From Left: Mrs. Harp, Mrs. Sand, Mrs. Egusquial, Mrs. Fitzgerald
During our summer implementation lab, our amazing team had a combined teaching experience of 74 years. The students worked on gaining knowledge about traveling the state of California. The focus was traveling from the ocean through the valley, to the mountains. The students had the opportunity to learn about animals and their connections to each habitat. Our teachers focused on encouraging students to write in their own voice. The teachers also benefitted from time to collaborate and observe best teacher practices.
From Left: Mrs. Gregory, Mrs. Herrera, Mrs. Titsworth, Mrs. Greer, Mr. Silva
Writers experienced a two-week writing adventure to India, Italy, Egypt, and Japan’s beautiful and diverse cultures; through art and writing projects, the students were transported to these amazing places. From the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to hieroglyphics and the Great Pyramids, and majestic Mount Fuji, our travels offered so many opportunities for students to learn and create original works that celebrated the diversity of our focus countries. Writers where able to find a new appreciation for these amazing places while creating inspiring works of art and written works including narrative “postcards,” opinion paragraphs, poetry, and an informational “Book of Wonders” that are sure to be treasured forever.
From Left: Mr. Dunn, Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Teicheira, Mr. Franklin
Our Tech and Photography Team
From Left: Mathew Smith, Melanie Smith, Maya Oliveros, Alisa Herrera, Danielle Gregory
Melanie Smith recently turned 16 and will be a Junior at Escalon High. When she has free time, she likes to play volleyball and play her violin. She also enjoys reading a book on occasion and being around her friends, family, and animals. She is very involved in many activities, loves to get to know people, and being around kids of all ages.
Maya has been a student of the program for the past three years; this is her second year as a full time technician. She enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, hanging out with her friends, and schoolwork. Maya’s roles in the program are photographer and website technician. She enjoys learning what the people at GVWP have to teach her, and she is excited to continue learning for many years to come.
Matthew Smith has been in the Great Valley Writing program for 4 years and is on his second year of coaching this year. He is starting his first year of high school at Escalon High School this upcoming fall. He hopes to make some good memories with the new found freedom the campus will have to offer. Throughout his years helping in the program, Matthew has aided in photography as well as assisting in various classrooms. He is able to relate to the students through his love of video games, which helps him build relationships with them. He continues to return each year because he enjoys strengthening his photography skills, as well as inspiring the young individuals here at Great Valley Writing Project to strive for success.
This is Alisa Herrera’s first year as a photographer at Great Valley Writing Project.. She’s a very talented and artistic individual who has aided our program through photography, capturing the many memorable moments of our program. She chose to help here because she wanted to be able to spend her summer doing what she enjoys. She has shown true interest in all forms of art, such as; drawing, painting, photography, writing, and music. Alisa will be entering her last year of high school and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field soon after.
Danielle Gregory has had the pleasure of being involved in this program for 3 years. She has returned each year because she has enjoyed helping the students and being involved in the program. She hopes to be able to work with children in her future career and feels as though this experience will help her advance in life. She is musically talented and can play 4 different instruments. This allows her to excel in her school band at Escalon High. Danielle is also very involved with theater arts and will spend the remainder of her summer acting in a musical.
Leslie McCoy has been a teacher at West High School in Tracy for 18 years, teaching graphic arts, yearbook, and more recently, multicultural art. Mrs. McCoy grew up in Tracy and has lived in the Central Valley most of her life. Mrs. McCoy has been involved in the summer writing camps for several years, helping to supervise the student-created website. Over her summers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time in San Luis Obispo where she attended school at Cal Poly, and getting much-needed hang time with her three cats, Max, Stormy, and Sprockets.
Sally Hale is the coordinator of the Great Valley Writing Camp at Escalon. She lives in Escalon with her husband Tom and two tabbies, Moab and Schaffer. A tireless advocate for literacy, you can see Sally all over town where she is the president of the Friends of the Escalon Library, the facebook coordinator for the Escalon Historical Society, volunteers with the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca each year, and helps wherever else she can around town. A retired classroom teacher, Sally has been working with the Great Valley Writing Project since 1999 and helping coordinate writing camps since 2010. In between the year-round work of getting ready for next year’s writing camp, Sally and her husband enjoy time together traveling and exploring this great state, country, and world in which we live.