Meet Our Instructors

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!

 Allison    

Allison Sheff
Steps & Stories, Storybook Ballet, Tap & Tumbling, Terrific Tappers
Allison is a multifaceted theater professional. She started out as a performer, working in New York and Regional Theater. Allison was then hired as part of the production team to work with professional child actors on Broadway. Over 11 years, she worked on nine Broadway productions, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Music Man (2000 revival),Into the Woods (2002 revival), La Boheme (with Baz Luhrman), White Christmas (original 2008 production), Billy Elliot and A Little Night Music (2009 revival), as well as off-Broadway and on National Tours. Through countless hours spent in the rehearsal room, she developed a passion for the creative process and began working as a director.

As a director and choreographer, she has worked with the Ogunquit Playhouse, Papermill Theater, Arundel Barn Playhouse, Staten Island Philharmonic, OC Centric at Chapman University, Live Arts Maryland and the Elephant Theater Company.

Allison attended the Yale School of Drama, receiving a certificate in directing, and is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

 Andrew G    

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.


 Ashley Powers    

Ashley Powers
Family Yoga, Girls Running Club
Ashley is an avid yoga practitioner and runner in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. She developed a love for yoga while working in a yoga-inspired retail store. As an adult practicing yoga, and having a connection with children, she wanted to share her practice! When Ashley is not practicing or teaching yoga, she is training for her third Boston marathon!

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.

 Cara    

Cara Spilsbury
Intro to Jazz, Intro to Tap and Storybook Ballet
Cara grew up dancing in Portland, Maine, where she studied at Casco Bay Movers, Maine State Ballet and Portland Ballet. She was a member of the Casco Bay youth dance company and had the opportunity to perform in festivals and other events all over the region. She also spent two summers dancing with Boston choreographer Adrienne Hawkins, performing in Portland Dances! and the the Capriccio arts festival in Ogunquit, Maine. 

Cara graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in English/Journalism and a minor in Dance. She was a member of the UNH Dance Company and UNH Aerial Dance, where she learned to fly on the trapeze, silks and lyra.

Since moving to the Boston area, she has danced with DancEdge, the Boston Cannons Dance Team, the Lowell Devils Ice Crew, OnStage Dance Company and Intimations Dance. She is currently a performer with DanceWorks Boston, a Studio Administrator at the Boston Ballet School and a dance teacher at other local dance studios.

She has trained in tap, jazz, modern, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, breakdancing, swing dance and aerial dance. Cara hopes to share her passion for dance with every one of her students. She makes sure her classes are always fun and active! It is important to her that her students leave class smiling and proud of her hard work. An award-winning sports reporter before turning her attention to dance full-time, Cara can often be found playing hockey or baseball, listening to sports talk radio and rooting for the Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots and UNH!

 Chelsea    

Chelsea Evered
Musical Theatre & Arts, Members-Only Lego Club, Day Camp Counselor & Theater Camp Coordinator
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 summer and fall.

 Cindy    

Cindy Sullivan
Tumble Time, Jumping Jacks Gym
Cindy is a certified fitness instructor from the American Council on Fitness (ACE) and the American Fitness Association of America (AFFA). She is a lifelong health and wellness enthusiast and an active member of the Beacon Hill community. Her focus for the Tumble Time and Jumping Jacks Gym programs is to create an environment where kids can flourish and grow while developing a love for movement, fitness and fun! Cindy has taught toddler and pre-school dance and has competed in over 30 races, including full and half marathons. She has helped launch the Beacon Hill/Back Bay Girl Scout Troop and is a founding member of the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area where she currently oversees the children's programming. Over the past 15 years, Cindy has had a successful career in marketing and communications. She now dedicates her time to her passion of working with children and is driven by their tireless energy and incredible ability to learn. Cindy lives in Beacon Hill with her husband and daughter. She holds a BA in Psychology and Human Development and is certified in First Aid and CPR/AED.

Dianne
 

Duane Lucia
2007 Instructor of the Year
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.

 Jessica    

Jessica DeNoia
Hill House Athletics
Originally from Westchester, New York, Jessica is returning for her second season working with Hill House this fall while attending school at Emerson College for her film degree. Last season, Jessica volunteered as an assistant coach for Half Kick Soccer and has been playing for both her community and school sports teams since she was eight years old. As an active runner for the cross country team at Emerson and a local to the Boston community, Jessica looks forward to sharing her passion with others and teaching younger athletes how to incorporate running into their everyday lives in a fun and healthy way. This past June, she completed her first Half Marathon in New Paltz, New York.

 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.

 Julie    

Julie Murphy
2016 Instructor of the Year
Art for the Toddler Heart, Art of Cooking, Beyond the Paintbrush, Cozy Crafts, Create a Critter, Musical Theatre & Arts Combo, Pre-School Picasso, Print-Making Workshop, Science Experiment Explorers, Scribble & Squish, Time to Clay
Julie is an artist and art teacher in the Boston area. she has taught art to all ages-- from pre-school to high school. Previously, she was teaching art at the elementary level in Lowell and running several service projects. One of these service projects was the Empty Bowls Project, which benefits local food banks through kid-made artwork. She is very excited to be at Hill House helping our youngest community members explore art!

 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.

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Marcie Swartz
Starlight Starbright
Marcie has a Master's in Elementary Education with Creative Arts Integration and a Bachelor's in Psychology with a focus on movement, music and play therapy. Marcie has a dance minor and studied at NYU's musical theater conservatory. She has spent over a decade working in Boston as an elementary school teacher, nanny, camp counselor, tutor and children's musical choreographer, and currently designs and implements music, art and drama curriculum for children ages infant through teen. As a singer/songwriter, Marcie has made a name for herself in the dance music scene with top 10 releases worldwide. She writes and performs music for an interactive online English language program for Mandarin speaking students. Marcie's energetic approach, songs and interactive activities stimulate children's creativity and support self-expression through music, art and play.

 Marcos    

Marcos Valles
Little Groove Music (Tuesdays)
Marcos is a graduate of Emerson College with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a minor in Music. Marcos also studied at Berklee School of Music, focusing on vocal performance and drumming. While in college, he and a few friends created Boston rock band Parker House and Theory and soon enough he was on the road touring nationally. Marcos had the pleasure of touring with O.A.R. in 2008 and even had the opportunity to play with the late great James Brown. He is currently touring with electronic pop band Echo Kings and this past year released his first music video ("Rhianna") for his solo effort "Jon Marco". The video went on to garner 100,000 hits in less than a week and was featured on the "Today" show. He is so excited to be a part of the Little Groove team, bringing his unique style of rhythm and fun!

 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.

 Rose    

 

Rose Kanj
Little Groove Music (Fridays)
Rose is a graduate from Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Professional Music and minored in Drama. Her love of music and performing began when she was just a baby herself, singing along to Patsy Cline, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin and the soundtrack to The Phantom of the Opera. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of studying under and performing with artists such as Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices, Paula Cole, Maggie Scott, Larry Watson and David Ellefson, just to name a few. Rose is excited to share her love of music with the curious and joyful children and their families!

 

 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.

 Sallea Williams    

Sallea Williams
Dads & Donuts, Parents' Night Out
Having taken after her mother and grandmother, both of whom 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 as young as newborns to thriving five year olds. After choosing to go to college at Suffolk University, 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 and will be coming back 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!

 Snezana    

Snezana Pejic
Mind Your Manners: Beyond Please & Thank You
Snezana Pejic, Educator, Program Director and Founder of The Etiquette Academy of New England, is a soft skill coach and advocate. After spending years managing teams and working in corporate America, where she observed individuals struggle with navigating through social settings, Ms. Pejic was inspired to build The Etiquette Academy of New England and share her knowledge and enthusiasm for professional etiquette, protocol and leadership helping individuals and teams improve the way they communicate, interact and work together.

Ms. Pejic's leadership, communication, customer service and teamwork experience comes from years working as a Financial Consultant with Santander Bank (formerly Sovereign) where she oversaw and managed multiple teams, as well as her training in royal protocol and etiquette while working for His Late Majesty King Hussein of Jordan at the Royal Jordanian Air Force, a private royal airline. Ms. Pejic holds a BA in Business and MS in Finance and E-Commerce from BU.

Ms. Pejic coaches adults and youth on a wide range of topics from Communication, Netiquette, Public Speaking and Presentations, Customer Service, Teamwork and ways to conduct yourself in social and professional environments.

 Tim    

Tim Young
Hill House Athletics, Day Camp Counselor & Film Option Coordinator
Tim graduated from Newbury College with a Communications degree and a minor in Psychology. He spent his college career on the hardwood becoming Newbury College's first-ever NECC Rookie of the Year. When he ended his college career he held the record for 3 pointers and finished second in overall scoring (1506). If he's not teaching wonderful children, he's writing and directing films, rocking out on the drum set or singing with his headphones on!

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. 

 

 CHAD Tennis  
CHAD Tennis

Tiny Tennis
CHAD's mission statement is to engage young people of all ability levels in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle while also providing the support necessary to help them achieve their goals both on and off the tennis court. 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.

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Power Edge Hockey
Ice Hockey
The mission of Power Edge Hockey is to teach the fundamentals of hockey by placing a strong emphasis on improving skating skills.  We provide players with an opportunity to compete at the highest level while instilling discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship. Our players love the game because they learn to play the right way. 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)
Adriana