From 2007 to 2012, I worked with Galileo Learning, a Bay Area summer camp company that serves over 20,000 kids annually.
When I first encountered a flood of eager kids and hurried parents early on a Monday morning during the summer of 2008, I took a significant breath, clutched my Sharpie and trusty pad of scattered notes, and stepped forward. Into educational programs forever more!
And I’ve never looked back.
For all 4 years, I was the Director of The Tech Museum Summer Camps, located at the Tech Museum in downtown San Jose. We offered 20+ different class options in science, engineering, art, and technology to rising 4th-8th graders. Over forty summer staff members, ranging from professionals in computer science and cartooning to energized high school seniors, worked alongside almost 2500 kids each summer, inspiring their interest, creativity, and confidence.
My experience in those years solidified my interest and love for the field of learning and teaching. On the ground, and even in the offices and at administrative levels many times removed, there is a mix of sweaty energy and silly grins mixed with genuine intention, deep thought, true care for development and well-being, and meticulous attention to detail. It’s a rare combination that makes for the best learning opportunities.