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Yoga

Talia Weisz

Yoga Instructor

Talia Weisz is a certified yoga instructor and children's yoga specialist. She completed her 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training at Abhyasa Yoga Center, continuing studies in yoga anatomy with The Breathing Project, and multiple children's yoga trainings through Little Flower Yoga, Bija Kids, Karma Kids and Street Yoga. In addition, she is a certified Movement & Mindfulness teacher with Move with Me Yoga Adventures. Talia teaches yoga in preschools, daycares and elementary schools across Brooklyn. She loves seeing her students grow inside and out, building strength, balance and coordination, as well as focus, compassion and teamwork skills. She is grateful for the opportunity to help kids of all ages connect with their breath, explore how their bodies move, and learn lifelong tools for self-care and regulation.

You can learn more about Talia here.

Theatre

Colleen Horan

Theatre Teacher at Parker's Place and Rory's Room

Since 2011, Colleen has been teaching theater to the very young - ages 2.5-5 years. Additionally, in that time, Colleen has worked as a classroom teacher for Olive Treehouse and in other NYC schools. Before her life as an educator, she could be found performing in NYC and nationally singing, acting, sometimes dancing, and generally acting silly. She holds a BA in theater from the University of Vermont, and plans to apply for her Masters in the not-too-distant future. When she is not teaching, you will often find her in her closet, recording voiceovers for the occasional commercial or cartoon. You can also find her with her 3 year old, enjoying the park, a museum, or making a wonderful mess.

Kate Rakowski

Theatre Teacher at Hudson's off Henry

Kate holds a BA in Theatre from Northeastern University and has studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She performs at theaters throughout the city and has six years of classroom experience working with two to five year olds. Kate has taught classes in Theatre, Improv and Movement for students ranging from elementary to high school level. She has also performed children's theatre with CT Free Shakespeare. She is a firm believer in early arts education and is always excited to bring her love of storytelling and imaginative play to the classroom.

Our Theatre classes usually consist of warm ups, songs, theatre games and acting out stories together. We encourage the children’s natural tendency to explore the world through pretend play and to imagine what it would be like to be various characters in different situations. The children are given opportunities to shine in the spotlight, work together, and just as importantly, to listen to one another. It’s wonderful to see them actively engaging in telling a story, and having lots of fun pretending together!

Spanish

Michelle Ruiz

Spanish Teacher

Michelle Ruiz is the founder and principle instructor for Espáñate, Spanish Lessons for Children. Michelle was born in Malaga, Spain and aspired to teach and help enrich the minds of students for as long as she can remember. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Málaga in Spain. Following her graduation, she began her career as an English and Spanish professor in Spain, helping students and children to comprehend, write and effectively communicate the language throughout everyday life.

After gaining experience as a professor in Spain, Michelle decided to take a leap of faith and made the bold decision to leave her small town of Malaga, Spain. She first traveled to China and following her enlightening trip, later moved to New York City. Michelle had always dreamt of sharing her love of the Spanish language with the world, and as a bilingual teacher the opportunities were boundless in her new city. In 2014, Espáñate was launched to provide children the opportunity to learn Spanish in a comfortable, creative and conversational manner. Since that time, Michelle has assisted many students to in their journey of learning Spanish in a fun and creative way.

With more than 1o years of experience as a professional teacher working with children, Michelle has mastered ways of teaching Spanish to Americans by incorporating the key components of how both cultures think. Her mission as an English to Spanish learning specialist is teaching the language through immersion, combining role play, creative games, songs and more!

Music

Michael Harren

Music Teacher

Unleash the musician in your child! We combine music, creative movement, and musical games in these weekly classes which draw out even the most reserved child. Music class introduces basic music theory and exposes children to a variety of musical styles.

Michael has been teaching music at the Olive Treehouse Group for the last five years. He is an accomplished composer and performer, who is busy with his own musical pursuits when he is not teaching children's music.

You can learn more about Michael here.