John Waldron Drama and Adventure Theatre
John has been working as an actor, instructor and director for nearly 20 years. He received a B.F.A. in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. John has toured with The National Players and Theatre IV. He has performed with Adventure Theatre, Classika, and the interactive murder mystery company Murder Upon Request. John has directed numerous theater camp and workshop performances as well as Bugsy Malone, Jr. at Aldersgate Church Community Theater, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte’s Web at Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre.
Iris Smith (YoKids) Yoga for Kids
Iris Smith decided to become a yoga instructor to pursue her passion and desire to help children learn self-acceptance. She completed her Yoga instructor certification and has had the pleasure to teach yoga to elementary, high school, and college students as well as adults. Iris has the ability to reach each child, from the quiet child to the hyper child, so that they can all become part of the Yoga team. She finds it particularly easy to teach to children’s groups, and although the fundamentals and delivery are the same towards adults, since teaching children originates from the heart and from instinct. Iris currently offers our Yoga for kids classes as well as workshops for adults.
Mary El-Khatib Language and Montessori Workshop
Mary’s teaching experience ranges from university to preschool. In 1975, she was awarded a teaching Fellowship from the George Washington University where she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Iberian Spanish Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Education. She has held teaching positions at The George Washington University, Arlington County Public Schools and the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia. In addition to teaching, she has served in the capacity of Principal, Assistant Principal, and Department Chair. She served on the steering committee for school accreditation as chair of the Philosophy and Goals committee.
Philip Baroody All Star Tae Kwon Do
Master Philip Baroody has studied martial arts since July of 1984. He received his Black Belt from Grand Master Jhoon Rhee under the instruction of Master Jeff Smith in June 1986 and has since earned the rank of fourth degree Black Belt. His most influential martial artist are: Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Master Jeff Smith, Mr. Jeff Green, Ms. Elsa Cordero, Master Danny Boccagno, Master Dhee DeOcampo and Master Ron Jenkins.
As a competitor Master Baroody won numerous local and national championships and was the #1 NASKA rated competitor in DC, Virginia, and Maryland in 1991. His crowning achievement was his two world titles as a member of the “Force One” National Karate Team in 1991 and 1992. Master Baroody participated for several years in “Karate Helps Kick Diabetes”, was inducted in the SuperKids Hall of Fame, and was the President of the Washington Youth Foundation a non-profit that taught Tae Kwon Do to inner city children in Washington DC from 2000 – 2007.
In addition to being an extraordinary martial artist, Philip Baroody is both respected and recognized for his unique teaching style. He believes that being a Martial Artist is not just about learning how to kick and punch, it is about becoming the best that you can be in every way. His uncanny ability to positively motivate students to achieve their highest potential is unmatched. He provides the classroom with an endless amount of creativity, energy and instruction. He is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to enthuse and inspire his students.
Hadil Alyamani Zumba for Kids
Hadeel Alyamani was born in New York and grew up in Falls Church, VA. She graduated from George Mason University with a Business Management degree in May 2013. She became a certified Zumba instructor in 2009 and has been teaching since. She hopes to use the excitement and energy of her classes to encourage healthy living for children and adults. Her classes have gained the attention of both NPR and The Washington Post. She has a unique ability to bring people together to enjoy a fitness experience like no other
Dr. Maritza Sadowsky Exploring Rhythm and Sound
Dr. Maritza Mascarenhas Sadowsky has a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, FL, a Master of Arts in Music History and Performance from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, in Brazil, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Architecture from Santa Ursula University, in Rio de janeiro, Brazil. She is certified to teach vocal music (PreK-12) in the State of Virginia and has had additional courses in piano, music education, and education from the Universities of Miami, Virginia, Phoenix, and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, Austria. She is an accomplished pianist and has taught general vocal music to grades PreK through college in Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Spain. In addition she has organized many recitals and workshops for Brazilian and American artists in the U.S. and Brazil and has presented numerous lectures and performances in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S. Among other awards, she has received the “2004 Bettie Keiger Best Music Educator Award” in Northern Virginia. She is currently the FLES vocal music teacher for Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, VA.
Ahmad El-Khatib ADC – Founding Director
Ahmad El-Khatib has directed art, fitness, and enrichment camps in the DMV area for over 10 years. His programs have been offered at Fairfax County Rec Centers, Sport and Health Clubs, Abingdon Elementary, Drew Model School, Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy, and Randolph Elementary. In 2010, he founded the NUR Center, a Montessori School and After-School recreation center for children and adults. His working partnerships with local schools gave him the ability to establish strong relationships with some of the areas most extraordinary teachers. In September 2013, with the support of his staff and community, he established Arlington Day Camps in an effort to provide quality and affordable camps during school holidays and teacher work days.