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Our Team

Our team of talented, dedicated ACDS educators work as a team to provide a safe, nurturing, educational, and fun Summer Camp program. Our Director of Summer Camp, Catie Weston, and Associate Director of Summer Camp, Heather Arguello, lead the Summer Camp and can be reached at

Director of Summer Camp

Catie Weston

As a middle school math and advocacy teacher, Catie seeks opportunities to help students connect classroom learning with the real world. In her Algebra classes, students use motion detectors to create distance-time graphs, and they graph linear and exponential functions by modeling bouncy ball bounces. Catie has also coached volleyball and swimming, taught sewing as an elective, played in an adult softball league, and built custom new window screens! Catie values the many experiences that she has had, and is committed to developing similar opportunities for the students.

Catie is passionate about our summer camp, as it promotes student exploration, free from any pressure. Learning is experiential and is focused on curiosity, creativity, and enjoyment. Catie has ensured that the ACDS camps have something for everyone: art, drama, sports, coding, astronomy, robotics, and more. Catie looks forward to watching the children play joyfully, meet new friends, and engage intently in creative learning. She has gathered a strong and enthusiastic group of teachers to help make it all happen. 

Associate Director of Summer Camp

Heather Arguello

Heather Arguello is the Librarian at ACDS and the parent of an elementary student at the school.  With over 10 years in education teaching a variety of grade levels and topics, she realized she was most passionate about reading and literacy.  Her passion for reading, literacy and books lead her to become the librarian here at ACDS.  In this role, she teaches Pre-K through 8th grade which allows her to know every student on campus.  Her favorite part of being a librarian is facilitating students’ love of reading as they explore books and see first hand all the knowledge, excitement, lessons, and entertainment that await them within a book. 

Heather is incredibly excited about our summer camp program because it aligns so well with our school’s mission of discovering the gifts in every child.  The wide variety of camp offerings allows campers to explore a variety of topics to help determine which subjects and activities they most enjoy.  Heather is looking forward to seeing all of the smiles that will reflect the joyful learning environment that is occurring this summer and making wonderful memories with the campers.

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Our Camp Leaders

Lu Andersen

Mrs. Andersen grew up in a large Italian family. Each Sunday we would get together at my Grandparents house for dinner. All the cousins would spend the afternoon together and we would eat traditional Italian courses for hours. I grew up with a love for cooking and would love to extend that passion with students. What is so exciting about the Imposter Cooking class is we are making familiar foods in a different way, which brings some mystery to the class. And the passion extends to the campers going home and being able to cook for their family.

Meghan Anderson

Ms. Anderson has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology as well as her single-subject teaching credential in Physical Education and Health from California State University East Bay, she has taught grades preschool through high school in California, Idaho, and most recently, Seattle, Washington.

Meghan was drawn to teaching because she realized the importance of mentorship in the lives of young people. She enjoys Physical Education because she loves sports, being active, and knows PE is a great way to teach not only skills, but also teamwork and sportsmanship. She also enjoys teaching games and activities that are not your "typical" games covered in PE class and can't wait for this year's summer camp!

Jessica Chang

Ms. Chang has been in the education field for more than 16 years with experience teaching K-8, summer camp courses, and building after school programs. She enjoys creating memorable experiences that encourage kids to explore learning in innovative ways. Ms. Chang is also the parent of two boys at the school and is looking forward to meeting new campers this summer!

Amy DeSantis

Amy DeSantis is a wife, a mother of two boys, and an educator of 16 years. Her roles in education have included being a teacher leader, a classroom teacher, and a club teacher. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, watching her children play sports, reading, spending time with family and friends and trying to get a full night's sleep. Amy is excited to share her passion of cooking with children through memorable cooking challenges this summer.

Mike Fishback

Mike Fishback has taught humanities, theater, and journalism for over two decades. At ACDS, he teaches social studies along with electives exploring history-altering assassinations, the art of the TV sitcom, and U.S. elections; he also publishes the student-written advice column Ask The Mask. Mike is the parent of two elementary students at the school. This will be his sixth summer teaching camp.

Marie Goodman

Marie Goodman is an avid early childhood teacher with 12 years experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. She incorporates creativity and art into academics, and enjoys the wonder and joy of early childhood discovery. Mrs. Goodman is also the parent of an incoming kindergartener, and a two year old! She's excited about getting another chance to attend camp, as both a former childhood camper and summer camp counselor!

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson loves all science. On the weekends, she enjoys going to the Oakland Zoo or Happy Hollow with her two girls. She has been the Middle School Science teacher at ACDS for the last 12 years and has a B.A. in Biology. She is looking forward to bringing her love of science to summer camp!

Bianca Jones

Ms. Jones has been teaching at ACDS for four years and is excited to help out with summer camp for the second year in a row. Before ACDS, she taught Pre-K for over 17 years and spent 4 years in preschool administration. She is currently an ECE and Elementary Enrichment Teacher. Ms. Jones enjoys working with preschool and lower elementary students and looks forward to meeting more friends over the summer!

Paul Justiniano

This early elementary science specialist has a knack for board games as well as a panache for Pokémon cards. He loves it! Games have always been an essential part of learning. Mr. Justiniano believes that it is through games that children are able to problem solve without the pressures of academics. He looks forward to bring his love of Pokémon and games to summer camp this year!

Elizabeth Lasher

An Early Childhood Specialist teacher with over 30 years of experience who is committed to the truth of play as the most profound and rich curriculum we can offer young children. Creating learning environments that say YES to a child so they can experiment, test ideas, make messes and mistakes are brilliant spaces for children. Creating wonder-filled, hands-on, process oriented activities is a passion of mine. George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” And I believe that what we learn with joy we never forget.

Sarai Leandro

Hello! My name is Sarai and I have been working as a substitute teacher at ACDS for about 3 months and have worked in 2 other schools prior to this within the last 3 years. I have been playing the piano for about 15 years and I love to play sports! Volleyball, soccer, and dodge ball are some of my favorite sports to play. I also enjoy camping with my family and friends and love to be in nature!

Ian Leonard

Mr. Leonard has been at Almaden Country Day School since 2016, and he has enjoyed watching generations of nervous elementary students grow into confident, charismatic performers. A member of Actors Equity Association, Mr. Leonard has performed nationwide and toured internationally with The Sound of Music (Rolf). He has appeared throughout the Bay Area at American Musical Theatre San Jose, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks, and more. He loves working with the brave, unique energies here at ACDS, as well spending countless hours wrapped around the finger - er, paw - of his dog, Willa.

Alyvia McIntyre

Alyvia McIntyre graduated from ACDS in 2017 and is currently attending college at Husson University (NCAA Div 3) where she is on the volleyball team and now the starting setter. She has a long list of accomplishments already in her volleyball career including: 

  • 2021 NAC Conference Tournament appearance
  • All-North Atlantic Conference Selection
  • Selected as Husson Female Athlete of the Week
  • Husson women's volleyball record for single game assists
  • 6 year Club Player
  • 2-Time All-League Honoree in HS
  • Former ACDS Player & Coach

She looks forward to teaching volleyball to novices and expert students alike this summer!

Derek McIntyre

Athletics Director Derek McIntyre (known as Coach Mac on campus) knew from the time he was 13 that he wanted to coach and work with kids. "I loved watching the progression and seeing the improvement kids were able to make. I was fortunate to have had a number of great mentors that made me want to do the same for others."

He chose ACDS because when he visited ACDS, he realized what a wonderful community it was and it reminded him of his childhood school. "We also felt that this would be a great place for our children to continue their education."

Fun fact: His family lived in Egypt for two years. "We vacationed on the Red Sea, took a cruise down the Nile and saw the Great Pyramids every day. We made a number of wonderful friends while there and have memories that will last us forever."we

Donna Meyer

Mrs. Meyer has three children. Her oldest son Garrett (27) lives in New Hampshire and works in Finance. Her daughter Natalie (23), works at Stanford as an administrator in the NICU. Her youngest son Ethan (14), will be graduating from 8th grade at ACDS this spring. She has been teaching in Preschool at ACDS for 6 years, and she has been a preschool teacher for 20 years. When she is not inside the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family watching her son Ethan play basketball, hiking or walking outside, and cheering on the Golden State Warriors.

Shellie Murison

Ms. Murison grew up in a large family, in which the love of arts & crafts, reading, the outdoors, and sports were fostered. With over 25 years of experience as an educator, she brings her love of teaching to inspire, engage, and challenge students. Through activities, students will develop higher level problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication skills.

Kelly Murphy

This is Kelly’s second year teaching at ACDS Summer Camp. She’s a rising senior at Presentation High School and is a part of numerous leadership roles at her school. Throughout her life, she has gained in-depth knowledge about all things teaching from her mom who is the Head of Elementary at ACDS. She has 300+ volunteer hours working with elementary-aged children. She is passionate about environmental and animal awareness. In her free time, she loves being creative with art projects and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan has been a part-time teacher at Almaden Country Day School for the last four years, teaching Middle School Computer Science and Coding electives and running the after-school “Girls Who Code“ club. Prior to that, she worked for 13 years in several technology companies such as HCL-Cisco, Texas Instruments, Bytemobile and Citrix Systems, as a Network Quality Engineer and as an Automation and Quality Engineering Lead. In her technology roles, she has designed and programmed automated test systems, ensured quality releases of several software products, provided customer support, hired and mentored junior engineers and built out quality engineering teams. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences and she tries to keep up with useful innovations and programming languages. What she has enjoyed most about teaching CS electives at ACDS is the opportunity to bring computing thinking and fundamental coding vocabulary to young minds, helping to make the process of learning to code fun and less formidable, and witnessing students’ creativity and their aha moments. In her spare time, she likes to sing, dance, practice Yoga, organize, get out in nature and spend time with her family and friends.  Come join her in her summer camp and you will explore many Computer science concepts together and Program in Python! 

Joanne Papini

Miss Papini owned and operated a popular summer camp program and location in Walnut Creek for six years. Her formula for memorable fun and learning is a blend of engineering and design with science and technology. “My favorite part of camp is adding surprise activities and silliness to each day!”

Margaret Reyes

Ms. Reyes been teaching Pre-K at ACDS for the past 6 years, but has been in the education field for more than 20 years. She has three lovely children, two boys, and a girl. Her eldest graduated from Notre Dame, and her middle son graduated from University of Nevada, Reno. Her youngest recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering, and minoring in Computer Graphics and Animation. When Ms. Reyes is not at school, she enjoys baking, antique & thrift shopping, or going on walks. She is very excited to be working at summer camp again this year.

Saba Rizvi

Ms. Rizvi loves languages, world culture, food and traveling. She completed a Master's degree in second language acquisition and enjoys combining her academic knowledge of French with teaching language fluency. Ms. Rizvi is always seeking out new experiences; be it traveling to exotic places, rock climbing or trying a new dish. She applies this similar sense of adventure and novelty to her summer camps to make it interesting for students to engage with the French language. Her hope is to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity about the French language and culture so students continue their language acquisition journey long after the camp is over.

Meaghan Schapelhouman

As someone who has always loved fables, fairy, and folk tales, Ms. Schapelhouman could not be more excited to embark on the Enchanted Stories adventure this summer. She has been performing for over fifteen years, over the course of which she has truly come to appreciate the power of the make-believe. Reading, crafting, acting, and cooking are some of her favorite hobbies, which she is eager to share with students this summer. Ms. Schapelhouman has had the pleasure of teaching at multiple performing arts summer camps over the years, including one at ACDS. Encouraging students to unleash their creativity is always her objective, and she can’t think of a better way to do so than through the art of storytelling.

Wenbo Shao

Wenbo is originally from Northeastern China and came to the US to further her education. Born into a family of teachers, Wenbo started her learning path to being a teacher early. She was inspired by several family members' teaching stories as well as her favorite 3rd grade math teacher. She strived to bring the same passion to her own classroom. Wenbo earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Bilingual Education. After graduation, she started teaching Chinese language and culture classes in three different states and worked for more than 12 years in both private and public schools. She believes that teachers are the messengers and drivers of the curriculum, and should be able to lead students to reach their potentials. Before moving to the Bay area, she worked as the Principal of Santa Barbara Chinese School.

Niloufar Shirmohammadi

Ms. Shirmohammadi has been working in the education field for the past seven years working mainly with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students. She enjoys observing the milestones of each age group and connecting to each student and their individual needs. Ms. Shirmohammadi's daugther attended ACDS and knows first hand how ACDS allows each child to discover their talents, thus supporting them to achieve their optimum during their growing years and beyond. She looks forward look forward to welcoming this year's campers and to a summer filled with many memories for years to follow.

Lisa Turnbull

Lisa has been teaching for 25+ years, 15 of which have been at ACDS. Math is her favorite subject to teach! She has a B.A. in Child Development and a California Teaching Credential. She is currently working on her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. She's a mother to three and a grandmother to five!

Weronika Zaluska

Weronika Zaluska has been teaching Visual Arts at ACDS for five years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics. She has also studied Early Childhood Education and Reggio Emilia Approach at UCLA. Ms. Zaluska's art curriculum is student-driven, and emphasizes exploration, as well as collaboration. In her free time Ms. Zaluska creates sculptures in a variety of materials, including: ceramics, paper and fabric. Her work is part of museum collections in New York and New Mexico.