Meet Our Instructors & Coaches

Adriana
 

Adriana Donohue
2015 Instructor of the Year
Cocinar con Amigos, Jumping Jacks Gym, Little Hands Create Art, Mundo de Colores, Open Playgroup, Toddler Art Creations, Vamos a Saltar, Kiddie Kamp Team Leader
Adriana has been a Hill House parent for nine years, and has accompanied her child to many classes such as art, basketball, soccer and more. She enjoyed working as a nanny in Beacon Hill when she moved to Boston, where she learned every nook and cranny of the neighborhood. She started working at Hill House as the Playgroup Faciliatator, and has since grown to teach tumbling and art classes in both English and Spanish. Originally from Mexico City, Adriana has lived in the area for over twelve years and loves the community in Boston. She has spent four years playing and telling stories with families new and old as a playgroup facilitator, class instructor and Kiddie Kamp Art Coordinator. She is excited to learn and grow with her brand-new art students this fall!

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Andrew Gottlieb
Rookie Rugby, Hill House Athletics
Andrew is joining us for another semester at Hill House! As a Coach Across America alum, he is looking forward to putting his coaching skills to use out on the fields and on the basketball court. Outside of Hill House, Andrew plays rugby and soccer. He is a fan of both the Celtics and the New England Revolution.


Barbara

 

Barbara DeFreitas
Music Together
Born in California from a Brazilian family, Barbara grew up in Rio de Janeiro. Music has been part of her life from an early age-singing in the school choir and spending long afternoons sitting at the piano with her grandfather. She started her music studies at Antonio Adolfo Music School in Rio de Janeiro, taking guitar and voice lessons. This love for music led her to move to the USA in 2000 where she formally started her studies at the Santa Barbara College. In 2004 Barbara relocated to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music earning her Bachelor’s in 2007. During her years in Boston she was a vocalist in an acoustic ensemble playing Brazilian music around New England, including rhythms like Bossa Nova and Samba. Barbara is now back in Boston, after teaching voice and basic keyboard lessons to children in Los Angeles for three years. In her free time Barbara loves running along the Charles, spinning rides, yoga, dancing, singing and relaxing with good friends.

 Chelsea    

Chelsea Evered
Musical Theatre 
Chelsea is a local actor, director and writer who received her B.A. in Theatre Studies: Acting from Emerson College in 2015. Chelsea has been working as an actress professionally for over eight years when her professional journey began with a voice-over in Universal Studios' "The Little Engine That Could". In Boston, she has recently worked for Anthem Theatre Company, Strange News, and The Core Theatre. In addition to this work, Chelsea is also an educator for Speak About It, a group that goes to colleges and high schools and discusses healthy relationships, communication, and consent.

Chelsea is super excited to continue working with Hill House to inspire children and share her love of the arts with young minds. She looks forward to continuing the artistic process with the Musical Theatre & Arts class and diving into new adventures this winter.

Dianne
 

Duane Lucia

Kiddie Karate, Beginner Karate, Intermediate/Advanced Karate
Duane started his martial arts training in 1972 under the tutelage of Al Ford sensei. In addition he trained with George Mattson (Al Ford's sensei) from 1983 to 1993. In 1993 upon the death of his sensei, Mr. Lucia chose to move his 24 years of uechiryu training in another direction and focused on the further development of Sanchin Martial Arts. Sensei, as he is known to his students, teaches children as young as 3-years old all the way to seniors over 70 years of age, 6 days each week.

In 1979 the Sanchin Martial Arts Club was started in Boston by Duane Lucia. The club's martial arts style was based on one of the oldest and most widely practiced forms: sanchin. With Mr. Lucia's dedicated and advanced study in movement education, sports-psychology and martial arts, he developed what is now Sanchin Martial Arts.

Fritz

 

Fritz Chang
Beginner Fencing, Intermediate/Advanced Fencing
Fritz has been an amateur fencing coach in the U.S for more than 30 years. Fritz has coached at Hill House for nearly 9 years. Concurrently, he also started teaching fencing in several Massachusetts weekend Chinese schools. Most of his students range from ages 6 to 14. Fritz is a competitive member of the USFA (United States Fencing Association) and a member of the BFC (Boston Fencing Club). Aside from teaching fencing, he also competes in local, national and international tournaments. Earlier in his life, Fritz taught mathematics and physics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, and a Master’s and Ph.D in Physics. Each of these degrees was earned in a United States school.

 Jenn    

 

Jenn Sherr
Art Travelers, Families Create Together, Hands-On Art & Self-Expression, Paint by Letter, Shoe Decoupage Workshop, Toddler ArtVenture
Jenn has been teaching decoupage for over 10 years. Her mother is a decoupage artist and instilled creativity in Jenn at a very early age. Her art studio is located in the Sound End and she is a board member of the United Sound End Artists, which organizes the South End Open Studios. her accessories are in over 25 galleries nationwide, which include the Society of Arts and Crafts on Newbury Street. Jenn went to college for Early Childhood Education and will be working with the toddler programs this fall. Most recently, Jenn traveled to Italy and Paris to study art.

 

 Jonas    

Jonas Kublickas
Private Guitar Lessons
Jonas received his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Guitar Performance with a Music-in-Education concentration. In June 2014, he graduated from the "Mozarteum" University in Salzburg, Austria, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar and lute performance with guitar virtuoso and pedagogue Eliot Fisk.

Jonas has participated in many national and international competitions of classical guitar, winning various prizes. He won first prizes in Baltic States Classical Guitar and Guitar Renaissance International competitions. He is especially interested in reaching out to new audiences and plays regularly with several early music and contemporary groups that perform in alternative spaces. Jonas has recently performed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Gwangju World Universidade closing ceremony in South Korea. He also taught master classes in Seoul National University.

In 2014, Jonas started a project called "Confero de Musica", which connects the charm and charisma of Spanish melodies and gracefulness of Baroque music. He's been performing on flamenco, classical guitar and lute with "Occo Duo" while touring Spain in the summer of 2014. His most recent collaboration of "DoJo" is one-of-a-kind world music duo that is committed to performing intense and thought-provoking repertoire combining the power of plucked instruments - guitar and gayageum (Korean silk-stringed zither-like instrument). DoJo performs their own arrangements of Tango, Spanish and Korean national music.

Jonas actively performs (solo, chamber, with orchestra) and participates in festivals, events in Lithuania and neighboring countries. He is sponsored by the M.Rostropovich's charity and support foundation in 2010-2012. In 2012, he won a scholarship from "Live Music Now - Yehudi Menuhin" foundation. Kublickas has participated in the master classes of many renowned artists such as Aleksandr Frauchi, Oscar Ghiglia, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, Marco Tamayo and Jorge Morel.

 Josie    

Josie Gardiner
Total Body Strength
Josie is an experienced master trainer and co-author of The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan and The Breast Cancer Survivor's Guide to Fitness DVD and the Breast Cancer Survivor's 12 Week Training Program for YMCAs. She collaborated with Joy Prouty, Francesca Coltrera and Dr. Jonathan Bean to create The Workout Workbook, a Harvard Medical School Special Health Report that includes 9 different workouts. She is a Continuing Education provider for ACE, American Council on Exercise and AFAA, the American Fitness Association of America.

In addition, she received the ACE Instructor of the Year award in 2005 and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association instructor of the Year in 2002. She also collaborated with Joy Prouty in creating eight "Fit Over Fifty" videos, which were produced by Healthy Learning and endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, and two "Fitime: Lite and Easy Workouts to Lift Your Spirits" DVDs. She has presented fitness training sessions internationally for the past 30 years. She has been featured on Chronicle and appeared on The Today Show as well as in interviews for many other media outlets. She is the co-developer of ZUMBA GOLD dance program for the active older adult and is a Zumba Education Specialist. She is a member of the BEAMFIT advisory board and the ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, Summit Planning Committee. Josie was a Reebok Master Trainer for 25 years and a member of Reebok's Development Team.

Josie is known for her expertise in training the older adult. She is a 13 year cancer survivor! Josie and her husband, Ian, have two children and five grandchildren.

 Maggie    

Maggie Magner
2010 Instructor of the Year
Family Music Jam in the winter
Maggie brings over 15 years of experience as an educational consultant, music educator and curriculum author to Hill House programs. In 2010, Maggie was awarded Hill House Instructor of the Year, and is the former Director of our Kiddie Kamp. In addition to her current work at the Fenn School in Concord, Maggie trains early childhood professionals on the use of ASL, yoga and music enrichment in their classrooms, and volunteers for Birthday Wishes, providing musical entertainment for children celebrating their birthdays in homeless shelters.

 Melanie    

Melanie Maz
Private Music Lessons - Piano and Violin
Melanie is a violin and piano teacher, musician and visual artist. She has studied and performed violin and piano since childhood and has taught lessons to children and adults since high school. Melanie received a BA in Music Performance and Communication, with Distinction and Honors, from Goucher College. She has been teaching full-time in the Boston area since 2000, both privately and at the New School of Music, the Belmont Saturday Morning Music School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols Summer Day Camp, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Cambridge community schools, Soundfest Music Festival and Suzuki School of Music. In addition to performing for weddings and events, Melanie has performed locally with the Newton Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Serenata Chamber Musicians, the Brahms Society Orchestra, New England Philharmonic and Boston Neo-politan Orchestra. Melanie has taught private and group lessons and has coached chamber music ensembles. She currently teaches lessons in after school enrichment programs.

 Ryan    

Ryan Flanagan
Hill House Athletics and Day Camp Team Leader
Ryan is originally from Rockway, New Jersey and moved to Boston back in 2010. He is also the youngest of three boys in his family. From the time he could pick up a ball, he was playing sports. Of all sports, baseball has always been his favorite. He was the captain of his high school, college and now men's baseball teams. Ryan loves working with kids and bringing a youthful exuberance to everything he does.

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Sallea Williams
Dads & Donuts, Parents' Night Out
Sallea has taken after her mother and grandmother, both of whom love working with children and have done so for over 20yrs. She has a lot of experience babysitting for families all over Boston and aspires to continue working with children in any way possible. In high school, she worked in the day care center with children aging as young as newborns to thriving five year olds. After choosing to go to college at Suffolk University, where she succeeded in receiving a Bachelors in Biology, she joined our team by becoming a camp counselor in 2014. Having loved camp so much and growing close with the campers in her first year, she returned in 2015-2017 as a result. Since then, she has branched out to become one of our year-round program assistants, who you might see hard at work at the Firehouse and Joy Street. She is happy to be on board and hopes to continue to branch out to learn as much about the community as possible!

Vadim

  Vadim Martirosov
Chess I & II
Vadim is an experienced Chess Master (Highest Fide rating: 2345; Current: 2250) from the USSR and has lived in Boston for 12 years. Before immigrating to the US, Vadim studied chess under the supervision of Oleg Privorotsky (G. Kasparov’s first coach) and has been teaching chess full-time in the US for seven years. Many of his students have won tournaments locally and regionally. He has experience teaching hundreds of students at the elementary, middle and high schools levels, and has mentored many of them from beginners to the expert level. Vadim coaches chess students in groups and is also available for 1-on-1 instruction.
 Will    

Will Moore
Hill House Athletics
Coach Will has a lifetime of sports experience and has now focused his athletic energy/passion into coaching. He played college basketball and soccer before he became one of the top kickers in New England while playing semi-pro for the Quincy Militia. Currently, Will is a member of the Quincy Youth Soccer board of directors and has a lot of coaching experience covering multiple sports, including soccer football, basketball, street hockey and baseball. Coach Will's focus at Hill House is coaching kids at every level to play to their strengths, helping build their confidence and make sports fun while building lifelong friendships along the way.



Hill House is proud to work with...

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Abbey Villa Soccer Club
Hill House United
Abbey Villa S.C. ("AVSC") emphasizes a player-centered development approach based on the Dutch principle of play. This philosophy emphasizes developing complete players, technically and tactically, so they can perform in any situation on the field. AVSC's player development model focuses on building each player's technical ability within a controlled "pass and move" style of soccer with the objective to maintain possession of the ball. It believes that players at a young age (U8 to U18) taught to play this way will develop superior first touch and when older can easily adjust to a more direct ("kick and rush")  game if and when the tactics demand. Learn more. 

 

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Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization 
Rookie Rugby
The Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization is a non-profit charitable organization formed in 2010 to promote physical fitness, teamwork and leadership skills through the game of rugby. MYRO is a part of USA Rugby and supports all levels of youth rugby from elementary school through high school ages. Learn more.


Sallea
Parents' Night Out

Having taken after her mother and grandmother, who both love working with children, Sallea has a lot of experience babysitting for families all over Boston. In high school, she worked in the day care center with children aging from as young as newborns to thriving five year olds. After choosing to go to college at Suffolk University, she joined the Hill House team by becoming a camp counselor in 2014. Having loved camp so much and growing close to the campers in her first year, she returned in 2015 and will be coming back again in 2016. Since then, she has branched out to become one of our year-round program assistants who you might see hard at work at the Firehouse and Joy Street. She is happy to be on board and hopes to continue to branch out to learn as much about the community as possible!
Sallea
Parents' Night Out

Having taken after her mother and grandmother, who both love working with children, Sallea has a lot of experience babysitting for families all over Boston. In high school, she worked in the day care center with children aging from as young as newborns to thriving five year olds. After choosing to go to college at Suffolk University, she joined the Hill House team by becoming a camp counselor in 2014. Having loved camp so much and growing close to the campers in her first year, she returned in 2015 and will be coming back again in 2016. Since then, she has branched out to become one of our year-round program assistants who you might see hard at work at the Firehouse and Joy Street. She is happy to be on board and hopes to continue to branch out to learn as much about the community as possible!

Adriana Donohue
2015 Instructor of the Year
Open Playgroup, Mundo de Colores, Vamos a Saltar!, Cocinar con Amigos, Jumpin' Tots, Jumping Jacks Gym (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
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