Meet Our Instructors & Coaches

   

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Tung-Shan "Fritz" Chang
Fencing Instructor

Fritz first began teaching fencing after hours at Hill House in 2003 while he was working fulltime in downtown Boston. He was an assistant fencing coach at Wellesley College from 2013 through 2017. Earlier, he taught fencing classes for several years at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.

After he retired a few years ago, he founded his own fencing club in Burlington, MA, NEMA Fencing Center, where he is the Director of Fencing and gives fencing instructions in foil, epee, and saber to children and adults. Fritz is a current coach member of the USA Fencing.

He first took up fencing in a physical education course while he was attending Queens College in New York. He still competes in local and national tournaments and, when possible, international tournaments.

In 2009 he competed in the World Veterans Fencing Championships in Moscow, Russia where he won the Bronze Medal in Foil.

Fritz loves working at Hill House because he believes that teaching fencing to young children is an interesting and relaxing contrast to teaching academic subjects like math & science.


When not working, Fritz loves traveling to foreign countries.

Favorite quote - "Practice makes perfect"

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David Dybiec
Art Instructor

David has worked as an art educator for nearly 20 years, with a focus on elementary schools and early childhood education. His own practice focuses on photography, drawing and painting.

David is amazed at the strong sense of community at Hill House. This goes from the highly supportive staff, to his collaborative coworkers and the caring and engaged families he works with.

If he had it his way, David would spend all of his time traveling. In the meantime, he tries to see where the next book, bike path or pen on the blank page will take him.

Favorite Quote - "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." -Picasso

 

Tori Frappoli
Athletics Coach

Tori graduated from Texas Christian University in 2014 (Go Frogs!) and then moved to Boston to earn her M.Ed with a focus in Sport Psychology. Tori now works as the Associate Director of Advancement at The Advent School and loves building relationships with families in the Boston community. Tori has been an athlete and competitor her entire life, playing everything from soccer to field hockey to softball. She also played club soccer while at TCU. Tori believes that sports have the power to create lasting friendships, healthy habits, and so much more. There are endless benefits to playing sports, especially for girls, and she loves being the point of introduction for girls learning new skills and gaining confidence. Tori has 10 years of experience coaching youth sports in rec leagues and summer camps. Join us on the field!

 

 

 

Noah Lucia
Karate Instructor

Noah has been studying martial arts for over 35 years under the watchful eye of his father Sensei Duane Lucia, who opened their karate school in 1979 and has also taught here at Hill House for decades.  After graduating from college in 2008 Noah went on to Japan to teach English for a brief period before returning and assuming the role of owner and lead sensei of their family's karate school, Boston Budo.  He's also now carrying on the family tradition by teaching his two young daughters karate.  

As a mainstay in the community for many years, Boston Budo has introduced thousands of local families to their brand of traditional Uechi Ryu Karate, a system of self-defense that develops total body awareness, control and confidence.  Classes focus on thoughtful movement, stances, balance, blocks, kata, strikes and other techniques, as well as having a fun cultural experience.

 

   

Michael Almeida

United Coach, U12 Girls
Professional background: Girls Soccer Coach at Winsor Academy, 05 Elite Girls Coach GPS Metro Boston, 2016 Massachusetts Girls Coach of the year

I love working with the Hill House community, the families and players are the best!

When off the field, I love spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite quote: 
"The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do."

 

 

 

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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