Kids Club at Joaquin Miller

Our school-based afterschool program, Kids Club, is an extension of the formal Joaquin Miller Elementary school day; it serves to complement and enhance learning in the classroom through educational, physical, artistic, and social experiences in a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. With a small student to teacher ratio (14:1) Kids Club provides children an opportunity to expand their learning through enrichment classes, develop meaningful relationships with their teachers, and build community with their peers. The program also offers healthy snacks, outside play, and plenty of downtime to unwind and have fun. 

Office Hours for Afterschool-Joaquin Miller are: 10 AM–6 PM, Monday through Friday

To enroll in Kids Club, sign up for vendor classes, or get on waiting lists for either, please create an Ultracamp account:

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Enrichment Classes

Kids Club Enrichment Program offers over 50 enrichment classes led by our internal teachers and is divided into three 10-12 week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring).With assistance from the Afterschool Director, the internal teaching staff develops curriculum based on their interests and passions. Enrichment ranges from art, science, sports, gardening, and much more. We also offer enrichment by various external vendors. 

For more information about registration for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Andrea Gorham, Kids Club-Joaquin Miller Director of Operations, andreag@jcceastbay.org, 510.482.7278 or Dane Fox-McGraw, Assistant Director, at danef@jcceastbay.org.

All Youth Programs Registration Here 

 

Staff at Kids Club  

  Jazzie Wynn

Inclusion Specialist

Jazzie holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. During the school day, she works as a Behavioral Health Aide providing support to children with behavioral and emotional challenges. Her experience of working with large groups of many different types of children has equipped her with the skills necessary to promote proactive and positive strategies when managing groups. She enjoys going to amusement parks, playing video game, art (viewing and creating), having Nerf gun battles, and cannot live without music. She hopes that she can help create a nurturing and welcoming environment where all children can participate and belong.
 

Emily Hawley

Afterschool Teacher

Art has always been very important to Emily Hawley, who has worked for over six years at the summer arts program at her church. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work here at Kids Club, where she leads activities such as friendship bracelets and Art With E². She enjoys working and learning with kids, and is fond of playing mancala and chess with the students of Joaquin Miller Elementary. In her free time, Emily enjoys drawing and origami, doodling and decorating canvas shoes, and is also interested in manuscript illumination and quilling.

 

Sydney Fishman

Afterschool Teacher

Sydney, yes spelled like the big city in Australia, just graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She loves traveling, reading, music, making banana bread, and being a DJ at local radio stations. She speaks Spanish, but asks to be taught some words! (She’s not as fluent as she’d like to be.) She has been working with kids for 5 years and wants to be a college teacher in the future. She’s had so much fun getting to know everyone at Joaquin Miller Elementary School. She hopes to work here for a long time and get to know the kids even more. Currently, she will be helping with a science course for kids and the class “Fun with Forts”. However, she’d like to teach a poetry class at some point and read and write some haikus and poems! She thanks everyone for welcoming her.

 

Khea Acosta

Afterschool Teacher

Khea joined the JM family in the spring of 2018. She was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from Napa Valley College with 2 AA degrees; the first in Humanities & Philosophy and the second in Social & Behavioral Sciences. She plans on returning to CSUEB to pursue a BA in Social Work. Her favorite color is green and loves to go out and eat really good food. She also loves to travel, especially to Disneyland.

 

Dane Fox-McGraw

Assistant Program Director

Dane has been working for the afterschool program here at JM for nearly two years now. He has also subbed as a yard duty and in-class tutor here and elsewhere. Past jobs include working at a state park, selling sausage samples at Costco’s, line cook at Mama’s Royal Cafe in Oakland, a zombie in an escape room, and a baker for an Alaskan fish processing plant. He is studying to become a voice actor for cartoons and video games, and has been doing improv in the East Bay for four years now. Podcasts and video games take up most of his free time. Planning on being a high school band teacher, Dane majored in music at the University of California, Riverside and plays the tuba.

 

Logan Groth

Afterschool Teacher 

Logan has taught at the after school program of Joaquin Miller Elementary since 2015. He was born in Berkeley, and raised here in the Bay Area.  He Graduated from Diablo Valley College with an AA degree in Humanities. He is now attending San Francisco State University where he plans to graduate with a BA in Humanities. Logan has also received a certificate from the San Francisco State Extended Learning School for completing the Audio Engineering Program. He is a Sound Engineer and Recording Engineer in his off time, recording and mixing Live Music Acts around the Bay Area. At the Kids Club Program, he started the after-school ‘Karaoke Club’, and is currently teaching kids how to record their own music using computer software in his after-school class called ‘Garage Band’.

 

Emily Judd

Afterschool Teacher 

Emily enjoys arts and crafts, music, dance, and dinosaurs. She works mainly with ink drawings, but also enjoys dabbling in screen printing, oil paints and balancing googly eyes on things. In addition to her visual art, Emily has studied cello since childhood. She enjoys playing a wide variety of music, but is particularly fond of modern classical and folk. A life-long learner, Emily challenges herself to find new ways to make learning fun. She loves to hear about other’s interests and learn from them as well. She has studied music and art at Western Washington university and Cabrillo college, and is interested in further studies in anatomical art.

 

Crystal Brannon

Afterschool Teacher 

Crystal Brannon is 52 years old and married to her wonderful husband, Clayton Brannon. She has five children, two daughters and three sons, and was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised in Texas and has been in California for 31 years. She loves working with, helping and serving people. Her favorite color is purple and loves to go to good movies. She also loves to go on nice long walks and loves to be anywhere near water.

  Alex Barksdale

Afterschool Teacher 

My name's Alex
I like bugs
I play drums
Give me hugs!

Alexandra Barksdale loves nature and has a special place in her heart for animals. In her free time she plays the drums in a super cool band. She also enjoys making art and playing board games.
 

Andrea M. Gorham

Program Director 

Andrea is an award-winning educator born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.   She graduated from California State University, Hayward with Degrees in Theatre and Biological Sciences; in addition she holds a single subject teaching credential and Master's Degree in Arts Education from Holy Names University, Oakland.  Before joining the Joaquin Miller Elementary School community, Andrea was the Director of Arts Education for the San Leandro Unified School District and ran the nationally ranked Bancroft Musical Theatre program at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro.  She loves to travel, experience new cultures, is an incredible bookworm, can be found hiking most Saturday mornings, and Maui is her second home.  However, her favorite thing in the whole world is being Lala to Cayley, Kalea, Chace and Kailani.  Andrea is grateful for the inclusiveness of the Joaquin Miller Community, the amazing staff and all the wonderful families and kiddos that make up our program.

 

Amanda Delgado

Afterschool Teacher 

Amanda has been a part of the Joaquin Miller Kids Club for four years now. Before working at Kids Club, she worked with children for five years through a summer camp and a multi-sport program for kids. Amanda also works as a barista for Starbucks Coffee in the mornings. Of course she loves coffee, but also loves shoes. On the weekends she enjoys kicking back and reading a good book, or making a quick trip to visit family out of town. Your kids are awesome!

 

 

Miss Shay Shields

Afterschool Teacher 

Shay is a recent BASW graduate from SFSU. Shay is passionate about advocacy for youth leadership development and equal access to education for all people! One of Shay’s most important passions is being an Aunt to her three nieces and nephew, Anaiah, Elisha and Victoria. Used as her muse, caring for her nieces and nephew has inspired Shay to take a career path that supports the progress and growth in child development. In her spare time, her favorite hobbies are reading, traveling and most importantly, KARAOKE!

  Sam Raridon

Afterschool Teacher 

Sam is an educator, herbalist and artist living in Oakland. They specialize in creating beautiful and sometimes edible art with local plants! They love weaving in creative storytelling with whatever activity they are doing. Sam aims to inspire and empower youth by supporting their developing passion and skills with wisdom, empathy and patience. When Sam is not teaching, they enjoy gardening, reading, painting, making outrageously tasty vegan gluten free refined sugar free snacks, singing, surfing, dancing to YouTube tutorials and being in beloved community. Sam is an aunty to two adorable toddlers and a cat momma to a tiny tiger named Artemis.