Meet Our Instructors & Coaches
Fritz first began teaching fencing after hours at Hill House in 2003 while he was working full-time 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 USA Fencing.
He first took up Fencing in a physical education course while he was attending Queens College in New York. He stil 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 and science.
When not working, Fritz loves traveling to foreign countries.
Favorite quote: "Practice makes perfect."
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
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 his 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.
Originally from the Boston area, Olivia is back after spending the past nine years in New York City. After graduating from NYU with a degree in music and arts administration, she has been writing, performing, and teaching music lessons to kids! For the past four years, Olivia has worked as a private music instructor teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, and songwriting to kids of all ages and skill levels.
As an artist, Olivia is working on her second album after releasing her debut album titled Windthrow under Woolly Music and signing wiht Daytripper Music Publishing. Olivia's passion for the arts has always been rooted in education and she's so excited to bring her experience to Hill House to create an exciting, fun, and energetic music program! She can't wait to get to know the incredible community at Hill House and bring some awesome music to the Firehouse!
Anju is a singer, songwriter, producer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. She plays piano, guitar, ukulele, viola, and violin. Anju has played in orchestras, string quartets, and served as musical director for their a capella group in college. Anju was highlighted by NPR’s All Songs Considered as an outstanding Tiny Desk Contest entrant. Anju was commissioned by South Asian American Digital Archive to create original music for a sound tour of immigrant history in Philadelphia. She is currently working on her debut full-length album. Anju sees music as a place to build an expressive relationship with self and community, and they are honored and excited to work with young musicians at Hill House.