The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) has hired a new Academic Director, Olenka Langen. As Academic Director, Langen will be responsible for the recruitment of elementary schools to attend day and overnight science camps. She will also head the staff recruitment and training as well as program development and implementation.
Langen graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s in Child Development and a minor in Natural Sciences. She also received a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology as CSUF.
Langen comes to the IROEC with 10 years of teaching and summer camp experience. Previously teaching third to sixth grade in Nicaragua and Ecuador with the Peace Corps and second and fourth graders in Orange County, Langen has plenty of experience with children. She has also worked as a tutor and avid mentor in junior high and high schools.
During the past 11 summers, Langen volunteered her time with CSUF’s summer camp, Camp Titan. Counselor, program staff, and co-director; managing the staff and counselors are just some of the positions she held during her time at Camp Titan. For the past four years she has been an asset to the camp due to her teaching and child development background, becoming the Camper Behavior Specialist, facilitating trainings for the counselors and staff.
Langen states “I am excited to join the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center as the new Academic Director, where I can bring both my teaching and camp experiences together.” For more information on the IROEC, visit: outdooreducationcenter.org.