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The Granada Treehouse Studio has been evolving since c. 1990. It started with curiosity and helping a colleague; it developed into respect for each other's skills, work ethic, and joy of teaching; it continued to grow into a relationship through working closely and building programs; it has solidified with the knowledge that we share deeply rooted values; it thrives as we endeavor to make the world a little better place to live for ourselves and others.

Melissa McKinstry and Doug Kipperman

To read some of Melissa's love for words go to: Granada Kitchen Dance Blog | Poet Tree

To see more of Doug's art work go to: Beginning Sketchbook | Collaborations | Crayon Drawings | Experiment | Partial Design Portfolio | Sketchbook | Stained Glass


Melissa McKinstry - melissa.granadatreehousestudio@gmail.com

Education

University of Washington, Secondary Teaching Credential, 1988

University of Washington, BA English, 1987

Recent Noteworthy Writing Classes and Workshops

Poetry Workshop Exchange, 2018-present with Mentor and Poet Erik Wilbur

Harvard Extension School, 2018

Advanced Fiction: Writing the YA and MG Novel with Mary Sullivan Walsh, Fall 2018

Proseminar: Elements of the Writer’s Craft with Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, Spring 2018

Master Class, Kauai Writers Conference, November 2018

The Life of Poetry with Ellen Bass

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2017

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry with Al Filreis via Coursera

Experience

Writing Coach, Editor, Translator, 2013-present

Yoga Practitioner and Insured Teacher with 200-hour certification, 2015-present

teach weekly classes at local studio

established and taught gentle yoga classes at the local Ronald McDonald House for siblings and parents of in-patients, 2015-2018

Co-created Granada Treehouse Studio, 2013

San Diego Jewish Academy Humanities Department Chair and English Teacher, 1999-2013

taught Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, 2006-2013

advised yearbook and literary arts magazine, 1999-2013

designed and oversaw Upper School (grades 6-12) Humanities curriculum, 1999-2013

San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow, Teacher Consultant, and Lead Teacher, 1996-2002

designed and led workshops for educators on writing, teaching writing, and structuring assessment tools

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Founding Faculty, 1995-1999

collaborated on grant-writing proposal and curriculum design team

taught humanities (history and English) to CoSA students in innovative, integrated educational model based on the Oxford tutorial system

WriteDesign Co-creator and Faculty, 1994-2002

collaborated to design a nationally recognized course integrating writing, art, design, and technology

commended by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the US Department of Education

Coronado High School English Teacher, 1989-1999

contributed as writer and member of leadership team that resulted in Coronado High School's designation as a New American High School, one of the top eight public high schools in the United States, 1998

taught English, creative writing, and humanities, grades 9-12, 1989-1999

advised literary arts magazine, 1989-1999


Douglas Kipperman - doug.granadatreehousestudio@gmail.com

Education

CLAD Secondary Teaching Credential, National University, 1999

Master of Science, Educational Technology, San Diego State University, 1999

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication Design, emphasis on graphic design and packaging, 1982

Experience

Design and create a variety of multimedia works in graphic design and stained glass for our Etsy Shop, GranadaTreehouse, 2015 - closed shop in 2019, but continue to create.

Designer and Educational Consultant: Art, design, photography, portfolio preparation, 2013-present

lead workshops and individual sessions for students on creating designs, portfolios, and stain glass

Co-created Granada Treehouse Studio, 2013

San Diego Jewish Academy Art Department Chair and Art Teacher, 1999-2013

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Founding Faculty, 1995-1999

collaborated on grant-writing proposal and curriculum design team taught several graphic design courses to CoSA students

WriteDesign Co-creator and Faculty, 1994-2002

collaborated to design a nationally recognized course integrating writing, art, design, and technology

commended by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the US Department of Education

Coronado High School graphic design and art teacher, 1989-1999

contributed as designer and member of leadership team that resulted in Coronado High School's designation as a New American High School, one of the top eight public high schools in the United States, 1998

designed content with grant and application writing committee, CHS. Grants and applications included: Digital High School (received 1999), New American School (received 1998), National Blue Ribbon Schools (received 1998), California Distinguished Schools (received 1997), SSP (school-within-a-school - CoSA - received 1996), SB1510, Partnership Grant, and Kern County Technology Grant

taught digital graphic design and art, grades 9-12, 1989-1999

advised literary arts magazine, 1989-1999

D A Kipperman Designs,1984-1995

created freelance graphic design studio, worked in New York City, Denver, and San Diego; designed corporate identification and marketing materials for national, regional and local clients

Kippys, co-owner, 1971-79

women's and mens retail clothing in Coronado, La Jolla, South Coast Plaza, and Los Angeles; responsible for business operations, including office management, receiving merchandise, window and floor displays, and general marketing


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