Instructors Q-T

I am entrepreneur from India and recently graduated from Hult International Business School. I am passionate about painting and cooking. I would love to share my skills and ideas of Indian cooking - Chicken Curry & Chicken Biryani and other Indian healthy snacks and curries.


Bryan Ramey received his BFA from Alfred University in 2008, after which he honed his craft, traveling internationally before settling in Brisbane Australia. While there he worked with the artist group Jugglers Art Space as well as landing his first solo show. He returned stateside to attend the Post Bachelorette Program at the School for the museum of Fine Arts in 2011. Over the last six years Bryan has exhibited both locally and internationally while working with musicians and authors as a freelance illustrator. He currently lives and works out of his home studio in Allston MA.


Alejandro Ramirez is a freelance writer and student in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College, where he studies Creative Nonfiction. His personal essays have appeared in Defunct Magazine and Solstice Magazine. He has also written articles and features for Spare Change News and Dig Boston. His creative writing won a 2012 Kingston Mann Award for Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, which is awarded by a council of Boston-area professors.

Originally hailing from the rural, rural wilderness of western Massachusetts, Jesse Rasid is a glassblower that has been in the field for fifteen years. He graduated from Mass Art in 2003 with a BFA in Sculpture-Glass. He started his company, UpperCut Glass, in 2005 shortly after his retitrement from competitve amateur boxing. He has since worked for various other glass artists as a mercenary-type glassblower for hire, and more recently designed and fabricated a hot glass shop for another successful young glass artist. Most recently he has started his own glassblowing school, NOCA Glass School, in North Cambridge where he keeps a studio. Jesse resides in a flamingo pink house in Cambridge with his girlfriend, cat, puppy dog, and garden, in a state of domestic bliss.

Monica Raymond has taught writing, public speaking, and interdisciplinary art classes at many local colleges and universities, including Harvard and the Boston Museum School, where she founded and ran a writing center. She's a prize-winning poet and playwright.

Catherine Reurs has been a needlepoint/textile artist and designer for over 20 years and is the author of two books "In Splendid Detail: Needlepoint Art" and "Splendid Needlepoint". Her books and hand-painted needlepoint canvases are featured on her website.


Anthony Riccardi is a local artist who has graduated from Mass College of Art, where his concentration of study was in painting. His studio is located in Cambridge, where he paints in many mediums, including watercolors, oils, and acrylics. He has exhibited widely in the Boston area.

Sheila Rice, a native of Boston and a lifelong maker of art, is a nonobjective artist who has a talent called synesthesia; she sees colors when she hears sounds.  Rice believes her art making is a journey of self-discovery made visible in her acrylic stain and gestural paintings rooted in her passion for drawing and reflecting her synesthesia. Additionally, she is a watercolorist and an experimental printmaker.  Rice studied with American Impressionists (Aldro Hibbard, John Chetcuti, John Buckley) in Rockport, MA, as a child, continued painting at Harvard where she earned her undergraduate degree, and completed her training at the Boston Museum School.

Susan Rice teaches drawing, cartooning and mixed media to children and adults in various art centers and schools in the Boston area. She has a BFA from RiSD, and has been a member of the Blacksmith House Printmakers since 2007.

Natasha Roule is a specialist in French baroque opera and musical manuscripts culture. As a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at Harvard University, she is finishing her dissertation on the reception of the operas of Jean-Baptiste Lully in the ancien régime French provinces and in modern-day Europe and North America. The recipient of numerous academic awards, including the American Graduate Fellowship and the Anne Louise Barrett Fellowship for musicology, Natasha is active in the sector of museum education. Natasha has directed numerous workshops along the East Coast on medieval, Renaissance, and baroque musical cultures, notation practices, and performance styles. She is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Les Enfants d’Orphée, an ensemble devoted to French baroque vocal music and music education outreach.

Laurie Savage received a BFA in metalsmithing from MassArt in 1998. She has taught the jewelry program at CCAE since 1999 and metalsmithing workshops at the DeCordova Museum School since 2005. Her work is included in numerous private collections nationally and internationally, and is available by commission. She maintains a studio in the Distillery Building in South Boston.

Award winning composer Paul Sayed writes in a variety of musical styles ranging from the avant-garde to Latin-infused chamber music and electronic atmospheres.  As a composer, Paul has received premieres of his works by top tier musicians such as Alan Black, principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012, Paul collaborated with poet Mary Bonina to write his song cycle Grace in the Wind. With Grace in the Wind, Paul has given presentations on the process behind writing art song at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, MA and Davidson College in Davidson, NC.  In 2014, Boston-area pianist Daniel Padgett recorded Paul’s Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon which is available worldwide through iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. 

In order to fund his academic and musical pursuits, Paul began bartending in 2006.  As a bartender, Paul enjoys mixing complex cocktails that blend unique flavor profiles.  Paul has tended bar in places with different cocktail cultures such as Northern New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York City and collected a wealth of experience and recipes.  When not working behind the bar, Paul usually orders whiskey based cocktails and enjoys variations on the old-fashioned. 

Instagram: @paulksayed

Mary M. Scherr earned a B.A. in English from Creighton University and a M.A. in French from Boston College. She completed the TEFL International Certification in Paris, France, and was Instructor of “Global Business Communications” in the International Development Program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha for two semesters. Ms. Scherr taught “French Conversation & Grammar”, “French for Travelers” and “ESL Business English” at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Her professional experience also includes teaching in private high schools and 10 years of administrative and project work in financial services in Boston.

A participatory photographer, photographing while engaging in struggles for justice, peace, right treatment of the environment, and enlightenment, Skip Schiel makes photos for publications, exhibits, slide shows, and individual use. His main current project is a photographic examination of conditions in Palestine & Israel. Other projects include retracing the Transatlantic African slave trade journey (A Spirit People), the earth (Scent of Earth), prisons (Imprisoned Massachusetts), and an exploration of the impact of digital technology on photography.

Since 1992, he teaches photography at the Cambridge Center of Adult Education and the Landscape Institute of Harvard University, ranging from basic photography to digital darkroom and photographic field workshops concentrating on light in photography. 


Eileen Schneider was born and raised inBerlin, Germany. She is a student of Humboldt-University of Berlin. She taught at the University of Minnesota at the German Studies Department. Furthermore, she also taught German at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Berlin, a public middle and high school. In addition, she was an instructor in a German Grammar vacation camp. She lives with her family in Framingham, MA.

Performers and Theater Historians

Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner have been called "Boston's favorite song duo" by the Boston Globe. They perform regularly in the Boston area, and have appeared in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Oxford, England. They have ten CD releases of Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Cole Porter, No‘l Coward, Fred Astaire, and Ethel Merman. They are Producing Directors of American Classics, for which they have reconstructed and presented concert performances of lost American musicals. Ben & Brad are founding members of the Boston Association of Cabaret Singers. In addition to their concerts, they lecture regularly on the Great American Songbook, and Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

Jesse Shaw is a designer that draws on his years of experience as a furniture maker. Shaw began his training at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport ME, where he studied for two years under the tutelage of master craftsman that passed through the school. As a Graduate student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Shaw immersed himself in design concepts, sustainability, innovative materials and techniques. Upon completion of his MFA, Jesse joined Currey and Company as a furniture designer, producing numerous works for production in factories around the world. In 2014, Shaw turned toward his passion for quality crafted furniture, devoting his attention to his company Spiral Furniture & Design, creating contemporary designs that combine a fluid aesthetic with functional form. He also works as a technical advisor and makes guest appearances on the WGBH television show "Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac".

John Sheff has explored some remote parts of our planet on adventure travel journeys and mountaineering expeditions. His lifelong background as an amateur astronomer and space buff has him just as excited about the exploration of other planets. He enjoys participating in star parties, particularly inner-city ones, organized by his local club - the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB). He loves to share views of the sky through the observatory telescope he operates during Public Nights at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, and serves as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. Lately, he's been teaching astronomy after-hours to 2nd-6th grade students in Cambridge schools. When on Earth, he lives in Cambridge, MA. 

Avi Shemtov is the Executive Chef of Chubby Chickpea Restaurant and Food Truck. When Avi was a boy, he used to watch his dad cook at their restaurant. These days, he is doing the cooking himself, and remembers fondly the various lessons instilled in him learning to become a Kosher Chef.

Rivka Simmons is an experienced educator, psychotherapist, and public speaker. She founded the program Have Your Cake and Eat It Too! A Gentle Approach to Food, Your Body and Yourself. Since 1999, Have Your Cake has helped hundreds of women and men develop a peaceful relationship to food, a positive relationship with their bodies, and a compassionate relationship with themselves. Rivka combines the depth of insight-oriented and mindfulness-based psychotherapies with practical tools to help people of all ages who struggle with food, body image, and self-esteem.

Rivka has been on the faculty of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education since 2000, and offers seminars and workshops at universities, hospitals, and businesses, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University.