Casting the Magic of Imaginations
A Letter from Merlyn,
The Welcoming Wizard
It is with a big smile and wagging tail that I welcome you to The Wizard School! I am Merlyn the Mi-ki, a rare breed that translates to "New Life" or "New Beginnings" in Japanese.
At the Wizard School, we inspire children to discover and craft their voice to cast the magic of their imaginations onto the page and into the world. Here, all children are wizards who possess dazzling skills in creative expression and invention. Through creative writing, adventures, collaboration and play, story telling, laughter and meditation, we confidently embrace who we are and learn to open our minds to see the connection between all things. Writing is merely the key that unlocks the door to our passions and potentials. The Wizard School is a mystical, friendly, joyful, loving and mellow environment (just like me)! We invite you to come visit us. I’ll be waiting with one raised paw!
Meet Caitlyn Pezza
Founder & Word Wizard
With a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Masters in English Education, and over 10 years of experience inspiring students of all ages in creative expression, Caitlyn has dedicated herself to the dream of providing a space for students and families to flourish.
Discovering her gift as a poet many years ago, Caitlyn awoke to a her vision and purpose. Searching for a way to create positive change, the vision of The Wizard School was born. Over the past seven years, Caitlyn has been learning and listening by engaging in the roles of teacher, mentor, and school director overseeing academic programming, teacher development, school systems, and admissions and community outreach, so she can better understand the experience and structure of education from a multitude of perspectives. The lessons and experience she has gained affirmed and grew her goals for The Wizard School.
Writing is the key that unlocks the magic for Caitlyn. Her greatest expression of love and gratitude is to bring the craft to others. She is passionate and experienced in working with students at all stages of their journey from struggling to thriving. Caitlyn is especially gifted in working with students who may be challenged by ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and executive functioning. She has the ability to see the potential in everyone and by meeting individuals where they are, she guides them through their unique development, and helps them utilize writing as a processing tool.
Caitlyn's poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Southeast Review, Able Muse, Espresso Ink and others, her reading has been featured on NPR. She is especially inspired by history, science and nature in her work and plays with form.
In her downtime, Caitlyn loves to swim, cook, garden, play outside with Merlyn, travel with her partner Andrew, entertain, and laugh with her family and friends.
What is the Wizard School?
The Wizard School is a writing workshop serving cohorts of 4-6 students at a time. We also offer private instruction to refine our writing skills. Though writing is our focus, we integrate mindfulness practices, reading, and hands-on activities to connect with our inner voice, imagination and inspiration pulled from a variety of subject areas. This allows us to find metaphors and patterns providing us with a deeper understanding of our world, and a new way of learning and problem solving.
In the workshops, we challenge our students to experiment with various writing forms and prompts to explore the different elements of writing, engage in the writing process: planning, organizing, drafting, providing feedback and revising. They will each curate a portfolio with the goal of publishing and sharing their work. Students will learn about the unique methods and forms that work for them, the magic of story telling and history of fiction, and also derive inspiration by studying great writers or word wizards.
During private lessons, students are able to hone in on their specific writing goals whether it be to work on writing assignments from school, college essays, standardized tests, personal creative projects, or basic writing skills. We make it fun and easy.
At the Wizard School, we are inspired by each of our own unique interpretations of the world around us, our experiences and differences. We build empathy through sharing, listening, and writing from different perspectives. We build confidence by mastering the craft and articulating our voice. We study the journey of the hero and imagine our own adventures to make an impact on the world.
Imagine, Create, Share
In groups no larger than four to six students, we engage in customized activities, explore the elements of good writing, master the writing process, develop our voice, share with one another and become wizards of words.
Workshops meet weekdays after school for 1.5 hours. You may choose between once or twice per week programs.
Fine-Tune the Craft. Build Confidence. Make Magic.
In private lessons, students focus on developing their writing skills and work on their unique writing goals. Sessions meet for one hour at the student's desired frequency after-school, in the evening or over the weekend. Recommendations based on the individual's needs and goals may be suggested. Individuals will develop personalized tools to master the writing process, and may work on outside writing assignments. We also offer college essay writing support.
Ms. Pezza taught a few of my fourth grade students in her creative writing workshop during our after school program. I am always begging her for her lesson plans because I was blown away by how she got some of my most reluctant writers to love it and to improve their work with rich details and a sound flow of ideas. She even got them keep their notebooks on them, even taking them out on the the playground to record their observations!
Mrs. Melissa Lewis
Caitlyn Pezza’s poetry is marvelously smart, insightful, witty, and complex. Her feel for sound and meter is delightful, inventive, and sophisticated. Pezza is one of the finest poets I have worked with at the New School and I expect great things from her.
Jennifer Michael Hecht
I highly recommend Caitlyn Pezza as an English teacher and tutor. Caitlyn was my daughter's 11th and 12th grade one on one English teacher and was able to accommodate all my daughter's special needs which included a very low reading level, dyslexia and auditory processing. Caitlyn not only helped my daughter increase her reading level, but also broke down step by step the writing process, so that my daughter could learn and start mastering writing at a high school level. Caitlyn worked closely with me and my daughter's outside tutors to coordinate my daughter's learning. My daughter not only improved her reading and writing but also gained confidence in her ability to continue her education at the college level. Caitlyn was extremely responsive to my daughter's individual needs. I'm sure any student would benefit from Caitlyn's tremendous skills and her empathetic approach.
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