David Bermillo

Such A Voice

Our mission at Such A Voice is to provide you with the framework necessary to thrive as a successful and profitable voice-over professional.

As one of the first voice-over training & demo production companies in the business, and with 30+ years of experience, we at Such A Voice are extremely proud of our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and the many positive reviews that you’ll find about us on Facebookour website, and throughout the web. We feel that we’re rated so highly because of our deep focus on you, our customer, and our devotion to constant and never-ending improvement.

In order to fulfill on our mission, we have created what we feel is the most comprehensive voice-over training & demo production program in the industry. Over the past few years specifically, our program has evolved and improved by leaps and bounds.

Learn more about Such A Voice and their instructors at: www.suchavoice.com

Lekha Writing Center

Lekha Writing Center is committed to developing a generation of children who think beyond the book! We do this by teaching them to write creatively, using a blend of time-tested and newly-developed methods that stir one’s imagination.

All of our instructors are trained in the Lekha Way, a method of writing instruction that is different than traditional writing instruction. In traditional models of writing instruction, the student is viewed as an empty vessel into which the instructor pours knowledge. This model of instruction is product-oriented, which places the value of instruction solely on “measurable” improvements in writing. Students are taught the different modes of writing, as well as the standard writing conventions. Students, then, demonstrate that they have learned this new knowledge through their writing products (creative pieces or essays), and instructors evaluate the writing to determine if the student has effectively learned to write correctly.

Consequently, this focus on “correctness” in writing often develops the “internal critic” in some students and causes them to develop a negative relationship to writing—hating, fearing, or being indifferent to writing—which hinders or stops the writing process. These students will often view writing as a tedious chore, as a test that they have been set-up to fail, or simply as something unimportant. As a result, student will try to avoid writing, will write as little as possible, or will develop writer’s block.

At Lekha, we seek to encourage a student’s relationship to writing to be one that is positive. Our model of instruction is based on Expressivist and Process pedagogies which emphasize student-oriented and process-oriented teaching. As opposed to the tradition model of writing instruction, we believe that the creative work or essay already exists in the students. What this means is that the students’ writing finds root in the students’ own experiences, education, and tacit knowledge of writing. The instructor’s role, then, is to facilitate the expression of the student’s writing, guiding the students as they work and rework a story, a poem, a play, an essay, or a journalistic piece.

The methods we use in our writing instruction are designed to free students from the internal critic. We utilize visualization and verbalization techniques, creative play, illustration, and other low stakes writing activities that help students overcome writer’s block or any fears about writing. We use these methods to guide students through the different steps of the writing process—generating ideas, pre-writing strategies, drafting, and revising. And while we do not emphasize “correctness” in writing, we do help students to address structural or grammatical issues in the writing, but only after the students have written enough to begin the revision process. At Lekha, we focus on encouraging students to write as much as they can by providing a fun and nonthreatening learning and writing environment.

To learn more about Lekha, please visit their website at www.lekhawriting.com!

Vince Walsh

Vince Walsh was born and raised in Oakland, California and resided in Tracy, California for over 30 years. Vince has been painting for over 35 years, mostly outdoors and in the studio. His style of painting is a blend of realism and impressionism with a preference to paint still life and landscapes in oil and acrylic. His goal is to express a realistic and painterly approach that allows the viewer to participate in the painting.

Vince was fortunate to have studied with Van Waldron, who encouraged him to develop his own style. He also studied with Delores DePharr and E John Robinson. Vince is a member of “The Valley Sun Catchers”, “Friday Painters” and “Da Group” a group of Plein Air Painters. He is also a member and past president of the Tracy art League. Vince has been offering introduction and intermediate painting classes with the Arts Education Program at the Grand since it opened in 2007.

Carrie Van De Boom

Carrie is a member of the Tracy Art League and an active ceramic and fused glass artist who is excited to offer fused glass workshops at the Grand! Carrie has been creating with both clay and glass for over 10 years. While most of her items are created as personal gifts, she has had pieces featured in art shows and the Grand Gallery.

You may contact Carrie at carrie.vandeboom@gmail.com for more information about her classes!

Luis Valverde-Maceo

Luis, a native of Cuba, studied ballet, modern dance, and Latin percussion from an early age. Since he completed his formal education at the National School of Art Instructors in Havana, Cuba, Luis has taught music and dance, performed, and choreographed extensively throughout Cuba for 20 years.

Luis has enjoyed teaching music and dance to people of all ages, but he especially loved the years spent teaching dance and percussion to deaf children in Guantanamo. His teaching experience in Cuba includes being a dance professor at the Casa de Cultura (Cultural Center) and the Escuela de Arte (Art School) in Guantanamo. He also taught dance music at the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Guantánamo (Medical University of Guantánamo) and was a choreographer for several dance companies.

Since relocating to California in 2001, Luis has directed and taught Salsa and Afro-Cuban dance workshops throughout the Tri-Valley and Bay Area in various dance studios. He has also taught Salsa and percussion classes in many local schools, such as Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Livermore High School, California High School in San Ramon, Acalanes High School in Lafayette, etc.

Since 2007, Luis has been an instructor at Las Positas College, teaching Salsa, Zumba, Hip Hop, and Ballroom dances.
In addition to teaching dance, Luis also plays the congas, bongos, and other Latin percussion instruments and performs in many venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


Maria Valdovinos

Maria started dancing folklorico when she was 11 years old. At the age of 19 she decided it was time to start her own group. She started it with only 7 students and slowly it started growing. Currently she has over 50 students, and 3 student teachers with 6 different classes offered in Stockton and in Tracy. She is also a teacher for one of the largest Folklorico Dance Workshop known as Danzantes Unidos Festival that happens for one weekend, once a year; this year they had over 1500 students’ patriciate in the workshops.  Aside from teaching Mexican Folklorico classes, she also works a full time job as the Registrar and soccer coach for a Charter School in Stockton CA. During her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, get involved with her church, play soccer, and travel.

For more information about Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas de Maria Valdovinos, please visit www.bf-rm.org!

You may also contact Maria at Dance@bf-rm.org.