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Education Unlimited - Matthew Fraser (CEO & Executive Director)

Matthew Fraser — CEO & Executive Director

Matthew Fraser and several college friends founded Education Unlimited in 1993 with the vision of teaching students critical thinking skills in a fun learning environment. During his tenure as Executive Director Education Unlimited has grown from a single program with 34 students in its first year to roughly 50 sessions of camp on about a dozen...


Education Unlimited - Jenny Herbert, MBA (COO & CFO)

Jenny Herbert, MBA — COO & CFO

After directing and teaching at Education Unlimited summer programs for many years, Jenny joined Education Unlimited's management team in 2003. Her primary responsibilities are to manage the business and...


Education Unlimited - Chris Waage (Director of Special Programs & Day Camps)

Chris Waage — Director of Special Programs & Day Camps

Chris joined the EU family in 2011 bringing with him the experience and fun of more than 11 years directing summer camps and after school programs. With his love for community and tireless energy, he has impacted youth and recreation professionals throughout the Bay Area.


Education Unlimited - Nermin Kamel Fraser, MA (Director of Admissions)

Nermin Kamel Fraser, MA — Director of Admissions

Nermin Fraser is Education Unlimited's Director of Admissions.  Nermin came to us after several years as a school administrator, most recently as a high school principal.   The arrival of a new baby girl prompted her to leave school administration and join the Education Unlimited team.

Nermin grew up in Southern California earning her Bachelor...


Education Unlimited - Tiffany Croom (Camp Brainy Bunch Program Director)

Tiffany Croom — Camp Brainy Bunch Program Director

Recently transplanted from Kansas City, Tiffany joined us in the Spring of 2015 as the Program Director for Camp Brainy Bunch. She has taught and coached high school speech, debate and drama for 10 years. She...


Education Unlimited - Todd Newkirk (Director of Summer Focus & Tours)

Todd Newkirk — Director of Summer Focus & Tours

Originally from San Diego, Todd recently joined the Education Unlimited staff at the home office in Berkeley, CA as Director of Summer Focus and Tours. An accomplished debater and summer camp veteran, Todd...


Education Unlimited - Barbara Kahn-Sales, MEd (Operations Manager)

Barbara Kahn-Sales, MEd — Operations Manager

Barbara Kahn-Sales is a recent addition to Education Unlimited and has stepped into the role of Operations Manager at the Berkeley Head Office.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from New College of...


Education Unlimited - John Bettonville (Finance & Operations Associate)

John Bettonville — Finance & Operations Associate

John is our Finance & Operations Associate at the Berkeley Head Office. Before joining the team at Education Unlimited, he worked for several years as a manager for AMC Theatres in northern California. He also spent two years living in Nagoya, Japan, where he taught English as a...


Education Unlimited - Suzie Wood, MSc (Associate)

Suzie Wood, MSc — Associate

Originally from England, Suzie has a master’s in Human Resources Management. She's previously enjoyed working for other youth focused organizations, including a fundraising company in Canada which helped...


Education Unlimited - Michelle Pitcher (Marketing Associate & Instructor)

Michelle Pitcher — Marketing Associate & Instructor

Michelle joined the Education Unlimited team after graduating from UC...



Camp Directors

Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady, MA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Brianna Broady, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Born and raised behind the enticing curtain of Orange County, Brianna Broady is delighted to return for her third year with Education Unlimited.  

Brianna obtained her Master's Degree in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. During her time there, she was a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public...


Education Unlimited - Stephen Buettler (Camp Director and Instructor)

Stephen Buettler — Camp Director and Instructor

A graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory in Philadelphia, Steve Buettler was the 1999 NFL runner-up in Original Oratory and a multiple national finalist. He has coached several State and National Champion speech...


Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull, MFA (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, MFA — Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and...


Education Unlimited - Angela Ciandro, MFA (Camp Director)

Angela Ciandro, MFA — Camp Director

Angela Ciandro is an out of school time director and teaching artist committed to building playful, creative and safe environments for the youth she serves.

Angela’s years of experience in youth work have...


Education Unlimited - Carl Dugdale (Camp Director)

Carl Dugdale — Camp Director

Originally from Lancashire England, Carl Dugdale is a history buff and educator currently studying history at Royal Holloway University London. In Europe, Carl taught English for 10 years in high schools and...


Education Unlimited - Carlos Flores, MA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Carlos Flores, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Carlos Flores received his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. As an undergraduate, Carlos was a member of the Matador Speech and Debate Team, competing in events such as informative speaking, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. He has been a member of the Education Unlimited team for...


Education Unlimited - Amy Hough (Camp Director)

Amy Hough — Camp Director

Currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at UC Riverside, Amy has a deep interest in film & media studies, Italian language & culture, and creative writing, particularly poetry & lyric essay....


Education Unlimited - Sakina Ibrahim, MFA (Camp Director)

Sakina Ibrahim, MFA — Camp Director

Sakina Ibrahim, is a NAACP Image Award Nominee, educator, social entrepreneur and performer. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a Masters of Fine...


Education Unlimited - John Kephart (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart — Camp Director & Instructor

Born in sunny Southern California, and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, John Kephart III is a Los Angeles native who has never (yet) broken a bone, loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the sound of his own voice.

He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for...


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy, MA (Camp Director & Instructor)

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert received his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and recently completed his course work for his Master's Degree in Communication Studies. While at CSUN, he was also a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation courses. Robert was also the assistant debate coach for the Matador Speech...


Education Unlimited - Jamie Mather (Camp Director)

Jamie Mather — Camp Director

Jamie Mather is ecstatic to be a Camp Director for Education Unlimited.  Graduating with a B.A. in History and Minors in Spanish and Religious Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2013, Jamie has been teaching high school history, mock trial, and leadership for the past 4 years.  Through developing and honing...


Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Rhonda McCoy earned her PhD in Chemistry from Howard University and her BS degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University.  From a very early age she was inquisitive, and her mom would find her...


Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Director

Macara, an avid lover of acapella music and education, is thrilled to find herself for another summer with Education Unlimited. She, a UC Berkeley graduate and a CSU Sacramento graduate student, has an incredible passion for education and learning. Her work in graduate school will culminate in the awarding of her Masters in School Counseling,...


Education Unlimited - Aaron Walker, PhD (Camp Director)

Aaron Walker, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Aaron Walker currently serves as CTO of Relobase, LLC. where he manages data and technical operations for a company, facilitates relocation for the United States Armed Forces and provides portable careers to military spouses.  

Previously, he served as Assistant Director and Program Specialist with the USC McNair Scholars Program, Office...


Education Unlimited - James Webb, PhD (Camp Director )

James Webb, PhD — Camp Director

James Webb earned a BA in Theatre from Florida A&M University, an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida, and Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.  As an actor, he has performed in...


Education Unlimited - Steven Wolkoff (Camp Director and Instructor)

Steven Wolkoff — Camp Director and Instructor

Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major.  He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years, including providing private SAT instruction for students from...


Education Unlimited - Janet Willford (College Tour Leader)

Janet Willford — College Tour Leader

Janet Willford teaches leadership and speech & debate at San Ramon Valley High School. She grew up in the East Bay and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from UCSB in 1993. She has been teaching and...



At Camp Staff

Education Unlimited - Anthony Abboreno, MA (Instructor)

Anthony Abboreno, MA — Instructor

Anthony M. Abboreno is a teacher and graduate student, currently pursuing a PhD in fiction writing and literary criticism at the University of Southern California.  Previously, he earned an MA in the same subjects from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Instructor

Jackie Acres will be returning to lead our Robotics program summer.  Ms. Acres graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and from UNLV with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering.  While completing her degree, she had the opportunity to teach high school and freshman mechanical...


Education Unlimited - Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA (Instructor)

Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA — Instructor

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has pursued writing as a lifestyle since working and writing at the State University at Albany where he graduated in 2013. He then went on to get his MFA at Syracuse University. He is currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University.

 

While at Colgate, aside from teaching fiction workshops, he...


Education Unlimited - Michelle Alexander (Instructor)

Michelle Alexander — Instructor

A Canadian who just made the move to LA, Michelle is joining EU this year. She is a professional actor and comedy writer with current roles on network TV shows. She has taught public speaking as well as...


Education Unlimited - Angela Allen, PhD (Instructor)

Angela Allen, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Angela Allen currently holds the title of Assistant Professor and Chemistry Program Coordinator at Shaw University in North Carolina. Dr. Allen's focus is to collaborate with other institutions and local...


Education Unlimited - Diana Arterian, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Diana Arterian, MFA — Lead Instructor

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.


Education Unlimited - Byron Arthur (Instructor)

Byron Arthur — Instructor

Byron Arthur is a practicing attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is particularly well equipped to lead our American Legal Experience program which brings an equal focus to mock trial and to public speaking and critical thinking skills. He is a lead instructor in Public Forum debate at the Harvard Debate Council high school debate...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel was born in Nigeria where he spent the majority of his teenage...


Education Unlimited - Yakub Bey (Assistant Director)

Yakub Bey — Assistant Director

Yakub Bey is a twenty-one year old Oakland native currently working in the after school program at Head-Royce School. He has one more semester at Merritt College before transferring to Howard University....


Education Unlimited - Becky Bosshart, MFA (Instructor)

Becky Bosshart, MFA — Instructor

Becky is a 2015/2016 Fulbright grantee to Romania, where she will teach at a university in the fall. She is a graduate of the Master’s International Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2012 to 2014, where she taught writing and American literature at Chernivtsi...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD. (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD. — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman holds a Ph.D., in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious Head Royce school since 1997.  While at Head-Royce, Dr. Brakeman has...


Education Unlimited - Jacob Burdette (Instructor)

Jacob Burdette — Instructor

Jacob Burdette is a full-time educator and part-time activist/scientist/essayist/ukulele player.  He is returning for his second summer with Education Unlimited and he is overjoyed!


Jacob was born in Beckley, West Virginia and currently resides in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from...


Education Unlimited - Leslie Butler, PhD (Instructor)

Leslie Butler, PhD — Instructor

In 2014 I completed my doctorate in Education in the department of Language, Literacy, Social and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.   The focus of my dissertation study was to identify emerging twenty-first century skills and practices in digital multi-networked after school programs in the San Francisco bay area.  The...


Education Unlimited - Libby Cudmore, MFA (Instructor)

Libby Cudmore, MFA — Instructor

Libby Cudmore's debut novel, The Big Rewind (William Morrow 2016), received a starred review from Kirkus and praise from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and Booklist. Her stories, essays and poetry have been published in Barrelhouse, PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, and The RS-500, as well as the anthologies Hanzai Japan, Welcome Home and Mixed...


Education Unlimited - Shelby  Dale DeWeese (Instructor)

Shelby Dale DeWeese — Instructor

Shelby Dale DeWeese grew up on a farm in western Kentucky, but always knew she was a city dweller at heart. At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she was a Trustee and Dornsife Scholar and...


Education Unlimited - Pamela Davis, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Pamela Davis, MFA — Lead Instructor

Pamela is a Chicago-based theatre artist and educator passionate about new work and the actor's ability to grow empathy in the world. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. In Chicago, Pamela works and plays on lots of stages ranging from DIY storefronts to more established houses like Strawdog...


Education Unlimited - Marcella De Laurentiis, MA (Instructor)

Marcella De Laurentiis, MA — Instructor

Marcella is an experienced admissions consultant with a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in English and a master's degree from Stanford University in Communications. For over 5 years, Marcella has helped more than 250 students apply to college, utilizing her experience evaluating over 600 applications for the #3-ranked...


Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, PhD (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, PhD — Instructor

Amanda DeDiego is returning for her fourth year teaching with EU camps....


Education Unlimited - Carlina Duan (Instructor)

Carlina Duan — Instructor

Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia...


Education Unlimited - Ted Eaton (Instructor)

Ted Eaton — Instructor

Ted Eaton is the award-winning author of the Rosi's Doors young-adult series ("Rosi's Castle", "Rosi's Time", "Rosi's Company"); the plays "Elizabeth Bathory", "Orpheus and Eurydice", "Hector and Achilles";...


Education Unlimited - Alix Feinsod (Instructor)

Alix Feinsod — Instructor

Alix is a Bay Area native and a math and programming nerd. A strong believer in the importance of the arts and creativity, she has the desire to contribute to the world in a big way. She studied Computational Mathematics and Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz and is a dynamic teacher. 

 

Alix worked as a professional software engineer, with...


Education Unlimited - Cherie Fesi (Instructor)

Cherie Fesi — Instructor

Cherie has been teaching English as a Second Language for over 10 years with a variety of students from various cultures. She has lived in North America (East & West Coast), Asia and Europe. Her passions are travelling and...


Education Unlimited - Hannah Fisher (Assistant Director)

Hannah Fisher — Assistant Director

Hannah Fisher is a sociology major at Colorado State...


Education Unlimited - Kate Folk, MFA (Instructor)

Kate Folk, MFA — Instructor

Kate holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Individualized Study from the Gallatin School at NYU. Her fiction has been published in many journals including One...


Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison is from LA and has a B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. He's been a tutor for five years, and specializes in test prepation such as for the SAT and ACT. He's also taught many large groups of students over the years.  

 


Education Unlimited - Jesse Garrett (Public Speaking Instructor)

Jesse Garrett — Public Speaking Instructor

Jesse Garrett is the Assistant Coordinator of Speech and Debate at James Logan High School, one of the largest and most acclaimed Forensics programs in the country. He was a competitor for Logan in high...


Education Unlimited - Armand Gerstenberger, EdM (Assistant Director)

Armand Gerstenberger, EdM — Assistant Director

Armand holds an Ed.M. in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University. He completed his undergrad studying developmental and health psychology, statistics, and music in Castleton, Vermont and now resides in a building in NYC containing more people than his whole undergrad college....


Education Unlimited - Rob Goldman, MFA (Instructor)

Rob Goldman, MFA — Instructor

Rob Goldman is a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. His work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness and action as a means of personal and professional development while fostering community.

 

Goldman’s photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including...


Education Unlimited - Eva Gordon, MFA (Instructor)

Eva Gordon, MFA — Instructor

Eva Gordon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, and will be graduating in August with her M.A. in English Literature from Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. She has taught ESL at the...


Education Unlimited - Rochelle Gray (Assistant Director)

Rochelle Gray — Assistant Director

Born and raised in the heart of Sonoma County, Rochelle is a Santa Rosa native who enjoys frequent trips to the Russian River, has an interest in cooking nutrient-dense foods, and is a proud self-proclaimed dog-mom to a boxer-pittie named Henry. 

 

Rochelle attended college at California State University, Northridge, where she earned a B.A. in...


Education Unlimited - Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA ( Instructor)

Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA — Instructor

Sam Haley-Hill is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley who teaches Public Speaking and Acting in the department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Sam also coaches Policy and Public Forum debate for the...


Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey (Assistant Director & Instructor)

Taylor Halsey — Assistant Director & Instructor

Taylor Halsey is a 2015 graduate at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona, CA.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.  She will be returning to...


Education Unlimited - Lisa Hebert, MSC (Instructor)

Lisa Hebert, MSC — Instructor

Lisa Casente Hebert is a public speaking instructor at Louisiana State University and is very excited to be teaching for Education Unlimited.  She has recently been promoted to senior instructor and has been honored by the Chancellor for her 25 years of university service.  At LSU, she has served as the course director of basic courses where...


Education Unlimited - Anna Hoehenrieder (Assistant Director)

Anna Hoehenrieder — Assistant Director

Anna Hoehenrieder is a Bay Area native who enjoys trying new local restaurants and walking with her two dogs, Skipper and Ginger.

 

She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor’s of Science in...


Education Unlimited - John Horzen (Resident Advisor & Academic Tutor)

John Horzen — Resident Advisor & Academic Tutor

John Horzen is incredibly excited to be a Resident Advisor and Academic Tutor with Education Unlimited this summer. Originally from Orlando (FL), he currently lives in Nashville (TN) where he is studying...


Education Unlimited - Avren Keating (Instructor)

Avren Keating — Instructor

Avren Keating graduated from San Francisco State's Creative Writing program with a BA in 2013. Once...


Education Unlimited - Norie Kipp (Resident Advisor & Academic Tutor)

Norie Kipp — Resident Advisor & Academic Tutor

Norie was born and raised in Baltimore but went to school amidst the cornfields of Ohio, where her world was rocked by the plethora of interesting people vastly different from herself and the abundance of gorgeous cows. She likes biking, reading, and crafting (hoping to learn woodworking), and at parties you will find her crouching by the bed...


Education Unlimited - Prapti Koirala (Counselor)

Prapti Koirala — Counselor

Prapti is a rising Junior at Wellesley College majoring in Biology/...


Education Unlimited - Kacie Krause, MA (Instructor)

Kacie Krause, MA — Instructor

Kacie Krause is excited to be back with EU for the second time this summer working with the CAPC program. During the school year, she works as a school counselor at an independent school in Summit, New...


Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and...


Education Unlimited - Amanda Krupman, MFA (Instructor)

Amanda Krupman, MFA — Instructor

Amanda Krupman is a writer in Brooklyn, NY. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Bloom; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; The Cleveland Review; Punk Planet; Time Out New York; and xoJane. Her literary zine, PLUG, was featured in Columbia College Chicago's "A to Zine" exhibition in 2003.

Amanda received an MFA from the Graduate Writing...


Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack, MA (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack, MA — Instructor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica loves the sun, the movies, and the Lakers! Jessica received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. As a graduate...


Education Unlimited - Tracie Laymon (Instructor)

Tracie Laymon — Instructor

Recently named to the Independent Film Channel's list of emerging "Icons", Tracie is an independent screenwriter and director hailing from Austin, Texas. She studied Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her own projects have won numerous jury awards at South by Southwest, Memphis International Film Festival, Las Vegas...


Education Unlimited - Robert Lebeda, MA (Instructor)

Robert Lebeda, MA — Instructor

Bobby Lebeda just completed his master's degree in communication studies. In terms of public speaking and argumentation he competed in speech and debate in high school for four years. Since then Bobby's been coaching high school speech and debate for 6 years at Chaminade College Preparatory. He coached the past year two years at California...


Education Unlimited - Sarah Levine, MFA (Instructor)

Sarah Levine, MFA — Instructor

Sarah Levine is an educator and published poet and fiction writer.She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMASS Amherst Honors College with a BA in English and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Work has...


Education Unlimited - Tara Lira (Instructor)

Tara Lira — Instructor

Tara’s background is in psychology and neuroscience and she’s currently studying for her Master of Arts at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

 

For the past six years she has been working with kids and teens within both counseling and education positions. This includes as an STEM Instructor at the Center for Talented Youth at John...


Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...


Education Unlimited - Sarah Martin (Instructor)

Sarah Martin — Instructor

Sarah grew up in Sacramento and earned a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from UCLA. While an undergraduate at UCLA, she wrote regularly for the Daily Bruin, the daily student run newspaper, on topics including education, new developments in science, and breaking news. Currently Sarah is a 6th grade math and 10th grade chemistry teacher at the...


Education Unlimited - Anthony Matricciani (Instructor)

Anthony Matricciani — Instructor

A successful practicing attorney, Anthony Matricciani brings almost two decades of courtroom experience to our Mock Trial program. He’s acted as Lead Counsel in many notable cases and his career highlights include employing a successful mental health defense in a complex murder trial (People v Corral), and representing a major third party vice...


Education Unlimited - Jamie McPartland (Instructor)

Jamie McPartland — Instructor

Jamie McPartland is a writer and literary editor. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and has participated in panels and workshops at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, The Writhing Society and Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. During the academic year, she teaches at the Cambridge Center for...


Education Unlimited - Michael Melzer (Instructor)

Michael Melzer — Instructor

Mike is a California native that loves the sunshine, sports, the beach, a good book, and a good history lesson. He is an avid traveler and beach-goer. Born in Bakersfield, CA, Mike found his home on the Central Coast in the lovely town of Atascadero.

 

After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Mike lived...


Education Unlimited - Olympia Miranda (Counselor)

Olympia Miranda — Counselor

Hi, my name is Olympia Miranda. I have just completed my third year at...


Education Unlimited - Sam Miles (Assistant Director)

Sam Miles — Assistant Director

Sam is a current student and resident assistant at Carleton College where he is majoring in Cinema and Media Studies. In high school, he captained his school's ultimate frisbee team, was the interpretive events captain of his speech and debate team, held an officer position in the Latin club and was involved in improv/sketch comedy. He also...


Education Unlimited - Ari  Moskowitz, MFA (Instructor)

Ari Moskowitz, MFA — Instructor

Ari Moskowitz holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he was the Editor in Chief of Fourteen Hills. In February ’17, he was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His writing has appeared in The Pinch, Fourteen Hills, Transfer, and others. His story, “Three...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer Newman, MTS (Instructor)

Jennifer Newman, MTS — Instructor

Originally from the East Bay area in California, Jennifer Newman now resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is excited to spend her first summer teaching Public Speaking and debate with Education Unlimited! 

 

Jennifer recently finished a Master of Theological Studies degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While she was studying...


Education Unlimited - Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA (Instructor)

Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA — Instructor

Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. She received an MFA in creative writing...


Education Unlimited - Claire O'Connor, MFA (Instructor)

Claire O'Connor, MFA — Instructor

Born and raised in California, Claire O'Connor is doing her best to travel the world. She loves scuba diving, eating spicy food, and meeting new people. She spent the last two years exploring Mayan temples in Mexico, building bridges in Malaysia, and working with students with special needs in South Africa. Next year she will have to adapt to a...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 8 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...


Education Unlimited - Paola Odriozola (Instructor)

Paola Odriozola — Instructor

Paola grew up in Mexico and moved to the Bay area for college. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology in 2013, after which she worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer  Parker, MA (Instructor)

Jennifer Parker, MA — Instructor

Jennifer Parker (M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) teaches Leadership, Business and Professional Communication, and Public Speaking for Creighton University. Jennifer has a strong passion for public speaking and performance, and consults for forensics teams and leadership camps across the country. Previously she taught for and directed the...


Education Unlimited - Lauren Patrick (Instructor)

Lauren Patrick — Instructor

Lauren is currently a PhD student at Yale University in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. Prior to this she gained a strong foundation in neuroscience during her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St Louis.

She has spent the past five years working in a variety of cognitive neuroscience labs at Washington University, Duke...


Education Unlimited - Ploy Pirapokin, MFA (Instructor)

Ploy Pirapokin, MFA — Instructor

Ploy Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of San Diego, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Her work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, Entropy Magazine, the Bellingham Review, HYPHEN Magazine and more. A...


Education Unlimited - Esther Prokopienko, MA (Instructor)

Esther Prokopienko, MA — Instructor

Esther Prokopienko is an East Coast transplant to the Best Coast.  After earning her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and Composition at the College of St.Rose in Albany, NY, Esther earned a second M.A., this one in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, at the University of Leeds, in Leeds, England and began a Ph.D. program.  After a...


Education Unlimited - John Propster Jr, MA (Instructor)

John Propster Jr, MA — Instructor

John Propster has been involved with video production since high school...many years ago.  He graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Drama.  Has an MA from UCLA in Secondary Education. ...


Education Unlimited - Quanina Quan, MA (Instructor)

Quanina Quan, MA — Instructor

Quanina Quan received her bachelor of science in molecular biology from...


Education Unlimited - Heather Rushton, MS (Camp Counselor)

Heather Rushton, MS — Camp Counselor

Heather Rushton received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Minor in Forensic Science from California State University, Los Angeles in 2013. She recently earned her Master’s in Criminalistics from...


Education Unlimited - Abby Scurfield (Counselor)

Abby Scurfield — Counselor

Hello! My name is Abby and I am really excited to be...


Education Unlimited - Nora Sepulveda, MA (Instructor)

Nora Sepulveda, MA — Instructor

A Ventura County native, Nora received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Based in New York City, Brett moved east from Sacramento, Calif., in...


Education Unlimited - Katibelle Sharkey (Instructor (Graphic Design/3D Imaging))

Katibelle Sharkey — Instructor (Graphic Design/3D Imaging)

Katibelle was born and raised in the Bay Area and has spent many years exploring the culture and architecture of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. She is proficient in a multitude of digital mediums and is fluent in four different coding languages (Python, HTML, CSS and JavaScript). She is currently majoring in Sculpture at Rhode Island...


Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Instructor & Counselor)

Oishee Shemontee — Instructor & Counselor

An avid fan of all things science and science fiction, Oishee Shemontee decided to pursue both her twin loves of science and literature by obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology, as well as a minor in English, from the University of California, Irvine. She was part of a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and...


Education Unlimited - Scott Smith (Assistant Director)

Scott Smith — Assistant Director

Scott has been a High School Biology teacher for 30 years, and has spent all of those years taking students into the field on 4-10 day trips literally all over the world. Highlights include Ecuador and the...


Education Unlimited - Ashley Sterpka, MEd (Instructor)

Ashley Sterpka, MEd — Instructor

Ashley Sterpka presently works as a Neuroscience research technician at the University of New Hampshire.  She is pursuing her PhD in Genetics and has a Master’s in Biological Science Education and a...


Education Unlimited - Adeline Tran, PhD (Instructor)

Adeline Tran, PhD — Instructor

Adeline received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, where she studied British, American, and French detective fiction and film noir. She has taught literature and writing at UC Berkeley,...


Education Unlimited - Valerie Tran (Instructor)

Valerie Tran — Instructor

Valerie Thacher Tran is currently in Graduate School at UC Berkeley pursuing her Doctorate in Optometry. Her passion in caring for patients and dedication to giving excellent clinical care emanate from her life mission of empowering individuals to strive for the best and get the most out of their lives. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s...


Education Unlimited - Grant Walker (Instructor)

Grant Walker — Instructor

I attended the University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies, receiving my BA in 2006, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Communication. After college, I worked as a Research Assistant at...


Education Unlimited - Ian Walters (Instructor)

Ian Walters — Instructor

Ian Walters is a 6th grade History and Science teacher at The Head Royce School in Oakland. He received his B.A. in English from U.C. Davis in 2011 with an emphasis in Critical Theory. During that time, he...


Education Unlimited - Matthew Ward (Instructor)

Matthew Ward — Instructor

Matthew Ward recently graduated with distinction from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he received his Master of Arts in Communication Studies. During his tenure in the Department of Communication Studies at CSUN, Matthew served as a teaching associate instructing both honors and regular public speaking and argumentation...


Education Unlimited - Jake Wasserman (Instructor )

Jake Wasserman — Instructor

Jake Wasserman has worked at Education Unlimited programs for more than 17 summers. Since 1997, Jake has participated in the launching of 6 EU programs, including the first Public Speaking and Computer camps,...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Williams, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Lead Instructor

Daniel was born in Texas. He holds a BSFS in Arab Culture and Politics...


Education Unlimited - Miriam Wilson (Camp Counselor)

Miriam Wilson — Camp Counselor

Miriam Wilson is an honors student at Iowa State University perusing her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in technical communications. This past semester she studied abroad at Cardiff University in Wales. She is actively involved on campus where she is a student leader in the Society of Women Engineers, member of Sigma...


Education Unlimited - Emma Wood, MFA (Instructor)

Emma Wood, MFA — Instructor

Originally from New York City, Emma Wood holds a BA in Russian History and Literature from Harvard University, from where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. At Iowa, she taught literature and creative writing to undergraduates. She’s currently editor of Stone Soup, the children's literary...


Education Unlimited - Mitch Ziegler (Instructor)

Mitch Ziegler — Instructor

Mitch Ziegler, CJE, advises the print newspaper, online newspaper, and yearbook at Redondo Union High School. He was named 2015 Distinguished Newspaper Adviser by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, and 2011...