Our Teachers

photo Leslie Pratt

Center Director and Certification Level 1 Teacher

     
photo Michelle Wenis

Michelle Wenis is a 200 hour trained yoga teacher with additional prenatal and children's yoga training. She delights in the “newness” she has the priviledge to witness when moms-to-be connect more deeply with their pregnancy experience, consistently to their self care, and bond with their in-utero babies.  She shares mental, emotional and physical tools to her students, drawn from years of having been a natural childbirth educator with her husband, from both the hospital and home birth of their two sons, and from having taught classes, since 2004, in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, as well as NYC over the years.  In 2014, she wrote, sang and recorded her first children's album “How We Grow: LITTLEseed Program” which she paired with her Baby & Me classes. She delights in receiving reminders from her former students, how her music and classes helped them bond with their babies and provided them with a strong foundational Mama Village Community.  She is beyond thrilled to expand her skill set and ability to reach more families with her message of nurturing as a Music Together® teacher, sharing incredible music, play and lovingly researched and backed curriculum! Music has always fed her heart and soul and has been a way for her to find her peace.

     
photo Christine Rangel
     
photo Gina Hepp

Gina has had a deep passion for music throughout her entire life.  At the age of eight, Gina began studying violin and has loved learning and playing music of all styles ever since.  Her love for music flourished as she gained more experience by performing in orchestras, at weddings, and singing in a traveling chamber ensemble.  After working as a summer camp supervisor for many years, Gina put her love for music and children together and earned her bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.  After spending five wonderful years as Orchestra Director at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, CT, Gina has since resigned from her position in order to pursue her lifelong dream of being a mother.  Gina discovered the magic of Music Together when she found out she was expecting and knew it was the right fit for her when she learned about the philosophy behind this incredible program. She firmly believes that making music should be fun, joyful, shared experience.

     
  Chelsie Marple

Art project teacher extraordinaire !