Croton Academy After School Enrichment Program for Performance and Fine Arts




Cathy Anfiteatro, or “Ms. A” as she is known to many at PVC, has been supporting special education students at the school for more than a dozen years. A yogi for most of her life, she started practicing with her mom as a child. She has trained with yoga master Tao Porchon Lynch, Kamala Srinivasan, Josh Summers and locally, with Brigid Murray in Peekskill. She believes that yoga practice leads to a life of balance and inner peace. PVC: Peaceful Warriors Yoga




Natalie Arneson has extensive experience teaching several disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, singing, acting, and stage combat. Her successful career as a musical theater actress has expanded into that of director and choreographer of many children’s musical theater performances. She has directed and choreographed for several companies, including her own company, Spotlight Performing Arts, in Manhattan.  CET: Musical Theater: Sing, Act, Dance. Grades k-2 and grades 3-4.



Tim Carrier is an artist and printmaker.  He has more than twenty years’ experience in graphic, design, illustration and art direction. He is in the process of a career change to become a full-time art teacher. Tim art instruction philosophy is: Art is valuable. Art conveys meaning, emotion, wonder and thought when words do not work. When an artist uses an eraser it isn’t for removing mistakes; it is just another rendering tool. Students, as artists, discover their environment and community by practicing critical observation thinking skills, evaluation, and analysis.  PVC: Introduction to Drawing




Cassie Cartaginese is a yoga teacher based in Northern Westchester who has received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga for Body and Mind. She especially enjoys working with children and teens. In addition, she works for the Croton-Harmon High School’s special education program. When she isn’t teaching, you can find Cassie sprinting around Ossining with her tiny dog, Effie.  CET: Little Buddhas Yoga




Sine Hjort, an artist, designer, and musician, grew up north of Copenhagen, Denmark where she benefitted from schooling that focused on creativity and allowed her to care for animals. An eclectic and multi-faceted practitioner, she traveled to NY in 1986 and has worked and collaborated with many well-known talents in many disciplines. Sine has recently been intrigued by the art of paper cutting and enjoys sharing the techniques she has pioneered with students of all ages. CET: The Art of Paper Cutting: Telling Stories, PVC: Cutting Pictures in Paper



Hillary Hostetler, MFA, is a practicing painter and former clothing designer with advanced degrees in both fields, She has a wealth of experience in teaching art for students of all ages from children to seniors at all levels including college. She, herself, is a prolific painter who often works in acrylics and her painting are shown regularly in galleries in the greater metro area, and online. PVC: Acrylic Painting Studio





Ketti North is a fiber artist, who practices her craft every day. She specializes in yarn work, sewing, and needle felting. She has been teaching Arts & Crafts after school in the Croton-on-Hudson community for more than a dozen years.  She is the Director of “The Studio” located in Croton-on-Hudson, which teaches all ages to sew, craft and be present. CET: Crafty Creations





Kazuko Omori has been teaching Japanese art & culture to children for more than twelve years. Her BOCES program, “Discover Japan through Art,” is taught many Westchester and Rockland schools. It offers unique hands-on activities which stimulate children’s interests in another country and exposes them to a new and exciting culture. She also teaches private language lessons and an adult education course. CET: Origami Fun & More





Myrlin Valerio is a theatre director, producer, and costumer working in the Hudson Valley for over twenty years, and has been director of the Croton Academy for over fifteen. She works with children, teens, and adults teaching drama and comedy improvisation. Myrlin is a professionally trained actress who has worked with local and Regional theatre companies. Her written material has been performed by stand up comedians and theatre companies. PVC: Intro to Comedy Improvisation