Pleasanton | 07/08/2019-07/19/2019
1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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 Alisal 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
Taylor Cruz, Site Administrator
Taylor is born and raised in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She loves helping kiddos as a School Counselor. In her free time, she loves to do all outside things, softball, hiking, running, and going to sporting events. She is excited to spend another summer at AIW camp while meeting all of the enthusiastic writers!
Michelle Nunes, Writing Ranger
Wow! Michelle is so excited to be coming back to Adventures in Writing Camp! This will be her fourth year. Writing has been a passion for Michelle since she was a child. She loves bringing out the creativity and passion that writing brings in her students! Michelle taught in the Livermore School District for 19 years. She now is a tutor and teaches piano. In her free time she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, working out, and Michelle has started writing children's books that she hopes might be published some day. Hawaii is her favorite vacation place with beautiful beaches and great weather. AIW Camp is such a fun way to instill the love of writing in those who attend! Michelle is really looking forward to a fantastic camp filled with fun, laughter, music and of course, awesome writing!! See you at camp!! Hang loose!
Dara Foran, Assistant Site Administrator
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!
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.
Jessica Johnson, Writing Ranger (1st Grade)
Hi campers! I'll be your Writing Ranger this summer and I can't wait to get started! I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies. I went on to get my teaching credential and Masters at San Jose State University. I will be getting my PhD from UCLA this coming Fall in Special Education with a focus in Autism. I have been able to observe and teach in various grade level classrooms. From a young age I have always had a passion for writing. I think writing can take you far and it's important to teach campers that their writing skills are of strong value. I can't wait to show campers the fun and creative ways they can write this summer! 🙂
Sharaya Wiley, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Hi! My name is Sharaya Wiley and I am a funny, energetic, sneaker-loving 5th grade teacher from Oakland, CA. I am a graduate of Hampton University where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Cinema Studies. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Holy Names University. In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, listening to music, watching the Golden State Warriors, binge watching crime docuseries on Netflix, eating chocolate chip ice cream and shooting short films with my friends!
Audrey Cordisco, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Audrey loves to read and write! She was enrolled in writing electives and in AP English during high school. Besides reading and writing, her favorite thing to do is play soccer! She likes to stay active with her friends and family. Audrey is very excited to meet all of the wonderful young writers joining her at AIW camp!
Ipsita Chatterjee, Entertainment Ranger
Ipsita is excited to start a Secretary of Shenanigans at the Pleasanton Camp this semester! As she is a recent University of Arizona graduate, she is excited to spend her summer before graduate school at the University of Southern California with AIW camp. While this is Ipsita's first summer with AIW, she spent the three summers as a camp counselor for the City of Fremont, and was a lifeguard and swim instructor for autistic children a few summers before that. During her time as a camp counselor and lifeguard, she learned the importance of not only responsibility and patience but also how to have a fun time. In her free time, she enjoys participating in musical theatre, creative writing projects, and hanging out with friends. She is an energetic, passionate individual, and is excited for the fun adventures this summer!
Hayley Babbitt, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hello! My name is Hayley Babbitt and I am a junior at the University of New Mexico. While I am majoring in psychology, I also have a strong passion for writing. This could be due to the creative process that goes in it. I was published in our school's writing book that was called "Carathsis" two years in a row. I also helped several friends in English with both vocabulary and making a creative writing story. I have to say my favorite genres have to be fantasy and adventure. Even in college I still dabble in creative writing when I have free time. In fact, I am slowly working on a book! I also enjoy working with children, in a way it makes me feel like an older sibling, something I never had since I am an only child. During my time in high school, I helped out at daycare which doubled as my child psychology class. There I would help prep children whose ages ranged from two to four for preschool with fun activities that build their skillset. I feel that writing is a great creative outlet for everyone and I hope to help the process go along.
Thomas Pak, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hello, my name is Thomas Pak. I just finished my sophomore year as an honors student for the University of Arizona. I currently have a 3.9 GPA with a major in political science and a minor in history. In high school, I scored a 35 (out of 36) on both the English and reading comprehension sections of the ACT, as well as a 5 (out of 5) on the AP Language and Composition test. I also had the opportunity to write for my local magazine, Ruby Hill Living, for two years. Something I cannot stress enough is the influence on my education various English teachers and tutors have had in my life. They not only made me a better writer and English student, but also helped me better appreciate the art of writing. Without them, I would not have the academic success I have today. My goal is to have to a similar effect with the students I work with, as I want them to not only become better writers, but hopefully show them that writing can be a fun and exciting endeavor.
Cristopher Crisologo, eBook Ranger
Cristopher "Cris" Crisologo is currently the 3rd Grade teacher at St. Joseph's School in Pinole, California. He has extensive experience working with children, as a teacher, counselor and athletic coach. He received his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and also has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Cris' teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by the "humanistic", "learner-centered" approach, made famous by psychologist Carl Rogers. He challenges kids using the "growth mindset" approach, teaching them to look at mistakes as an important springboard toward success. Cris is also an extreme sports fan, who loves his Golden State Warriors, and enjoys playing golf on his free time.
Morgan Mayhew, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
This is Morgan's second year as an Adventure Guide, and she loves to write. She especially loves write songs and poems. Morgan is currently student at the University of Kansas studying Music Therapy. She can play four instruments and loves to sing! Morgan loves mentoring students and helping them find creative ways to learn and remember information. She very excited to help students get their creative juices flowing during camp!
Sami Chiang, eBook Ranger
Samurai Sami has been working at AIW Camp since 2015, and has worn A LOT of different hats in the process, including curriculum writing, video editing, Adventure Guide-ing, and the occasional sombrero. She is so excited to make her debut as an eBook Ranger this summer! Samurai Sami earned her teaching credential and master's in Elementary Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, taking photos, and singing writing camp songs during awkward pauses.
Kayanat Khan, Secretary of Shenanigans
My name is Kayanat Khan I am a senior undergraduate student at Mills College. I really enjoy working with children as they are the most precious beings. I grew up in the busy city of London and still visit my parents every year and I moved to California six years ago. Children not only bring joy to me but I am always astonished at how creative and unique they are There are many reasons I want to work with children the main reason is that they are very creative and have the most fascinating ideas. By helping children through there milestones and developmental stages we can help them reach their full potential. I really look forward to working with the campers this summer, writing and creating new ideas and importantly having a great time!
Khaliah Byrd, Supervised Play Scout
My name is Khaliah Byrd and I am a first year, child development major at Sacramento State University. Working with children has been a dream of mine for most of my life and now that I am in college, I have really been trying to figure out which direction I want to go in. Over the past year, I have completed two different internships which has allowed me to narrow down my career options. The first internship that I have ever participated in was called the "HEAL Program" which was actually a medical internship. At this internship, I was placed in the Maternal Child Health department along with the pediatrics department. In the Maternal Child Health department, I was able to assist midwives and labor and delivery nurses with deliveries as well as taking the vitals of pregnant women. In the pediatrics department, I was also able to take the vitals of infants,toddlers,preschoolers, grade schoolers, and some teens. The last internship that I participated in took place at Golden Empire Elementary School in Sacramento,CA. This internship has given me the opportunity to build my leadership skills and become more comfortable with 10 and 11 year olds. Although I had previous experience with working around children, I had never worked with kids that age so that internship has definitely given me the confidence to do so.