Erika is an experienced Art Teacher and Freelance Illustrator joining EDMO this year as a Coach! Since 2006, she has been active as a Teaching Artist in her local community of New Haven County, CT; making art accessible to everyone regardless of experience. Her illustrations are inspired by pop culture and her own diverse experiences; she also encourages her students to draw from their lives, interests, and imaginations. While also encouraging using art as a healthy form of expressing difficult emotions. After graduating from University of Bridgeport with a degree in Graphic Design, she continued to work with various CT non-profit organizations. And continued to provide artistic and cultural enrichment to both children and adults across the neurodiversity spectrum.
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.
Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema with a double minor in Animation and Computing Applications. She has chosen to pursue education because she believes technological skills are important to have in this new age of technology! Nicole is passionate about animation, programming, film, and art. Her favorite things to do when she’s not studying are drawing, painting, playing tennis, and surfing.
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.
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.
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.