THE PLAY LAB TEACHERS
Mariella Price is an award-winning songwriter and vocalist (Billboard World Songwriting Contest Grand Prize 2008, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention) and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, and International Jazz Festivals. She has been featured on Sesame Street seasons 40 and 41, and in Elmo's Music Magic DVD as well as the Grammy Nominated album Fu Chronicles. Mariella is also the founder of Jazz Baby Music- classes, and concerts combining her love of jazz standards, popular music, children's classics, and multi-sensory play. Mariella also leads Spanish/Bilingual Storytime and Ready Set Kindergarten programs for Brooklyn Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Morgan, their son Louis, and their cat, Cap.
Mariella teaches Music Class
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
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
Tricia Ragone has created a sensory play program, designed to create “muddy hands and happy hearts” with classes filled with discovery, wonder and joyful learning.
Tricia, mom to 3 amazing kids and an energetic pup, loves sunshine, puddles, mud and bubbles. Nothing makes her happier than engaging toddlers in joyful, creative play that stimulates their senses and fosters cognitive, motor and social development.
Tricia was an Evergreen Leader with Tinkergarten and has 9 years of experience leading hands-on, nature-inspired play classes for children, ages 6 mos-9 years, and their caregivers. Tricia continues to run outdoor play classes for families in parks throughout Brooklyn. Visit her website, Tricia’s Nature Explorers, to learn more!
Tricia teaches Sensory Play class