All of our after-school instructors are dedicated teachers with something meaningful to share with our children. They embody the Woods' Mission, which is to empower students to achieve their full potential in academics and in all areas of their lives.

Beth Hoffman


 Beth Hoffman has a BS in Biology with a concentration in Zoology.  She started her Environmental Education career with training at the Staten Island Zoo and previously worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as an Educator. Beth has been teaching hands-on science for 16 years!  Beth was also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and specialized in turtle care!  Beth is also an excellent artist, and can create in many different mediums.  She sews, knits, crochets, creates jewelry, spins raw wool into animals, and sculpts -- and that's just for starters!  The combination of science educator, teacher and artist is one that can't be beat!

Here are just a few examples of what Beth can create!

LOVE these adorable Snow Couple earrings!!!

Every season lends itself to artistic creation! 


Beth's love of both art AND science are perfectly embodied in her Mermaid Sock Dolls! 

Brett Moran/Quest Center Martial Arts
Brett Moran has been training at Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts since 2012. As he progressed through his training, Brett became active in the Coach/Trainer program. He was handpicked for the instructor team not only because of his dedication to the art, but due to his warm personality and sincere desire to help every other student grow with him. Brett teaches Youth and Adult classes and is involved in the fitness program. Mr. Moran is a shodan (first degree black belt) in To-Shin Do.
Rachel Finkelstein

Before coming to Woods, Rachel Finkelstein taught a variety of writing and English composition courses at the college level. She holds a B.A. in English studies as an M.F.A. in creative writing. Her background, experience, and passion for teaching allow her to build student’s confidence and provide a supportive learning enviornment.

Emily Behr

Emily Behr, RYT-200 and trained Kids Yoga teacher, has been teaching yoga for over 6 years. In Emily's classes, kids of all ages enjoy movement and mindfulness through classes specifically curated for the age-group. Learn basic yoga elements through age-appropriate breath-work techniques, games, storytelling, and creative visualization, all approached in a fun, exciting way!

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas operates throughout greater eastern North Carolina with a full-time staff of instructors, offering private and public instruction to NC Eastern Region school districts.   

Liz Harden

Liz is a health educator, yoga practitioner, yoga instructor, yoga-in-schools researcher, and founder of Little Dipper Wellness LLC. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina  in 2008 and has dedicated herself to child and family wellness ever since. When her first child was born in 2011, she discovered the joys of baby and kids’ yoga. She trained and became certified with Rainbow Kids Yoga in 2013 and has been teaching on the playground, in her living room, in schools, and studios ever since. In 2015, her second child was born, adding to the messiness and joy that is life. Her two children are an endless source of inspiration, and a constant reminder of the beauty of living in the now. Babies and children are natural yogis, and she is forever grateful for the opportunity to learn from their youthful wisdom as she leads yoga classes for youngsters of all ages. Liz completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Spring 2015 and the Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher training Spring 2017, deepening her own yoga practice and bringing greater depth to her work with children and their caregivers. She is a family wellness consultant and sleep coach, and now teaches postnatal, Mommy & Baby, and kids’ yoga classes around the Triangle. You can find out more about Liz and her work at littledipperwellness.com

Tobin Logan

Coach Tobin Logan has  25 years of experience working with children and holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. History from UNC.   He has played in over 800 tournament chess games and is rated over 1700 USCF.  He has taught chess to children in many individual and group settings since 2008.  In chess training, he uses a whole-game approach that centers around focus, patience, and consistent ongoing effort to find each individual talent level.  He encourages a tournament-style orientation and decorum in pursuit of these goals, and allows plenty of time for the sheer enjoyment of the game and all of the life lessons that come along the way.