Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA. 92019
College for Kids
for Kids instructors are so fantastic that I thought it would be fun to do an
“Up Close and Personal” column. I asked each to give me an autobiography and
here’s what they came up with when I put them on the spot.
Roy Hastings teaches Survivor: Pioneer Skills in
the Computer World.
My friend, Fred Thompson, mentioned several times that the Heritage of the
Americas Museum was a great place to volunteer. I tried it and it is. My
background of many years at the sixth grade school camps and many more leading 5th
graders around Balboa Park is helpful as a volunteer docent at the museum.
Before retiring, I was an elementary school teacher for San Diego Unified School
District for thirty-two years.
As a docent, I became aware of the summer program sponsored by Cuyamaca College
through the museum. It seems there was a place for hands-on educational and
natural activities tied to artifacts and exhibits in the museum. Putting
together the best activities for fun and excitement for students ages 10 to 14
resulted in Survivor: Pioneer Skills in the Computer Age. Several
fellow docents volunteered to help me supervise the class, providing safety and
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Diana Kam teaches both Art Stars and You, the Artist.
retired from teaching after 22 years with Cajon Valley School District and found
the museum to be the perfect place to volunteer, keeping me in touch with
students and still allowing me time to continue pursuing my many outside
interests. I enjoy guiding students through the four wings of the museum, but
my favorite is the Art Wing. I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to teach
art classes through the College for Kids program.
have been an artist throughout my life and have had work presented and sold at
art shows in Spanish Village in Balboa Park, at U.C.S.D., at the Heritage
Museum, as well as at other locations. I am currently drawn to Chinese Brush
Watercolor Painting and attend classes under Master Artist Lucy Wang. College
for Kids allows me to open the world of art to students during their middle
years, such a pivotal time in their lives.
My interests that I currently pursue are varied and keep me very busy. They
include writing, reading, learning foreign languages, gardening, arts, crafts,
drawing, painting, photography, Tai Chi, hula dancing
and the music of the Hawaiian culture. And I must add traveling. As a native
Hawaiian, the favorite escape for my husband, Anthony and me, is visiting the
Garden Island of Kauai where I grew up.
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Wake is our instructor for The Earth is a Mystery -
have been a teacher in the Cajon Valley School District for 36 years, teaching
grades 2-8. My most resent assignment has been at Hillsdale Middle School since
its opening. I teach 6th grade math, science, and art. In addition
to my classroom duties, I help coordinate the 6th grade camp program,
am the lead chaperone for the 8th grade East Coast Tour, and serve as
the science department chair. I have written, trained, implemented, and
field-tested curriculum in science, math, health, and social studies. I am also
a mentor and support provider for the first and second year teachers in the
My “out-of-school” interests are varied. I play lead guitar in a wanna-be
garage band called “The Broken Strings.” I enjoy working on and around the
house, doing everything from cabinetry, to gardening, to cement finishing. I
see myself as an amateur naturalist and outdoorsman. My outdoor hobbies include
scuba diving, backpacking, trout fishing, skiing, and taking time to smell the
flowers and listen to the wind.
My wife of 37 years, Linda, and I enjoy our home and outdoor activities
together. As retirement approaches for both of us, we plan to travel more,
pursue our creative and artistic interests, and find new ways to love life.
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Registration begins Tuesday, May 4.
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download the College for Kids Information Packetor
call the Museum at 619-06780-5194