enrichment opportunities

We know from our eighteen years of experience and from countless studies on learning styles that children learn best when they are making connections across multiple areas in their brain by engaging their senses.  By utilizing multi-sensory, cross curricular learning strategies, our students are better able to access and connect with information through their various modes of intelligence.  This empowers them to see relationships and to explore their world in a deeper way. 

We strive to incorporate as many multi-modal learning strategies as possible into our daily lives here at Theophany School.  In addition to our regular classroom experiences, our students also enjoy weekly sessions with Dancy Nancy and Ms. Alexis along with visitors and specialists, including artists, musicians, and scientists, and other community helpers.

Music with Mr. Andreas

Andreas Evangelatos is currently in his third semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Andreas is primarily a classical vocalist as well as a multi-instrumentalist. He began studying voice at age 13 and has since enjoyed the opportunity to perform with various groups and artists in both formal and informal settings. Andreas is also proud to be apart of the music therapy major at Berklee and hopes to become a certified music therapist in the future. He is very grateful for the opportunity to make music alongside the students at Theophany.

Andreas believes in facilitating a safe, inclusive, and open space in which students are encouraged to work together and express themselves artistically. The class focusses on group music making and improvisation through activities including communal drumming, singing, story telling, and movement. Through these activities, he hopes to create an environment in which students feel comfortable sharing new creative ideas.

Art with Ms. Sarah

Ms. Sarah Livick-Moses is the Art teacher at Theophany School. She lives on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with her husband, John. Sarah received her B.A. from Hellenic College in Literature and History. She currently attends Boston College School of Theology and Ministry while working towards her Masters in Theological Studies with a concentrated interest in theology of culture, literature, and art. Sarah loves to pain and study iconography in her free time. 

Art with Ms. Sarah is held every Friday at 10:00am for preschool and 10:45am for Pre-K/Kindergarten.  Ms. Sarah’s art program is heavily based on process art and creating art from observation, prompts, imagination, and memory. Process art focuses on the journey rather than final destination, allowing children to learn patience to accomplish something important rather than receiving instant results. The art program is highly integrated with children’s literature and the monthly curricular themes in order to support an art education that teaches children to think like artists and embody the habits that artists employ, such as comfort with uninhibited creativity, idea generation and interdisciplinary study.

Creative Movement & Dance with Dancy Nancy

Ms. Nancy Krieger is a Dance-Movement Therapist and Creative Movement Teacher. After 13 years of formal ballet training in Dallas, Tx, Nancy Krieger earned a BS in Psychology at Goucher College, Md; and then a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance (MFA) at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tx. She also studied Dance-Movement Therapy at the Carl Jung Center, Houston. She worked as a therapist for 7 years in the child and adolescent units at Terrell State Hospital (Tx) and became a registered Dance-Movement Therapist (R-DMT) of the American Dance Therapy Association. She moved to the Boston area where she worked for 3 years with chronic pain patients at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital (Woburn). Currently, she teaches Creative Movement in Boston/Needham area preschools – where she is known as ‘Dancy Nancy’, offering developmentally appropriate movement/kinesthetic awareness, expressive, communicative, explorative repertoire, based on diverse styles and modalities. She also works with children with multi-abilities, including developmental delays and challenges, providing enriched experiences and therapeutic opportunities. Nancy continues to supervise Dance-Movement Therapy trainees and give continuing education workshops in Stress-Management and Teacher’s Continuing Education with Mindful Movement in the Classroom (Kinesthetic Learning). She also sings in a community chorus and is an active community volunteer (e.g., reading programs).

Dancy Nancy is with us every Friday, 1:30 – 2:30pm.  As a developmental movement specialist, Ms. Nancy brings enrichment to the class by enhancing and inspiring the creative-kinesthetic developmental process for children and their teachers. Developmental movement awareness and experiences are synonymous with growth and a child’s development. Their first interaction with the world is through the moving body – pre-birth, pre-sight, pre-verbal…Children move naturally and benefit from the experience of using this natural impulse to explore themselves, others and the world around them. Use of movement/dance in the classroom enhances learning by providing physical, emotional and aesthetic attention.

Although this is an afterschool enrichment program, it is open to all students. If your child would like to participate, but is not registered to be at school during lunch bunch and the first half of afterschool, they may still participate for a fee of $15.