Meet Our Instructors
Kris Coffelt is the founder and artistic/executive director of Curtain Call Playhouse, a not for profit theatre company in Pompano Beach. Following her college years majoring in Fine Arts at UNLV, she moved to Los Angeles and studied for four years with the artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, Gordon Hunt; studied and worked with the Groundlings Improvisation Group for two years; studied for two years at CBS Studios with the Film Industry Workshop alongside such developing directors as Ron Howard and many other fine profession directors. She also studied at the prestigious Melrose Workshop for one year. Since arriving in South Florida in 1993, she has worked in several theatres, starring in plays, and working in community theatre. For several years she has independently taught drama workshops, commercial and television workshops as well as children’s workshops. Kris is a member of AEA and SAG-AFRTA.
Joy Deco comes to the Sugar Sand Park Community Center to teach Kids in Action! Activities Camp. Joy is the owner/operator of Joy Deco Enterprises, Inc., which is a family run business with instructors who educate children in the Art of Dance, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Sports and P.E., Drama, Musical Stage Dance, and Martial Arts while teaching life skills to all ages. Joy Deco and her family are from Pittsburgh, PA, where Joy graduated from Point Park College with a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts. Joy and her staff have been teaching in Broward and Palm Beach counties since 1991. They service preschool, private and public schools along with City run after school programs, camps and Saturday programs.
Coach Danny and Coach Javier are the Directors at Soccer Shots in Southern Palm Beach and North Broward County. Both met playing professional soccer in Kansas back in 2011 and decided they wanted to mix their passion for soccer and children to give back. In 2012 Soccer Shots was born. Soccer is only seen as a platform for them to change children's lives while giving back enjoyment and teaching them basic skills. Both are skilled not only in soccer but with children and the curriculum of the program focuses on character building skills along with words of the week like respect. They believe in making "Stronger Youth Beyond The Game".
Barbara Freiberg has been creating and teaching art classes for several years. She enjoys drawing, painting, printing and collage making. She is very interested in helping others learn to become more creative and improve their drawing skills. Ms. Freiberg is originally from New York and also lived in New Jersey before moving to Florida, where she currently resides with her husband and two daughters.
BA in Studio Art from SUNY Binghamton, New Jersey and Florida Art Teaching Certificate for grades K-12, several years experience teaching art classes at libraries for children, teens and adults, experience teaching art in a public and private school
Joella Gilmond is a native to Palm Beach County. She grew up in Wellington with a background in child development. She has over 18 years experience with children from newborn to 12 years old through her child oriented businesses. Always having a love for art and children, she created a business by putting those two together. Artist for a Day has been a ceramic studio in Jupiter since 2006. She loves working with children and wouldn't have it any other way. Joella owns Artist for A Day in Tequesta, Florida and is the instructor for the "Artist for A Day" summer camp 2014. They work with clay, mixed media, fabric design, mosaic, creative design and anything to do with ART. Joella instills creative expression in all her students by giving them the foundations and encouraging them to complete their art pieces on their own.
Bryan Goldmintz comes to the Sugar Sand Park Community Center to teach Director's Cut Film Making Programs. Bryan and his wife Lori began the Director’s Cut with one school serving 6 children 6 years ago to 400 schools servicing over 110,000 children recently. Director’s Cut is the first movie film and imaging studio dedicated to children in Canada and the United States. It provides the opportunity for children between the ages of 5-17 to experiment with digital film and imaging software. The Director’s Cut is partnered with Indigo Books and Music, Cineplex Theaters and enjoys the opportunity to present Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox in the classroom and in their camps. For additional information on the Director’s Cut, including staff profiles you may visit their website at www.thedirectorscut.ca.
Cathy Hazard leads Kindermusik classes for children of different age groups and everyone is scrambling to get into her classes! Cathy’s background has always been in music and children. She is one of seven children all from musical parents who encouraged them to promote their gifts. Cathy has been singing since she was 7 years old. She has done musical theater and drama as well as private parties and television shows. Cathy has worked with inner city children as well as children of privilege. As an adult Cathy has worked in television productions. She produced 30-second commercials for cable TV. She has received many awards over the years for her dedication to helping children of all ages. When her three children grew up, she missed them so much she became involved with teaching music to children. Cathy has been teaching music for many years in her local community. She loves being a music educator. In her first year of Kindermusik she achieved Maestro making her one of the top 5% educators in the world. Cathy continues to achieve Maestro year after year. Cathy has also received the prestigious honor of "The International Teacher's Excellence Award."
Shelly Isaacs leads Senses of Cinema Presents Films for Thought at the Sugar Sand Community Center. Isaacs has had a distinguished career as a writer and creative director for many of America’s top advertising agencies. He has maintained an extensive involvement with the film culture, on both professional and academic levels. As an adjunct professor for the graduate program in the Communications Department at NYU, he shared his experience and expertise teaching courses in Mass Media & Modern Culture. Shelly’s passionate involvement with the history and lasting value of film as a unique facet of American culture led him in 2000 to create The Boca Raton Classic Film Forum; classic American motion pictures presented in a theatrical setting, followed by discussions with renowned filmmakers, critics and historians. In 2001 Shelly began working with Children of the French Cinema, based in Palm Beach, Florida for which he hosted screenings of prominent French films in theaters throughout South Florida. Beginning in 2002, he created Café Cinematheque International and Senses of Cinema – two monthly series, for which he programs and hosts screenings of contemporary and classic award winning and internationally acclaimed foreign language films, followed by commentary and discussion, at theaters in North Miami, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Since 2002, he is host and programmer for The International Film Series for the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea, offering his audience and others who appreciate foreign language film an opportunity to experience his program of specially selected films on a luxury cruise. Most recently, he served as juror for the 2009 World Cinema competition at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Shelly earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology & Marketing at the City College of New York, and an MA in Communications at NYU. He currently resides with his family in Boca Raton, Florida.
Dr. Rachel Panton is a ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach especially for women who have powerful stories to tell. Her mission is to create a safe space where women can share their stories and feel supported through each stage of the writing process. Rachel has been a writing professor for over 16 years and is a specialist in adult learning and development. She currently teaches writing at the University of Miami.
Ellen Maringione Mad Science is a leading science enrichment provider and offers Spy Camp and Camp Eureka! They deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. Innovative programs help kids learn about science through fun programs, preschool programs, workshops, camps, and more. Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic and we don’t stop there. For over 13 years, Rich and Ellen Maringione have run our exciting program in Maine, New Hampshire and southeast Florida. Their approach to teaching science invites children to pursue STEM careers.
Lillian Murray runs Happy Sunshine Yoga classes and can't think of a better way to spend her day than having fun, being creative and supporting the developmental needs of our children. Born in Denver but raised in Florida sunshine, she brought her light to the classroom for 15 years. Educational training and classroom experience has shed light on the many layered connections between child development, yoga, and the dramatic arts. She believes that when children play, they happily learn. Lilly is a Certified Family Life Coach, Early Childhood Educator, and has received certifications in teaching yoga to children through The radiant child Yoga program. She has been married for twenty years to her loving husband and has two amazing sons. Lilly has been personally practicing yoga for five years, along with the water it's her favorite place to be. Lilly's classes are inspiring, exciting, and always include something unexpected or a wondrous learning experience! Her passion for working with children is obvious in all that she does.
Miranda Murray is a children’s yoga instructor in Boca Raton, FL. She is trained in Next Generation Yoga and also Radiant Child Yoga for the ages of 2-18 year olds. In her class, she shares the introduction of yoga with the children through music, art, and props in various studios, parks, schools and with private group lessons. She truly enjoys sharing the LOVE of yoga with everyone on and off the mat. Now she currently lives in Boca Raton with her husband and daughter. Come Grow in Love & Be Happy!!!
.Gloria Rothstein is the author of Sheep Asleep (HarperCollins)~a picture book PBS Parents calls “a hilarious rhyming story;” Real-Life Writing Activities, Read Across America, From Soup To Nuts (Scholastic); “Curious George” animated cartoons; and more. She’s been writing for children for years, and has published credits with Children’s Television Workshop, Harcourt, Holt, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Random House, Scribner, and others. Gloria has also been a speaker at The Miami Book Fair, The Conference On Children’s Literature, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conferences. Her programs at Sugar Sand include hands-on writing workshops for adults and writing camps for tweens.
Stacey Stolman is an accomplished culinary educator, cookbook developer and food stylist. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Her food styling and recipe development clients consist of Kraft, Nabisco, Campbell’s Soup Company, and Lipton. She was the recipe developer for a cookbook called “Jewish Holiday Style” and is a contributing writer for various publications including Family Fun Magazine. Stacey has been working with many clients and schools in both Palm Beach and Martin Counties, along with many community organizations. Stacey runs the "Fun Chefs" cooking programs during the summer.
Lucy Tamez is the Founder of “Bright & Smart, LLC.” a company dedicated to prepare children for a technological future. Bright & Smart offers children instruction and practice towards creating computer-programming skills, while getting them acquainted with designing and building robots in a teamwork environment carefully designed for them. Lucy holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Physics, and she has dedicated most of her professional life to middle and high school physics education. She has devoted her time to research, collecting data, software-licenses procurement, curriculum structure, modeling and field-testing of all the materials, techniques, and tools for this course. This includes materials from the MIT Media Lab, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and Tufts University. This will enrich and complement a better-suited program for children who are dealing with the new technology around computers and robots.
Monique Young is the Director/Owner of Drama Kids of South Palm Beach County. For the last four years, Ms. Young has provided the developmental drama program Drama Kids to the greater Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach area. After working for a Fortune 500 company, she decided to pursue her passion for the arts and working with kids. Monique grew up in Coral Gables and was part of a well known dance team as a young adult. She is no stranger to the stage and is used to performing on the football field, basketball court, parades and television. She attended the University of Miami and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree from NYIT. In her spare time she likes to care for the elderly. She has been a Boca Raton resident for over 20 years.