Meet Our Instructors
Our class leads are experts in their fields, with eclectic backgrounds representative of the city of New York! However, they all share a unique ability which makes their knowledge accessible to a wide range of participants. Whether you are advanced or just starting out, our instructors will meet you where you're at and make sure your experience is a good one.
Andre has been a certified personal trainer since 2015 working with clientele of varying abilities helping them achieve their fitness goals. Before focusing full-time on fitness, Andre also has experience as a Job Training Specialist at AHRC. Andre holds a Bachelors in Business from St. Francis College.
Jenna is pursuing her B.A in Psychology and Dance at CUNY Hunter College. She has previously taught dance at The GRACE Foundation for four years. Jenna is excited to bring her passion for dance to our community.
Nathaniel has his Bachelors of Music in Percussion from Stetson University. He has been teaching and performing in the Washington, D.C metro area for over 20 years. Nathaniel has experience teaching individuals with cognitive/physical disabilities at Middle C Music since 2013 and is excited to bring that knowledge to SNACK*.
Tira received her Masters Degree in Special Needs Education at Touro College in NYC. She has been working in the Creative Arts Therapy field with NYCDOE for 20 years.
Claire is a 200 RYT Certified Yoga Teacher and has been teaching yoga since 2020. Claire holds a B.A in English & French Literature from Fordham University, as well as a certificate in Classical Acting/Shakespeare from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and an Associate of Arts from William Esper Studio.
Jule holds a B.A in Theatre Arts/Dance from University of Houston, a 200 hr Yoga Certification from OM Yoga, and a Certification in Crisis Counseling through Counseling in Schools. She has taught dance and yoga for over 10 years and has trained teachers to implement dance/yoga into the public school system through the Guggenheim Museuems Arts 88 Program. Jule is a recipient of The Bronx Museum Action Lab Grant, and is currently a member of The Stanley Love Legacy.
Exercise & Soccer
Oba has been working in the education field for 20 years in various roles. He has worked as a para-professional, respite coordinator, substitute teacher, and sports instructor. He has been leading SNACK* members in Exercise & Soccer since 2010. Oba has his B.A in Social Science from Queens College, City University of New York.
Culikid is a nonprofit that provides inclusive, adaptive, and healthy culinary programs. Our current Chef Facilitators are Gisselle Madariaga and Shakima Washington.
Liz earned her Bachelors of Music in Music Education at University of North Carolina's Greensboro School of Music. She has been teaching music privately and in schools with Education Through Music since 2014. Liz is a beloved Music Lead at SNACK*, sharing her expertise with our members since 2018.
Olive is a musician in many capacities, coming from a Musical Theater and Classical Voice background. In addition, she is a student at Berklee College of Music’s Online Bachelor of Music program and is planning on pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education. Olive has a natural touch for conveying my knowledge and has led many seminars, including one about the effects of music on the human brain. She is also multi-lingual, having studied Mandarin, Spanish, and is proficient in Italian!
Dinora holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Science from The Borough of Manhattan Community College and has her Personal Trainer Certification from Hofstra University. She has been working in the field for 20 years. Dinora spent 6 years working with individuals with special needs at Creative Lifesyles in the Bronx, NY.
Miasha has her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Inquiry & Interdisciplinary Arts from The California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been teaching art to adults and children since 2016. Miasha is excited to bring her vast knowledge of art mediums to SNACK*.
Scylyr began dancing at a young age. She began volunteer instructing in high school and quickly developed a passion for teaching. Scylyr has gone on to choreograph and work as a back-up dancer. She holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College.