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Andy Brown

Programs taught: Adult Tennis, Youth Tennis

Andy BrownIn his 39th year of coaching, Andy Brown serves as tennis instructor the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation.  Introduced to tennis as a child by his father, Coach Brown is still a state ranked player, active in both singles and doubles play.  Coach Brown has been involved with tennis lessons and instruction with all age levels; he is particularly excited about the new USTA "10 and Under-QuickStart Program".  During his career, he has also coached football, basketball, golf, volleyball and served as Director of Athletics at Orange High School and Chapel Hill High School(at the time, the largest High School athletic program in the State).  He also spent two years as assistant basketball coach at UNC-Pembroke.  The 1974 graduate of perennial tennis power Union Pines High School has an undergraduate degree from UNC-CH ('79) and a master'’s degree from Campbell University ('82).  He and his wife Martha, a teacher at Cameron Park Elementary, have three daughters-Laura, Sarah and Katherine.

Laura Casey

Programs taught: Creative Arts, Creative Arts CampMs. Laura Casey

Ms. Laura Casey has been a Creative Arts Instructor for Orange County Parks and Recreation for over two years where she not only teaches an on-going monthly Creative Arts Class she conducts a very popular Creative Arts Camp in the summer.  Ms. Casey is also the art teacher at Cameron Park Elementary School.  She states her personal goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and their ability to create art.  This is evidenced in her weekly classes that inspire children to experiment with all types of art mediums to create original works.  Ms. Casey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and then gained her Art Education Licensure for K-12 from North Carolina Central University.  Her Favorite Quote is from Pablo Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Phil CoxPhil Cox

Programs taught: Environmental Camp, Ecology Camp

Phil Cox is a Certified Environmental Educator and is also a high school science teacher in Siler City.  He has a Master's Degree in Environmental Education and over twenty years of experience as a naturalist. The Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks, and Recreation has been extremely fortunate to have had Phil instruct the Environmental Camp for the past four years as there is never a dull moment.  This summer Phil will also be instructing an Ecology Camp.  He has a genuine love of the outdoors and enjoys experiencing and sharing all that nature provides. Everyone enrolled in the Environmental Camp and Ecology Camp should be prepared to stop and listen, feel, taste and smell the world around them. 

Caroline Johnston (Ms. Carrie)

Programs taught: Dance Exploration, Dance Exploration Camp, Kinder Dance, Kinder Dance Camp

Ms. Carrie began dance training at Catenacci Dance Studio in Louisburg, NC.  Falling in love with the beautiful art form of dance, she quickly became a teacher's assistant at a young age.  She has performed at various festivals and benefit performances throughout North Carolina including Kings Dominion's "The Haunt".  She became a certified teacher with Florida Dance Masters and has been teaching dance classes at Catenacci Dance Studio since 2007.

Carla Laws

Programs taught: 20/20/20 Aerobics, Cross Training with Weights

Carla LawsCarla Laws has been an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified fitness trainer since 1999.  She is also CPR certified.  In order to remain certified by AFAA she regularly continues ongoing training in Step Aerobics, Hi and Low Impact Aerobics, Group Fitness Instruction, Weight Training, Kick Boxing, and Senior and Specialty Groups. Ms. Laws' primary goal is to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle by providing motivational facts that will help participants walk the path to a healthier lifestyle.  Here at the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks, and Recreation she teaches a combination of floor exercises, standing postures, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and balance moves.  Her classes accommodate all fitness levels and are designed to allow individual exercisers to have fun while getting fit.

Nina Maier

Programs taught: Tai Chi

Nina Maier has been studying Tai Chi and Qigong since 1994 and teaching since 1998.  She practices and teaches Chen Style and Wu/Hao Style Tai Chi Quan and Shiba Luohan Gong qigong as well as other qigong sets.  She is dedicated to the preservation of these ancient arts and to sharing them with others to increase self-knowledge, health, and well-being. 

Elena MarininaElena Marinina

Programs taught: Piano

Elena Marinina is a Classical Voice and Piano Instructor who graduated from Odessa Music School of Arts in Ukraine as a pianist, choir director, piano teacher, and a teacher of music theory. She received two Master of Arts degrees from Odessa Conservatory; one as a Choir Conductor and another as a Classical Singer. Her musical career includes being a vocal soloist, an opera singer, and a piano and voice instructor for private lessons as well as in a classroom setting.