Teachers - Listening Wellness Center
Listening is a non-profit center whose mission is to promote wholistic health and wellness for the Central Massachusetts community. The name Listening is inspired by a Chinese acupuncture point. This point helps you to hear outside sounds and your inner, intuitive voice — creating balance between inner and outer, active and quiet. This harmony is the road to health.
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Teachers

Amy LaPointe, Irish Step Teacher
Amy took Irish Step from the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing for 12 years and choreographed dances for local shows with family members. She enjoys working with children and is looking forward to passing on step dancing to the students at Listening.

Andrea Driscoll, Artist-Educator
Artist-educator Andrea Driscoll

Andrea is a Sterling resident who loves teaching all ages, and currently teaches painting at the Sterling Senior Center as well as at Listening Wellness Center. Her artwork is shown locally, and in her free time, she is Chair of the Sterling Cultural Council.

Andrea loves to combine different media and styles to create new ideas. Sharing techniques and visions of nature with art students completes the circle. Her artwork encompasses realistic seascapes and landscapes, as well as monoprints, scratchboard drawings and abstract collages.

Andrea graduated from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Brad Warren, Karate Instructor
Brad Warren has owned and operated his own Karate Studio, Brad Warren’s Karate, since 1967. In addition, he taught self-defense for women as part of Worcester’s adult education program for more than ten years, and a children’s program for the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department also for more than ten years. He taught Goju-Ryu Karate at Worcester State College as part of their regular physical education program for three years, and has also taught at numerous other schools and facilities including, Quinnebaug Valley Community College. He formed Karate Clubs at Clark University, Blackstone Valley Regional High School, and State Mutual Insurance Company. In 1981, Mr. Warren was asked by the American Institute of Buddhist Studies to act as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama of Tibet during his ten-day stay at Harvard University.

Cassie Kollman, Musician-Educator

Cassie has been offering music instruction to groups and individuals since 2010, and brings her experience in music performance, composition, and education into her role as a Listening Wellness Center instructor.  A former Montessori Music teacher and youth theater instructor, Cassie has experience teaching voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and general music to children ages 3-11, as well as experience offering vocal instruction and music theory lessons to adults.  Cassie has performed with a number of musical groups in the area, including Ku’umba Women’s Choir, Panopera productions, and her own band, Sleep Dep and Bliss.

Cassie holds a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Linguistics, and is currently studying classical voice in Worcester.

Elizabeth Garrett, Yoga Teacher and Belly Dance Instructor
Elizabeth Garrett teaches both Yoga and Sacred Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, a genre of Belly Dance she created which seeks to teach Belly Dance as a healing art with roots in Women’s Spirituality and the Tantric Yogic tradition. She strives to facilitate a welcoming, safe and friendly environment for people to strengthen & evolve. Elizabeth believes that being embodied; healthy and fit is a fundamental human right as well as an essential life skill in maintaining a quality of life. For Elizabeth’s bio, click here

Jen Swan, Artist-Educator

Jen Swan is a teaching artist and mural painter who shares her love of art with the diverse community of Worcester and it’s surrounding cities and towns.  She currently teaches classes for the Worcester Art Museum, Think Tank and Technocopia. She is also a Cultural Partner in many schools and organizations teaching through MCC grants. Swan is primarily a plein air landscape painter, however, draws influence from many themes, styles and cultures in her artwork.

Jen is a Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design

Jen Zehler, Mindfulness Educator

Jen is a certified teacher and received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at New Jersey City University and her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She is also a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute program at Hartford Seminary. Jen completed teacher training with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and has received training through Mindful Schools and Mindful Life. She also has a certification in Restorative Justice Circle Keeping from Planning Change and has completed Trauma training for working with youth through The Center for Adolescent Studies.

Kathy Carmosino, Culinary Teacher
Kathy is a Hubbardston mom who has two college-age daughters that recently graduated from Quabbin High School. She volunteered at HCS for many years and taught cooking in the after-school program there. Her love of teaching children is reflected in the fact that she has been a Girl Scout leader for 12 years. Kathy is a baker extraordinaire and is the organizer of many bake sale fundraisers as well as being bake sale coordinator for Quabbin Pro Musica. In her work as a corporate travel agent, Kathy has had the opportunity to sample culinary treats in her travels to many places throughout the world.

Renée Malowitz, Former Director of Enrichment, Artist-Educator
In addition to being the Director of Enrichment at Listening, Renée is an established artist and art teacher throughout the community and surrounding areas. Renée is currently teaching at Worcester Academy.