Renée Malowitz is the Director of Enrichment here at Listening. As well, Renée is an established artist and art teacher throughout the community and surrounding areas. Renée is currently teaching at Worcester Academy.
Amy LaPointe, Irish Step Teacher Amy took Irish Step from the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing for 12 years and choreographed dances for local shows with family members. She enjoys working with children and is looking forward to passing on step dancing to the students at Listening.
Nicole Chambers, Ballet and Contemporary Teacher Nicole took Tap, Jazz and Ballet for a combined 10 years while living in Connecticut. She was a childcare teacher in Connecticut & Georgia for 12 years working with toddlers & preschoolers. Nicole herself has 5 children, most of which have danced at one point or another. Dancing is both a hobby and her passion. She is excited to join the Listening Center team of teachers!
Brad Warren, Karate Instructor has owned and operated his own Karate Studio, Brad Warren’s Karate, for over 30 years. In addition, he taught self-defense for women as part of Worcester’s adult education program for more than ten years, and a children’s program for the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department also for more than ten years. He taught Goju-Ryu Karate at Worcester State College as part of their regular physical education program for three years, and has also taught at numerous other schools and facilities including, Quinnebaug Valley Community College. He formed Karate Clubs at Clark University, Blackstone Valley Regional High School, and State Mutual Insurance Company. In 1981, Mr. Warren was asked by the American Institute of Buddhist Studies to act as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama of Tibet during his ten-day stay at Harvard University.
Elizabeth Buck, Artist-educator Artist-educator Elizabeth Buck has been teaching since 2005 and is currently working with the Listening Wellness Center, Worcester Art Museum, and Fitchburg Art Museum. In the past she has also taught with the Montachusett Opportunity Council, and Woods Memorial Library.
Working in watercolor, fabric art, and paper craft she focuses on capturing moments and creating designs that portray substance and emotion. Elizabeth’s goal as an educator is to help others successfully express their thoughts, experiences, and emotions through art. Through a combination of lecture/demonstration, research, guided activity, free exploration, and discussion, her focus is on helping youth and adult students achieve their own goals in art-making; whether goals of technical mastery, raw communication, or something entirely different. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, BA Fitchburg State University, MA Art Ed.
Kathy Carmosino, Culinary Teacher
Kathy is a Hubbardston mom who has two college age daughters that recently graduated from Quabbin High School. She volunteered at HCS for many years and taught cooking in the after-school program there. Her love of teaching children is reflected in the fact that she has been a Girl Scout leader for 12 years. Kathy is a baker extraordinaire and is the organizer of many bake sale fundraisers as well as being bake sale coordinator for Quabbin Pro Musica. In her work as a corporate travel agent, Kathy has had the opportunity to sample culinary treats in her travels to many places throughout the world.
Alicia Frost, American Sign Language Teacher
Alicia Frost from Long Island, NY has been signing for over 20 years. She learned American Sign Language working with deaf people at Helen Keller National Center and from there went for her masters at NYU to work with the deaf. She has been teaching ASL at the high school level for the last four years and holds a Massachusetts teaching certification in ASL.
Rebecca Gibree, Spanish Teacher
Rebecca grew up in Oakham, lives in Barre now. She graduated from Quabbin, then Worcester State. She is in her third year teaching at Quabbin. Currently Rebecca is working on her Masters Degree in Romance Languages specializing in Spanish. She loves hiking, kayaking and basically any outdoor activity. She also loves to cook! Rebecca lived in Chile for a summer and has also travelled to Mexico, Spain and France.
Matthew Hamer, Guitar and Ukelele
Matthew Hamer lives in Hubbardston is a nineteen year old graduated homeschooler from Hubbardston and has been teaching music in Worcester county and western Massachusetts for about six years. He quotes, “I began teaching myself guitar when I was 10 years old, but started taking formal guitar lessons when I was thirteen, learning all genres of music, focusing on jazz, blues, rock, and classical guitar. Around the same time I was introduced to teaching music through my first music teacher, Jocelyn Langer. When Jocelyn began teaching guitar in a group setting, she let me help teach classes, after which I started teaching my friends and peers who also wanted to learn guitar. Since then, I have taught guitar, ukulele, and drums at the Village School in Royalston, Voyagers Homeschool co-op in Acton, the Chicken Coop School in Athol, my own home, and the Listening Wellness Center, all of which in group and private lesson settings. Through several years of teaching music, I’ve learned first-hand just how valuable it is to be able to teach your craft. Teaching has given me a broader musical palate and a greater appreciation for music in general. Most importantly it has given me the chance to grow musically with students, which is the best kind of inspiration.
I am currently teaching a guitar group and ukulele group at Listening Wellness Center on Tuesdays.
Hillary Budreau, Knitting
Hillary is Mom to four children and still finds time to knit!
Elizabeth Garrett, Yoga for Kids and Sacred Belly Dance for Teens
Elizabeth Garrett received her Yoga Teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga in Newton, MA under the direction of Natasha Rizopoulos.
She is also certified to teach Restorative Yoga through Judith Lastater’s Relax & Renew program. Elizabeth spent time assisting Restorative & Slow Flow classes at Metrowest Yoga studio in Worcester. In addition, Elizabeth was inspired to become a Pre-Natal Yoga teacher after her own wonderful experience taking Prenatal Classes with Jessica Johnson. Elizabeth studied /Tribal Fusion Belly Dance for nearly a decade in the San Francisco Bay area with pioneers Carolena Nericcio & Jill Parker. During that time, she performed with several Tribal Fusion troupes. Elizabeth has a background in the Arts & researching the Sacred Feminine. She spent a year in the Women’s Spirituality program at New College in San Francisco studying with Vicki Noble and Deborah J. Grenn. She earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
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