Recreation - Instructors
Programs taught: Adult Tennis, Youth Tennis
In 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.
Programs taught: Budding Artists, Creative Arts, Advanced 2D Art, Spring Art Blast, Creative Arts Camp
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.
Programs taught: Tae Kwon Do, Tae Kwon Do Camp, Family Tae Kwon Do
Master Kim is originally from South Korea and has been studying Tae Kwon Do since he was 5-years-old. He is a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is also a 6th-degree black belt in Judo and a 6th-degree black belt in Kendo. He has been teaching Tae Kwon Do in the United States since 1994 and started teaching classes in North Carolina in 2009.
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.
Programs taught: Creative Movement, Creative Movement Camp, Rhythm & Movement Dance, Rhythm & Movement Camp
Kat, a North Carolina Native, has been teaching Dance since 1978, and in 1980 earned her national certification to teach through Dance Masters of America and Carolina Dance Masters. Kat has taught continuously since 1980; offering group lessons, private lessons and specialized choreography services. The popularity of her children's classes keeps Kat busy working with young dancers at numerous venues. Miss Kat is Dancer in Residence at Pinewoods Montessori School. She also teaches Ballroom Dance, Intrinsic Dance, and is lead choreographer for a local dance troupe.
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.