Matthew Schwey our Head Instructor for the Gymnastics Plus Program, hails from Florida via the South Bay where he worked with children in recreational settings as well as gymnastics
competitors through Level 10 over the past 15 years.
He holds a
BS in Recreation and Leisure Services, a Masters in Exercise Physiology and is USA Gymnastics Safety
Rick Slettedahl, a
former collegiate player with the University of Washington, has
been coaching for over 25 years. He directed the YMCA’s Youth
Basketball Program from 1993-95, founded the East Bay Youth Basketball
Programs and has been Youth Basketball Director at University Village
Teale Matteson, founder and director of Pacific Soccer Training has been coaching soccer for the past 25 years. He was the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer team at Cal from 1985-87, coached St. Mary’s College High School for 12 years and 8 years as Head Coach at Cal State Maritime Academy. He is a Head Coach at East Bay United Soccer Club (Bay Oaks) and formerly with the ACCYSL Mavericks. He has served as an evaluator for the Olympic Development Program and provided coaches training through the ACCYSL. Teale teaches middle school PE at The Crowden School in Berkeley. https://www.facebook.com/PacificSoccerTraining
Dr. Agnes Miklos-Illes comes from a family of musicians. She grew up learning music with the Kodaly method in her native country of Hungary. Kodaly believed that “music belongs to everyone”. This philosophy had a great impact on Agnes. As a teacher she aspires not only to guide her students in how to play an instrument, but to foster their love of music as well. Agnes began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, preparing to become a professional musician. For years she enjoyed taking daily music classes. Later she decided to turn to academia, and earned her M.A. and Doctor Universitatis degree in Economics, focusing her research on Intellectual History. Despite her detour into academia, music remained a very important part of her life. In 1991, while studying in Switzerland, she started teaching piano. After moving to the Bay Area she began studying piano again with Michael Seth Orland of U.C. Berkeley and completed her Suzuki piano teacher training with Caroline Fraser at Holy Names University in Oakland. Agnes currently teaches at her studio at the University Village in Albany. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. www.VivaLaMusica-PianoStudio.com
David Moore David Moore, a resident of the Village, has been practicing Taiji Quan, Qi Gong, White Crane Gong-fu and Bagua Zhang with his teacher since 1996. David is excited to share his passion for the martial arts. Beginners highly encouraged.
John Vehikite, certified Zumba® Instructor in both Basics and Toning since 2011. "In my search for a health regimen I would actually commit and stick to, my wife mentioned the word Zumba, and that it was a type of dancing exercise. Zumba seemed like a fun way of getting into shape (a lot more fun than walking on a treadmill or pedaling on a still bicycle). Since that day, my diet has improved and I exercise (i.e. I do Zumba) multiple times a week. Thanks to Zumba (and a supportive wife and family), my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have lowered significantly, and I have lost more than 50 pounds. During this road to weight-loss, I have learned life lessons on goal setting (and achieving), the importance of self-worth, and the significance of staying in shape and leading a healthy life. Now my goal is to share this joy of living healthily with others. Please join me in one of my classes, and let's party our way towards a stronger and healthier life!"
Ken Cober began his
study of Kojosho karate in 1990 and received his black belt in 1994.
At that time he became an assistant instructor in Kojosho karate.
Since 1999 he has been the main instructor of the Berkeley Albany
class. He currently now holds a fourth degree black belt.
Wendy Ellison, from Seattle, Washington, earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work. She has enjoyed the years working with children coordinating after-school programs. Wendy recently completed the School Garden Teacher Training program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
Berkeley Chess School, a non-profit organization offering chess instruction from kindergarten through high school for over 25 years. It is an affiliate of the US Chess Federation. Over the years our students have won many state championships and several have gone on to become FIDE Masters, International Masters, and Grand Masters. For further information, please call us at (510) 843-0150, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.berkeleychessschool.org