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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 - Nermin Kamel, MA (Director of Admissions)

Nermin Kamel, MA — Director of Admissions

Nermin is Education Unlimited's Director of Admissions.  She 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 of Arts...


Education Unlimited - Audrey Lee, MA (Chief Academic Officer)

Audrey Lee, MA — Chief Academic Officer

Audrey Lee is a teacher and administrator with 20 years of experience, most recently as the Director of Curriculum and Educational Technology for the Martinez Unified School District in the SF Bay Area; a role which she held for six years.  In addition, Audrey is an expert on Common Core Standards for the State of California and therefore...


Education Unlimited - Adrienne Schell (Marketing Manager)

Adrienne Schell — Marketing Manager

Adrienne Schell has 10 years of experience in account and project management in retail marketing and the advertising specialty industry.  While on the vendor side of the retail marketing realm, Adrienne managed large-scale initiatives for Nike for over 6 years. With this experience, she brings knowledge in brand management and recognition,...


Education Unlimited - Chelsea Toller, MA (Division Director of Elementary Education)

Chelsea Toller, MA — Division Director of Elementary Education

Chelsea Toller is a teacher and administrator with over 20 years of experience, most recently as principal of Glenview Elementary School in Oakland, CA.  Since her start in education in 1995, she has worked throughout California as a classroom teacher, Bilingual Teacher on Special Assignment, School Reform Coach, District English Language...


Education Unlimited - Sarah McGonagill (Administrative Assistant)

Sarah McGonagill — Administrative Assistant

Sarah McGonagill is a student at University of California, Berkeley, where she will receive dual degrees in May 2018; a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric.  Headed to medical school in the...


Education Unlimited - Todd Newkirk (Division Director: Secondary Programs)

Todd Newkirk — Division Director: Secondary Programs

Todd Newkirk is the Division Director of Secondary Education at Education Unlimited, and is also the Camp Director for our Summer Focus Program on the campus of UC Berkeley.  An experienced high-school...


Education Unlimited - John Bettonville, MS (Finance & Operations Associate)

John Bettonville, MS — 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, MS (Associate)

Suzie Wood, MS — 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...



Camp Directors

Education Unlimited - Christina Hale-Elliot, MA (Camp Director)

Christina Hale-Elliot, MA — Camp Director

Christina Hale-Elliott is a 20-year veteran within the field of education. Most recently, she served as a lecturer within UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education, instructing pre-service teachers on developing students’ literacy skills across content areas.  Christina received her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard...


Education Unlimited - Emily Mullaney, MA (Camp Director)

Emily Mullaney, MA — Camp Director

Emily Mullaney is a teacher and doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, working towards a PhD in Education Leadership with a focus on how to best support beginning teachers as they enter the field. In addition to her 7+ years of teaching experience in subjects such as language, culture, and high-school English, Emily has...


Education Unlimited - Joseph Reynolds, MFA (Camp Director)

Joseph Reynolds, MFA — Camp Director

Joseph Reynolds is an author and adjunct professor teaching English and Philosophy at colleges in the New England region.  Joseph has three Master’s Degrees in Political Science, Literature, and Creative Fiction. In addition to courses taught during the school year, he also teaches at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland during the summer term,...


Education Unlimited - Trinity Thompson, MA, MS (Instructor)

Trinity Thompson, MA, MS — Instructor

Trinity Thompson works as a residential faculty member at a high school called CITYterm, where she teaches in their Urban Core. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Stanford and a Master of Science Degree in General and Special Education from Progressive Education Institute, Touro College. She also did her undergraduate studies at...


Education Unlimited - Thalea Torres (Camp Director)

Thalea Torres — Camp Director

Thalea is a graduate student currently pursuing her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University in New York City.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley. Thalea has worked with and directed summer camp programs since 2012.  She is a huge believer in the...


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

Brianna Broady, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Brianna Broady is a lecturer with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge in Southern California.  Brianna teaches classes at several Southern California colleges in Communication Studies in her primary areas of interest: performance studies and intercultural communication studies.  A seasoned...


Education Unlimited - Stephen Buettler (Camp Director)

Stephen Buettler — Camp Director

Stephen Buettler is an instructor and public speaking expert with dual degrees in literature and philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In addition to roles as lecturer and...


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 the Los Angeles Review of Books, H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast Magazine, and Gulf Coast; her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.  Her involvement in television and film began at AMC Networks, where she worked in original series...


Education Unlimited - Angela Ciandro, MFA (Camp Director)

Angela Ciandro, MFA — Camp Director

Angela Ciandro is an experienced program director with a Master in Fine Arts from the London International School of...


Education Unlimited - Carl Dugdale (Camp Director)

Carl Dugdale — Camp Director

Carl Dugdale is an educator, academic consultant and historian originally from Lancashire England.  Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a TEFL...


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

Amy Hough is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside.  An instructor at UC Riverside since 2012, Amy has taught courses in her main areas of interest and expertise: Foreign Language (Italian), Introduction to World Literature, and Introduction to Film, Literature, and Culture.  In addition to her...


Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...


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

Robert Loy, MA — Camp Director & Instructor

Robert Loy is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Los Angeles Pierce College. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at CSU Northridge in the areas of public speaking and argumentation.  A director with Education Unlimited since...


Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director


Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll, MS (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll, MS — Camp Director

Macara Nicoll is a school counselor with a Master of Science in School Counseling from California State University, Sacramento.  Macara first came to Education Unlimited as a camper, a step which led her on a path to an undergraduate career at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her love of education and working with youth brought her back...


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

Dr. James Webb is a seasoned instructor and lecturer with a PhD in Educational Theater from New York University. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the greater New York City area, with...


Education Unlimited - Steven Wolkoff (Camp Director and Instructor)

Steven Wolkoff — Camp Director and Instructor

Steven Wolkoff is an experienced college counselor and professional SAT Tutor.  A graduate with honors from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, Steven holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English.  He has dedicated over a decade to private SAT instruction for students across the globe.  Steven has been with the Education Unlimited team since...


Education Unlimited - Janet Willford (College Tour Leader)

Janet Willford — College Tour Leader

Janet Willford is an experienced high-school teacher.  She has taught both leadership and speech and debate at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA for over twenty years.  As the winner of the Eukel...



At Camp Staff

Education Unlimited - Jasmine Ashoori (Instructor)

Jasmine Ashoori — Instructor

Jasmine Ashoori is a Communication Studies graduate student at California State University, Northridge, where she also teaches two sections of the Fundamentals of Public Speaking. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Jasmine has spent time working with both grammar and...


Education Unlimited - Elisabeth Benson, MBA (Instructor)

Elisabeth Benson, MBA — Instructor

Liz Benson is a tutor and academic coach with over 10 years of experience helping students achieve their academic goals through SAT and ACT prep, as well as specialized tutoring in algebra, geometry, grammar, writing, and both study and organizational skills.  She has a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Bentley University,...


Education Unlimited - Alexander Bice (Graphic Design Instructor)

Alexander Bice — Graphic Design Instructor

Alexander Bice is a professional artist and illustrator.  He has a BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design.  He has worked in several roles as a graphic artist including storyboarding for animated features at Titmouse Animation as well as various music videos.  He...


Education Unlimited - Jason Blalock (Instructor - SNAP Coding and Astronomy)

Jason Blalock — Instructor - SNAP Coding and Astronomy

Jason Blalock is a computer and science teacher who has been teaching middle school students since 2009.  Since 2011, he has been teaching science to 6th and 7th grade students in the Moraga School District, where he has also taught computer technology and coding for the past five years.  He has extensive experience teaching programming...


Education Unlimited - John Bolen (Instructor)

John Bolen — Instructor

John Bolen currently teaches Creative Writing and Analytical Writing at the University of Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Sewanee: The University of the South and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. While he was an undergraduate, he volunteered as a writing...


Education Unlimited - Maximillian Brichta (Instructor)

Maximillian Brichta — Instructor

Max is a public speaking teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Cal State University, Northridge, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. He's taught public speaking for the last 3 years, including a year with Communication for Youth Institute at CSUN and two as a graduate teaching...


Education Unlimited - Joshua Butler, MA (Instructor)

Joshua Butler, MA — Instructor

Joshua Butler is a lecturer at Mount Saint Mary’s University and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. Joshua teaches classes such as Introduction to Ethics and Introduction to Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication.  In addition to his teaching roles, Joshua...


Education Unlimited - Alex Cadena (Instructor)

Alex Cadena — Instructor

Alex Cadena is a graduate assistant at California State University Northridge, where he is working on his Master of Arts degree  in Communication Studies. He is an assistant coach for the CSUN Matador Speech and Debate Team, helping students learn policy-debate and individual events. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication at...


Education Unlimited - Bethany Carlson, MDiv, MFA (Instructor)

Bethany Carlson, MDiv, MFA — Instructor

Bethany Carlson is an adjunct English professor based in New Haven, Connecticut.  She holds two graduate degrees, a Master’s in Divinity from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University.  Through her graduate school years she has studied liturgy, theology, creative arts and poetry. She has taught...


Education Unlimited - Sylvana Carmella (Instructor)

Sylvana Carmella — Instructor

Sylvana is a middle school special education teacher on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Simmons College, where she received high marks in Public Speaking.  Prior to her current teaching position, Sylvana lived and worked in New York City for five years, where she co-founded Brooklyn Gypsies, an...


Education Unlimited - Nikki Chawla (Instructor)

Nikki Chawla — Instructor

Nikki Chawla is an actress and experienced drama teacher with dual masters degrees.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City as well as a Master of Science in Education from C.W. Post LIU in Brookville, New York.  Formally trained in the Stanislavski method, she has over 10 years...


Education Unlimited - Tiffany Chen (Instructor)

Tiffany Chen — Instructor

Tiffany Chen is a teacher and tutor currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge.  Skilled in the fundamentals of public speaking, Tiffany has developed coursework and lectured at the undergraduate level in the communications department of CSU Northridge since 2015.  Prior to...


Education Unlimited - Alex DeJean, MA (Instructor)

Alex DeJean, MA — Instructor

Alex DeJean is a college instructor in the Los Angeles Area, teaching courses related to communication such as public speaking, argumentation, and interpersonal communication. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication from California State University Los Angeles, where he also earned his Bachelor’s of Art degree my Communication,...


Education Unlimited - Sean Devlin, MA (Instructor)

Sean Devlin, MA — Instructor

Sean is a freelance journalist with work published in publications such as the New York Daily News, Observer, Daily Mail, and more.  He received his Master of Arts degree in Journalism from City University of New York in 2015. In addition to his freelance work, Sean has also worked as a blogger, editor, and social media manager, working with...


Education Unlimited - Charli Engelhorn (Instructor)

Charli Engelhorn — Instructor

Charli Engelhorn is a freelance writer and editor and managing editor of the literary magazine The Coachella Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Kansas and will be graduating with an Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing in the summer of 2019. Charli has had to pleasure of teaching...


Education Unlimited - Brian Garcia, MFA (Instructor)

Brian Garcia, MFA — Instructor

Brian Garcia is a Certified Arts, Media, and Entertainment instructor who has been teaching video and multimedia production at the high school and college level since 2014.  Brian earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema from San Francisco State and his graduate thesis film has screened at numerous film festivals across the country. He...


Education Unlimited - Hershini Gopal (Middle School Instructor)

Hershini Gopal — Middle School Instructor

Hershini is an experienced paralegal and mock trial competitor bound for UCLA School of Law in the fall of 2018.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. During her undergraduate years, Hershini worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme in Washington D.C. where...


Education Unlimited - Nadia Hallaj (Counselor)

Nadia Hallaj — Counselor

Nadia Hallaj is a recent graduate from Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.  She has her sights set on work in a biomedical engineering lab before going back to graduate school to study pharmaceutical technology. During her time at Tufts, Nadia worked for a pharmaceutical...


Education Unlimited - Thomas Harper (Instructor)

Thomas Harper — Instructor

Thomas Harper is a robotics enthusiast currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Human Factors Engineering at Tufts University.  His passion for robotics started at a young age. In addition to being president of the robotics and 3D printing club at The Head Royce School in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas turned his...


Education Unlimited - Aaliyah Henry (Instructor)

Aaliyah Henry — Instructor

Aaliyah Henry is an experienced English teacher and reading specialist with a Master of Science degree in Literacy Education for grades 5th-12th from St. John’s University.  She also received her Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education with a concentration in English from Saint John’s. During her time in higher education Aaliyah was honored...


Education Unlimited - Shaun Holloway (Instructor)

Shaun Holloway — Instructor

Shaun Holloway is an English and Composition Instructor at George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.  Through his writing workshops, he focuses on a wide variety of genres including novel, short story, personal and personal and philosophical essays, poetry, radio drama, and graphic novels.  Shaun is a...


Education Unlimited - Moushumi Kabir (Instructor)

Moushumi Kabir — Instructor

Moushumi is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history in the Internet industry. She has dual Master’s degrees, one in Information Technology from American InterContinental University and another in English from the National University of Singapore.  A strong and determined entrepreneur, Moushumi founded her technology...


Education Unlimited - Steven Kennedy, JD (Instructor)

Steven Kennedy, JD — Instructor

Steven Kennedy is an acting attorney and adjunct professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Steven has more than 20 years of trial experience in insurance law and civil litigation. He is currently a senior trial attorney for a major national insurance company.  For the past 13 years, Steven has also been an adjunct professor...


Education Unlimited - Meghan Lamb, MFA (Instructor)

Meghan Lamb, MFA — Instructor

Meghan Lamb is a writer and teacher with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked with the Modern Literature Collection and Dorothy, A Publishing Project. She served as the Spring 2018 Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University and spent the summer of 2017 teaching at...


Education Unlimited - Adam Marston, MFA (Instruction)

Adam Marston, MFA — Instruction

Adam Marston is an English teacher and freelance writer.  He has taught both at the high school and college level, most recently as a writing instructor, teaching Introduction to College Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has also taught Leadership to high school students for the Kingdom Education Foundation. Adam has a...


Education Unlimited - Tia Martineau (Instructor)

Tia Martineau — Instructor

Tia Martineau is a high school physics teacher in Chelmford, Massachusetts.  She received Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  She is currently preparing to transition into her graduate career, where she will be pursuing her doctorate in physics at the University of Florida. Alongside her...


Education Unlimited - Tamra McCarthy (Instructor)

Tamra McCarthy — Instructor

Tamra McCarthy is a dedicated high school English teacher and Certified Journalism Educator with nearly 18 years of teaching experience and 12 years of service to the student journalism program at James Enochs High School in Modesto, California. Her work with students has garnered numerous awards, including being named a JEA Rising Star in...

Education Unlimited - Gary Metzker (Instructor)

Gary Metzker — Instructor

Gary Metzker is a lecturer and publications adviser at California State Long Beach.  Prior to taking on his role at Cal State Long Beach in 2008, Gary spent 24 years at the Los Angeles Times, working in a variety of roles including sports news editor, metro news editor, and senior editor.  He was the page one designer for some of the biggest...


Education Unlimited - Abraham Navarro (Instructor)

Abraham Navarro — Instructor

Abraham Navarro is a substitute teacher currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of California, Riverside.  He has over five years of experience working with kids and teens ranging from kindergarten to high school age through a variety of roles, including tutor, coach, translator, and teacher.

 

Abraham...


Education Unlimited - Aimee Newton (Instructor)

Aimee Newton — Instructor

Aimee Newton is a teacher in the Communications Department at California State University, Northridge where she teaches the Fundamentals of Public Speaking.  Aimee is pursuing her Master of Arts in Communication Studies at CSUN, following a Bachelor of Arts from CSUN and Associate of Arts from College of the Canyons in the same field. Aimee...


Education Unlimited - Charlene Nguyen (Instructor)

Charlene Nguyen — Instructor

Charlene Nguyen is a high school biology teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and had worked in research labs as an undergraduate. Following her graduation from college, she tutored students in biology and...


Education Unlimited - Hannah Nguyen (Instructor)

Hannah Nguyen — Instructor

Hannah Nguyen is a teacher currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Teaching at the University of San Francisco, with a focus on Urban Education and Social Justice and teaching credentials in Math and History/Social Science.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California, which she attended on a...


Education Unlimited - Ben Parson (Instructor)

Ben Parson — Instructor

Ben Parson is a teacher of writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also a fiction candidate in the Master of Fine Arts Program for Poets & Writers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UMass with a specialization in Creative Writing. In addition to teaching regular courses at the University, Ben has also...


Education Unlimited - Kayley Pettoruto, MPH (Instructor)

Kayley Pettoruto, MPH — Instructor

Kayley Pettoruto is an 8th grade science teacher in Andover, Massachusetts. She has a Master’s degree in public health from Boston University, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in community health, Spanish, and child development from Tufts University.  Kayley spent several years as a researcher in public health in a private firm before...


Education Unlimited - Shannon Pylant (Instructor)

Shannon Pylant — Instructor

Shannon Pylant is a 6th grade science teacher in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Education from Belmont Abbey College. Prior to teaching, Shannon worked as a cancer...


Education Unlimited - Andrea Rivard (Instructor)

Andrea Rivard — Instructor

Andrea Rivard is a teacher currently teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition at Summit Public Schools: Tahoma in South San Jose.  Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Earth Science, from University of Northern Colorado. A high school teacher since 2015, Andrea has taught Intro to Journalism,...


Education Unlimited - Matthew Schwartz, PhD (Instructor)

Matthew Schwartz, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Matthew Schwartz is a full-time lecturer at Simmons College in Boston, where he teaches Anatomy and Physiology.  He received his PhD in genetics and genomics from Harvard University in 2016. As a graduate student, Dr. Schwartz fostered his long-standing interest in scientific outreach through his work with Science in the News to give...


Education Unlimited - Marina Shew (Middle School Instructor)

Marina Shew — Middle School Instructor

Marina Shew is a law student at Columbia Law School in New York City.  She has dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Clemson University in South Carolina.  In both high school and college, Marina was the president of her respective debate teams, taking on leadership, teaching, and mentoring roles for younger students....


Education Unlimited - Jasmine Sufi (Instructor)

Jasmine Sufi — Instructor

Jasmine Sufi is a full-time poetry instructor in middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area, teaching students how to express themselves and share their stories via the written and spoken word.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from University of California, Santa Cruz. In...


Education Unlimited - Emily Tomusko, MA (Instructor)

Emily Tomusko, MA — Instructor

Emily is a writing teacher at the high school and college level in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a Master of Arts degree in English from John Carroll University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and anthropology from Cleveland State University.  In addition to her time spent teaching, Emily is also the assistant director and a writing...


Education Unlimited - Christine Wang (Instructor)

Christine Wang — Instructor

Christine Wang is an experienced ESL teacher currently working as a substitute teacher in the Vacaville Unified School District for grades 1st-12th.  Prior to this, Christine spent four years teaching English as a Second Language for the HESS International Education Group in Taiwan. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu...


Education Unlimited - Gerry Weiner (Acting Instructor)

Gerry Weiner — Acting Instructor

Gerry Wiener is a drama teacher with a Masters in English Education from New York University. He has taught beginning and advanced levels of drama as well as musical theatre, choir, and English with an emphasis on arts integration for over 25 years in Martinez, CA. He was both a participant and later a presenter with the California Arts...


Education Unlimited - Gerry Weiner (Acting Instructor)

Gerry Weiner — Acting Instructor

Gerry Wiener is a drama teacher with a Masters in English Education from New York University. He has taught beginning and advanced levels of drama as well as musical theatre, choir, and English with an emphasis on arts integration for over 25 years in Martinez, CA. He was both a participant and later a presenter with the California Arts...


Education Unlimited - Gaby Williams (Instructor)

Gaby Williams — Instructor

Gaby Williams is a teacher and writer with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. During her time as a graduate student, she taught poetry, fiction, and composition, and tutored in the Writing Center on topics...


Education Unlimited - Kim Yee (Instructor)

Kim Yee — Instructor

Kim Yee is a lecturer in public speaking at San Jose State University, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural performance studies.  While completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies at SJSU, Kim spent four years as a tutor and intern for the Ohlone College...


Education Unlimited - Erica Ho (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Erica Ho — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Erica is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Yale University, and her research focuses on the systems neuroscience of social behavior. After receiving her BA in psychology from Cornell University in 2013, Erica spent three years as a full-time research assistant and later research coordinator at the Child Mind Institute's Center for the...


Education Unlimited - John Robert Johnson (SAT Instructor)

John Robert Johnson — SAT Instructor

Robert Johnson is an instructor specializing in standardized test preparation.  For close to 20 years, Robert has taught the skills and nuances of test prep in both class and one-on-one format.  Inducted into MENSA during his teen years, Robert became a National Merit Finalist after he received his own impressive test scores.  A graduate of...

Education Unlimited - Johann Somerville (Instructor)

Johann Somerville — Instructor

Johann Somerville is a high school history teacher in San Ramon, CA.  Inspired to pursue teaching as a career after seeing the impact he could make during an experience as a teacher’s assistant in his college years, Johann received his credential from San Francisco State University in 2016.  Johann places a strong emphasis on critical reading...


Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...


Education Unlimited - Nicholas Rollins (Instructor)

Nicholas Rollins — Instructor

Nicholas Rollins is an experienced video producer and owner of a Los Angeles based company dedicated to the production of dynamic investor videos.  Nicholas has over five years of experience working with startups, non-profits, and award winning filmmakers. He is familiar with not only the technical aspects of editing, but with the human process...


Education Unlimited - Casey Ann Hayward, MA (Instructor)

Casey Ann Hayward, MA — Instructor

Casey Ann Hayward is a teacher with a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University.  As a seasoned performer and teaching artist, Casey Ann has a natural ability to empower students to find their own voice and confidence in front of a crowd, whether it be on stage as a performer or public speaker.  Her background in educating...


Education Unlimited - Jacqueline  Acres, MS (Robotics Instructor)

Jacqueline Acres, MS — Robotics Instructor

Jackie 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 university mechanical engineering students the principles of robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms platform.  She...


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

Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA — Instructor

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is an instructor and creative writing fellow at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  Nana designed and now teaches the Introduction to Creative Writing (Fiction) course. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University.  During his time at Syracuse, he designed and taught courses such as Practices...


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 - Byron Arthur (Instructor)

Byron Arthur — Instructor

Byron Arthur is a practicing attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana.  As an acclaimed debate coach, he brings the perfect pairing of experience to our Mock Trial and American Legal Experience programs: legal knowledge and expertise combined with impeccable public speaking and critical thinking skills, which he has taught at the high school level...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Instructor

Daniel Balogun is a missionary math teacher at the CEAD Christian...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman is a dedicated high school science teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, she has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious...


Education Unlimited - Jacob Burdette (Instructor)

Jacob Burdette — Instructor

Jacob Burdette is a high school teacher and curriculum developer.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in Women’s and Gender Studies from Berea College in Kentucky.  During his undergraduate years, Jacob served as a manager and tutor for three years at the university’s writing center and as Editor-in-Chief of their undergraduate...


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 - Wendy Chamorrow (Instructor)

Wendy Chamorrow — Instructor

Wendy graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2012 with a BA degree in Sociology and Human Resources. She also served in the 2012-2013 City Year New York AmeriCorps, where she worked in...


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 - Amanda DeDiego, PhD (Instructor )

Amanda DeDiego, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Amanda DeDiego is an Assistant Professor at the University of...


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 - Alix Feinsod (Instructor)

Alix Feinsod — Instructor

Alix Feinsod is an experienced teacher and software engineer with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from University of California Santa Cruz.  During her time as a professional software engineer she worked as a developer in Java, Python, C and a variety of other programming languages. She is able to bring her real world industry...


Education Unlimited - Hannah Fisher (Assistant Director)

Hannah Fisher — Assistant Director

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


Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. His love of language and the power of words has inspired his teaching career.  He has taught in both class and individual format, developed curriculum and materials, and worked to build confidence in high school students as they prepare for 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...


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 - Rochelle Gray (Assistant Director)

Rochelle Gray — Assistant Director

Rochelle Gray is a senior program director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County.  Since 2014, she has worked within the organization to identify and address behavioral, emotional, and learning issues and works on an interdisciplinary team to recommend strategies for invention and appropriate learning plans.  Her ability to...


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, MS (Instructor)

Taylor Halsey, MS — Instructor

Taylor Halsey is a Graduate Teaching Associate at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry.  She received her Master’s Degree in Biological and...


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 - 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 is an adjunct instructor currently teaching...


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

Jessica Kwack is a teacher at California State University, Northridge, where she also received both her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Studies.  Since 2014, Jessica has taught...


Education Unlimited - Robert Lebeda, MA (Instructor)

Robert Lebeda, MA — Instructor

Bobby Lebeda is a teaching associate currently teaching public speaking at California State University Northridge.  He received his Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from CSU Northridge in 2017. In addition to teaching, Bobby is also a speech and debate coach for CSU and he has been coaching at the high school level for the past six...


Education Unlimited - Sarah Levine, MFA (Instructor)

Sarah Levine, MFA — Instructor

Sarah Levine is a published writer and teacher currently teaching middle school english at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing...


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 - 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

Jennifer Newman is a content creator for The Public Interest Network in Boston, Massachusetts.  She received her Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Politics and Philosophy from George Fox University.  Jennifer’s love of speech and debate began in middle...


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

Claire O'Connor, MFA — Instructor

Claire O’Connor is a teacher and avid traveler with extensive experience teaching high school english and writing.  She has a two Master’s degrees; a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Idaho and a Master of Science in Education from Long Island University.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Victoria Obenchain is a dedicated science teacher to primary and middle school age students.  For more than 10 years she has taught at The Salkan School in Moraga, CA where she has focused on hands-on...


Education Unlimited - Jennifer  Parker, MA (Instructor)

Jennifer Parker, MA — Instructor

Jennifer Parker teaches Leadership, Business and Professional Communication, and Public Speaking for Creighton University.  She has a Master of Arts Degree from University of Nebraska. Jennifer has a strong passion for public speaking and performance, and consults for forensics teams and leadership camps across the country. Previously she...


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 is a writer and instructor currently teaching Nonfiction for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.  She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Los Angeles Extension program and does freelance training for The Writer, a global brand language agency.  Ploy has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco...


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 - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett Shanley is a writer and English lecturer currently pursuing a PhD...


Education Unlimited - Katibelle Sharkey (Instructor )

Katibelle Sharkey — Instructor

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)

Oishee Shemontee — Instructor

Oishee Shemontee is an experience science instructor and SAT tutor with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English from the University of California, Irvine.  Oishee is passionate about making science more relevant and easily accessible to people from a young age. In high school, she co-founded a peer tutoring program to help...


Education Unlimited - Krysti Specht, MPM (College Admissions Counselor)

Krysti Specht, MPM — College Admissions Counselor

Krysti Specht is a community development specialist for Tech SF, a workforce training initiative for the City & County of San Francisco, California.  A passionate supporter and advocate for college access, Kristi has a Master’s Degree in Policy Management, with a focus in financial aid reform for students in higher education, from Georgetown...


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 - Daniel Williams, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Lead Instructor

Daniel Williams is an instructor and copywriter with a Master of Fine...


Education Unlimited - Mitch Ziegler (Instructor)

Mitch Ziegler — Instructor

Mitch Ziegler is a dedicated high school teacher and Certified Journalism Educator with nearly 30 years of experience and service to the student journalism program at Redondo Union High School in Southern...


Education Unlimited - Patricia Hicks (Instructor)

Patricia Hicks — Instructor

Patricia Hicks is an educator, writer, and passionate teaching artist with over 20 years of experience.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University, she has numerous certifications in specialized curriculum including intensive drama therapy training and work as a certified seminar leader...



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