Bringing a 20+ years of experience as an artist, designer, and director, she believes in nurturing healthy hearts and minds through playful curiosity, creativity, and mindfulness based learning. Formerly VP of Design at Lumosity, her creative leadership and design produced top-ranking mobile apps, educational games, films, and broadcast television that have earned Emmy Award-winning recognition. She received her BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Communication Arts & Design, where she later taught animation and experimental storytelling. Erika has been a guest teacher at the Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art, and AIGA, and is a mentor for outdoor youth programs through Sierra Club, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of America. She is certified as a UC California Naturalist and Leading Creative Ideation from Cooper U.
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.
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.
Brandon is a past EDMO summer camp instructor and he is currently working toward his BS on Public Health with a concentration on Health & Wellness and a Forensic Certificate at Chico State. Brandon has been involved in education since he was 12 years old, volunteering at summer programs in San Francisco. During his last year in high school, Brandon was part of a program called Peer Resources a collaboration with the University of San Francisco for future educators. He has lived in multiple countries and has even been to the Model United Nations in Switzerland, World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Health Organization. Brandon loves to teach and help others and he stands for equality and the right to education for everyone!
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.