. He loves to play or watch almost any sport, but his favorites are baseball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis. Henry also loves to spend time playing with his big cat Ragnar. He just finished the school year teaching in Washington, and will be in his third summer at AIW Camp!
Christian Foley, Entertainment Ranger
Christian is a rising freshman at Purdue University with a knack for the 3 "r's": reading, writing, and reaching items kept on high shelves. He fun, friendly, and outgoing, and loves watching the joy that campers gather from seeing their own progress as aspiring authors.
An experienced youth soccer coach, Christian also is a master of field games, coaxing the inner athlete out of even the most unsuspecting campers. From player to moderator, he prides himself on appearing to be everywhere at during troop time, and sees it as his responsibility to ensure that every camper is reaching full enjoyment both on the field and in the classroom.
Christian is also an Eagle scout, aspiring musician, competitive soccer player, and former competitive archer.
Alejandra Luna Escoto, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Alejandra is currently studying at CSU Stanislaus, majoring in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Spanish to become a teacher!
As a child, Alejandra's favorite summer camp moments were playing games and being able to grow as a reader. She says, "my community gave me so much as a kid, being there for the new generation felt like the perfect decision."
Alejandra also works with children during the summer by teaching numerous subjects. Her favorite subject to teach is both engineering and chemistry! She believes that jumping-in and trying something new is the best way to learn!
Dylan Winward, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Dylan is a British American who was born and raised in London, England. He goes to high school at a boarding school in the UK where he is on an academic merit-based scholarship. He enjoys debating (and has been to international finals); soccer and creative writing. He spends a lot of his summers in California (a chance to see the sun) and joined after enjoying the adventures in writing camp in previous years. His favorite writers are William Shakespeare, Richard Curtis and James Dashner. He also loves working with kids, having previously taught chemistry, math and physical education to elementary school children.
Allison Chan, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a biology major at UC Riverside, starting my second year this fall. I love reading and writing, and if you ask me to pick my favorite book, I will tell you that such a task is IMPOSSIBLE. (I am, however, very fond of Hamlet, The Book Thief, Good Omens, and anything particularly satirical and snarky. Hey, I said a singular 'favorite' book was impossible. Didn't say anything about a top...hundred.) I find writing to be therapeutic, meditative, and often an exercise in drawing out and examining one's innermost thoughts, identity, and state of mind. (Also, it's really fun.) When I'm not reading, writing, or studying biology, I enjoy rock climbing, playing the violin, or pondering life's mysteries.
Logan Turner, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Logan Turner is a student at Bucknell University where she studies Comparative Humanities. At Bucknell, she works for the professor of Music Education, teaches music in local preschool and special needs classes, and sings in an a capella group. Logan has always been passionate about connecting with children, and since she has had the opportunity to teach in college she has developed a love for education. Since childhood, Logan has enjoyed writing not only as a means of communication but also as a form of creative expression. Whether it be creating kooky short stories as a child, writing for her school newspaper in high school, or writing essays comparing ancient philosophical teachings to modern films for her college major, writing has always been an important part of her life and she believes that it is an essential life skill. Logan looks forward to showing campers a fun-loving approach to writing and helping them grow!
Alyce Thornhill, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men." - Roald Dahl
Alyce Thornhill recently graduated from Aragon High School and is excited to start at University of California, Santa Cruz in the Fall. She will be studying history and hopes to become a teacher.
Alyce has spent the past few years tutoring young students in math and reading at Kumon, and has found that teaching children how to read, and seeing their excitement upon realizing what they are capable of, to be a rewarding and fascinating experience.
She loves music, movies, Roald Dahl books (The Witches is her favorite) and -- most of all -- to write! This will Alyce's first year at AIW and she is thrilled to help campers find and grow their passions for writing and creating.
Maddie Sonderby, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi! My name is Maddie, and I am so excited to be an Adventure Guide this summer! I am about to start my junior year at the freezing University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), although I am originally from the sunny and beautiful Bay Area! I am an International Studies major and Spanish minor, and am super excited to study abroad in Madrid, Spain in the spring. Since I can remember, reading has been my absolute favorite hobby. Some of my all-time favorites are Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, and I Am Number Four! I am always very excited to write, whether it is writing essays at school or just for fun! I love to swim in the pool and at the beach, and was on swim team from elementary school all the way until I graduated high school. Watching football and basketball with my family is also one of my favorite things to do. I am passionate about volunteering to help the environment and those in need, and was in community service clubs in middle school and high school. A fun fact about me is that when I was a kid, I lived in Thailand for five years, and that is the reason I love to travel and have exciting adventures, and hope to live abroad again in the future! I am really looking forward to sharing my passion for reading and writing with the kids at AIW this summer, and am so excited to meet everyone!
Matthew Brown Barber, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
A recent graduate of Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, Matthew has always loved to write and read. In middle school, he raced through the entire Harry Potter series, and his interest in reading and writing has continued to grow. Matthew has participated in honors english courses throughout high school, and recently completed AP Literature during his senior year. Furthermore, he interned a blog writer for a local non-profit organization known as Hope Unlimited, which is devoted to helping orphans in Brazil. Matthew loves working with kids, and recently he completed his second year as a counselor at a local sports camp. He plays both school and club soccer, and when he's not reading or writing, can often be found out on a soccer field, kicking a ball.
Claudia Lamarre, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hi I’m Claudia Lamarre! I go to Oregon state university, sko bears! Majoring in kinesiology with a minor in psychology. In my free time I like exercising, listening to music , or just hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to seeing and new faces!
Ashley Thigpen, eBook Ranger
I am super excited for my second year with Adventures in Writing Camp! I received my degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have taught 8th grade math and am now a 4th grade teacher in Daly City. When I am not busy in the classroom I continue my love for the sport of soccer by coaching a girl’s soccer team. I enjoy being able to have fun with children inside and outside of the classroom. I look forward to another great summer at Adventures in Writing Camp!
Theresa Yob, eBook Ranger
Creative Writing rocks her world! Especially teaching individual students how to begin an exciting original story or guiding a group of second to fifth graders in creating their own original stories. Theresa is thrilled to experience their stories, dreams, and visions, then help them to capture these on the page. She's ready for a new adventure at Adventures in Writing Camp this summer! This is her fourth year with AIW Camp where she uses everything she learned from her M.A. in English/Creative Writing (SFSU, 2001) and her Teacher Credential Program (NDNU) to guide young writers in creating a book of their own! She’s presently teaching English at BHS.
Shaneeka Smith, Secretary of Shenanigans
Shaneeka Smith is one of the most out-going special education paraprofessional in San Francisco Unified School District, currently teaching at Thurgood Marshall High School!She is a fresh face here at Adventures in Writing Camp, and is in her third year of teaching overall. Shaneeka loves learning as well as spreading knowledge through teaching youth of all ages. Prior to teaching at a high school level Shaneeka was a former infant toddler teacher at The Goddard School. In addition to holding a Bachelor's Of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in dance from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, she also attends Notre Dame De Namur as a clinical psychology graduate student. Shaneeka looks forward to seeing everyone's cool dance moves as well as reading your adventurous stories."Writing is the key to unlocking the freedom of expression".
Julian Leet, Supervised Play Scout
Julian was born in San Francisco, California. He currently attends Westmoor High School in Daly City. He loved all the Jeff Kinney "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books in elementary school. He's presently reading Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series, which has inspired him to become a graphic novelist someday. He also enjoys painting and drawing in different art mediums. He has worked with children of different physical and mental capabilities and can help provide a fun but safe environment for campers of all ages and abilities. In his free time, Julian likes going to movies with his friends, laser tag and riding his skateboard.