Emily Cline is excited to be an EDMO Coach! She is currently an undergraduate student at UCLA studying environmental science with concentrations in conservation biology and GIS. Emily loves working with kids because of the unique connections you can make and the invaluable perspective that kids have to offer. She is passionate about education, and believes that learning should be an immersive, engaging experience for all.
Casey has a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Nevada Reno and loves being be an EDMO Coach! She has been tutoring children, of all abilities, for over 6 years. Casey understands that while learning can be challenging, it can also be fun! She loves to communicate with the parents and students. She welcomes feedback and new ideas so she can implement the suggestions into future sessions. Casey hopes that this will encourage continued excitement and curiosity within the students. She loves yoga, hiking, as well as other outdoor activities.
Sydney has been with Camp EDMO for over 12 years –– as a camper for seven, then a leader-in-training, counselor, and now… an EDMO Coach! She is currently a rising sophomore at UC Berkeley, with an intended major in Media Studies and minors in Journalism and Spanish. Aside from her passions for working with children, writing, and language, Sydney is an avid traveler, volleyball player, artist, and tutor. In fact, when she’s not editing her friends’ essays or leading repeat-after-me songs at summer camp, you’ll likely find Sydney at JoAnn’s Fabrics, passing a volleyball around, or planning her next trip abroad. Though learning can surely be difficult sometimes, Sydney hopes to inspire the same enthusiasm in kids for education and trying new things that she too developed at EDMO.
Donna who uses the name Meke'da is excited to be joining EDMO for her first year as an Instructor! For the past three years, Donna has worked as an Independent contractor with many schools in the Northern California area, summer camps, and after-school programs teaching, art, science, and makers club robotic building, both in classroom and virtually. Originally from Southern California where she has also taught art and poetry workshops for many years bringing her skills and talents to the bay area has been both enjoyable and rewarding. Donna(Meke'da), studied photography/graphics and sculpture new genres, at El Camino College in Torrance, Ca, and Otis College of Art and Design, in Westchester, CA. Donna (Meke'da) is a working artist and has exhibited at Inglewood Art Walk, Inglewood Ca, Richmond Art Center Gallery, Abrams Claghorn, Gallery, Albany Ca, June Steinhardt Gallery, at Laney College, Oak Stop Gallery, Village Theatre & Art Gallery in Danville Ca. and San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society. Donna (Meke'da) Has developed her own curriculum called Peace Bots that incorporates the idea of repurpose recycle and reuse. She enjoys teaching students of all ages on how to create art in this way, and is excited to continue inspiring others in art. She has one son, whom is a professional trombonist.
Music instructor, Fitness instructor, Writer, Editor, Artist.
Kailey is so excited to be joining EDMO for her second time. Kailey recently worked at the EDMO summer camp in Sacramento. It was so much fun and the kids were amazing! Kailey graduated from Sacramento State in May 2021 with her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies and with honors. She is working on getting her teaching credential, so she can teacher future students. She is so excited to bring her knowledge and love for teaching, and to help students in homework, English, Art, Science, Pe/ Yoga and mental health. She can’t wait to meet students and help them succeed!
Julissa Martinez is a recent college graduate from the University of California Merced, where she obtained a bachelors in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create a space where she can help kids develop and grow to their best of their abilities with surrounding support and an encouraging environment is what strives her to be the best version of herself when working with kids. She has always been learning and working with kids from babysitting family members to volunteering and obtaining jobs focused on kids. Her career goals involve working with kids because she loves the experiences she's had with them; kids uplift and create a fun working environment. She enjoys including mindfulness and problem solving practices in her work. Education is a critical component in a kid's development so when she can do something to provide help or support, she is driven to take on that opportunity to get kids striving in all that they do. We can all strive to be the best version of ourselves.
Alicia is excited to be joining EDMO for her first year as an Art Instructor and hopefully, the newest member of the curriculum development team! For the past six years, she was a 10th grade English Language Arts teacher in Lake Worth, Florida, but she has decades of experience working with kids of all ages in the classroom and through summer camp programs, as well. In January of this year, Alicia moved from South Florida to the opposite side of the country, Seattle, WA, with her husband, Nikhil, and her 3 fur babies, Toki, Nori, and Mako. She loves hiking, horseback riding, painting, photography, and helping people of all ages learn how to heal from whatever traumatic experiences they may have been through in their lifetime so they can thrive.
Jordie Marie Rippon is A graduate student studying Creative Producing and Management at CalArts. She has previously received a Bachelor's of Science in Technology Communication and Theater. She loves to create an environment that makes it fun to learn and loves to encourage and empower kids to think about problems differently as a tool to help solve the problem.
Kristy is a professional visual artist, linguist, teaching artist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Spanish to English Translation from NYU. She is also a TEFL certified ESL teacher and has been teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages for over 10 years. She is an international muralist and has organized and participated in art projects and festivals all over the world. Kristy is passionate about youth development and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, teaching the art of muralism to New York city youth. She loves working with kids of all ages and seeing their confidence grow as they master the skills that used to intimidate them.
Victoria is a creative individual who has an interest in many different fields of work and study. From a young age she was always involved in after-school programs and extracurricular enrichment, and this has spurred her to tutor and coach various age groups and skill levels. She has a passion for community driven activities, strong commitment to positive development and growth, and an interest in mentoring young adults through shared experience. Victoria has a B.A. in English from San Diego State. She volunteers as a Zumba Instructor for SF Park and Rec, has previous experience as an Assistant Varsity Basketball coach, and this past summer worked as an EDMO Maker Instructor.
She believes that motivating and directing others in a supportive, cooperative, and collaborative way leads to an engaging and FUN learning environment.
Kera is a recent graduate from Stanislaus State University with a degree in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. Her passion for the arts an culture shows through her methodology, combining arts, crafts, history and social-emotional learning in each of her lessons. Her priorities in each session include providing a patient and creative space for children to learn and discover their own interests and strengths.