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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 financial operations of the company. Jenny earned her MBA with honors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and is an honors...

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.

As a consultant and trainer, he continues to raise the standards for...

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 also brings with her 20 years combined of youth leagues, after-school programs and camp experience.

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 has worked at over 25 camps in the last ten years, and will also bring his energy and expertise as the on-site Camp Director at Summer Focus...

Education Unlimited - Suzie Wood, MSc (Finance & Operations Associate)

Suzie Wood, MSc — Finance & Operations Associate

Originally from England, Suzie is our Finance & Operations Associate for the Head Office team. She has a master’s in Human Resources Management and has previously enjoyed working for other youth focused organizations, including a school fundraising company, and an apprenticeship & careers advice service for young people. 

Camp Directors

Education Unlimited - Ernest Anemone (Camp Director and Instructor)

Ernest Anemone — Camp Director and Instructor

After spending many years as a criminal trial attorney, Ernest resumed his training as an actor and has wrapped dozens of projects this past year alone. He has appeared as a lead and supporting actor in short films, feature films, commercials, industrials, and print advertisements. Clients include Walt Disney Studios, Lego, ThermoFisher, 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 included working directly as front line staff with youth, managing after school programs with Boys & Girls Clubs and co-founding the...

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.  

While pursuing his masters, Carlos took on the role of a...

Education Unlimited - Chris Harris (Summer Focus Camp Director)

Chris Harris — Summer Focus Camp Director

Chris Harris brings over 20 years of experience working in the Financial Markets. He has managed individual and institutional accounts and specializes in Growth Equities and Exchange Traded Funds. Chris has served on several Not for Profit Boards and is currently the Director of the nearly 100 student Speech and Debate program at Saratoga High...

Education Unlimited - Deara  Okonwo, EdD (Camp Director)

Deara Okonwo, EdD — Camp Director

A multi-talented triple alumna of the University of Southern California, Dr. Deara Okonkwo is renowned for her academic achievements. At the prime age of 14, she graduated from high school with an AA degree; at 17, she received her bachelor’s in English; at 18, she obtained her master’s and teaching credential and at 23, she earned her...

Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady (Camp Director and Instructor)

Brianna Broady — 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 students for the Mt. Lebanon High School and Holy Ghost Preparatory School speech programs and has been a lecturer at some of the nation's...

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 - 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 - Vylinh Nguyen (Camp Director)

Vylinh Nguyen — Camp Director

VyLinh Nguyen has been an educator for more than twelve years, including eight at the Head-Royce School in Oakland. Currently, she teaches 7th and 10th grade English. Outside of the classroom, she she finds time to read J.K. Rowling and James Baldwin books. She also enjoys gardening, ballroom-dancing, and volleyball coaching.


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 7 summers, teaching at both the Sallie Ride program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in Environmental Science, a Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina, and a Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey. While she...

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 - 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 across the globe.  Steven currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.  In addition to tutoring, Steven works as a painter- he has shown in galleries in...

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  After graduating from college she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, NC.  She dedicated herself to teaching chemistry and physics, and strongly believes that “Our Kids are Worth Whatever It Takes”


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 coaching since 1994. Currently, she teaches speech and debate and leadership at San Ramon valley high school. She has served as the...

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.

He has lived in five states and taught in all of them, working with students from...

Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Instructor

Jackie Acres will be returning to lead our Robotics program at Stanford University this year.  She received very positive feedback from both students and parents last year.  They felt her subject matter knowledge was outstanding and that she was both a great support and role model for the girls. 

Ms. Acres graduated from Colorado State...

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 taught 9th grade physics, 11th grade Biology and AP Biology, 12th grade Neurobiology and 12th grade Molecular Genetics. She has also...

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 - 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 from Columbia University, and has received awards, scholarships, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Key West Literary...

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 Stanford University for 2 years. She then worked as a research associate at the University of Miami where she investigated the neural basis of...

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 - 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. After college, he plans on being a teacher for several years before opening his own charter schools. In addition to working with youth, Bey...

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 - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia Middleton Scholarship for excellence in academics and creative writing, and he earned his MFA in poetry from the Univ. of Las Vegas,...

Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack — Instructor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica loves the sun, the movies, and the Lakers!

Jessica is currently a Teaching Associate and graduate student in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As a teaching associate at CSUN, she teaches courses in Fundamentals of Public Speaking. In addition to...

Education Unlimited - Alison Mcdonald (Instructor)

Alison Mcdonald — Instructor

Alison is a Graphic Design Instructor and Computer Science Assistant for Education Unlimited's Computer Camps.  She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics at UC Berkeley. 

Before college, Alison trained as a California State Lifeguard, and worked on the beaches in San Diego. Now, when she's not working with...

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 and forthcoming in, Apogee Journal, Fiction International, the Bellingham Review, the East...

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 California State University, Los Angeles. For her graduate thesis, she helped to create a software program for the on-site determination of the...

Education Unlimited - Amanda DeDiego, MS (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, MS — Instructor

Amanda is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. She is currently completing a dissertation on experiential learning. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has a M.S. in community counseling from the University of North Georgia. She has many years of experience conducting team building and leadership training with youth,...

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz, MS & MFA (A+ Summer Writing Instructor)

Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz, MS & MFA — A+ Summer Writing Instructor

Elizabeth earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, an MS in Urban and Multicultural Education from the College of Mount St. Vincent, and a BA in English Literature from Hunter College. Dedicated to arts education, she completed primary studio training at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theatre Wing and was a recipient...

Education Unlimited - Cosette Dwyer (Camp Counselor)

Cosette Dwyer — Camp Counselor

Cosette Dwyer is a sophomore at Scripps College. Her major is currently undeclared, but she is leaning towards a dual major of Physics and Writing. While she’s always had an interest in science, she really fell in love with it in her college intro physics class. She also has an interest in the performing arts, and has been performing in plays...

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"; and the verse novella "Toh's Saga". He has worked extensively as a theatrical director and fight choreographer. He has taught and studied...

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 high school level and academic writing to students from all around the world, from Saudi Arabia to Guatemala to London. She is co-author...

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 Cal Poly in the fall to begin a Master’s program in the same field.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with an all-girl robotics...

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 they left university, Avren has been working with disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area to help them cultivate their reading, writing, and thinking skills. Avren is also a published poet. Their work was recently featured in Quiet Lightning's...

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 - 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 Indonesia where she taught English to high schoolers during the day and ran a speech and debate club outside of class. She graduated summa...

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 - 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 - Macara Nicoll (Camp Counselor)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Counselor

Macara Nicoll is thrilled to be back with Education Unlimited for another season of learning! Macara was a part of Education Unlimited last summer with Sally Ride Science counselor, and A+ Middle School programs. She loves to learn and continues to do so every day. Macara works as a paraeducator during the year, and in the fall, Macara will be...

Education Unlimited - Michaela Papa (Instructor)

Michaela Papa — Instructor

Michaela Papa is currently pursuing her masters at Emerson College.  Since she graduated from Hofstra University after double-majoring in Film: Production and English: Creative Writing, she has traveled around working professionally in the film industry and teaching. She has taught everybody from adults to college students to high schoolers...

Education Unlimited - Sabrina Parlan (Camp Counselor)

Sabrina Parlan — Camp Counselor

Sabrina was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, and is now pursuing a Bachelors in Science in the field of Biology at the University of San Diego. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a Masters degree or Ph. D. in Molecular Biology. With this degree she intends to pursue a career doing research at a biotech company. She has had experience in...

Education Unlimited - Quanina Quan, MA (Instructor)

Quanina Quan, MA — Instructor

Quanina Quan received her bachelor of science in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a minor in education studies. During that time, She worked as an outreach mentor for the non-profit ScienceBridge. As an outreach mentor, She worked with over a hundred teachers in San Diego county coaching them through a...

Education Unlimited - Kelly Rafferty, PhD (Instructor)

Kelly Rafferty, PhD — Instructor

Kelly Rafferty, PhD is a theater/performance artist and educator based in Oakland, California.  

As a writer, director, and performer, Kelly uses her dark sense of humor and finely tuned analytical skills to make the familiar strange, inviting audiences to engage with the world differently.  Her plays, solo shows, and performance installations...

Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett has been fortunate enough to experience a wide array of what life has to offer. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., he moved to Oregon for college, has lived in Europe for two years. Having moved to NYC to earn his MFA in creative writing, he teaches composition and literature courses at Pace University, while working on his PhD at...

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 the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, investigating the impact of stroke on language functions. I am currently...

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 ran the UC Davis rock climbing wall and taught climbing guides for the University's guide programs. These days Ian spends his time reading...

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 - Ruby Western (Instructor)

Ruby Western — Instructor

Ruby Western spent most of her life doing all types of theater, and realized that laughter was her favorite part of any performance. After joining the improvisational comedy team at Smith College, she fell in love with it, left her little home state of Vermont to pursue her dream, and was lucky enough to find it. She currently does...

Education Unlimited - Esther Woo (Camp Counselor)

Esther Woo — Camp Counselor

Esther Woo is a Physics Major at California State Fullerton. She developed a passion for science after taking AP Chemistry and AP Physics in high school. Her passion for science grew when she worked as a Lab Assistant for her Physics teacher. Ever since, she has been determined to become a Physics teacher and inspire the same passion in her own...

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.

Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding...

Education Unlimited - Pamela Davis, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Pamela Davis, MFA — Lead Instructor

Pamela is tickled to be back for another summer with EU and the California Actors Workshop, and to be heading the CAW team this year. Although she currently lives and works in Chicago, Pamela is from California originally, and holds a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, as well as an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. 


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.  Studied in England through the Drama-in-Education program at NYU. He has been teaching video production classes since 1987 for San...

Education Unlimited - Navid Shaghaghi, MS (Lead Instructor)

Navid Shaghaghi, MS — Lead Instructor

Navid is the Lead Computer Camp Instructor at Education Unlimited.

He received his Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Santa Clara University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and a bachelor of...

Education Unlimited - Drea Brown (Instructor)

Drea Brown — Instructor

Drea is a poet and social justice educator, and has worked the last five years establishing and facilitating poetry empowerment programs for high school students in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, most recently Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marrisa Alexander, and Southern...

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — 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 - 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 - 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 school, in Impromptu public speaking and Congressional debate. He has volunteer coached for Logan since graduating in 2001 an has been on staff...

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 College Preparatory School in Oakland. He holds an M.F.A. from Brown University and began working for Education Unlimited thirteen years ago.

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, the first Elementary camp, and now the High School Leadership camp. During the September to May "off-season," Jake works on college...

Education Unlimited - Kyle Gillette (Theater Program Coordinator)

Kyle Gillette — Theater Program Coordinator

Kyle Gillette is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Stanford University's Introduction to the Humanities program. He received his PhD in Drama from Stanford in 2007. Kyle has recently finished his third time teaching for a three week Shakespeare workshop held at Oxford University, and this past fall he taught a course in the American...