- Maire Malley Alexander
- Laura Casey
- Amiel Elbitar Hartwell
- Wade Heverly
- Ed Larson
- Nina Maier
- Elena Marinina
- Play-well TEKnologies
- Nishith Trivedi
- Jason Zwilling
Program(s): Yoga and Mindfullness for the Uber Newbie
Maire Alexander is a certified yoga teacher (200 hour yoga alliance certified) who is interested in making yoga accessible to all bodies. Maire is also an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Diabetes management with an interest in promoting general health and wellness.
Ms. Laura Casey has been a Creative Arts Instructor for Orange County Parks and Recreation for over two years where she not only teaches an on-going monthly Creative Arts Class she conducts a very popular Creative Arts Camp in the summer. Ms. Casey is also the art teacher at Cameron Park Elementary School. She states her personal goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and their ability to create art. This is evidenced in her weekly classes that inspire children to experiment with all types of art mediums to create original works. Ms. Casey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and then gained her Art Education Licensure for K-12 from North Carolina Central University. Her Favorite Quote is from Pablo Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Program(s): Youth Instructional Volleyball
Coach Heverly has coached high school volleyball for the past 23 years; leading 12 teams (two different schools) to the state playoffs. He was named coach of the year for the conference 11 years. Wade founded D.O.V.E. Volleyball in 1999 with the vision to provide local girls with a club that teaches excellent volleyball techniques, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, while building character and promoting leadership. He has partnered with the Orange County Rec Dept to provide volleyball clinics for elementary aged children for the past several years. Coach Heverly is currently the head coach at the Trinity School of Durham and Chapen HIll.
Ed Larson is an active tournament chess player currently rated in the 1700-1800 (USCF) range. He has taught chess with Orange County Recreation since Spring 2017.
Program(s): Tai Chi
Nina Maier has been studying Tai Chi and Qigong since 1994 and teaching since 1998. She practices and teaches Chen Style and Wu/Hao Style Tai Chi Quan and Shiba Luohan Gong qigong as well as other qigong sets. She is dedicated to the preservation of these ancient arts and to sharing them with others to increase self-knowledge, health, and well-being.
Program(s): Piano Lessons
Elena Marinina is a Classical Voice and Piano Instructor who graduated from Odessa Music School of Arts in Ukraine as a pianist, choir director, piano teacher, and a teacher of music theory. She received two Master of Arts degrees from Odessa Conservatory; one as a Choir Conductor and another as a Classical Singer. Her musical career includes being a vocal soloist, an opera singer, and a piano and voice instructor for private lessons as well as in a classroom setting.
Play-well TEKnologies specializes in introducing kids to the fundamental principles of engineering and physics through LEGO-based play.
At Play-Well TEKnologies we strive to:
- Build problem-solving skills
- Provide an opportunity for creative expression
- Foster a greater appreciation of how things work
- Encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self reliance, and self confidence in children
Kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate.
Program(s): Martial Arts
Mr. Nishith Tirvedi began his martial arts training at the age of 8. He possesses a 4th degree black belt in PaSaRyu, a mixed martial arts that combines Karate, Kung-Fu, and Taekwondo, and black belts in several other styles including ATA (American Taekwondo Association), Aikido, and Jujitsu.
Mr. Trivedi has over 15 years of teaching experience under the leadership of Kang Rhee, Dave Pryga, and Darren Yancy. He has also trained with Rob Crowell, Anthony Slayton, and Gastavo Guillermoni.
Mr. Trivedi’s program focuses on two very important things: physical technique and life skills one needs to be a true martial artist. He believes that the most valuable lesson in all martial arts is that essential qualities like self-respect, self-discipline, and being ambitious while remaining humble are equally important as self-defense and breaking boards.
Jason Zwilling is a Graduado (black belt equivalent) who began training in Capoeira in New York and continues to practice after moving to Hillsborough with his family four years ago. He has taught at Orange County Recreation since early 2017 and is eager to introduce the sport to more members of the community.