Meet our Coaches for the 2022-23 school year!

  1. Updates

We are so excited to welcome new and returning Coaches and Site Coordinators to the Playworks New England community. Keep reading to learn about them and what they’re looking forward to this school year!


Name: Ali AKA Coach Ali, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Natick, MA

Favorite recess game: Tic Tac Toe Relay

Fun fact: I travel the country for baseball games.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited about seeing where I grow this school year and meeting new people!


Name: Antriese AKA Coach A, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Favorite recess game: 4-Square

Fun fact: I have 9 siblings.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to continue to make an impact in my school this year by becoming a leader to the kids!


Name: Becca AKA Coach Becca, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Favorite recess game: Switch and Bob the Bunny

Fun fact: I speak fluent Chinese.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited to continue building strong relationships within my school community!


Name: Brady AKA Coach Brady, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Hillsboro, ND

Favorite recess game: 4-Square

Fun fact: I’m the 2016 University of North Dakota Intramural Flag Football Official of the Year.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited about developing a positive relationship and rapport with teachers and students at a new school!


Name: Carl AKA Coach Cali, Site Coordinator

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite recess game: Around the World

Fun fact: I’m a graphic designer!

What I’m most excited about this year: Influencing and being a part of these kids’ lives!


Name: Elena AKA Coach El, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Windsor, VT

Favorite recess game: Rock Paper Scissors Relay

Fun fact: I have a cat named Nico.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited to run the Junior Coach Program!


Name: Kysso AKA Coach K, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Santo Antoa, Cape Verde

Favorite recess game: Flag Tag

Fun fact: I almost became a professional soccer player at the age of 18.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to be back out on the playground again and rocking it with the kids!


Name: Maceo AKA Coach Mase, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite recess game: Rock Paper Scissors and Bob the Bunny!

Fun fact: I love working out and am a pro boxer.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to build relationships with everybody in my school and engage with my school family!


Name: Mike AKA Coach Mike, Site Coordinator

Hometown: Brewster, NY

Favorite recess game: Kickball

Fun fact: I ran track in college at Northeastern!

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to work with a wider range of students in the Boston area!


Name: Molly AKA Coach Molly, Program Coordinator

Hometown: Andover, MA

Favorite recess game: 4-Square

Fun fact: I’m 24 years old and I still have a baby tooth!

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited to make connections with the kids and teach them how to be safe, include everyone, and have fun at recess!


Name: Sam AKA Coach Sam, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Roslindale, MA

Favorite recess game: Ultimate Football

Fun fact: I’m really funny!

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to coach the after school basketball and volleyball leagues!


Name: Stephan AKA Coach Stizz, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Brockton, MA

Favorite recess game: Kickball

Fun fact: I didn’t stay in the same school for more than two years until high school.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m most excited about making progress and developing!


Name: Tahir AKA Coach T, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite recess game: Fishy, Fishy Cross my Ocean or any relay race game!

Fun fact: I used to act when I was a kid.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to get my Junior Coach Program up and running at my school!


Name: Taquari AKA Coach Q-Tip, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite recess game: 4-Square, Rock Paper Scissors Relay, and Kickball

Fun fact: I can cook, rap, and I know the owner of the Celtics.

What I’m most excited about this year: I am excited to build relationships with teachers and other Coaches! 


Name: Taveon AKA Coach T, AmeriCorps Coach

Hometown: South Boston, MA

Favorite recess game: Any relay game (Tic Tac Toe Relay, Rock Paper Scissors Relay, anything!)

Fun fact: I’m a computer coder.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to help kids have fun and grow to be better people.


Name: Vix AKA Coach Vix, Site Coordinator

Hometown: Cary, NC

Favorite recess game: Busy Buzzy Bees

Fun fact: I’m a sun painter.

What I’m most excited about this year: I’m excited to do things for the sake of play!


 

More Updates


January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…