Carmel | 07/15/2019-07/26/2019
All Saints Day School
8060 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923
07/15/2019 – 07/26/2019 (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 All Saints Day 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
Matthew Koller, Site Administrator
Matt is a longtime writer and photographer who has spent the past few years traveling the country as a freelance journalist and outdoor educator. He's excited to bring his passion for storytelling through the power of the written word to the classroom, engaging the next generation of aspiring writers!
Erika Senyk, Assistant Site Administrator
Erika's passion for writing started when she was in elementary school, and she hopes to spark that same enthusiasm for students in Adventures in Writing Camp! Erika enjoys writing creatively in her spare time, but she also enjoys the challenges of scientific writing. She completed her Masters in Marine Science at CSU Monterey Bay in 2017, where she had the opportunity to publish her research in science journals.Erika thoroughly enjoys working with youth and is often inspired by eager young minds! While pursuing her bachelor's in Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she helped to develop an educational outreach program, where undergraduate students visited local schools to teach students ages K-12 about ocean critters! Over the past couple years, Erika's passion for connecting students with nature continued with her position as the Program Director of The Bird School Project, based in Santa Cruz, CA.Erika is thrilled to be joining the AIW Camp Team as an Assistant Site Administrator in Carmel Valley this summer. You can always pick her out of the crowd by her thick Minnesotan accent, don't ya know!
Joseph Hildula, Writing Ranger (Middle School)
Here we have a member of the hildulus genus in his natural habitat, foraging for paperbacks in the untamed bookstores of San Francisco. The hildulus josepii can also be found running along the beach or strolling among the redwood groves of the California coast in search of wisdom not written. During the nine-month winter of Westercoast, the josepii hibernates in Carmel, where he daily performs one-hour shows for middle school students. Hildulus josepii is a fun-loving and friendly creature by nature, who will do just about anything within reason to get his students excited about an activity; he encourages students to view coursework through the lens of their personal experiences and make the material meaningful in their own lives. He has a dazzling array of tricks to accomplish this: he can pull a metaphor right out of a text, or make boredom disappear into thin air! It is said he can even make an 8th grader work productively with a member of the opposite gender, but this has never been documented in the wild.
Emily Frawley, Entertainment Ranger
I am a history, science, and language arts teacher from New York City. I attended camp every summer of my childhood and spent eight years as a head counselor here in NY. I received my Bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College, where my softball team won the conference championship and appeared in the College World Series. I went on to play semiprofessional softball for two seasons as I began my teaching career, and still play for fun whenever I get the chance! I currently attend Lehman College, where I will receive my Master's degree in secondary education for social studies this December, with the plan to return to Lehman for a second Master's in science. As an avid wildlife photographer, most of my free time is spent racing around the city in search of rare bird species. We don't get very much wildlife in Manhattan besides birds, so I am beyond thrilled to return to Monterey this summer!
Caitlin Bird, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Caitlin Bird loves to travel- especially when she gets to travel into the minds of others through their imagination! Far off worlds and incredible adventures are waiting around every corner of a creative writer's brain, and she loves to explore every one of them!
She also loves to mix art, fun, and learning. Her favorite work so far has been putting together a giant portrait made entirely out of skittles, teaching students to translate their genetic traits into unique DNA bracelets, and helping budding authors participate in National Novel Writing Month every year! She also writes her own poetry books, and will brainstorm her next book on any available scrap of paper in her backpack during downtime.
During AIW camp this year, Caitlin is hoping to hear many tall tales from campers, and get in some fun in the sun as well! She hopes to plant the seed of creative writing in as many brains as possible, and see the roots of a confident, excited author take hold. When she is not encouraging kids to tell their stories, she can be found working on her Bachelor's in Health Promotion and Wellness at Purdue's Global Campus, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with her friends.
Tianna Delpozzo, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
My name is Tianna (or Tia for short), and I am an Adventure Guide! I'm a recent college graduate from Peninsula College in Washington state. My degree is in Early Childhood Education, but I find so much joy in working with children of all ages and abilities. I was born and raised in Pacific Grove, CA, and am finally moving back home! I worked for Peninsula College as an Early Childhood Specialist for two years, and taught preschool at a Montessori School for many years prior. My true passion is connecting with children through conversation, and I love hearing their wisdom and ideas. I grew up dancing competitively all around the peninsula, and I am definitely a performer at heart. In my free time, I love to host private lessons or dance around my house! I remember writing being my largest interest growing up, and my favorite thing to do was write stories and make books. I hope to pass this passion along to all of the children I work with this summer!
Colton Heckerl, Adventure Guide (Counselor)
Hey, my name is Colton. I was born in Seattle, WA and grew up overseas in South Korea where I graduated High School. I had the chance to visit most of Asia which was an amazing experience. I went to school at Menlo College in Menlo Park, CA where I got my bachelor's in Business Management. After a year of making cold calls at a tech start up, I realized sales wasn't for me and put my focus on education. I'm now just 12 weeks away from getting my teaching credential and hope to teach 3rd-4th grade. I'm passionate about teaching kids not only academic subjects but also about being a good human being. I strive to be a positive role model and mentor in and out of the classroom. I really enjoy spending my days at the beach, in a forest or walking my dog, Nala.
Daniel Fagen, eBook Ranger
I am a musician and educator from New York City, currently residing in Harlem. Born and raised in Staten Island, I tried to play any and every instrument I could get my hands on as a child. I eventually decided to specialize in woodwind instruments, specifically the saxophone and clarinet. I completed my undergraduate studies at Binghamton University where I earned degrees in both Music and Psychology in 2010. After working for two years in the corporate world, I realized that my passion and calling lay in the worlds of education and music, so I left my job to pursue a Masters degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, which I completed in the Spring of 2014. Since then, I have been teaching at a public middle school in Manhattan where I primarily teach music, though I've taught courses in technology as well. As a performing musician, I have appeared with groups including the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. I have also recorded and performed with the modern Indie/Folk band "Thin Lear". My other hobbies include traveling, cooking, photography, and cycling.
Katie Krpan, Secretary of Shenanigans
Hey, I'm Katie! I was raised in Redwood City, CA where I was a long time Girl Scout and cheerleader. Recently, I moved to the Monterey area where I continued my career in education. I have over 5 years experience working with children in a school setting. I'm currently working on becoming an elementary school teacher. I love going to the beach, going on hikes with my dog and traveling along the coast. I'm excited for a fun summer of learning and growth!
Jillian Lesikar, Supervised Play Scout
I am a 19 year old college student at Monterey Peninsula College. I was raised in Fresno, California, but I moved to Monterey in the middle of high school. I am studying psychobiology with hopes of getting into medical school. I love to help people, so with my degree I want to be a psychiatrist. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I want to help other people find that same passion or to continue that passion.