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THE PLAY LAB TEACHERS

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ALONZO HILLMAN

Alonzo Hillman is a dedicated fitness instructor for children and adults of all ages. With a background in psychology and sociology in early childhood development, he's also an exciting guru in the world of fitness development. Alonzo thrived in sports and teaching which motivated him to pursue the wellness programs at Fitness Adventures for Kids. He works primarily in the community of NYC, hand-and-hand with preschools through his programming in the tri-state area and partners with companies to curate a better essential gym program for preschools through NYC. Fitness Adventures for Kids administers excitable workouts and long-term teachable lessons for every student in the program with a kind friendly face, supportive and understanding language to give every student confidence in his programs. 

 

Alonzo teaches Little Gym Class, Parkour Fitness Fun (after school class).

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MAGDA LAHLITI

Magda Lahliti is the owner, founder, and operator of The Play Lab. A native of Strasbourg in France, Magda is a trained language and general studies educator, local business owner, and Brooklyn mom. 

 

The Play Lab was created to meet the needs of the growing community and to help unite families through the joy of play. Magda’s vision for The Play Lab is to provide an opportunity for families to build memories and relationships through interactive play experiences that engage physical activity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and social interaction. 

 

Magda has extensive educational and practical experience in childhood growth and development through her experience as an early childhood teacher and director at French for Little Ones, a French immersion playschool that she founded in 2008. In addition to The Play Lab, Magda is the owner and operator of Play Kids after-school program in Greenpoint, and Learn French Brooklyn which provides French classes for adults and children of all ages. 

 

Magda enjoys seeing families of Brooklyn and beyond having fun at The Play Lab and creating endless possibilities together. She continues to work tirelessly to create meaningful experiences for the community, her students, and customers.

Magda teaches French for Little Ones Class and Nest Program for children 18-24 months.

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EVAN NAHIMSON

Evan Nachimson has spent the last decade teach at every kids music program you’ve already heard of in NYC. From Songs for Seeds at Appleseeds and Kids at Work in Chelsea, to Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band. He’s played birthday parties for past U.S. President’s Grandchildren, mannyed for A-List celebrities, and co-founded his own kids yoga program. As a Berklee College of Music Graduate, he’s gone on to work with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award Winners.

But, his passion for psychology is what makes Every Child Has A Voice classes unique.

Evan teaches Toddler Class Every Child Has A Voice.

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COLLEEN EDWARDS

Colleen Edwards is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist from Long Island, NY. In 2017, she graduated from Hofstra University where she studied Dance and English Literature. Upon graduating, she began freelancing in NYC, working with independent choreographers that led her to performances at venues all around New York City and Long Island, as well as on live national television. Colleen joined the company Dances we Dance in January 2020, under the artistic direction of Francesca Todesco, where she has had the opportunity to perform works by Isadora Duncan, Catherine Gallant, and Mark Bankin. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages for nearly ten years, and has most recently joined WR Arts in 2022 as a Teaching Artist, where she enjoys bringing creative movement to the students of North Brooklyn.

Colleen teaches Modern Dance (after school class).

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AMY VIGLIOTTI, PhD

Amy Vigliotti, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist, and founder of the NYC-based group practice, SelfWorks. Dr. Amy specializes in treating individuals who want to thrive after upsetting/confusing events in their lives. Dr. Amy is a recognized speaker on a wide variety of mental health topics, including anxiety reduction, stress management, burnout, mindfulness, and resiliency. You can sample some of her guided meditations on Spotify by searching Unwind: Guided Relaxation. Dr. Amy lives in NYC with her husband and two preschoolers. Outside of chasing her girls around the playground, Dr. Amy loves to play tennis, read a good mystery novel and enjoy new culinary adventures. 

Amy leads workshops on parenting.

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