Our Staff is made up of energetic teachers with vast backgrounds in educational instruction, who emphasize the importance of both mental and physical health. 


  • The SD Ed Ventures Summer Program is developed and run by current teachers who hold Masters Degrees in Education (M.Ed).


  • Additional support is provided by paid intern(s) who are actively pursuing their M.Ed and teaching credentials.​

Chris Caylor, M.Ed.
Camp Leader

Christopher Caylor teaches at Mt. Carmel High School in Poway Unified School District. In 2017 Chris graduated from George Mason University (Magna cum laude) with a BA in Social Science for Education. He went on to study further at the University of San Diego, earning his Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, in May of 2020.  He successfully defended his graduate level research based thesis on “How to Curb Negative Behaviors with a Growth Mindset and Through the Use of Mindfulness Techniques”. Chris believes both mental and physical health in students is essential for their academic and overall development. Outside of the classroom, Chris is an avid powerlifter. Prior to lifting he enjoyed running and training for races, of which he completed 24 half-marathons and one full marathon. Many would say Christopher is the most energetic person they know. His positive energy and upbeat attitude is infectious and can bring out even the most introverted of people, in this way he is truly skilled in his ability to maximize inclusion among diverse groups. Chris credits his ability to connect with his students to his years of experience as an AVID tutor, summer school teacher and mentor, and volunteer work for multiple after school programs.

Martha Cordova, M.Ed.
Camp Leader

Martha Cordova currently teaches 7th and 8th grade Science and Math in Santee School District. Martha graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology. She then earned her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, in 2020 from the University of San Diego. Her master’s thesis studied the effects of pink noise on student concentration. Martha is an active volunteer at the Natural History Museum where she works preparing specimens for the mammalogy collection. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and speaks conversational French. In her free time, Martha enjoys hiking, running, knitting, and gardening.

Are you currently pursuing your M.Ed and interested in a Summer Internship with hands on experience?