Camp Instructor Biographies
|All 4 Dance||Happy Valley Art School|
|Bay Area Children's Theatre||Sharon Barker|
|Barton Cox Jr.||Susanna Ordway|
|Christie Tomlinson||Studio 8 Dance|
|Debra Knox||Warren Paylado|
|Gotta Sing - Cynthia Beckman|
|Aaska Patel - Challenge Island||Lekha Ink|
|Berkeley Chess School||Little Medical School|
|Brainwave, Inc.||Mad Science of Mt. Diablo|
|Bricks 4 Kids||Play-Well TEKnologies|
|Engineering for Kids||Science Beginnings|
|Fun with Academics||Silicon Valley 4 U|
|Gurus Education||Tess Reyes|
|Josephine Evonc||Tiny Techs Club|
|American Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics||Modern Recess|
|California Gymnastic Services||On the Ball Sports|
|California Knight Riders Cricket Club||One on One Sports|
|Club VIP||Robert Ferguson|
|Kidz Love Soccer||San Ramon Soccer Club|
|Kris Milligan & Staff||Skyhawks Sports Academy|
Visual & Performing Arts
All 4 Dance - Heather Tabor
Miss Heather began her dance training at the age of 3 with Stars National Dance Academy where she studied ballet, gymnastics, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. She competed regionally and nationally in the advanced divisions and won many overall awards. Heather later worked as Choreographer for San Leandro High School and dance instructor for Dublin Theatre Company. She studied at California State University's Fresno and East Bay dance focus, London's Basement, and attended teaching conventions with the industry's top master teachers and choreographers. Heather has been teaching children and adults since 1998. She has been teaching throughout the tri- valley for 15 years. Last year, Heather's dance team received their first double platinum award at Showstoppers Regional Competition. Heather is a mother of two. Her goal is for every child to have a positive experience in dance leading to a lifelong appreciation for the art of performance.
Bay Area Children's Theatre
Bay Area Children's Theatrebelieves passionately in the power of theatre to build community and spark creativity.Our Education Program gives children opportunities to learn the art and craft of theatre, gain performance skills, build self-confidence, and shine, as part of a well-trained, well-prepared team. Summer Performers directors include Amber Dyson and Laura Eglin.
Amber Dyson has directed BACT classes in San Ramon for the past five years. Additionally, she recently directed Honk Jr.,the inaugural production of BACT's Advanced Performer program. The Advanced Performers traveled to Atlanta in January for theJunior Theatre Festival where they were recognized for Excellence in Dance. Amber occasionally coaches local teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse in Pleasanton, and can be seen improvising with the Un-Scripted Theatre Company.
Marena McGregor has been a member of the Bay Area Children's Theatre team since 2010. She has worked as a director, choreographer and music director for various BACT programs and summer camps at a variety of locations. Marena received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Cal State Easy Bay where she also minored in music. In addition to teaching BACT classes, Marena teaches private voice, piano and guitar lessons. Marena is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her love of performing arts with her love of working with children of all ages.
Barton Cox Jr.
I have been a media producer (Bart Cox Media Productions) for over 25 years and a certificated high school teacher for 13 years. When Deer Valley High School in Antioch opened in 1996, I was hired to develop the video/broadcast department. Over my years at Deer Valley, my students won numerous awards at the California Student Media Festival and created a cable show for Comcast. In 2006, I went to Heritage High School in Brentwood to develop their media department. Over my 13 years teaching at the two high schools, numerous students have gone on to work professionally in the media industry. I retired from teaching in 2010 and in 2012 I developed “Let’s Make Movies!” video production and special effects filmmaking enrichment classes. In 2014 I introduced a new class offering "Television News Production". I continue to also work professionally as a media producer specializing in “live” performance and multi-camera production taping. I look forward to helping your child discover the exciting and creative world of video productions and special effects filmmaking thru my “Let’s Make Movies!” camps and my newest offering "Television News Production".
Better known around San Ramon as Miss Christie, has been studying dance (all types) since the age of 3. She has danced in three, very different, dance companies and performed in shows such as Once Upon A Mattress, Anything Goes, Music Man and The Boyfriend. She has also done various choreography for professional singers, dancers, bodybuilders, cheerleaders and for two Olympics (which they won 2 gold medals)! She's been teaching ballet, tap and jazz for 38 years! The last 26 years for the City of San Ramon.
Cynthia Beckman is a professional performance coach! What is that, you might ask? It is a highly unique coach who specializes in helping other's perform on-stage to "Become the STAR you Are!" Her business was born out the sincere desire to help children grow through the courageous act of being on-stage as the center of attention in a solo role! Cynthia has an eclectic background on several stages in life, all of which require excellent communication skills: Fortune 100 firms in the US and Internationally as a Marketing Director, World Vision as an Artist Associate performing and promoting outreach for underprivileged children world-wide, Musical Theatre where she has received numerous accolades including an Orchid Award from ACTS for singing and acting, and finally consulting for numerous clients with physical and theatrical products. In addition to coaching others, Cynthia continues to write music, sing professionally, and is completing her first novel, "Her Silent Hero, a daughters journey through war.". Oh yes, and let's not forget the most important role she plays in life: mother to 3 children and 2 young adults!
DanceVersity World Dance for Youth is an exciting multicultural dance education program boasting an innovative, integrated curriculum of dance, music, folk arts, costuming, and cultural studies; providing youth with a positive experience of different cultures at a formative age. Founded in the summer of 2005, DanceVersity is a multifaceted organization offering weekly classes, school programs, workshops, performances, and a comprehensive summer day camp.
Reflecting the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area the DanceVersity program offers youth access to multiple dance forms from around the world, creating an atmosphere where artistic expression is fostered and diversity celebrated. By using dance as a platform for understanding culture and community, DanceVersity teaches respect for different cultures at a formative age. The program curriculum encompasses regions as diverse as Asia, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Middles East and the Caribbean.
Portsha Jefferson | Haitian Folkloric Dance
Portsha Jefferson is a professional dancer and choreographer trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African derived styles, who specializes in Haitian Folkloric Dance. She began her formal training at the age of six at the Marsha Woody Dance Academy in Beaumont, Texas. Established in 2004, Ms. Jefferson is the founder and artistic director of Rara Tou Limen (RTL), an arts organization that presents Haitian music, dance & culture through classes, workshops, and performances. Portsha brings her wealth of performance experience, 15 years of teaching Haitian dance to Bay Area students, and a passion for youth development to one of DanceVersity’s most in-demand classes!
Lisa Tilton | Afghan Dance and Middle Eastern Bellydance
A professional world dance artist, Lisa has performed with and taught classes for many of the most respected ensembles in the Bay Area, and is a principal member of Ballet Afsaneh. Lisa Tilton’s first world dance performance was in Bejing, China, televised on Chinese national television. Being tossed in that deep water kicked off over a decade long passion for study and performance of Persian, Central Asian, Afghan, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern ethnic dance styles. Taught by mentors Miriam Peretz and Sharlyn Sawyer, Lisa has also studied with Hannah Romanowski, Katarina Burda, Elizabeth Strong, Amy Luna Manderino, and Nana Candelaria. She is Program Coordinator for DanceVersity World Dance for Youth.
Debra Knox is a guitarist, pianist, songwriter, vocalist, actress and director. She has toured working with Joe Satriani, Randy Jackson from American Idol, The Temptations and The Go Go's. She has played extensively in The Bay Area, and toured NYC, LA, and Austin Tx., performing her original material as an acoustic act, and with her band rocking on the electric guitar!
Debra has directed plays and musicals with San Francisco Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep. and The City of Pleasanton, and teaches guitar, voice, piano, writing and acting through Ingram and Brauns Music in Pleasanton, and through the Parks and Rec.
She is an actress of stage, screen and television, and the film she is starring in, Neon Sky, will be showing at The Tiburon International Film Festival April 14. Another movie she's in recently won Best FIlm at The Washington DC Film Festival, and will be showing in Boston at The Women In Comedy Festival.
Debra loves mentoring people of all ages, encouraging them to fulfill their dreams, and to express themselves creatively through music, writing and acting.
Happy Valley Art School
Happy Valley Art Schoo lis a fast-growing art school committed to develop children’s innate creativity and encourage their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Happy Valley Art Schoolbelieves that entrusting children with making creative choices builds their confidence in their own creative abilities, and that exercising creativity engages the mind in ways other forms of learning do not. Therefore, it develops a unique curriculum that inspires students to experiment with mix media and make their own creative choices. Please visit our website for more details: happyvalleyartschool.com
Sharon can still remember how excited she was while she sat at a little, antique art table at the age of 3. She was given a new, big box of 64 crayons to open up and create endless combinations of color on paper. She continues to have that same thrill and excitement when she opens up materials to share with other eager children, while teaching art and enrichment programs, for the last 17 years. She started teaching in San Leandro and moved on to Hayward and then added the City of San Ramon 12 years ago. Sharon spent 5 years with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, developing district art curriculum and teaching elementary art at 2 different schools. Currently, Sharon is the director and teacher for Happy Scholars; a newly introduced academic preschool program for the City of San Ramon while teaching after-school enrichment and other art classes for children. She enjoys experimenting with mixed-media, and loved creating a mural of dancers on an entire wall in her home. Summer time presents a unique opportunity for her, with large chunks of time to allow her to engage students in ways that can’t be done in short, weekly classes.Sharon is excited about the upcoming summer session to share the same type of enthusiasm about art, that she had when she first opened up that big box of crayons.
Susanna loves making beautiful things and she loves teaching kids to do the same! As the art teacher at Twin Creeks Elementary for the past six years, and the jewelry teacher at Venture School three years prior, she's taught K-12 students not only fine art skills, but also enrichment classes in jewelry making,ceramics and visual arts. She's taught jewelry techniques such as beading, wire work, knitting wire, enameling, metal forming, chain making and many others. Some of her students at Venture School have won jewelry design awards in competition. Susanna likes to integrate other subjects into art projects such as science, math, history, literature and geography to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) for integrated learning. She is excited to work with the City of San Ramon and to bring both applied and visual art and design to more students in our community! Susanna has been a resident of San Ramon with her husband and two daughters since 1994.
Studio 8 Dance
Studio 8 Dance Staff strives to teach artistry, technique and self expression. Studio 8 Dance Staff encourages, nurtures and provides a comfortable environment for students to learn. In the youth classes we use a creative dance approach to teaching technique. Fun props and games are incorporated into the dance curriculum to cultivate creativity, to develop coordination and to help build self esteem through artistic expression.
Ms. Tess Reyes
I am a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude graduate. My experience and expertise in the arts ranges from a directorship with a top Advertising Agencies in San Francisco to teaching children's art. I have 25 years of teaching experience with the City of San Ramon Parks & Community Services Dept., 19 years with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 3 years with the Town of Danville, and 2 years with Diablo Vista College for Kids summer program and I teach private lessons. I expose the children to different mediums and art styles. Foundations of drawing, color theory and composition of layouts are also introduced. Children learn basic drawing with drawing pencils and colored art sticks, utilize pen and ink, explore pastels (chalk, oil and watercolor oil pastels), experience the challenge of watercolor and acrylic. I also introduce unusual materials to create their masterpieces from painting on acetate to etching on wood. A background knowledge of the actual lesson is also presented and taught. I am a hands on teacher who believes that everyone can be artists if given the guidance and the opportunity to express themselves. "Learn...Draw...Create!"
Warren has been illustrating and designing for over 20 + years. He received a B.F.A. in Illustration and Animation at San Jose State University Art & Design program and completed the Gaming and Design certification program at Canada College in Redwood City. He has provided art instruction for over 10 + years throughout the bay area and is currently working on illustrating a fantasy picture book with a former Art instructor. Warren has taught for a number of years in San Ramon and is looking forward to his first summer as part of Camp Central!
Aaska Patel - Challenge Island
My name is Aaska Patel and I am the tribe leader for Challenge Island Bay Area. I have always been so passionate about teaching kids. Teaching runs in my family, my dad use to be a teacher and now I am teaching. My family owned a education (teaching) business and when I was searching for a company that excited kids about learning and also excites me to teach them Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, I discovered the best program called Challenge Island.
Berkeley Chess School - Peter Klein
The Berkeley Chess School is a nonprofit organization offering chess instruction from kindergarten through high school since 1982. Peter has been a teacher with the Berkeley Chess School for over four years. During the school year, he runs a half dozen weekly East Bay chess classes and heads-up the Friday Night Advanced Classes in Walnut Creek. Peter has conducted dozens of summer camps including multiple ones in San Ramon, Lafayette, Orinda and Concord. He is an U. S. Chess Federation-certified Level II (District) Chess Coach and a registered (Local) Tournament Director. Personally, he has played chess for more than 40 years and competed in chess tournaments going back to 1982. In addition to teaching and playing competitively, Peter serves as the teacher-trainer for the Berkeley Chess School, training new instructors. He currently has numerous private students and semi-private groups in the San Ramon and Napa area.
Brainwave Inc. - Diljeet Kaur
The mission of Brainwave Inc. is to offer high quality recreational programs that are mentally stimulating and academically enriching.We believe in providing a fun environment where children sharpen their brain and engage in activities that help improve their memory, knowledge, problem solving, logical and reasoning abilities. The company offers after school classes and camps in the Bay area.
Diljeet Kaur, a resident of San Ramon, has been the I. Q. Booster camp instructor for 5 years. She ensures her students are challenged, motivated, and learning in a safe and positive environment. While she enjoyed 14 years of a rewarding corporate career, she truly believes that working with young, creative minds is much more fulfilling!
Bricks 4 Kids
Bricks 4 Kidz®After-School Classes and camps build on the universal popularity of LEGO®Bricks to deliver high quality, educational play! Every class is a fun, enriching experience for your child building new project themes using the classic bricks loved by generations of children. Bricks 4 Kidz®camps are a fresh and fun way for kids ages 5-13+ to spend their school or holiday break! Guided by our experienced teachers and built around exciting themes like Amusement Parks, Space and Robotics, children will enjoy using LEGO®Bricks to build specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, play LEGO®games and explore the world of science, technology, engineering, architecture and/or animated movie-making!
Engineering for Kids
FUN! Educational Brain Sport!
We put the excitement in S.T.E.M. education by offering age appropriate, inquiry based, hands-on-learning for children ages 5 to 14. We offer FUN activities from designing and constructing rockets, hot air balloons, and roller coasters to LEGO® Robotics and video game designing.
Our teachers are hand picked by our team, and share our passion to inspire the next generation of Engineers! They have a higher education background, whether currently in college, recently graduated, or seasoned Educator; some are even Engineers! Each instructor completes training on our curriculum and classroom management. Your child always receives a safe and quality learning environment! http://www.engineeringforkids.net/sfbayarea
Fun with Academics
Fun with Academics has been running camps and classes - including Fun with Science and Engineering, Fun with Aerospace Engineering, and Fun with Chemistry - for over a decade, during which we have garnered many accolades. Our mission for our enrichment programs is to stimulate minds and spark imaginations. We give students fun and memorable hands-on experiences and help enable them for success -- academically and beyond.
Our staff is composed of experienced and credentialed teachers, tutors, scientists, and engineers who have a passion for educating young minds and developing fun and engaging projects and labs. Our unique philosophy and approach have been proven to help reinforce and rekindle the love of learning in our students. For more information, visit http://funwithacademics.com
We have helped thousands of students overcome the fear of public speaking and provide forums to engage in constructive debating. Our classes and camps are very well attended. Our staff includes highly qualified and talented teachers. The Bay Area Debate Club was founded in 2010. In 2015, We changed our name to Gurus Educational Services to reflect increased footprint beyond Bay Area and additional courses in Personal Finance besides Public Speaking and Debates. Gurus team consists of very well qualified and energetic professionals who are experts in their fields but all of them share a common passion of empowering the young generation. They provide the direction and leadership in assisting children attain these life-changing skills: Building Confidence!
Having taught for more than 20 in the San Ramon Unified School District, in grades 2 through 8, I felt this would be a great time to do something different, so I made the decision to teach cooking. How thrilled I was to find that there was such a great need in the community, to have children gain the experience of being in the kitchen, creating foods other than cookies, cupcakes, or brownies with their parents. I bring to the table, not only years of classroom experience, but the ability to get kids excited about what they can create themselves, thus being very willing to have brand new experiences with food and tastes. I am happy to be a part of the San Ramon Community Center, and quite thrilled that my program is so well received!
Lekha Ink is committed to developing a generation of children who think beyond the book! We do this by teaching them to write creatively, using a blend of time-tested and newly developed methods that stir one's imagination. For more information on Lekha School, visit us at http://www.lekhawriting.com/about/.
Little Medical School
Little Medical School® brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children in an entertaining, exciting and fun way. Children learn while having fun as they dress up like doctors, use medical instruments and understand how the body works. Our programs aim to inspire children to aspire for careers in healthcare.
We work with educators, healthcare leaders and community organizations to promote healthy lifestyles in children as they learn about jobs in the field. Small classes led by a certified Little Medical School teacher ensure individual attention. Each child receives a diploma as a graduate of Little Medical School at the completion of the course.
Mad Science of Mt. Diablo
Mad Science of Mt. Diablo has been delivering science education in East Bay, North Bay and San Francisco for over 20 years. We conduct classes at well over 100 schools, preschools and community centers throughout the area as well as perform at birthday parties and special events. The Mission of Mad Science of Mt. Diablo is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children through fun, hands-on science programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really about and how it affects the world around them. Mad Science makes learning fun! Children will learn how to explore, question and test their theories. Through unique experiments and dazzling demonstrations we hope to inspire young people to explore the world around them, and possibly pursue careers in technology, science or engineering. Mad Science is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through meaningful and educational scientific exploration. We stand behind our programs and guarantee satisfaction.
Since 1997, Play-Well TEKnologies has been focused on learning through play. When kids are at play, they explore the world. When kids create, they express themselves. And when kids build, they solve problems. Every year our hands-on, engineer-designed curriculum helps over 80,000 kids build on the math and science skills learned in school, all through the medium of LEGO. Come play well with us!
Science Beginnings - Vidya Pillai
Founded in 2006 by Vidya Pillai, Science Beginnings is a premier experiment-based
science program taught at schools and summer camps across the East Bay including
San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Fremont, Danville, and Concord. The
classes are aimed at kindergartners through middle schoolers, and bring to life the
basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences. Vidya’s Budding Biologist
classes are designed for students who are fascinated with animal biology, physiology,
and etymology, and children have an up-close and hands-on experience with various
Science Beginnings is founded on the philosophy that each student is special and
deserves one-on-one attention. All classes are designed and taught by Vidya with the
help of a small group of select teachers. Her commitment to her students is so high that
she has a large student base returning to her classes every year.
Vidya has an M.A. from USC, and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. For more
details please visit www.sciencebeginnings.com.
Silicon Valley 4 U
Kids devour technology, let then code their future. At sv4uKids, we introduce concepts and basics of technology. We believe technology education will expand creativity and accentuate logical reasoning at a young age. Let your child enter the world of coding -- be a creator, innovator, a coder, an entrepreneur!
I am a Magna Cum Laude graduate of A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Suma Cum Laude graduate of the Culinary of Arts. I specialize in baking and international cooking. I LOVE,LOVE baking and cooking. I also enjoy imparting knowledge to kids who may one day use this everyday skill to their advantage, whether it's for their own or a future career. Cooking and baking can be fun and very rewarding. The Culinary arts world is what i continue to experience, learn and experiment. New exciting recipe discoveries brings smiles to my face and happiness to my heart.
Tiny Techs Club
Tiny Techs Club provides enrichment programs in Robotics and Animation to elementary and middle school students. For the past three years over 350 students have been a part of our curriculum - exclusive designs, built and tested specifically to encourage and inspire a love of creativity through science and technology in young minds! We motivate children to think about their creations - and learn how to apply these concepts to everyday applications.
American Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics
American Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics based in San Ramon and teaches children ages 3 to 18 an Olympic sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics that combines the elegance, grace and beauty of the dancer with the dynamic power, strength and coordination of the athlete.
Rhythmic gymnastics thrive on creativity and originality. Concentration skills enhance learning abilities in school. Gymnasts will improve coordination, flexibility, muscle tone and learn to be fit for life!
It is really an enjoyable experience to be able to dance with a ball, rope, ribbon, clubs or hoop to music. Because creativity is a strong component of the sport, the gymnasts are given opportunities to design their own routines, express their personalities and feelings through body movement and music. In many cases, their self-esteem is enhanced.
Marina Shel Kolt started taking rhythmic and artistic gymnastics classes at age 7 in Ukraine. She also has a very strong background in Russian school of ballet, choreography, dance: including all the Latin dances, tumbling, strength and conditioning, extreme flexibility training.
As proprietor and head coach of theAmerican Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, she is responsible for sponsoring official competitions, organizing fundraising events, exhibitions and performances at the festivals. As a certified judge, Marina was the official judging coordinator for all sanctioned competitions in the state of California.
Two of her gymnasts won national competition in St. Louis, MO. Marina hasMaster of Science in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Physical Education. She also participated inOlympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, were she took anEliteCoaching course.
California Gymnastic Services
California Gymnastic Services has been teaching in Bay Area schools since 1985. We are structured to bring our innovative instructional program into schools and community centers. California Gymnastic Services offer classes comprised of a variety of activities that are customized to each child’s age and skill level. The staff members are specifically trained in gymnastic technique, spotting, and child development. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors allow each student to advance at his or her own pace in a fun, non-competitive, learning environment. Because safety is our top priority, all staff members are fingerprinted, TB tested, and First Aid and CPR certified.
California Knight Riders Cricket Academy
Founded in July 2015, CKR is a Silicon Valley based cricket academy catered to the development of cricket at the grassroots level. The catalystto the quick launchof thisacademy, which was a dream for founder and presidentAC has beenfew parents who requested him to coach their kids seeing him practice and coach his littleson. Hewas moved by the fervent requests from the local community.There is significant interest (need) amongst local kids to learn this game. Cricket in USA is not that popular of a sport nationwide but there is a decent population that plays serious competitive cricket and AC is one of them. There is a need to take this sport to the international level and only the next generation youth can make that dream possible. There are pain points in US cricket at the moment but there is a huge potential and lot of wasted talent.Investments ingrassroots cricket, a proper vision, roadmap and honest effortscan only help the fortune of the game in this part of the world.These thoughts prompted the formation ofCalifornia Knight Riders Cricket Academy (CKR).
Club V.I.P Volleyball
Ted has a great passion for working with young players interested in learning and improving their volleyball skills. He has coached teams ranging from jr high to high school and club. He is currently the Club Director of Club V.I.P. and runs the recreational and competitive programs that are currently offered in 7 different cities. Ted’s focus for this and every program is to help players reach their goals. He has done this with many players since 1997 and has been running Club V.I.P. since 2003.
Kidz Love Soccer
Since 1979, Kidz Love Soccer has been dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular sport within a nurturing, recreational environment. At Kidz Love Soccer the emphasis is always on fun! We provide the foremost in soccer classes and camps for kids; instilling an exuberant, skillful, confidence in the young player. A session experience includes age appropriate activities: skill demonstrations, fun games, and instructional scrimmages always conducted in a non-competitive, recreational format.
Kidz Love Soccer…"Where the score is always FUN to FUN!"™
Kris was trained by John Gardiner and greatly influenced by Dennis Van der Meer two of the greatest innovators-teachers in the history of tennis. He has coached over 20,000 students that have played at the high school level, USTA ranked, collegiate and professional levels.
During Drake University’s Centennial Anniversary Kris was recognized as one of Drakes “All Time Greatest Athletes” and a member o f the “All Century Tennis Team.” He will be inducted into the Parkway School District “Hall of Fame” in 2012 for his accomplishments as an author, player, director and coach.
Modern Recess - Stephanie Masuda
From a young age, Stephanie grew up playing outside for recreation and participated in competitive sports including swimming, tennis and volleyball. Getting started at an early age led to a smooth transition into adulthood where she currently maintains an active lifestyle. She is a dynamic leader whose passion for children, health and fitness is the driving force behind Modern Recess. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in Physiology. She holds certifications as a certified trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is a Youth Fitness Specialist with the International Youth Fitness Association (IYCA).She is also a certified kids yoga instructor through It's Yoga, Kids in San Francisco. She has worked with many children and adults to achieve their fitness goals. Her personal mission is to motivate and educate children to lead healthy lives. Instilling the importance of exercise and health at a young age can prepare children for a lifetime of success in anything they do.
Donna Runyon - Softball
Donna is the Head Softball Coach at Ohlone College is entering her 15th season at the helm of the perennially ranked Ohlone softball team. The 4 time Coast Conference Coach of the Year is an excellent teacher and motivator.
Kathy Higbee - Volleyball
Kathy is a former Division I player at Brigham Young University, will direct this weeklong volleyball camp focused on individual skill development of all ability levels, as well as team play and concepts. Coach Higbee has vast experience playing at the high school and collegiate levels. Staff will be comprised of current and former high school players with a camper to coach ratio of 8:1.
Justin Carter- Basketball
This camp is directed by College head men's basketball coach Justin Carter and his talented staff. Coach Carter and/or his staff will cover offensive & defensive concepts in addition to 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. All participants will receive a shirt at the conclusion of the camp.
One on One Sports
One on One Sports Training provides complete instruction on all aspects. Since 1991, we've catered to players of all ages and skill levels. Our philosophy is based on the belief that focused training is the best means through which a player can achieve significant and lasting improvement. Through experienced and comprehensive teaching, One on One provides the tools for improvement. We give leadership, expertise, and support to athletes who simply want to become better players.
One on One believes that hard work, attention to detail, and a positive attitude develop habits that serve as the foundation for improvement. While player improvement is our immediate aim, our commitment to overall development, on and off the court, is what makes One on One successful. The ultimate goal of One on One is to develop within athletes the ability to motivate themselves and to teach them how to reach their potential.
One on One boasts a team of enthusiastic, skilled, and well-informed instructors who have been trained extensively to teach young players. All of the instructors recognize the importance of learning the fundamentals at a young age. More importantly, each instructor believes in the merits of dedication, hard work, and positive thinking and is committed to making each of these ideals an integral part of the programs. As a result of this commitment, young players will benefit from their influence not only by becoming better players, but more importantly, by learning and developing the habits necessary to succeed off the playing court and field, as well.
Born in Castro Valley Ca attending both public and private schools graduating from Bonita Vista High in San Diego California. Mr. Ferguson then pursued his college education at San Francisco State University before venturing out and creating what is said to be one of the greatest upcoming organizations to the community.
Mr. Ferguson’s vision with the continuing economic spiral and the rising costs associated with youth activities is to provide young children and teens with activities and sustainable programming for free or at an affordable price throughout the United States.
He has dedicated the past years of his life to making that a reality, helping those with less fortune to have equal opportunities as others (thus his company Rob Skate Academy focuses on). Mr. Ferguson is one of the few young successful entrepreneurs of our time and sat as board chairman of “Karl’s Causes Non Profit”. Known for his outreach towards at risk youth and helping centers such at but not limited to EYFC, REACH, Seneca Center, Youth Upraising Center, Boys & Girls Club etc. He’s active and passionate to all, a great role model in this society, and viewed as a Mentor.
San Ramon FC
San Ramon FC has a rich pool of professional coaches holding top soccer licenses from US and Europe. The SRFC coaching staff is second to none with experiences coaching at all levels of soccer, ranging from High School and ODP/PDP to College and MLS. Many of our coaches also have the playing experience across many continents. San Ramon FC has a passion for learning, growth and success. As we grow we continue to educate ourselves as people and coaches passing our passion and knowledge on to the next generation of growing soccer players
Skyhawks Sports Academy
What started as regional soccer camps has grown into the nation's largest provider of youth sports. More than one and a half million children and young adults have experienced the joys and benefits of sports through Sky hawks. Using its experience, curriculum, and strong community focus - Skyhawks has proven to be the best and largest provider of youth sports.
Skyhawks' purpose is to teach life skills through sports. For over 30 years Skyhawks has provided safe and positive sports camps that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life - such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and winning and losing. Skyhawks continues to build on its foundation of providing healthy and active lifestyle choices, while helping to develop and strengthen the skills and confidence of young athletes. Go to www.skyhawks.com for more information.
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