…was pretty sure the way to have sex was by doing pushups above a girl’s belly button.
Jonah is passionate about creating safe, equitable, and empowering spaces for young people. In 2017, he launched Camp Wonderful, a summer camp for grown ups and is a proud alumnus of the Camp Grounded team. Jonah completed a degree in interdisciplinary studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies after training at the Moscow Art Theater School, Boston University School for the Arts, the National Theater Institute, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is in process of completing a Masters in Interdisciplinary Education and the Psychology of Belonging at New York University. As a performer, Jonah has appeared under a bigtop in Cirque du Soleil, on stage in the national tour of STOMP, and on HBO in Sex and The City. He currently produces and hosts The Bay Area Pun-Off, San Francisco’s safe space for wordplay. As a former EMT, Jonah co-founded Second Response, a school based trauma education program centered in somatic and play. Jonah loves gardening, fostering dogs, and building stuff with his hands.
…used to think tampons were exclusively used for nose bleeds because that is what she learned from the movie “She’s the Man”.
Sonia Harris is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied social policy and global health. While completing her undergraduate degree, Sonia began teaching health education. She is now a graduate student, working toward a Masters in public health with a focus on child advocacy and childhood experience. Raised in the Bay Area, Sonia spent three summers as a counselor at Camp Tawonga and loves any opportunity to create and implement thoughtful programs for youth. Her favorite part of working as an educator is experiencing the openness and creativity that exists within all children. Sonia loves spending time in the sunshine and on her days off can be found running or hiking outdoors. She is thrilled to be working with Well Beyond Academics this year!
…can’t remember anything about sexuality education other than her seventh grade science teacher introducing their health ed unit by yelling, “sex ain’t no sport kiddos”.
Taryn Estebez is a proud San Francisco Native who has lived in the US , Denmark, and Colombia, but could never stay away from the Bay Area too long. She has years of experience in health education, and has worked for various nonprofits supporting youth development and promoting adolescent wellness and sexual health – in one-on-one sessions at a teen only health clinic, in classrooms, and through community outreach and youth-led action research projects. She has also done close work with student organizations to improve campus climates for queer youth at middle and high schools in the bay area and east Los Angeles. Taryn believes in the power of laughing and sweating every day, and during her free time can be spotted playing soccer, singing on her bicycle, or enjoying the sun in the park.
…was so surprised by his mom’s candid explanation of sexual intercourse that he replied, “mom, if you’re going to lie like that, then I won’t even bother to ask”.
For the last 16 years, Brady Gill has been working to create safe and playful spaces for kids. This journey began with years of working at Camp Tawonga in almost every role possible (including last summer as an Assistant Camp Director), as well as 6 years being a Camp Director for Camp Galileo and directing the After School Program at Park Day Elementary. Brady has also traveled the country working for Playworks as a play consultant, teaching schools how to have a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive recess. Brady is overjoyed to be working with the Prep team again this year. He loves the opportunity to speak openly and honestly with kids about all the complicated parts of growing up and treating each other and ourselves with respect and kindness.
…still can’t eat a banana without remembering his math teacher putting a condom on a banana during sex ed class.
Justin has worked in education for 8 years, first as a co-director of The David Lynch Foundation for Conscious-Based Education in Japan, and starting in 2011, as the Founder and Chief Educator of Compass Green with which he has taught over 53,000 students around the USA. Through Compass Green, Justin has focused on educating youth about the impact of conventional agriculture has on their bodies and the environment, and the ways in which they can use their power as eaters to positively influence the planet. If he’s not in the classroom or one of the many community gardens in Oakland that he manages, Justin can probably be found in the waves off Ocean Beach, or backpacking somewhere in the Sierras.
…remembers being split up by her supposed gender in their sex ed classes and wanting to know all of the possible secrets that students in the other room were being told.
Mia is a trained and endorsed Sex Educator and trauma-informed facilitator working across the world and online. A native of Australia, Mia is now thrilled to call the Bay Area “home”. With a background in community development, Mia now owns and operates her own business where she trains healthcare professionals, leads public seminars and hosts informational sessions on the topic of sexuality education for adults. Mia’s desire to support the next generation has brought her to Well Beyond Academics, where they are committed to delivering shame-free, accurate information to youth, adolescents, and beyond.
With 20 years of leadership in the school wellness movement, Jessica helps grow the San Francisco Wellness Initiative into a nationally recognized model, and pioneered the development of Wellness Centers join other districts. Her training as a social worker, public health practitioner, school counselor, and school administrator, affords her in dynamic and relatable lens for implementing school wellness. her work has been featured in The New York Times, SF Chronicle, Marin Magazine, ETR Publications, and the Marin Independent Journal.
Jessica believes that school is where kids learn life, that even teen needs and deserves an adult in their corner, and that young people have the resilience, bravery, and leadership promise to transform the way that teens and adults navigate adolescent health and wellness. She also know that schools are the very best place to support teens, and because those schools already carry a heavy load, they could use a solid partner in fostering the climate and conditions for teens to thrive.
Jenene has been providing school-based counseling services to youth for over 15 years. As a researcher, health educator, behavioral interventionist, and licensed psychotherapist, Jenene’s career spans a wide breadth of settings and populations. From the analysis of cognitive development in preschoolers to the investigation of how exercise and nutrition directly influence positive outcomes in overall physical health, Jenene is well versed in transforming research into practice. As a school-based mental health counselor, Jenene has offered individualized psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as clinical consultation for school faculty. In her most recent role as a high school health and wellness educator, Jenene has created and implemented a unique curriculum designed specifically for the population she now serves. Her work with adolescents has revealed the need for earlier intervention and implementation of school-based wellness programming, as the majority of teens have already faced a number of physical, social and emotional challenges prior to entering high school.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Jen has developed, implemented, and coordinated school-based wellness services for students and their families. Her extensive experience includes the provision of : on campus individual, group, and family counseling; crisis intervention; clinical consultation for parents, school administration, faculty and counselors; development and delivery of comprehensive health and wellness curriculum; coordination of school-wide health awareness events; design and implementation of school health policies; and the promotion of a positive overall school climate. In addition to her school-based work, Jen owns and operates a private psychotherapy practice serving adolescents, adults, and families in the Bay Area, as well as a nationwide coaching practice where she supports individuals in achieving their goals. Jen believes that in order to truly raise a generation of successful, healthy individuals, we must first lay a strong foundation, educating the entire child for life outside the classroom.