Meet Captain Kelsey!

There’s a new face at the CYC! Captain Kelsey has journeyed far and wide, through distant lands and faraway places to join our team as the writing intern this year. Her enthusiasm for imagination and passion for creativity has brought her to the CYC for another incredible adventure, and she can’t wait to get started! For the sake of introductions, Kelsey answered a few questions so we can get to know her a little better.

What are you most looking forward to at the CYC?

I am so excited to collaborate with the awesome team here to inspire creativity and amplify young voices! I am especially looking forward to assisting with The Book of Explosions VIII.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Well, if we’re talking about movies or comics, it’s definitely Spiderman. However, my “real-life” superhero is my dad, who is always cheering me on and encouraging me to be the best person I can be. Although he seldom wears a cape, he’s pretty awesome.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would you choose?

This is a tough one! I think I would choose Edna Mode from The Incredibles because I would love to talk to her about getting a custom-made super suit. My second choice would be Katniss Everdeen.

What do you do when you’re not at the CYC?

I’m a student at Aquinas College, studying Communication and English with an emphasis in writing. I also work at the AQ Advantage Center as an assistant to the International Programs Office and a Global Ambassador for the Italy program. Other than that, you can usually find me in the library, at a coffee shop, or in a car – en route to another adventure!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I ran around an entire country! I know what you’re thinking – crazy, right? Last fall, I spent a semester in Rome, Italy and on Thanksgiving, I ran the Turkey Trot around the entirety of Vatican City! Now, Vatican City happens to be the smallest country in the world, so the course was just over 3 miles. But, I can say I’ve done it and I have a t-shirt to prove it.

What inspires you to be creative?

I am inspired by a lot of things – a good book, the ocean, nature, my dog – but I consistently find myself inspired by the community around me and people who share a passion for making the world a better place.

 

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Meet our new creative writing teachers!

We are thrilled to introduce our new creative writing teachers for the 2018-19 school year, Michael Sikkema and Kait Polzin. Mike will lead our 3rd-5th grade students on Mondays and Tuesdays and Kait will spend Wednesday afternoons with our 1st and 2nd graders. Both teachers come to us with loads of experience and enthusiasm and we can’t wait for you to meet them! We asked each of them to answer a few questions to get us started.

Michael Sikkema

1) What most excites you about teaching at the CYC?
I am excited to meet young writers and hear all their amazing poems and stories and ideas.

2) What’s something silly that most people don’t know about you?
I have a deep appreciation for cartoon theme songs.

3) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a number of years, I wanted to be Spiderman.

4) What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

5) If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would be able to heal mental and physical trauma simply by speaking.

6) What do you want most for CYC students?
I want them to have the time, support, and resources to write and make all the stuff that they want to write and make.

7) If you were the first person EVER to meet Captain H. Tanny, what would your first question be?
Is there room for one more in that balloon?

 

Kait Polzin

1) What most excites you about teaching at the CYC?
I am excited about sharing my passion for creative self exploration with young learners and participating in collaborative efforts to represent and beautify our community through the outcomes of that exploration.

2) What’s something silly that most people don’t know about you?
I once dressed up as Clifford the Big Red Dog for a local book fair and earned a free book!

3) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist/ archaeologist/ rock star.

4) What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
I read “the Twits” by Roald Dahl and thought it was such a hoot. I’ve been enjoying the whimsy of Roald Dahl perhaps more as a grown up than when I was a kid. His characters are ridiculous, his situations are unlikely and his reflections are quite poignant.

5) If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Okay – I know it’s such a typical answer, but I always wished I could be invisible so I could spy on my brothers and stay up late.

6) What do you want most for CYC students?
I want my CYC students to feel unlimited in how they use words and free to explore the possibilities of language as a means for self-expression.

7) If you were the first person EVER to meet Captain H. Tanny, what would your first question be?
Wanna dance?