Meet Our Instructors


Carol Bouchard holds a degree from Dean College. She has a Group Fitness certification, ACE certification as a personal trainer, Certified Zumba Instructor, Group Power certification, and Schwinn Spin certification as a spin instructor.

Nanci Cahalane is a certified AFAA Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor with more than 17 years of personal training experience. She was an MIAA Certified Coach and has competed in numerous marathons during her 35 years of running and racing experience.

Megan Chen has been practicing yoga for several years. She enjoys the power of the mind/ body/ breath connection that yoga offers. Megan became certified to teach in 2013, teaching hatha and vinyasa yoga in the viniyoga tradition. She also has training in Ayurveda, pranayama, yoga nidra and infant/ toddler yoga. Fitness and wellness have become an important and cherished part of her life, and she looks forward to the opportunity to share that with others.

Diane Choquette has been creating various types of art since the age of 15.  She is most passionate about helping others to find their own inner artist through her ability to make the creative process fun. An active member of the Franklin Art Association, she has won several awards in juried shows throughout Massachusetts.

Code to the Future is a comprehensive solution for computer science immersion - kids can have fun while preparing for the future.      

Gail Eckberg is a full-time teaching artist. She was born in Boston and grew up in a family of artists where her passion for art materialized at an early age. After receiving a B.S. in Education and Psychology, Gail continued on to receive a Master’s degree from Lesley University in Business Management.

Gisela Flamenco has taught Zumba for years in a variety of settings.

Franklin Police Community Service Officers -  FPD CSO Officers are all veteran officers that are assigned to the Franklin Public Schools.  They have received various training related to safety and youth issues.

Fungineers gives access to the building blocks, tools, and mindset for kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Ray Goulet enjoys the game of volleyball and has students returning year after year for this class.

Grateful Farms - Starting in 1983, Grateful Farm began by growing herbs using chemical free, organic practices. Since then, they have expanded and grow a wide variety of vegetables and greens right here in Franklin.

Melanie Hamblen,  a co-owner of Agway’s Franklin Urban Farm Store, is one of several Franklin residents leading an effort to form an agricultural commission in the community in order to both educate people about farming and help the farms in town.

Jessica Instasi has been working for Franklin Public Schools for 17 years. She has been a long time decorative life planner and is passionate about sharing her planner and ideas with others!

Ross Irwin,  a native of Scotland, grew up playing competitive badminton at a very young age with several club teams in Glasgow, Scotland. He advanced to be  an alternate for the U18 Mixed Doubles National Team. He has continued to play and coach this lifelong sport through his adult life and as a resident of Franklin for the past 24 years. He is excited to see this recent surge of  interest in this exciting Olympic sport.

Sandhya Jain, owner of Sandhya’s Kitchen, shares her passion for making cooking easy, effortless, healthy, and delicious with her students in the various Kids Cooking Classes through the Kids Corner program. In addition, she currently conducts adult education cooking classes at various locations throughout the greater Franklin area.

Brian LaPlaca is a long-time enthusiast and player/coach for the game of basketball and has students returning year after year for this class.

Mark Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS, co-owner of Franklin Liquors. Trained by the International Sommelier Guild; Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Spirits (CSS) By The Society Of Wine Educators; First in MA to be a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) by the SF Wine School; French Wine; Scholar And Instructor (FWS) by the French Wine Society; First in USA to hold a Quini Certified Educator (QCE) title; Italian Wine Specialist (IWS) by the North American Sommelier Association. Franklin Liquors is a family-owned business vintage 1978.

Heather Martin  is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher through yoga alliance. Heather's journey with yoga first began several years ago when a friend invited her to attend a Vinyasa Flow Class. She felt the benefits immediately and after enduring back surgery, her commitment to her yoga practice deepened. She has been inspired by the knowledge of her teachers, the creativity of her fellow classmates, and the love of her family. After witnessing the benefits of yoga in herself, she felt compelled to share this peace with children and adults. Heather is First Aid, CPR and AED certified.

Ida Mendoza is the owner/operator of First Buddies Playgroup. She has been knitting for more than 30 years and has previously taught children to knit.

Eileen Mason, Realtor® – Caring, dedicated, connected - An accomplished agent in residential single family, multi-family, townhouse sales and leasing, in Metro West area of MA.  Her clients are number one. She makes communication a top priority and always goes the extra mile to get answers to solve challenges as they may arise.

Courtney Nappa - Owner Of The Sugar Shoppe, a  local candy shoppe where the proceeds go towards helping provide for those in need. We offer an array of bulk penny candy, nostalgic candy, chocolate truffles, fudge, jelly belly, gifting, favors, goodie bags, events and more!

Derek Pisano has been playing volleyball for over 18 years, both indoor and beach, and has competed in numerous tournaments. Derek created and has led a summer beach volleyball league. His philosophy is to elevate the level of play while keeping the game enjoyable and safe.

Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits -The idea that became Pour Richard's was born of many late nights drinking wine with old friends. Sooner or later, after a couple of great bottles, we'd start talking about how we never got to sell our favorite wines.  "Wouldn't it be great", we all said, "if we could sell the things we drink?" So, that's exactly what we're doing! At Pour Richard's, you'll drink like an industry insider - a well-edited selection of wine, beer, and spirits, all at great values. "Connecting Good Friends with Great Wine

Rich Powers has owned The Henry Studio in Holliston, MA for 19 years and before that Rich had owned his own photography business for 6 years. In addition to the thousands of portraits he has photographed over the years, he has photographed well over 1000 weddings.

RWL Weightliftings intent is to use weightlifting as a vehicle to create structure in a person’s life, to help develop strong people physically and emotionally.

Pamela Ringrose is an experienced bilingual teacher who has lived and worked in Florence, Milan, France and Switzerland. She is fluent in Italian, French and basic German. She returns for another semester of teaching both French and Italian.  

Donna Shea, is a behaviorist and a pioneer in providing community-based social education programs for elementary-age children. She has developed and directed programs for children at the Peter Pan Center in Massachusetts since 2002. Donna holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Lesley University and is a behavioral consultant to pre-schools, schools, parent groups, and human service agencies.  

Jennifer Tefft, Music Together is a Registered Music Together teacher and Licensed Center Director & Franklin Music, Movement & Mindfulness owner.  She is a long time, award-winning musician, writer, singer and performer. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music and English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Kay Thomas is an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, CPR/AED certified, AHA NEDITA Pilates instructor, Nautilus instructor. YMCA group fitness instructor. Zumba Gold instructor and retired National Ski Patrol.

Tranquil Souls Yoga. At Tranquil Souls Yoga, they support you as you nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Their hope is that the end result is a new you, free to live in this moment and create happier, joyful experiences for yourself and those around you.  While at Tranquil Souls Yoga, you will feel completely relaxed infused with a warm and peaceful energy.

Patricia Vintinner is a long-time elementary school teacher and the owner of Claymark Studio Ceramics in Franklin, MA

Neal Weinberg is a longtime Franklin resident who has been a reporter and editor focusing on cybersecurity for the past 20 years.