Only the best of the best become our camp staff. Take a look at what goes in to recruiting, hiring and training our staff!
Courtney Hann – Camp Director
This is Courtney’s fourth summer as a Camp Director for Edventure More and her third summer directing the amazing Palo Alto location! During the school year, Courtney has the exciting job of Outreach Manager for Edventure More where she is responsible for getting information out to schools and communities so that everyone gets to experience the unique programs we offer. Courtney has been working to educate children in a variety of settings for 10+ years. Starting out working with children as the manager of a kid’s martial arts program, she then found her passion for summer camp when she began directing a Humane Education camp while working towards her Animal Science degree. After graduating from Calpoly San Luis Obispo and spending many years in the shelter industry, including working for two years as a surgery technician for veterinary medicine, she decided to make the exciting switch to a full time emphasis on summer camp with her move to the Bay Area to join Edventure More. Courtney is a camper at heart! She lives for all the fun and excitement of camp and cannot wait to share new things with all of our campers. In her free time Courtney loves to read, go to yoga, catch dinner with friends, watch tv, and play with her best friend – her dog Lorelai.
Hello to all of my amazing new and returning Paltos!! I can’t believe that this will be my fourth summer with Edventure More and third year at the amazing Palo Alto site. Each year I learn so much from my campers and staff as we push the silliness to new levels!
I absolutely cannot wait to get this summer started. I’ve been sitting in meetings for weeks now unable to shake off the need to play “Steal the Treasure” or stop humming the “Edmo Vibe Song”. Now we are so close to getting to do these things again – and more! It’s time for messy rallies, loud songs, epic dance-offs, pies, pies, and pies!
I want to take the time to welcome my staff for this summer as well. I have been working for months to compile the perfect mix of talented and memorable returners and enthusiastic and experienced new staff members, and I feel confident that I have the strongest team possible assembled as we move into our summer. I really can’t wait to see all our campers and let them reap the benefits of this fantastic staff.
I hope everyone is ready for some F-U-N! See you soon Palo Alto!”
Shefali Vasudevan – Animation/Video Gaming/Maker Instructor
This is Shefali’s fourth summer at Edventure More, one year as a Camp Counselor, two years as an Animation Instructor and this year as the Camp Edmo Animation/Video Game/Makers Studio Instructor. Shefali is currently attending Emerson College, in Boston studying film production, and has worked a lot with directing, camera work, editing, script writing, and more. In the past she has worked at the digital art studio “Fun With Media” teaching kids beginner level animation and film making. In her free time, Shefali likes to play music and sing and will sometimes bring her ukulele to camp and sing for the campers. She also likes to draw and hang out with her friends and family. Shefali is excited to be returning for another summer at camp and is looking forward to working with the kids again!
I am so excited to come back for my fourth summer! The campers that I have worked with in the past have been so fun, full of life, and ready and willing to learn, so I am very excited to be returning to the Palo Alto location again this year.
Kendra Watkins – Head Instructor and PM Care Coordinator
Kendra Watkins joined the Edventure More team two years ago as the Arts & Science Instructor at Palo Alto and she is so excited to return for her third summer at Palo Alto! Since joining the team, she has taken on multiple roles at Edventure More including Camp Director at San Mateo, School Year Programs Presenter, Curriculum Coordinator, and most recently School Year Programs Coordinator. During the school year, she works to bring hands-on science and technology to local Bay Area schools through Edventure More’s In Class and Afterschool Programs. Since earning her degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly, she has worked in various child care and camp environments. Before joining the Edventure More team, she spent time as the Camp Director for a humane education camp in San Luis Obispo. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her pets, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.
Sabrina Salazar – Counselor
This is Sabrina’s first summer at Edventure More as a counselor. Studying Animation and Illustration at San Jose state, she will enter her final year this coming fall. At State she lived in the International House on campus for a year where she further developed an interest for world cultures, art, and food. Last spring she participated in the student mentorship program Fuerza Escolar where she helped 3rd and 4th graders with reading comprehension in English and Spanish. Besides drawing and painting, she spends her free time outdoors, hiking or playing tennis. She very excited to join the team at Palo Alto and share her love of animation with the campers.
Amanda Kemble – Counselor
This is Amanda’s first summer at Edventure More and she is very excited to work with all of these wonderful young campers all summer! She grew up in Northern California but now goes to college in Washington at the University of Puget Sound. She just finished her second year there and she is majoring in Political Science and Business. Amanda grew up in a very large family, having over fifteen younger cousins and therefore has spent a lot of her time with younger children. She attended many summer camps when she was a child and wants to make sure all the campers have an amazing time during summer as she did as a child! In her free time she likes running, hiking, doing yoga, riding horses, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to start her first summer at Edventure More!
Ariel Juarez – Counselor
This is Ariel’s first summer at Edventure More and she is really excited to have this opportunity to mentor all of the young campers! She grew up in southern California but moved up to the bay area after graduating college. She will be entering her first year as a graduate student at Cal State East Bay this fall. She will be studying pre-professional health to become a dentist. She has been attending and helping out in summer camps her entire life, from vacation bible camp to white water rafting in Oregon. She has experience in every type of summer camp! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, reading, and surfing at the beach. She hopes the campers will have as much fun as she did in summer camps growing up!
Jessica Tong – Counselor
This is Jessica’s third summer as a Counselor for Edventure More, and she’s as excited as ever! Over the previous summers, Jessica has filled the role of Counselor for Arts & Science and Animation, Art Instructor, and LEGO Instructor, which has given her a well-rounded camp experience. Having just graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation, Jessica has a good handle of how art and technology go hand in hand, and she loves helping campers express themselves through art and animation. She’s had such a great time seeing the campers learn and grow in previous years. This year, she’s excited to meet new campers, and she can’t wait see which campers come back for another camp season. This summer is going to be a blast!
Carolyn Coriasso – Counselor
This is Carolyn’s first summer at Edventure More and she couldn’t be more excited to meet all of the campers! She is thrilled to be in California for the summer since she normally lives in chilly Michigan. Carolyn currently attends Central Michigan University and is majoring in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts. Carolyn participates in the Lunch Buddy Program at CMU where she mentors 4th grade students during lunch and recess hours. She has also formerly worked at YMCA’s Camp Copneconic, where she quickly found her passion for all things camp! In her free time, she loves to run and bike outdoors, do yoga, and spend time with family and friends.