Carl Wright (Chess) is an accomplished chess instructor with over 21 years of experience who has served as a coach, tournament director and independent consultant in charter and public school as well as in after school programs for general, special and bilingual populations of students. Praised by parents and children alike, Mr. Wright's methodical approach to teaching chess uses one piece at a time in mini commander games so children come to know not only the moves of each piece but the ideas and concepts they can use to play well in full games.
Carlton Cyrus Ward is a dancer, circus performer and actor from the woods of northern Vermont. He moved to New York City 14 years ago to study theater at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently performing with Third Rail Project in "Then She Fell". Carlton was recently in The Artigiani Troupe's "That Beautiful Laugh" and Phantom Limb's "69 S." at BAM. He also works with Circus Amok, Becky Radway Dance Projects, and El Gato Teatro. In the past he has worked with Christopher Williams, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Ateh Theater Company, Proto-type Theater Inc., Freefall, Alex Bag, Maureen Fleming, and Gary Indiana. In his free time he has also been known to direct and choreograph.
Chetara Murphy (Swim Instruction) has taught many different levels of swimming through the years, specializing in teaching swimming fundamentals to children. Certified through the American Red Cross since 2006 in Water Safety, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED. Ms. Murphy has also served as a head lifeguard at LIU Brooklyn.
Darryl Egad (Hip Hop) was born and raised in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn. In high school, Mr. Egad discovered his passion for dancing after he was recognized by a dance instructor from Alvin Ailey American Dance School. Mr. Egad found a home at Community Roots Charter School where he teaches kids hip hop in CRCS' after school program.
Eli Brandwein (Comics and "Zines) is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comic author. Recently graduated from Pratt Institute (Class of 2012), he is currently freelancing and working on his self-published comic Claws.
Felicia Reynolds (Baby+Me) is an American Red Cross certified Water Safety instructor and Lifeguard, has been a lifeguard for five years and a swimming instructor at LIU Brooklyn for the past year. Felicia has taught all levels of swimming in both group and private settings and particularly enjoys classes involving toddlers. Before becoming an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Felicia spent her summers as a swim instructor at summer camps and at local pools in her native New Jersey.
Francisco Lafontaine a filmmaker from Queens, is a 2011 graduate of LIU Brooklyn with a BA in Fine Arts and a major in Broadcasting. During his undergraduate career Francisco held internships at ABC 7 Online, Street Court Television Series and A Girl Named Guy Productions. A love for visual storytelling led to Franco's current pursuit of a MA in Filmmaking at LIU Brooklyn. He has directed, produced, shot and edited numerous short films including an international student promotional video for his alma mater.
Hector Garcia (Karate) is an internationally licensed Black Belt Shotokan Karate instructor trained by Dr. Milorad Stricevic and Thomas Casale. Hector has been a licensed JSKA-USA Karate instructor since 2008 and has also competed in over 20 Shotokan Karate Competitions including two JSKA World Championships.
Hedy Shum Fung (Mandarin) is a native Cantonese and Mandarin speaker who have experience teaching Chinese and English to children of various ages at the HKMLC Queen Maud Secondary School in Hong Kong. Ms. Fung, now a pharmacy major in LIU Brooklyn's Health Sciences department, has experience working with children ages 5 through 12 and looks forward to her first summer as part of the Children's Academy faculty.
Jake Menichino (Graphic Design) is an Italian-American graphic designer/illustrator and art & design educator, born in Brooklyn, New York. Attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and currently teaches art in New York.
Jeff Clark (American Sign Language) is an adjunct professor at Long island University's Modern Language Center where he has taught English as a Second Language for over 20 years. Prof. Clark also holds a master's degree in Deaf Education from Hunter College. He is both passionate and committed to helping Brooklyn's young students discover American Sign Language.
Joshua Vizzi (Design and Build) is a practicing architectural designer who has worked on buildings in New York, California, Seattle, Washington D.C, Europe, and Africa. He has designed and constructed sustainable housing for the U.S. Solar Decathlon and served as a jurist at the School of Visual Arts. Joshua graduated with a Bachelor's of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kyle De Ocero is from Brooklyn by way of San Francisco by way of Philippines. He is a MFA candidate at Long Island University pursuing creative writing.
Leah Kreger R.A. is an independent educator, Registered Architect, writer and parent. She has 10 years" experience engaging people of all ages in design workshops and lectures based on her architectural research into the relationship of memory to creativity. She does this using block-building play, and the tools of drawing, model building or diorama construction and personal narrative storytelling presentation.
Nicholas 'Medalhinha' Macaluso (Capoeira Regional) has been practicing capoeira for twelve years and teaching it for three. He is trained as an NASM Personal Trainer and specializes in using capoeira as a means of physical, intellectual, and emotional development.
Noelia Brito (Spanish) holds a Bachelor"s degree in education as well as a Master"s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has extensive experience as a teacher in public and private schools in Tenerife, Spain. Additionally, she has developed programs in children"s nutrition. Recently, Noelia has been learning English at LIU Brooklyn with the goal of returning to Spain to teach English to children.
Reynaldo Vargas (Video Game Design) is a game designer and educator who is interested in teaching children systems thinking and game design. He is a senior at New York University studying philosophy, critical theory, games studies and game design. His sport, Staccato, is an 2012 IndieCade finalist and his video game Super Atomico 1990 was recently released on Facebook. His personal website/portfolio can be seen at: naldogames.wordpress.com.
Zilvinas Jonusas is true Renaissance man of the performing arts, Zilvinas graduated from Vilnius University in his native Lithuania with a B.F.A. in Theater and Philology, received his M.A. in Media Arts from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) in 2007 and is currently working on a thesis project for an M.F.A. in New Media Arts and Performance, also at L.I.U. While in Lithuania, Zilvinas co-founded the renowned Pop-off Show Theater and performed as an actor and dancer in shows for both children and adults with the Russian Drama Theater of Lithuania and the Old Town Theater of Vilnius. In addition to his extensive theater work, Zilvinas is a screenwriter, filmmaker (of both live action and animated shorts) a film composer and graphic designer.