Summer Focus Program Staff
Students enrolled in the UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Program Summer Focus will work with a team of amazing Educational professionals. Below is a brief list of that team:
UC Berkeley Faculty and staff: All core classes will be taught by UC Berkeley instructors. Students will be in class alongside UC Berkeley students enjoying the same curriculum and earning the same credits as those students.
UC Berkeley Pre-Collegiate Team: Summer Focus students (like all Pre-Collegiate students) have the opportunity to participate in various co-curricular activities. Events include workshops by college admissions professionals to help students choose and apply to college. These programs are organized by the UC Berkeley Pre-Collegiate team.
Education Unlimited Executive Team: Our Executive Director attended UC Berkeley as an undergrad and our CFO is a graduate of the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas business school. As such, they are both very familiar with the university and are able to draw together a strong staff to help support the students academically.
Summer Focus On-Site Staff: Our full-time staff lives in the Residence Halls with the students providing supervision, academic support and activities. They will take students on excursions on the weekend and offer tutoring during the week including advising them on their coursework and helping them to speak directly with their professors as needed. They will work to ensure that students are safe/supervised as they enjoy their first introduction to college life.
Meet our Education Unlimited Leadership Team
Matthew Fraser and several college friends at UC Berkeley founded Education Unlimited in 1993 with the vision of teaching students critical thinking skills in a fun learning environment. For nearly 25 years Matt served as the Program Director of the Stanford Debate Society - the inter-collegiate debate team at Stanford University, and for close to 30 years has served as the Program Director of the debate program at The Head Royce School of Oakland, one of the nation's leading private schools. Matt has been a speaker at numerous conferences and Universities on issues including free speech rights for students, effective SAT preparation, and the effect of extra-curricular activities in college admissions. During his tenure as Executive Director Education Unlimited has grown from a single program with 34 students in its first year to roughly 50 sessions of camp with more than 1,500 students twenty years later!
After directing and teaching at Education Unlimited summer programs for many years, Jenny joined Education Unlimited's management team in 2003. Her primary responsibilities are to manage the business and financial operations of the company. Jenny earned her MBA with honors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and is an honors graduate of Stanford University, where she received the Deans’ Award for Academic Accomplishment. Jenny’s academic research, focusing on children’s attitudes about reading and math, has been published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology and presented at the meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the National Science Teachers Association.
Nermin Fraser is Education Unlimited's Director of Admissions. Nermin came to us after several years as a school administrator, most recently as a high school principal. The arrival of a new baby girl prompted her to leave school administration and join the Education Unlimited team.
Nermin grew up in Southern California earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science with a minor in Business. She later received a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Nermin comes to us with extensive experience in student travel having led delegations of students all over the United States and to more then 15 countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific Southwest. In addition, for the past 12 years, Nermin has served as the Vice-President of the California High School Speech Association directing the California High School Speech and Debate State Championships for nearly 2,000 students and coaches from throughout the state of California.
Todd Newkirk - Director of Summer Focus
Originally from San Diego, Todd Newkirk recently joined the Education Unlimited staff at the home office in Berkeley, CA as Director of Summer Focus and Tours. An accomplished debater and summer camp veteran, Todd has worked at over 25 camps in the last ten years, and will also bring his energy and expertise as the on-site Camp Director at Summer Focus at UC Berkeley in 2017.