Listening Wellness Center | Teachers
Listening is a non-profit center whose mission is to promote wholistic health and wellness for the Central Massachusetts community. The name Listening is inspired by a Chinese acupuncture point. This point helps you to hear outside sounds and your inner, intuitive voice — creating balance between inner and outer, active and quiet. This harmony is the road to health.
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Renée Malowitz, Former Director of Enrichment, Artist-Educator
In addition to being the Director of Enrichment at Listening, 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.

Elizabeth Buck, Artist-Educator
Artist-educator Elizabeth Buck has been teaching since 2005 and is currently working with 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.

Matthew Hamer, Guitar and Ukelele
Matthew lives in Hubbardston, is a graduated homeschooler, 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 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.”

Nicole Chambers, Hip-Hop For Boys 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 team of teachers!