In such an environment with our teacher’s tailored instruction, our students can blossom.
Our carefully crafted and balanced curriculum has been created in collaboration with some of the most renowned teachers, professors, speech and debate coaches from the Bay Area.
Kari Nygaard has taught middle school English for over fourteen years and has been a teacher mentor for more than ten years. She has also taught numerous summer programs for youth in civic leadership, design thinking, creative writing, Italian, music, and HIV/AIDS education.
Kari received a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College and an MA in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University.
She has experience teaching a variety of summer writing courses, including Future Author Camp, a writing camp for gifted creative writers.
She also enjoys coaching adults and teens in a variety of writing projects, from personal statements to essays and speeches.We will also experiment with a variety of writing strategies, such as idea generation, dialogue, imagery, foreshadowing and/or suspense.Tarn Wilson has been teaching creative writing to high school students and adults for over twenty-years. She earned an MA in education from Stanford and an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop, specializing in memoir and the personal essay.Lita Kurth has taught at Santa Clara University and De Anza College as well as in private workshops for many years.A co-founder of San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum, she holds three Master’s degrees, including an MFA.In this course offered exclusively for middle school students, come explore different writing forms and genres.Based on student interest, we may play with dystopia, mystery, memoir, humor writing, scriptwriting, and poetry.In a positive, collaborative environment, rising seniors will learn the principles of an effective college essay, study successful models, generate original ideas, draft essays, and receive meaningful feedback.They will end the week with less fear, more inspiration, and a solid draft of their Common Application essay.They are also some of the most innovative and cutting edge teachers in education today.They have won countless awards and accolades nationally and internationally.