Local Lead Area Teachers
Camp Composition will be led by local lead area teachers who specialize in
writing instruction in grades 4 through 10. These local lead area teachers will
work with specific writing teams, and will provide weekly feedback to each
individual student. Stress reduction strategies will also be taught to students
by an expert.
Dr. Christine Weber is an Associate Professor of Childhood Education at the
University of North Florida, instructing teachers in strategies for conceptual
teaching and learning, assessment tools, and gifted endorsement. She is a
graduate of Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and
Instruction. She is also a former Language Arts teacher and currently a mother
of a student in high school. Dr. Weber recently published a book on Exploring
Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach.
Amanda Laukitis works as a part time Academic Advisor in the College of
Education. She recently graduated from UNF in the summer of 2013 with her Master’s
Degree in Elementary Education, K-6 with a concentration in Literacy. During
this time, she worked as a graduate assistant in the Childhood Education,
Literacy and TESOL (CELT) Department. Previously, she graduated in the spring
of 2011 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, K-6. This is her
second year assisting with the camp.
Erin Bozeman has been teaching for 17 years, fourteen of those years in
4th grade. She currently teaches at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School. She
graduated in 2008 from UNF with a Master’s Degree in Reading. She is married to
Mark, has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. She lives in Green Cove Springs. She
has taught in the writing camp since it began 3 years ago.
Linda Hof comes to us with a wealth of experience in writing, having
taught both middle and high school. Linda received her Bachelor's degree from
the University of South Florida and attended the University of Florida for
graduate school. She has multiple certifications, making her very adept at
teaching writing in the content area. She currently teaches at Alice B. Landrum
Middle School and this will be her second year teaching in the writing camp.
Brianna Vasgar is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a
Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Minor in Education. She is in her third year
of teaching, with her current year concentration in Creative Writing at Lake
Shore Middle School. She is involved in a variety of philanthropic activities,
including the non-collegiate sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha.
Kacey Hurley is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, who has been
studying and practicing yoga for several years. She also has a Bachelor’s
Degree in Psychology. Kacey is the mother of two young children. She implements
many relaxation strategies to help her children overcome unavoidable life
Char-Lee Hastings is a childhood trauma survivor who has been healing through
the study and practice of relaxation techniques for 9 years. She continues to
expand her knowledge about stress reduction as the mother of an anxious child.
Her daily life as a homeschooling stay-at-home mother, wife, photographer and
vegetarian includes steady attention to mindful awareness.
Erika Florez is a senior in the College of Education and Human Services
at UNF. Currently, she is undergoing her student teaching internship at
Mandarin Oaks Elementary School and will be earning her Bachelor's degree in
Elementary Education in December 2013. Additionally, she is a Navy wife and a
native to Texas. This is her second year volunteering at the UNF Writing Camp.
Cassandra Santiago is a Secondary Education: Math (6-12) major at UNF. She has
taught in an after-school program called the College Reach-Out Program for
three years. She loves kids and loves helping them see their true potential.
She wanted to teach math but discovered that she loved English and writing
essays during her second semester at UNF after an inspirational professor, Susan
Kraegel, encouraged her true potential. She has a brother at the University of
Florida and a 4-year old sister.
Ciara Viner is a junior at UNF, majoring in English Education. She has
a strong love for reading and writing, with an emphasis in fiction and poetry.
She has lived in Jacksonville her whole life and her dream is to travel the
world and teach in foreign countries.
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