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Use the index below to click on their name to learn about their skills, experience, and a few other fun details that will help you get to know them!


Sean Adams


Sean is a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management student at Cabrillo College with a lifelong passion for food, community and local produce. He is currently the teen instructor at Teen Kitchen Project, inspiring the next generation of chefs and foodies.

  • Teaches: Summer culinary arts camps
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz
  • Favorite hobby: Playing drums
  • Favorite pet: His dog Wilson, a spunky one year old white lab.
  • Favorite food: Mexican

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Cheryl Anderson

Cheryl is the Director of the Cabrillo Youth Chorus and the CYC Voice Camp as well as the Director of Choral Activities at Cabrillo College. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Educators. In addition to her elementary and secondary school teaching, she has served on the faculties of Transylvania University, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of California, Santa Cruz in choral/vocal music, music education, and music theory.

  • Teaches: Voice and music
  • Hometown:  Claysville, PA
  • Hobby:  Climbing in the mountains (She has climbed Kilimanjaro!
  • Favorite food:  Italian
  • Favorite pet:  My 3 dogs.  “I love all animals!”

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Anne Baldzikowski



Anne is an award winning culinary instructor in the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department. She has owned two wholesale bakeries and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her classes. She was recently inducted into the 49th chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier International. This is an esteemed group of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy. Membership is by invitation only. She has been teaching youth baking camps through Cabrillo Extension since 2012 and her classes are full of teamwork, problem solving, laughter, learning and fun!

  • Teaches: Culinary arts
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA Teaches: Doughlicious Camp
  • Favorite hobby: Caring for the chickens at the Live Oak Grange as a Chicken Tender.
  • Favorite food: Freshly harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs from her garden.
  • Favorite pet: Gorby, her Boston terrier

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Annie Barrett

Annie has a BA in Physical Education & Kinesiology, has been a high school PE teacher, and a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Her favorite hobbies include mountain biking, cooking, playing guitar, CrossFit training, riding horses, camping and exploring new places. She loves laughing and being silly and will never turn down a good joke...she even loves broccoli, can you believe that? She also loves adventuring with her 3 year old son, her husband, and her bulldog named "Bacon."

  • Teaches: Athletics, movement and conditioning
  • Favorite hobby: Cooking, playing guitar, mountain biking
  • Favorite pet: Her bulldog named Bacon
  • Favorite vegetable: Broccoli

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Kiki Barrett

Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others get past the fear and frustration of sewing as to bring their creative ideas to life.  When not creating, sewing or teaching, she loves to watch old movies, listen to records, and enjoy time with her family and 2 kitties.

  • Teaches: Sewing, design and fiber arts camps and workshops for adults and teens
  • Favorite hobby: Watching old movies and listening to records
  • Favorite pets: Her two kitties

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Alicia Bierson

Alicia is a non-traditional teacher, working with nonprofits, museums, and schools to provide STEM and afterschool programs since she was barely more than a kid herself. She has always been interested in how the world around her works, and in sharing that knowledge with others. Her father taught her to build and program computers while she was still in elementary school, and while her primary interests later turned to geology, she still finds technology fascinating.

She received her B.S in Earth Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013, and her M.A. in Teaching from USC in 2015. When not teaching, Alicia's most likely found collecting interesting rocks or digging up dinosaur bones.

  • Teaches: Science and Technology
  • Hometown: Denver, CO, although she's lived all over the United States
  • Favorite hobby: Hiking, rock collecting, reading, and board games
  • Favorite food: Spaghetti
  • Favorite pet: None, though she used to raise lizards

Brian Bowes

Brian combines a playful blend of absurd fantasy and delightful craftsmanship to create his children’s book illustrations. He enjoys helping others to develop meaningful work and has worked with the University of Berkeley, the California College of the Arts, the Academy of Art University, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. His work has been included in numerous children’s books, notably The Story of the Fisherman, which is included in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the United States Library of Congress. He has lead workshops at the Santa Cruz Art League and the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, and been a teacher in the Art After School program.

If you want to check out a video of Brian working n an illustration project – click HERE

  • Teaches: Children’s book illustration, comic book art, and Illustration camps and workshops for kids and adults
  • Hometown: Hartville, OH.
  • Favorite hobbies: Drawing and music

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Heidi Boynton

Heidi is the founder of the Mini Mermaid and Young Triton Running Clubs. She is working to change the lives of girls and boys by shifting their internal experience and the way they interact with the world around them through innovative character driven fitness based curriculum. These after-school running clubs for girls and boys focused on building emotionally and physically balanced kids.

  • Teaches: Mini Mermaids Running Club
  • Heidi is married, has two sons and lives in Santa Cruz.
  • To learn more about Heidi go to

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Katelyn Byrne

Katelyn is a visual artist focused on mural painting, jewelry and crafts. She has been teaching art to youth in Santa Cruz since 2014 through Mariposa Arts, William James Association, and Branciforte Middle School’s Arts

  • Teaches: Jewelry, macramé, mural painting and other art camps
  • Favorite hobby: Katelyn loves to cook and ride her bike, not at the same time!
  • Favorite pet: Katelyn enjoys hanging out with her cat.


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Rachele Chenowith

Rachele has been dancing since she was four years old and moved to Santa Cruz to study dance at Cabrillo College. She performs throughout the Bay Area and has taught jazz/tap for many years to a variety of age groups, including locally at Agape Dance Studio.

  • Teaches: Dance
  • Hometown: Oakhurst, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Dance
  • Favorite food: Teriyaki wings
  • Favorite pet: Her puppy

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LeAnn Copriviza

LeAnn has been a middle and high school instructor for 10 years, and a  Coordinator for Where Everybody Belongs, a middle school orientation and transition program. She has a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and is currently completing Kidpower Instructor training.

  • Teaches: Leadership Challenge
  • Hometown: She was born in Utah, but moved to Watsonville at age 3 - where she grew up.
  • Favorite hobby: LeAnn is an avid outdoor adventurer and loves to hike, mountain bike and swim in remote places.
  • Favorite food: No one favorite food, but she loves to cook!
  • Favorite pet: All her pets are her favorite. She currently has a 93 lb. hound named Belle, and 3 chickens)

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Pablo Cubangbang

Pablo was born in a small town in the Philippines. He has acquired many skills in jewelry making from Cabrillo College and other workshops. He was mentored by Dawn Nakanishi. In a workshop by Dr. Yehuda Tassa he learned the basic filigree process and fell in love with it and has continued to hone his filigree art in his small studio. Pablo received multiple Visual Arts Scholarships for his jewelry and watercolor pieces. Pablo is a member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and is the president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club. Pablo has a pet Pomeranian dog from Hawaii named Kona. He has 3 children that are adults and loves surf fishing from the beach.

  • Teaches: Small metal arts and jewelry workshops for adults, and summer camps for kids
  • Hometown: a small town in the Philippines
  • Favorite hobby: surfing!
  • Favorite pet: His Pomeranian named Kona

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Terrel Eaton

Terrell (3rd from the right - the one that is laughing!)
has taught music in Santa Cruz County for three decades. He currently directs the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, and co-directs the Kuumbwa Jazz Camp.

As a performer, he has toured/recorded with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Bonnie Raitt, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, and Larry Elgart.

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Trevor Fournier

Trevor is a graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay, with a B.S. in Marine Science and of Monterey Peninsula College with an A.A. in Business Administration. Trevor has participated in four research expeditions as a science technician and has designed and fabricated sensors and samplers for deep sea exploration.

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Jerad Fox

Jerad is a versatile guitar player from Santa Cruz, CA. With over 20 years of guitar playing experience, Jerad brings a contemporary approach to the guitar, and truly enjoys playing and teaching all styles of music. He is an alumni of Cabrillo College and in 2009 Jerad earned a Bachelor Degree of guitar performance from Musicians Institute. Jerad is currently working as a guitar teacher, both privately and for Mariposa's Art after-school program. His hobbies include cooking, and working on cars.

  • Teaches: Guitar
  • Favorite hobby: Cooking and working on cars
  • Interesting fact: He plays in a classic rock cover band called Vintage Point

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Venessa Fregoso

Venessa is a Cabrillo Alumna and received the Dance Departments Roberta Bristol Award in 2016. She has been dancing Hip-Hop since she was 11 years old and dance is one of her greatest passions. She loves the feeling she gets while dancing and also the community that dance builds. Venessa has choreographed for Cabrillo’s Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, first as a student, and as a guest artist. She had taught Hip Hop at Watsonville High School and has been coaching Alvarez Titans Cheer in Salinas for the past 3 years.

  • Teaches: Dance
  • Favorite hobby: Dancing and choreographing
  • Interesting Fact: She’s been dancing since she was 11 years old, and has received a Roberta Bristol Award from the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching

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Charity Funtila

  • Teaches: Computer and technology
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz
  • Favorite hobby: Playing guitar & coding
  • Favorite food: Tacos
  • Favorite pet: Maltipoo dog

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Steve Hardin

Steve studied at Sonoma State University. He is currently an instructor at Cabrillo College for the Construction and Energy Management Department. He is passionate about solar energy and teaches the subject matter at Cabrillo. Steve also owns a small computer business called A+ Computer Repair. In his spare time, he likes hiking the Santa Cruz Mountains and taking yoga classes. He also loves sports and coaches soccer at all levels.

  • Teaches: Computer and technology
  • Favorite hobby: Mountain biking in the Santa Cruz mountains
  • Interesting Fact: He teaches solar energy classes at Cabrillo College and is currently learning Yoga!

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Jerilyn Kass

Jerilyn has been helping students with academic strategies and test prep for 16 years. She brings a creative spirit, vibrant personality, thoughtful nature, and wealth of information and insight to all her students. Her personal connection to teenagers stems from her own difficult years as a teen, acting like she had it all together while she was falling apart inside. Jerilyn's experience has made her particularly sensitive to what is going on with teens under the surface, a quality that enables her to connect with students and draw out the best from them. She is the founder of Higher Standards Academy.
  • Teaches: SAT Prep workshops
  • Hometown: Massapequa, New York (Long Island)
  • Favorite hobby: Hiking, reading, studying Hebrew, doing jigsaw puzzles
  • Favorite food: Salmon, bacon
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Bob Kittle

Bob is the head baseball coach for Cabrillo College.

  • Teaches: Baseball
  • Hometown: Raised in Mammoth Lakes, California, lives in in Ben Lomond
  • Hobby: baseball, reading, and golf
  • Favorite food: Pizza and lasagna

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Nancy Kvam, BA/MME

Nancy is a violinist and Artistic Director of the Cabrillo Youth Strings Program. She has performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony and has taught in the Cabrillo Youth Strings Program for many years. She directs the CYS Chamber Music Program and currently conducts the 4th-6th Grade Beginning Ensemble. Nancy has been past Concertmaster for the Cabrillo Stage, has performed with the Monterey County Symphony and has studied with the Concertmasters of the St. Louis Symphony and San Francisco Ballet.

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Caitlin Lackey

Caitlin completed the Aerial Arts Instructor training several years ago and enjoys teaching all ages, levels, and abilities. She has been taking Aerial and Circus Arts classes for over four years, performing internationally and locally, including at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. She is committed to encouraging students to overcome fears, gain confidence, and have fun.
  • Teaches: Aerial arts

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Marco Lucadano

Marco is the graphic design and digital photography instructor at Soquel High School where he has been teaching for 8 years. He has experience as a freelance graphic designer and has been teaching for more than 15 years in Santa Cruz County. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to travel and spend time with his family.

  • Teaches: Graphic art, digital art and design, digital photography
  • High School: San Clemente High School, home of the Tritons
  • Favorite hobby: surfing and photography
  • Favorite food: pizza vs Thai
  • Favorite holiday location: Bali
  • Favorite pet: Sniffles and Burrito, my 2 cats

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Jeremy MacVeigh, BS

Jeremy studied culinary arts at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR and also has a B.S. in food science from UC Davis. Since 2003 Chef Jeremy has been teaching at private professional culinary programs before joining the culinary department at Cabrillo College in 2014. Jeremy has a broad range of culinary interests and enjoys delving into the how’s and why’s of cooking with students when covering topics.

  • Teaches: Culinary Arts
  • Hometown is Needham, Massachusetts
  • Favorite hobby - Photography
  • Favorite food – “Do I really have to pick one! I'll say seafood”
  • Favorite pet –He has two dogs “ …and if one knew I picked a specific one I would be in big trouble”

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Joe McCullough, Ph.D.

Joe is the Department Chair of the Physics Department at Cabrillo College. Has taught physics at Cabrillo College for the past 16 years. During his years teaching, he saw a number of students experiencing school related anxieties and phobias. Interested by the brain and how people learn, he became a Destination Coach by studying the brain and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He is now a best-selling author of Accelerated Learning Techniques for Students. His passion is to optimize learning in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

  • Teaches: Accelerated Learning Techniques
  • Favorite hobby: He is an avid outdoorsman and an amateur magician

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Terry McInerney, M.S.

Terry has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and is the artist/ owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leather-work with others. To learn more about Terry’s leather-work, please go to

  • Teaches: Leather-work
  • Hometown: Tipperary Town, Ireland
  • Favorite hobby: Avid crocheter
  • Favorite food: Eggplant
  • Favorite pet: Oliver; the most adorable rescue terrier mix.

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Payson McNett, MFA


Payson is a Santa Cruz native, a Cabrillo graduate, and is a Cabrillo Studio Art instructor and the Director of Cabrillo Makerspace. He has taught woodworking, sculpture, design, steel fabrication, casting, figure sculpture and jewelry. In addition, he teaches workshops utilizing his expertise in CNC router and computer aided design software/hardware and how it’s incorporated in design and fabrication applications. He empowers students with the conceptual knowledge to inspire creativity and innovation. He also built a really cool giant skateboard

  • Hometown: Santa Cruz
  • Teaches: Digital Fabrication, sculpture, casting, ceramics
  • Interesting Fact: Has taught classes ranging from woodworking to steel fabrication and jewelry. He is also the Director of Cabrillo Makerspace.
  • Favorite hobby: Building giant skateboards, riding his mountain bike

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Alix Mullins

Alix is an internationally published, licensed, award winning artist, photographer & college instructor. She teaches Digital Media Photoshop & Creative Digital Illustration at Gavilan College during the school year, as well as Illustration workshops. When not teaching students how to edit their digital photographs and create illustrations, she is busy creating her own digital images of fine art & people.  Her art is licensed & published on puzzles, posters & other items as far away as Europe, Australia and the Middle East.  She also enjoys making colorful, fun illustrations for children's storybooks to entertain her own young children at home.
For fun, a day at the beach building driftwood tepees or wandering through trails in Big Sur or the redwoods of Nisene Marks with her family, which includes her 3 children, are the most treasured moments!

  • Teaches: Digital Art, Design, Digital Photography
  • Favorite hobby: Creating digital art and hanging out with family
  • Favorite Nature Place: Nisene Marks and Big Sur

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Gabby Neville

Gabrielle, also known as Gabby, is the Head Coach of Cabrillo. In 9 seasons she has led the Seahawks to 9 Coast Conference Championships and 2 California state titles. Gabrielle received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1989 and her Master's Degree from Arizona State University in Exercise Science in 1999. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, teaching and coaching volleyball is her passion and with growing up on the beach, the sport has always been an integral part of her life.

  • Teaches: Volleyball
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz
  • Favorite hobbies: Traveling and hiking with my husband
  • Favorite food: Italian food!
  • Favorite pet: Her German shepherd named, Zen

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Amir Ashkan Nourkhalaj

Amir Ashkan is a student at UCSC. He has been a gamer since early childhood, and has been tutoring adults and kids since he was 12. He is intrigued by the science and the art behind video games, but also to understand the psyche of the players. He has studied psychology, engineering, computer programming and game design. He teaches game mechanics as metaphors and game design as the most interactive storytelling medium!

  • Teaches: Video Game Design
  • Interesting Fact: He’s currently working on his degree in Video Game Design and Japanese at UCSC
  • Hobbies: Psychology, engineering, and programming

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Megan O’Donoghue, BA

Megan received her degree in Music, Voice and Composition from Cornish College of the Arts. She is a music instructor, vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter/composer. Megan is an avid performer and teaches private music lessons for children and adults. She loves to do yoga and cook Indonesian food with her 8 year old daughter Sohna and their pet fish, Willow (his favorite yoga pose is supported-fish-pose).

  • Teaches: Voice and Singing
  • Favorite hobby: Cooking Indonesian food with her 8 year old daughter
  • Favorite pet: Willow the yoga-practicing fish (his favorite pose is the supported fish pose)

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Melody Overstreet

Melody Overstreet is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum. She teaches nature-themed workshops through UCSC’s Arboretum, the Natural History Museum, and Kids in Nature. Melody has nearly 10 years of teaching experience. To learn more about Melody go to

  • Teaches: Paper making, soap making, gardening
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • Favorite hobby: She loves any projects centered around plants, which includes gardening, medicine making, weaving, natural dying, cooking, and seed saving.
  • Favorite food Persian food, especially Gormeh Sabzi (a hearty green stew) prepared in the way of her grandmother.
  • Favorite pet: She loves animals, and recently got two new kittens join our family, Quince and Sabzi (named after a Persian word meaning “fresh green herbs”).

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James Page, MA

James has a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education/Recreation and Sport Sciences, is the Director of the Wellness Education Center at Cabrillo College, and is the Assistant Coach of the Cabrillo men’s basketball team. He is well known for his infectious smile, work ethic, communication skills and high level of enthusiasm.

  • Teaches: Basketball
  • Hometown: Ramona, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Watching basketball
  • Favorite food: Sushi
  • Favorite pet: His dogs Chuck and Bella

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Dana Peters, MFA

Dana is the Co-Director of The Art Cave, a local Santa Cruz gallery, artist studio, and event space. She is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and performance artist. She is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and 2012 Resident Paper Costumer and Performance Artist at Proyecto Ace Artist Residency in Buenos Aires Argentina. She exhibits her two and three-dimensional works across the U.S. and internationally. Go to  for more information.

  • Teaches: Paper arts and print making
  • Favorite hobby: Surfing and salsa dancing, not at the same time. and making costumes. She has surfed all across California and in El Salvador.

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Max Rain, MFA

Max has been working with clay for over 20 years. He is the Kiln Technician for the Cabrillo Ceramics Program, has worked at the UCLA ceramics program. He has two children, ages 6 and 2, and he loves making art with them!

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Steve Seffinger

Steve has a Master’s Degree is Education Technology and Education Administration, he has been an elementary school teacher for 3rd through 6th grade for over 30 years, and he loves teaching coding, LEGO robotics and 3D Printing.

  • Teaches: 3D printing and design
  • Hometown: Originally from LA but he has lived in Santa Cruz for the past 25 years
  • Favorite hobby: Golf
  • Favorite food: Pizza
  • Favorite pet: His two cats

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Alison SooHoo Daniel

Alison has taught art in Santa Cruz City City Schools for over a decade and is the resident teaching artist at Bay View Elementary School. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and has studied metal sculpture, created ceramics, and practices drawing & painting. As a professional face and body painter, she shares her art at corporate and private events throughout the Bay Area. Alison is a mother of two, and loves to spend time by the ocean with her family.

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Emily Stuart

Emily will be a senior in the fall at UCSC. Her ultimate career goal is to earn her Master's degree in Education, with a credential in Biology and Life Science. She has taught swim classes for youth, and she loves building with LEGO!

  • Teaches: 3D printing and design
  • Hometown: Livermore, CA. 
  • Favorite hobby: Camping and Hiking
  • Favorite food: Chinese food
  • Favorite place she has ever traveled: Alaska!

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Kristian Talley

Kristian is a Graphic Designer, Studio Art instructor and Computer Science educator with a passion for creative collaboration through teaching. After graduating from UCSC, Kristian began working as a Sculpture and 2D Design instructor for high school and undergraduate students at CalArts University in Valencia. He later began working with Code Naturally where he mentors K-12 students in Visual Programming through JavaScript. He continues to refine his programming skills through Instructional Design: building engaging coding curriculum for Code Naturally students of all ages.

  • Teaches: Computers, coding, design & technology
  • Hometown: Missoula, Montana, a small college mountain town in the Rockies.
  • Favorite food: Chicken katsu.
  • Favorite pet: His first pet was a parakeet and he loves cats, rabbits and Chihuahuas.

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Susan Trimingham

Susan W. Trimingham is a plein air painter and a lecturer at San Jose State University in Art Education. Her previous experiences includes being a presenter for the Bay Area Arts Project in Visual Arts, over 20 years as a teacher of visual art, artist mentor, facilitator, and coordinator of professional development programs in the arts, and service for the Peace Corps teaching art in Uganda and Sierra Leone. Susan also served as a consultant for an international art school in Benin, West Africa and has worked as a teaching artist in a wide variety of venues, ranging from Correctional Facilities to Art Centers.

  • Teaches: Creative arts
  • Hometown:  Santa Cruz, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Traveling
  • Favorite food: Ice cream
  • Favorite pet:  Her cat
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Paris, France

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Jim Triplett

Jim Triplett is the head coach of the Aptos Swim Club and has been the head swim coach at Aptos High School since 1981. Over twenty of his athletes have gone on to swim in college, including Arizona State, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

  • Teaches: Swimming

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Aleah True

Aleah began working in the food service industry in 2013. She studied Environmental studies with an emphasis on agricultural sustainability at Sonoma State University. Aleah was a part of the Sonoma State Growers CoOp where she was responsible for her growing and selling her produce to Sonoma State cafeteria. Through this she gained experience in agricultural production to the food service industry. She moved back to Santa Cruz to continue to further her knowledge of the food industry by working for Lifestyle Catering. She has also worked for SC County ROP Culinary Arts Program and at Aptos Jr High as the head culinary arts teacher. She is passionate about providing students with knowledge to be able to cook for themselves and others with confidence! She look forwards to this summer filled with many delicious fruits, vegetables, and sunshine!

  • Teaches: Culinary arts
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Favorite hobby: Backpacking
  • Favorite pet(s): Dogs!
  • Favorite food: Ratatouille

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Ruby Vasquez

Ruby has been dancing Mexican folkloric dance since the age of 5. She is currently the assistant director of the adult Mexican folk dance company, Esperanza del Valle and the instructor of Estrellas de Esperanza, the kids/youth dance group.

  • Teaches: Dance
  • Hometown: Watsonville
  • Favorite hobby: Dancing and spending time with my family
  • Favorite food: Chicken pozole

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Steve Wilson

Steve (second from the left) has been a director of Kuumbwa Jazz Camp for over twenty years. He is a long-term music instructor at Cabrillo College, currently teaching Jazz Combos, Popular Songwriting and Jazz-Pop Solo Voice. Wilson performs with Bop of the Bay, Cabrillo Stage, the Robin Anderson Big Band, the Monterey Jazz All-Stars, and other local ensembles.

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C. Geoffrey Wheat, Ph. D.

Geoffrey is a Research Professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and an Adjunct Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Dr. Wheat has participated in 74 oceanographic expeditions of which 47 included a submersible or ROV component. His motivation for starting the SS-ROV Camp and other related programs comes from his desire to provide children with fun and challenging learning opportunities in STEM fields. He love dogs especially Labradors and enjoys everything on and under the water, mountain biking and camping. He likes hanging out with his kids even though they think he’s old.

  • Teaches: Science, engineering and underwater remote operated vehicles
  • Favorite hobby: everything on and under the water! And mountain biking.
  • Favorite pet(s): Labradors

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Partner Organizations

Cabrillo Extension is proud to partner with the following organizations for our summer youth program.


Baskin Girls in Engineering

Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College aims to inspire girls to explore all fields of engineering: aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, software and structural. 

Black Rocket

Black Rocket is a family owned and operated tech education company. They utilize cutting-edge, easy-to-use, low-cost technology to foster innate student creativity and spark self empowerment with a “make your own” philosophy. Their students come away with practical real world experience, 21st century skills, career awareness, and individualized learning. Most importantly, they come away saying: “That’s cool!”.

Cabrillo CyberPatroit Youth Program

The CyberPatriot Youth Program began in 2017 with the goal of developing pathways to success in cybersecurity for K-12 students in Monterey & Santa Cruz County, California. Our primary focus is cybersecurity educational outreach & building teams in the northern California area to compete in CyberPatriot's National CyberDefense Competition. Our vision is for all high school and middle school students to have the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and compete in CyberPatriot competitions.

Code Naturally

Code Naturally is a Santa Cruz education tech startup providing a math-first approach to computer programming. They develop software, curriculum, and approaches to get students coding in 3rd-12th grade.


Kuumbwa Jazz

Education has been fundamental to Kuumbwa’s mission for more than 40 years, and our commitment to sharing with our community the history, theory and artistry of Jazz has grown stronger with each passing year. The professional jazz artists and educators who participate in our programs and talks enlighten players and listeners at every skill and interest level.

But Kuumbwa’s greatest passion remains to educate and inspire young people – the artists and audiences of the future. Kuumbwa’s educational legacy spans a broad spectrum across Santa Cruz County, from those learning to listen, to those learning to play, to the growing ranks of young musicians whose professional careers have taken wing on the tutelage of their dedicated Kuumbwa teachers and mentors.

Kuumbwa remains steadfast in its promise to our entire community and especially our young people: as long as there is a Kuumbwa there will be an open chair, an encouraging ear, and a wealth of opportunities to learn about the thrilling creativity and limitless possibility that is Jazz.

Mad Science of the Bay Area

Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic and we don’t stop there.

For over 25 years, we have invested in research and development and continue to do so. We believe in the importance of being at the forefront of our industry and continue to create hands-on science programming for kids.

Our approach to teaching science invites children to pursue STEM careers. We encourage parents, teachers and schools to contact a Mad Science location near you to find out more about services in your community.



Play-Well TEKnology

Play-Well TEKnologies was founded by Tim Bowen in 1997. Introduced to the LEGO® building system in 1996 and recognizing it to be both a popular play medium and a tremendous learning medium, Tim began to develop projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning. He began operating a summer camp program in 1997, followed by after school enrichment classes in 1998. Their staff and instructors are bent on constantly improving the programs.

Play-Well TEKnologies strives to:
•             Build problem-solving skills
•             Provide an opportunity for creative expression
•             Foster a greater appreciation of how things work
•             Encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self confidence in children

They do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy!


Motivated by the desire to address today’s technological workforce needs, SS-ROV Camp was started in 2013 through the collaborative efforts of Dr. Geoff Wheat and his team of program developers with funding from University of Mississippi, NIUST, NASA, NSF-USC (C-DEBI) and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

SS ROV's mission is to encourage future scientific engagement, development of teamwork, STEM capabilities and understanding of the oceanic environment through hands-on, technology-based activities


Safety Matters at Camp! Your child’s safety is our top priority. We require all staff to pass State and Federal background checks.

Each camp location has security protocols in place to ensure that our students are safe and protected on campus, in the classroom, and on their computers at all times. If you ever have a concern, your child’s camp director is always only a phone call away.

early bird

Register for Summer 2019 camps between February 12th and May 30th to get Early Bird discount fees on select camps and classes!

Online Registration

To register online, just find the camps you want,
and click the "Register Online" button.

When you register your child online you can enter all of your child's info directly into our system - everything from emergency contact info, to medications and allergies - no need to fill out or drop off any forms, and discounts will be automatically applied when you view your cart!

Our system retains the information about your camper for future camp registrations. With each registration, you'll be asked about any updates, and then you're good to go!

Need help creating your family profile in our system? Please call our office at 831-479-6331, and we'll happily help you get that set up, so you can complete registrations online anytime!

Mail-in, Walk-in or Phone Registration

The information gathered in the form below is essential and will help us keep your child safe. The information is required for all minors participating in Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Program.

If you register your child online you DO NOT have to complete this form because we gather the information during the online registration process.

Camper pick-up

Campers must be signed out every day by the person(s) who have been approved by parent or legal guardian to pick them up, and those persons are required to show a photo ID each day. For campers 12 years and older, alternative transportation arrangements can be made by parents who wish to approve campers to ride their bike, take the bus, or walk home from camp, by completing the ALTERNATIVE Transportation Form. This form must be completed and submitted no fewer than 5 business days prior to camp start.



A limited number of scholarships for reduced registration fees are available for summer camps and classes. Details and more information for the next summer session are coming soon!

Online Registration: Payment by credit card, either Visa or Mastercard, is required. Find the class you want and click on the "Register Now" button to complete easy online registration!

Register by phone using a Visa or MasterCard: 831.479.6331

Register by mail by printing and completing this form Cabrillo Extension Registration Form and mail it with your check or credit card information to: Cabrillo Extension, Building 2100A, 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003. Please note that when registering by mail your Cabrillo Extension Registration Form must be accompanied by the Youth Program Student Information Form noted above or the registration will not be processed.

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