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Contract Instructors

How to Become a Contract Instructor
Contract Instructor Paperwork Downloads
Meet Our Contract Instructors

Learn How to Become a Contract Instructor

Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District is always looking for new and exciting classes to offer. If you have a new, unique and fun idea for a class, you have come to the right place. Listed below are some simple tips for submitting your proposal to teach a class in the next available sessions.

Class Proposal

When you are proposing a class to the District you must submit the following in a word document by e-mail, fax, postal mail or in-person (by appointment only):

Instructor Application and Class Proposal

Along with your class proposal, you will need to submit the following items:

  • Resume including qualifications to teach the proposed class
  • References

Proposal Submission

Class proposals can be submitted at any time. Below is an approximate proposal submission timeline:

  • Fall Session (Sept- Dec)  - Proposals due by May 1
  • Winter Session (Jan - Mar) - Proposals due by August 31
  • Spring Session (April - May) - Proposals due by November 2
  • Summer Session (June - August) - Proposals due by February 13

Proposal Review & Approval

Once you have submitted your proposal to staff, they will take the opportunity to review the proposal and contact your references. We will then contact you regarding your approval status. After approval, we will schedule a meeting to finalize your class and review the New Instructor Orientation Packet and complete all appropriate paperwork to initiate your contract.

Independent Contractor Wages & Criteria

Contract Instructors are Independent Contractors. Each Contract Instructor is issued a new contract on an annual basis and is renewed each year on January 1. Instructors are offered a percentage of the fees associated with the class that they are scheduled to teach. The following criteria is applied to determine the contracted percent for each Independent Contractor:

  • Indoor classes that require District staff to set-up, breakdown or open and close a facility receive a 65/35 contract. The Instructor would receive 65% of the primary fees (not including any Administrative or Out-of-District fees) and the District would retain 35% for maintenance, publicity, and any other cost incurred by the class.
  • Outdoor classes that do not require any District staff to set-up, breakdown, or open and close a facility or lights, or are held at an off site location receive a 70/30 contract. Off site locations are required to submit the appropriate insurance in order to hold District classes on non-district property. The Instructor would receive 70% of the primary fees (not including any Administrative or Out-of-District fees) and the District would retain 30% for maintenance, publicity, registration, class management, and any other cost incurred by the class.

All fees (except materials fees) are collected by the District and the Instructor is paid at the completion of the class. Once your class has finished, Instructors will be asked to submit a Contract Instructor Service Invoice for payment.


Approved Contract Instructors Paperwork

In an effort to provide District Approved Contract Instructors with the paperwork they need for their classes.

Class Detail Sheets

Contractor Service Invoices - complete the District approved service invoice after your class has been completed and submit to your District contact for payment.

Service Invoice

Instructor Contracts

65/35 Instructor Contract - District Indoor Facilities
70/30 Instructor Contract - District Outdoor Facilities

Miscellaneous Paperwork

Youth & Adult Class Waiver Form
Senior Class Waiver Form
Accident Report Form
Incident Report Form
Contract Instructor Manual - currently being updated


Meet Our Instructors

(Listed alphabetically by first name)

All Good Drivers
Online & Home Study Driver's Education. was created by licensed driving instructors with thousands of hours teaching classroom driver’s education courses, behind the wheel courses and traffic violator courses. Our mission is to make all new drivers, good drivers, through a quality driver’s education. We hope to see new drivers obtain their driver’s licenses with simplicity, knowledge, and the confidence that it takes to be a safe driver on roadways today. Education is the key to safe and successful driving. We have spent years developing our courses, which now incorporate the highest quality materials and activities. We feel that parents/guardians play the most important role in a students’ driving education. 

Bob Gruber
After a career as a software developer, Bob Gruber continued his long-time involvement with Duplicate Bridge. He remains active as an accomplished player (Gold Life Master) and serves on the managing board of the Ventura Unit of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). Shortly after retirement, Bob studied to become a certified Director with the ACBL. He currently directs ACBL-sanctioned games in Ventura and Camarillo, where he manages the Tuesday Pleasant Valley Bridge Club. Bob is the webmaster of the Ventura Unit’s site,, and has written many website articles for both directors and players. Bob and Tom Kline jointly teach bridge classes for the PVRPD.

Bret Niedens
SCUBA Diving Instructor, PADI – IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR # 168486, Owner of Maverick UnderSea Divers.Bret has been a certified diver for 23 years, a Dive Instructor for 13 years, and has certified divers from beginning “Open Water” through professional “Divemaster” certifications. Bret is also a qualified CPR First Aid instructor and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arizona State University. He spends numerous hours promoting “Ocean Awareness” and protection of the aquatic environment to local schools and interested groups. Our shop motto is: Bringing Adventures to Diving through “Training, Stewardship and Service”. He can provide specialty dive training through his dive shop “Maverick UnderSea Divers” which includes; Enriched Air, Underwater Navigation, Search and Recovery, Underwater Photography and Underwater Naturalist just to name a few. A frequent local diver and dive traveler Bret has dove locations all over the world from Fiji to the Caribbean, but enjoys local diving here in Ventura County off of the Channel Islands. "We have some of the most amazing diving right here in our own backyard and can experience diving that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world." Come try one of our Discover SCUBA or Snorkeling classes offered at the Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center. Contact Bret @ or (805) 890-3299 for information or private instruction.

Bryan Monka
Bryan Monka, of Monka Soccer Academy, grew up playing soccer in Camarillo, California.  He started in AYSO and then moved to playing club soccer with the Camarillo Eagles.  Bryan attended Rio Mesa High School where his team won the Channel League and Pacific View League championships.  Bryan received awards for All Channel League, All Pacific View League as well as All Ventura County and All CIF during his career.  After high school, Bryan went on to play for Division I powerhouses UC Santa Barbara and Liberty University. Following his collegiate career, Bryan was further blessed by having the opportunity to play professionally for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Bryan Monka has been coaching soccer either at the club, high school or collegiate level since the year 2000.  He holds a USSF National “B” License and graduated with a double major in Business/Economics and Spanish from UCSB.  Along with being the Boys Youth Director and coaching teams in the Eagles organization, Bryan is a scout for Cal South ODP (Olympic Development Program), and runs the Monka Soccer Academy.  Bryan has also coached at numerous academic institutions including St. Bonaventure, Westlake, Oaks Christian, Oxnard College and Ventura College.

Bruce Colell

Spanish Instructor. Bruce Colell is a learned Spanish speaker. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, he has studied Spanish in high school, junior college and university.  He has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Spain and Peru. He will be sharing his travel experiences and language expertise in this course. Contact Information: 479-2465,

Camarillo Springs Golf Course
Golf Lessons at Camarillo Springs Golf Course. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offers golf group lessons and camps for youth and beginner/intermediate lessons for adults. All camps and lessons are held at Camarillo Golf course, located at 791 Camarillo Springs Road.  Call (805) 482-1996 or use the “Register Online” link on this webpage to register. Classes teach all of the fundamentals of golf, including the full swing, chipping, putting, rules, and golf etiquette. Classes are taught by Jacob Lusk or Dave Sepulveda.

Camille Torgeson
Camille Torgeson has been teaching classes for older adults and those with special needs for fourteen years. She is a credentialed teacher with VACE and certified with several other organizations including the Arthritis Foundation. Camille is currently an instructor for three senior classes for PVRPD. She teaches Focus on Balance classes, Parkinson Exercises and Tai Chi Sun lessons.

Carol Haverty
A Ventura county resident since 1966, Carol has had a love affair with all growing things. Moving to Camarillo in 1972 to a small avocado acre a whole new world opened for this city girl. Learning from the farm advisors about Avocado trees from seedling to market was her initiation into the wonderful world of agriculture in Ventura County. With two young children to raise on the small farm, of course the interest to “grow a garden” and enter the County fair became a family ritual each year. Eating what you grew and making good food choices always has been a big part of the end result of the gardening. As the children grew and began lives of their own, Carol longed for more than just “keeping up the yard”. Having attended many of the Master Gardener’s education series in the past, when the opportunity to take the training came along, the timing was just right. Achieving the master gardener status in 2005, Carol has learned more than she ever thought possible, and loves the lifelong learning element of the Master Gardener program where she volunteered for six years on the education committee establishing their speaker’s bureau and five years leading continuing education opportunities for M.G.s to get updated education. As a member of the State wide initiative Sustainable Landscape Design team, she presented workshops all over the county for two years. Her final achievement was establishing a sustainable garden with Tony Hepton and Diane Beeler for the City of Thousand Oaks, funded by Calleguas Water Company. A true believer in being a good custodian of our land, Carol became interested in growing drought tolerant plants. In addition, she claims to be a “lazy gardener” and seeks out plants that are low maintenance, pest free, beautiful from border to landscape and in addition are able to provide lovely floral arrangements that last a long time. Currently an active member with the Ventura Botanic Garden, The California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands and the Santa Barbara Cactus and Succulent Society she continues to learn and add to her knowledge base.

Challenger British Soccer
The British Soccer Camp program will contain Challenger’s own brand of innovative practices, technical exercises, coached games, camp world cup, cultural education, character building and FUN! MiniKickers is a new and exciting program for kids aged 2-5 that focuses on key child developmental areas through the medium of soccer. The goal is to improve each child's motor skills, whilst advancing their physical, psychological and social development. The emphasis of coaching is to give children versatile experiences of basic motor skills and combinations, whilst creating a fun and safe environment for children to interact. Parents will see their young soccer stars with huge smiles on their faces as we use a combination of fun games and storytelling to teach the skills. This program is a great introduction for players to group activity and the sport of soccer!

Christy Reed
All About Dogs - Obedience Instructor. I started training animals in 1994 at Soul of the Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary. I worked hands-on with a variety of wild animals (wolves, tigers, mtn. lions, etc...) until 1999 when I got accepted into The Exotic Animal Training & Management Program at Moorpark College.  I was concurrently working as a vet tech./receptionist at Pet Headquarters Vet Hosp. until my acceptance into the program. This was a two-year program in which I worked hands-on with a wide variety of wild & domestic animals as well as taking the educational courses that were assigned to us (i.e. husbandry/animal care, anatomy/physiology, animal behavior, animal ethics, etc..).  After graduation, I worked for L.A. County Parks & Rec. doing animal care for wild & domestic animals, training the animals & doing educational shows with the animals.   After teaching private & group obedience classes for a local company. I then started my own company.  I've been teaching dog obedience classes for several years now and travel all over Ventura County. Education: Santa Clara H.S. 1995, Ventura College AA 1998, Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training & Management Program Cert. 2001. Work Experience: Soul of the Wolf Wildlife Sanctuary, Pet Headquartes Vet. Hospital, Wm. S. Hart Park, Placerita Canyon Nature Center, All About Dogs Dog Training Services. Contact Information: (805) 415-5975,

Clifton Gore
I first of heard Tai Chi Chuan in the late 60's when my girlfriend's brother and his fiancée told us about their experience with a master from Berkeley. During our conversation I had a vision of myself teaching and practicing Tai Chi in the future. In 1978 I enrolled in a Tai Chi class at Santa Rosa Community College and learned a Yang style short form (39 postures). I practiced diligently for years and slowly began to forget and change. In 1987 I attended my first class of Yang style long form Tung family Tai Chi (89 postures).  I practiced and studied for the next 11 years with Jane Golden--a long time student of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. During that time I attended many workshops and intensives with the Grand Master. In 1998 I moved to Ojai and started teaching classes in Ventura County and attending classes in Los Angeles with the Grand Master. I am currently studying with both Grand Master Kai Ying Tung and his son Master Chen Wei Tung. Contact Information: 798-1587,

Dan Howard
Info coming soon!

David Brown
David Brown is a biologist. He works on California biodiversity projects as an environmental consultant at David Magney Environmental Consulting and is a member of the California Native Plant Society. His California adventures include helping survey the plant species of Tejon Ranch and Wind Wolves Preserve in Kern County, conducting a survey for yellow-billed cuckoos along the Ventura River, helping revise the list of Locally Important Animal Species for the Ventura County Planning Division and participating in several other biological survey projects across Southern California. He is also an expert on giraffe biology and conservation and is a member of the World Conservation Union’s giraffe specialist group. He has been to Africa several times to work on giraffe conservation projects and has studied Amazon parrots in Guatemala. He has conducted genetics research on the biology of giraffes and cockatoos. David lives in Camarillo with his beautiful wife Tesi. They enjoy hiking and birdwatching in the Santa Monica Mountains and other parts of Ventura County and exploring nature across California and the world. David has a master’s degree in ecology and a B.S. in zoology from U.C. Davis.

David Torfeh
Nature class co-instructor David Torfeh has over thirty years of experience studying native birds and mostly native plants of Southern California. He holds a double major Bachelor's degree in environmental studies (biology emphasis) and geography, and a master's in public administration. David leads field trips for the California Native Plant Society and the Audubon Society, and has been a biology instructor for Innovative Home Schooling. While attending U.C. Santa Barbara, he worked part-time inventorying chaparral plants for a professor's ecology study and setting up labs for the Plants of California class at the university. Since 2009, he has volunteered time inventorying and cataloging birds, cataloging plants of the Ventura County area, and assisting with habitat restoration. David is a California native and has lived in Ventura since 1985.

Deborah Norris
Pilates instructor Deborah Norris hails from Cheshire, England and came here with her family at the age of 11.  She graduated Moorpark College in 1992 and from CSUN nine years later. Deborah started her career in the fitness industry in early 1990 and has 21 years of continuing education in many areas of fitness. She is qualified to teach aerobics, step, muscle conditioning and, what she teaches at the Community Center: Pilates. She is also a certified Personal Trainer. Deborah credits  Deborah has taught at the center for seven years. Contact Information: 805-304-7766,

Haley Nicole Harwood
Our Belly Dance teacher Haley-Nicole is a classically-trained dancer with more than fifteen years of dance and performance experience. She trained at the university level in ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, and belly dance. She is also a junior member of professional dance company Sahira. Blending techniques from different regional Belly Dance styles with balletic principles, she creates a beautiful and refined interpretation of Belly Dance. Students consistently express appreciation for her thorough, articulate breakdowns and explanations of movement, her ability to make them feel comfortable, and her sincere desire to see them succeed.  Contact Information: 805-469-3905,,,

Harvey Mardyks

After graduating from the University of Hawaii, Harvey started his tennis teaching career at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1978 he followed the American Express Satellite Pro Circuit to California and ended up as the head pro and director of tennis at the Westshore Tennis Club in Westlake Village. He was certified by the USPTA (united states professional tennis association) in 1982.  In 1981-1982, he was president of the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association (VCJTA) and helped expand the tournament schedule to what it has become today. Harvey continued to play competitively, and was nationally ranked no. 44 in the 45 & over division of the USTA in 1997. Representing the SCTA in the Intersectional National tournament was one highlight of his playing career. He strongly believes in teaching solid stroke fundamentals and teaches specific techniques for mental toughness. Harvey hopes to share his passion for "the sport of a lifetime" and give back to the game through coaching and teaching tennis. See You On The Court! Coach Harvey Mardyks: United States Professional Tennis Association, 2009 California High School Coach of the Year, Girls Varsity Tennis Coach
Newbury Park High School, 805.383.2303,

Julie Merrick

Julie has been an athlete her entire life. Gifted with natural talent and a rock-solid work ethic, Julie excelled in basketball and track & field. After a record-setting high school career, she earned an athletic scholarship to Westmont College in Santa Barbara and participated in the NAIA National Championships. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and is a California State-credentialed educator. She has also earned her certification as an IMGCA Mental Game Instructor. She has spent more than 10 years teaching and coaching students at the middle school and high school level and most recently for the Pleasant Valley School District. Her extensive experience as a competitor has given Julie valuable insight on the mental side of sports. Julie has worked with numerous teams and athletes in the Southern California area to help them improve the mental side of their game with positive results. Julie’s one day workshops are sure to help athletes take their game to the next level! Contact Julie at or (805) 660-8996,

Julie Robison

I am an electrical engineer by day and a Zumba® instructor by night (and weekends). I have been dancing since I was five years old starting out with a dance group dedicated to Spanish dance. I have practiced many forms of dance, beginning with Flamenco (ballet, hip hop, modern dance) styles. I tried my first Zumba® class in 2008 and have been addicted ever since. I started going to classes where I could find them and as a bonus I began losing weight and getting lots of compliments. Since I was enjoying the classes so much, I was encouraged to become licensed as an instructor and now I have been teaching Zumba® for the last two years. I never enjoyed the typical fitness routine of running on a treadmill or passing time on an elliptical trainer. If you are like me and looking for something different and fun, come join me and try a Zumba® class.

Kesia Gomez
I have always had a love for dance, great music and fitness. I have participated in different fitness programs from cycling to boot camps. I have always believed that living healthy lives is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves and those we love. I worked for many years in a law office but after the birth of our second child, our family decided that I would leave my career and become a full-time mom. One day while at my gym I saw a large group of people participating in a group exercise class like no other I had seen before. Everyone looked so happy! I decided that I would take this class called Zumba®, which I had never tried before. It only took one time for me to be hooked. I had the best time and got an intense full body workout. This was it! My love for fitness and my love for dance had come together. After much practice and training I decided to become certified and teach others that getting in the best shape of your life does not have to be painful and boring. Zumba® not only can get you in the best shape with its high-calorie burning routines, it can lift your spirit, it’s an excellent stress reliever and it never feels like a workout. It’s a party! So what are you waiting for? Come join me at one of my classes and be part of the millions of people that are moving toward joy and health.

Children's Music Classes. Katie Shinden, Director/Educator: KinderMusik.
As a new mom, Katie discovered the wonders of Kindermusik when she and husband Bruce brought their twins Seth and Kira to their first Village class at the age of five months. They are now seven years old and are Kindermusik veterans! Little sister Tessa (age 4.5) is starting our Intro to Piano/Young Child curriculum this fall. Katie has had a lifelong passion for music that includes singing in choirs and playing piano during her childhood. She spent time as a radio DJ on KCSB and KUSF from 1987-1999 as well as a 10-year stint as a bass guitarist and vocalist in an all-female rock 'n' roll band.
Molly Markstrum, Educator: Molly Markstrum.
Molly Markstrum is a licensed Kindermusik Educator who has attended Columbia College in Chicago where she performed and studied music. She plays several musical instruments including piano, cello, guitar and percussion. Her beautiful soprano voice has gained her a position in the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Molly also teaches Kindermusik in the Santa Barbara area and her passions are composing music and working with young children.
Andrea King, Educator: Andrea KingAndrea has been an active music educator in the Ventura & Los Angeles Counties for 10 years teaching instrumental, choir, and general music lessons. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and California Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge as well as a Master of Education degree in Psychological Studies in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her passion for giving young children the opportunity to explore and learn through music led her to teach with Kindermusik. Andrea hopes to use her education and experience to promote a better understanding of children's developmental needs through music.
Contact Information: 805-377-6663,

Kidz Love Soccer
For more than 30 years, Kidz Love Soccer has helped hundreds of thousands of kids improve their physical abilities, build self-confidence, cultivate a foundation of good sportsmanship and the value of effort all while having fun. Kidz Love Soccer offers an exceptional, field-tested curriculum that incorporates imaginative games, skill demonstrations and scrimmages in a high-energy, motivating and non-competitive environment. Our enthusiastic and experienced team of instructors love teaching kids, and are great ambassadors for soccer and sports. Kidz Love Soccer currently offers youth soccer classes and camps to more than 100 communities in California, Oregon, and Washington, teaching more than 40,000 boys and girls each year. We are renowned for our focus on teaching the fundamentals of soccer in a way that improves skills, instills confidence and teaches respect for others. Kidz Love Soccer strives to build self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discovery. To achieve this, we provide a positive framework where boys and girls of all ages and abilities are welcome — no one is turned away. The kids in our programs are nurtured, built up and developed as young athletes. Contact Information: 1-408-774-4629,

Lucile Mosier
A native of Southern California, Lucile studied art at UCLA and worked in the motion picture business, the travel industry and adult education before taking up tennis. As a Certified Modern Tennis Methodology coach, USPTA and USTA member specializing in teaching beginning/intermediate seniors, adults and children (NTRP 2.0-4.0), Lucile offers classes for the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District as well as private, semi-private and group lessons in The San Fernando Valley and Ventura County areas. For more than a decade Lucile has dedicated a great deal of her time to tennis, serving for six consecutive years as a USTA league tennis captain. She progressed from beginner to tournament competitor with a unique ability to lead, guiding her team to several sectional and two national championships. Since 2007 she has received extensive one-on-one training from a world-renowned tennis professional and has assisted in numerous private lessons, conferences, seminars and clinics throughout the United States.

Mark Bradford
For over 20 years, Mark has volunteered his time and talents teaching Seniors the art of dance with his “Muscle Memory” techniques while giving his students the gifts of confidence and joy in their own abilities to master some favorites – Cha Cha – West Coast Swing – Tango – Waltz – Fox Trot and more.  Mark became a dance instructor at the age of 15 during high school where he began teaching servicemen returning from World War II.  He taught numerous soldiers how to dance their way into the hearts of the girls they wanted to ask out on a date. At age 18, Mark accepted a position with the famed Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Chicago.  When he moved to sunny California he resumed his passion for dance and managed the Veloz and Yolanda Dance Studio in Beverly Hills. Mark has succeeded in getting literally hundreds and hundreds of men and women – regardless of their chronological age – out of their chairs and out onto the dance floor to amaze themselves with their hidden dance skills.  Mark and his wife, Charlene, reside in Camarillo and have been married for 61 years.

Mark Tusler
Instructor For Drumming: Mark Tusler.
Mark Tusler has a varied background in drum set performance and percussion ranging from rock, progressive rock, bebop jazz and jazz-rock fusion to Japanese taiko and Indonesian gamelan. At the age of thirteen Mark began studying drum set. Learning the rudimental basics was soon followed by a love for the great rock and jazz drum masters. He has since performed with many rock bands, country rock bands, bebop jazz bands, and show bands and has studied with a variety of professional jazz and studio drummers. At CSU, Northridge he studied Western orchestral keyboard percussion, snare drum, timpani, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion while also furthering his lessons on drum set. Mark currently performs with Monkey C, a unique gamelan group which incorporates rock, jazz, African percussion and even electric guitar with Indonesian instruments and musical principles. Mark resides in Camarillo with his wife and two boys. Mark enjoys teaching and creating new and fun ways in which to develop basic drumming skills, drum set independence and musicianship with people of all ages. Lessons include the use of a small electronic drum set in order for students to begin applying basic fundamentals immediately; a simplified approach to reading music notation allows for the class to experience performing as an ensemble; and, an introduction to a variety of influential drummers provides inspiration and appreciation for the art form. All a student needs is a small practice pad and a pair of sticks. Let’s drum! Contact Information:

Mila Bedoya Pineda
Mila Bedoya Pineda was born and raised in Peru. She received her Master’s Degree in Foreign Language Education from Moscow State University, Russia in 1995 and also studied Methodology of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language at the University of Granada, Spain. Mila is fluent in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and English. For over 10 years, Mila has been teaching Spanish to children and adults, both privately and at various schools in Ventura County. She founded and established The Multicultural Spanish Academy in 2006 and has taught hundreds of children and adults how to speak Spanish through her innovative immersion programs. Mila enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, and loves to share her passion for the Spanish language and culture. She believes, “Learning a second language not only has cognitive and academic benefits, but also supports a greater appreciation for other cultures.” She is the mother of two bilingual children and lives with her husband in Camarillo.

Pam Taylor
Pam Taylor has been teaching fitness for over 30 years. She is certified from AFAA, Zumba, Jazzercise, and the Arthritis Foundation. Pam is CPR trained and holds a current First Aid Certificate. She invites you to come join her and her class in experiencing the joy and benefits of exercise. Come choose to live and thrive through fun fitness! Pam teaches Fit For Life, Pilates and Zumba Gold classes for adults.

Play-Well Technologies
LEGO Camps: 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. With steady growth of the company, project development is now undertaken by a staff of instructors bent on constantly improving the programs. At Play-Well TEKnologies we strive to: Build problem-solving skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, foster a greater appreciation of how things work and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self reliance, and self confidence in children. We do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects, activities that both the children and the instructors enjoy! Play-Well TeknologiesPlay-Well TEKnologies' instructors all have engineering and/or teaching backgrounds, but more importantly they all share a common enthusiasm for kids, engineering, and the LEGO® building system. What distinguishes our staff from many other programs that offer summer camps is that we do not seasonally hire our instructors. Our instructors teach year-round at schools, recreation departments, YMCA's, and home-schools, enabling them to provide a thoroughly engaging and challenging array of engineering projects they have come to master through the year. Classes are enhanced by a collection of bright, motivated high school and college instructional assistants who are specifically chosen for their ability to be role models for the young builders. Contact Information: Bob Lund, (562) 673-7529,

Ralph Stangeby 
Mr. Ralph Stangeby , Second Degree Black Belt - Associate Instructor of the Arts / Owner of Camarillo Kenpo Karate, Head of the Kenpo Kids Program. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1992 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. It was during college that I first discovered my passion for teaching. For years I taught rock-climbing and mountaineering through the university. After college, as I pursued a career in aviation, I continued to hone my teaching skills at the Camarillo Airport where I taught flying to students of general aviation. On September 11, 2001 I was a pilot for United Airlines. Like many on that fateful day, I felt a sense of helplessness. But instead of staying there, feeling helpless, I decided to do something about it. I decided to turn that day of helplessness and dread, and all the bad news that I see in the news daily, into the fuel that feeds my fire to train myself and my students to be positive influences on this world. My desire is to help those that train under me turn into well-rounded individuals who go out and make a difference every day. Along my journey I was deputized as a Federal Officer of the United States Government, having completed my firearms and defensive tactics training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in New Mexico. As a part of my training, I also received instruction on the legal aspects of self-defense and the use of lethal force. I draw on this training to make sure that the martial artists we train understand not only know how to defend themselves realistically, but when it is morally and legally justified. I strongly believe that maintaining proficiency is the key to any aspect of our lives that we wish to be experts in. One of my favorite sayings is, "We don’t rise to the occasion; we sink to our level of training." Currently, I am the owner of Camarillo Kenpo Karate, and the head of the Kenpo Kids program. I am one of the lucky ones. Not only have I found my true passions in life, I have the opportunity and ability to pursue it on a daily basis. For this, I am truly grateful.

Rona Koe
Rona Pualanina`auali`ioha Koe is a hula instructor (kumu hula) for her Hawaiian dance school (halau) called Halau Hula O Pualanina`auali`ioha. She brings over 20 years of dancing, teaching, performing, and competing to the senior center. Her Hawaiian dance training and teaching is from the lineage of Haina Kalehualaha`ole Blaisdell, Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett, and Sylvia Puanani Edgar. Her mission is to maintain and preserve the foundation of hula and the lineage that has been handed down to her. She includes in her teachings education and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and dance in its purest form through dance, music, arts and crafts, and lecture. Rona danced, taught, did teacher training, and competed in Hula Halau O Puananiha`aheo under Kumu Hula Sylvia Puanani Edgar for 13 years and still continues her studies under this phenomenal teacher. Prior to that, she danced and performed with a group in Oxnard and one in Fremont (Northern California). She has performed in a number of cultural festivals and events all over California with that group as well as a professional performer for Hawaiian recording artists. She has competed in Ia Oe E Ka La Hula Competition in Pleasanton, California and E Hula Mau in Long Beach as a group and soloist.

Ronald Brand
Meditation & Stress Reduction Instructor: Ronald Brand Ph.D. has been a licensed psychologist since 1991. After receiving a B.A from the University of California at Riverside in Psychology, he earned a Master’s degree from California State University Chico where he did research on the effects on life change and lifestyle on illness in a group of college students over a semester. He earned his Ph.D. from Sierra University in 1988 writing a dissertation on the use of a journal as a tool for wellness. He has worked in a state hospital, a homeless shelter for mentally ill, a diet clinic, a job stress clinic, in private practice and with the Developmentally Disabled. He has studied Zen Meditation since the mid 1970s. He is a certified hypnotherapist. He has written on health related topics, and studied the mind/body connection and the use of meditation in conjunction with psychotherapy. Ronald lives in Camarillo, with his wife of 26 years and his trusty Labrador. His Children are off to college with one to Chico and the other to San Francisco. He enjoys reading, writing and teaching on health-related topics. He currently is teaching classes on Mindfulness Meditation, and Stress Management.

Roxanne Diesel
Creative Acting Theatre School & Summer Camps. Roxanne was bitten by the acting bug at the age of seven when she played an ice skater in the school Christmas play. Since then, she has performed way too many times to keep track of! While working on a degree in theatre arts she fell in love with youth theatre which continues to be her focus. When she decided to begin teaching youth classes in 1991, she had a dream of providing safe, non-competitive performance opportunities for young people through live theatre. After moving to Southern California in 1994 she began offering classes through local recreation districts and today the original dream continues to grow with quality programs being offered all over Ventura County.  Roxanne is also the co-founder and artistic director of the free summer theatre series, Fairy Tales in the Park hosted by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District as well as other local recreation districts. Contact Information:,

Shilpa Nadar
Growing up in Mumbai, India, I attended girls’ convent school run by nuns, who taught me a lot of extra-curricular activities. Needlework, cake baking, bookbinding and gardening were part of the curriculum. I first learned to stitch when I was about eight years old. We were taught how to make skirts, laces, etc. Having a mom and aunt also proficient in knitting, crocheting and sewing helped. I started to knit when I was about nine years old and to crochet when I was about 10 years old and have been practicing these skills ever since then. I have three children and each of them got blankets and newborn layettes when they were first born. I have made several scarves, hats, sweaters, laces, blankets, and scores of gift items. Recently, I volunteered in my daughter’s school to teach middle schoolers to both knit and crochet. Many students there have learned to make several items in a matter of a couple hours each week. This inspired me to start teaching classes in the community.

Shima Lara
Yoga Instructor: Shima Lara. I have been practicing yoga since 2004. I immediately realized its benefits and knew I wanted to continue my practice throughout my life. In 2010, I completed my 200-hour teacher training certification at YogaWorks. As a yoga instructor, my goal is to cultivate more awareness, self-acceptance, confidence, and inner peace in my students while guiding them into a deeper dimension of their personal yoga practice.  My intention is to integrate the philosophical and physical aspects of yoga into each asana practice. My Vinyasa flow classes present a balanced practice of both the strengthening and stretching components of yoga. I emphasize breath awareness and conscious intention to safely promote alignment, ease and stability in each pose. Vinyasa flow classes challenge and nurture the body and spirit. My classes vary in pace and style and are open to all levels. Contact Information: 805-889-9920,

Yuki Wong
My name is Yuki and I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom of two little ones. I started using essential oils as a way to keep my son healthy after he was born with a variety of food allergies and health/immunity problems. After being put on so many steroids and medications, I turned to essential oils as a natural way to help my son instead of using the prescribed medications he was on. Since then, my entire family has been using essential oils for everything from colds/flu to cuts, burns, aches/pains, digestive issues to headaches. The essential oils have helped my family and friends with so many different health issues that I decided to teach about them. I do not diagnose, treat or cure health issues. However, I do empower people with a choice of trying something natural first to help the body heal itself versus rushing to all kinds of medicines that can cause side effects later. The essential oils I use are 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. There are no side effects, no synthetics, no chemicals and no impurities in the oils I use and they are completely safe and easy to administer. They are also completely safe for infants. My one-day workshops are to teach people what essential oils are, how easy it is to use them, what you can use them for and to help you on your way of having a natural alternative to helping your body with any health issue you may be dealing with. Contact Yuki Wong: (805) 217-3772, Email:, Website: