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About Crystal S.

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Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Briana N.

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Briana teaches voice to all ages and all levels. She incorporates breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups, and ear training, into all lessons, as well as performance practice of a song from any genre of the student's choosing. Once the student masters the song, he or she also has the unique opportunity to record the song in Briana's home studio. Her philosophy is that lessons should be fun and productive and, therefore, all of her students have a great time, as well as learn a lot. :-)

Briana also holds a masters degree in English literature and has been teaching English for over 15 years. She is qualified to teach the following: English as a second language, creative writing, English literature, advanced essay writing, composition, and a wide array of others. She teaches at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.

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a has studied various vocal genres under a wide variety of coaches: classical, chamber, and pop voice; musical theatre voice and jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel technique at McGill University in Montreal. Briana also spent 10 years studying the classical Suzuki method of piano under Phyllis Kranz (Dover, NH), which helped to develop her ear.

Briana can be heard in commercials including the 2015 international campaign for Coca-Cola directed by David LaChapelle, the 2015 American Express campaign, backing Aretha Franklin on the legendary "Natural Woman," Maybelline's CS Creamy Mattes starring supermodel Adriana Lima, David LaChapelle's Smirnoff spot starring Amber Rose, the 2011 Fanta "Vision" campaign, and national advertisements for "Living Social." She also works frequently in film and television as a soundtrack contributor on numerous projects, including Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) (TV), Image's horror anthology Chillerama (2011), and the science fiction film Devolution: Reckoning (2011).

With a unique blend of blues, pop and soul, Briana's immensely popular debut album GRANITE STATE (2009) led to a series of packed shows on the stages of the Sunset Strip, including House of Blues, Key Club, and the Whiskey a Go Go. Her follow-up album, "Armor" was released in 2011 to successful sales on Amazon, iTunes, and Rhapsody.

Briana has also been the featured guest performer at a number of prestigious private events: Dodger Stadium (anthem singer), The Molson Centre (anthem singer), The Whittemore Center (anthem singer), various Gubernatorial Galas, Inaugurations, and more.
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Deborah P. January 8, 2014
· Singing ·
Fun, Encouraging and Helpful!

Brianna was fantastic with my fourteen year old! She helped build up confidence, was very encouraging and made lessons fun. She uses a variety of techniques to teach singing skills including speech-level singing by Seth Riggs. I highly recommend her for beginners as well as for people looking to record a demo.
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Allison M. December 6, 2013
· Singing ·
Supportive, fun, and SO knowledgeable

I started taking singing lessons because I wanted to pick up another hobby, and Briana has helped me do just that. She is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive regardless of what your goals are. She makes the technical side of signing fun and enjoyable, something other teachers I have worked with have been unsuccessful at. Briana provides a positive and warm space to let loose in, and most importantly has reminded me that I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend Briana to anyone who is looking for a teacher they can create a connection with, regardless of skill level because she can handle it all!
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Melanie A. September 19, 2012
· Singing ·
Talented, understanding and fun!

I just wanted to take singing lessons for fun and to build up my confidence singing around others. Briana has taken my needs into account and has done a great job putting together lessons that fit my needs. She offers a very relaxed, soothing atmosphere that gives me the comfort that I need to be able to work on my goals. She is very talented as well, which helps me feel confident in her abilities to teach me what I'm looking to learn. Overall, she is a great singing coach and I would recommend her to anyone! :o)
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Briana N.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Cody W.

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With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

*** Specialties ***
I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Scott October 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Cody is very knowledgeable and helpful.
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Luis July 13, 2018
· Reading · In studio
Very happy with Cody he has patience and is a very nice person also is really helping my grandson with his writing. He is 9 years old and needs help with writing and reading.Cody knows how to get him interested.
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Cody W.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About William M.

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I want to teach/help college and high school students (grades 9-12) to learn more and improve their grades.
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Bia Pantell April 29, 2016
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Amazing!!!
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Shideh S. December 12, 2015
· Physics · In studio
He is kind, understanding, highly experienced and takes the time to guide you. I couldn't ask for more.
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Naimah M. July 21, 2015
· AP Statistics · In home
I gave William 5 stars because he's the best. He is good at what he does. When ever I was getting into a panic state, William will keep calm and cool as a cucumber.
He takes his time to explain concepts when you don't understand. he will keep working with you until you meet your objectives. I'm happy with my sections with him right now, and will keep working with him. He's one of the most pleasant person I have ever met. Thanks William.
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Sylmar, CA 91342
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About Max M.

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I love to teach. I currently teach middle school and high school music electives at TREE Academy in West Hollywood as well as 1-on-1 music lessons at The Music Castle in Santa Monica. For my private students, I will come to you.
I started tutoring while earning my Music Engineering degree (B.S.) from the University of Miami. I studied jazz guitar at UM and during my many years as a guitarist I have performed genres from folk to metal to pop.
Most of my tutoring experience during college focused on math courses, SAT prep and music theory.
I am great with kids; I taught summer camps at a town-run skatepark for 4 summers.
Shoot me a message to see if we are a good fit!
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Hayden October 30, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Max was great. Very understanding and easy to work with.
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Ari October 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Absolutely fantastic
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Nova September 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Max is such a great instructor. He is patient, calm, and generous with his time. I have been working with him for the past two years and I would highly recommend him for anyone who is interested in guitar.
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Max M.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Denise P.

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Take lessons from an AWARD WINNING WORKING PERFORMER. Denise has over 15 years experience in public speaking, acting, modeling, and dance. Her full-time job is WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY. She will teach you what you REALLY need to know in order to succeed.

Denise has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently teaches in Hollywood. All classes can be taught online as well except dance which is taught at the world-renowned International Dance Academy.

Denise is an award winning professional actress, and is also a hugely successful model. She started her own gogo dancing company in Canada from 2005-2011 and again in the USA in 2018. She has danced for events like EDC, ULTRA, and the World Olympics.

Denise has an extensive training background starting at a very young age in acting, singing, and dancing, and still
trains today! In 2006 she received a degree in acting. As an expert in performing arts, Denise looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Her teaching style is personal and catered to you, making sure you feel confident to go for your dreams! Lessons will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but always in a nurturing safe environment. Work on YOUR goals and get one on one training made for YOU!
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Lenny July 7, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Normally, I don't write reviews for teachers until a couple of months have passed, but I acquiesce as TakeLessons keep on spamming me to write a review. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to act as an echo chamber for five-star reviews. This review is based on two months with her after ten one hour online lessons through Skype.

Let's start with the positives. Denise puts in a good amount of effort in teaching you. She's flexible with accommodating your schedule, and she tailors her lessons based on what your goals are. This is evident from her referring to her notes when beginning her lessons with me. She also isn't a clock watcher who makes sure your lesson ends straight on the minute unlike some other teachers.

Is she effective as a speaking voice teacher? So far, yes there has been some progress made. Her methodology might be a bit more different than other speaking voice teachers I studied under. Other teachers focus more on the phonetic sounds, while Denise linger more toward stretches probably due to her dancing background. If you don't like Yoga type of stretches, you may be in for a bad time.

Keep in mind that due to my focus on developing a voice for acting, I'm also not having a pure speaking voice lesson as my lessons are intertwined with monologue work too. If you wish to take speaking voice lessons for public speaking, your mileage may vary.

So why a one-star deduction? Denise at the start can be pushy with trying to sell you more lessons. I mean it goes without saying that of course you'll see improvements faster if you can devote more time to any class, but time and money are factors that everyone should always consider. Let's be frank, private lessons on TakeLessons aren't cheap (unless you're rich of course). I was annoyed when she repeated her tactic three times, enough that it affected my decision to nearly not renew my monthly lessons with her.

She did cease when it seem like I wouldn't budge. Nevertheless, the pushiness did leave my experience a bit tainted, which made me question her sincereness with her excitement and positive reinforcement at times. I continue to give her a chance though because I do feel there's an ongoing improvement with my speech and line delivery. Also because we get along despite being complete opposites in some ways (which seem to frustrate and intrigue her). Despite being my teacher, I see her as a peer in a way because of how close in age we are, but I digress as this review is about her effectiveness as a teacher.

I would recommend giving Denise a try if you’re an actor seeking a speaking voice teacher. In person lessons are still best, but she has proven to be effective as an online teacher despite being a tad pushy with having you buy more lessons from her.
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Ezra May 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
Denise did an amazing job. She had great energy and helped get me more excited about learning the proper skills. I wasn’t able to continue classes at the moment but when I do she is the only person I will learn from. Was understanding of my odd schedule and very flexible which I appreciated very much.
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Oscar Clausson May 2, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
If you need an amazing teacher, Denise is the one you've been looking for. 100% the best teacher ever.
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Denise P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Claire B.

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I am a professional singer, actress, writer and producer hailing originally from the emerald isle of Ireland. I have performed internationally on various musical tours and shows (Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Mario Lanza Anniversary Concerts, Normandy Nights, High School Musical, A Star is Born, Fame) gracing the renowned stages of my home country, Europe and the United States.

I am currently based in Los Angeles where I sings as lead vocalist for vintage jazz cabaret group The Beauties enjoying residencies in Beverly Hills and Hollywood as well as guest performances at some of the cities hottest events and locations (Sofitel, 424 Beverly Hills, WeHo Halloween Carnavale, French Tuesdays, Le Petit Paris, Andaz, Dirty Laundry, Spaghettini)

I am the current voice instructor of Barbizon, Hollywood teaching at LA Center Studios for
5+ years. I am also the head vocal coach for Hollywood Performers Academy at LA Center Studios, a K-12 program for gifted students working in the entertainment industry while simultaneously completing academic requirements.

In 2016 I founded the Prep Performs program at Prep Academy, a renowned after-school program in beautiful Hancock Park. Here I teach students age 6-18 in voice, acting, public speaking, personal development and debate.

I can't wait to share my skills with you enabling you to tap into your talent and share it with the world!!!
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Manon February 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Love Claire! I am a dancer by profession but was looking to learn to sing on the side. Claire has been wonderful! I have really enjoyed all of my lessons with her & am looking forward to continuing with singing! I would highly recommend. :)
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Debbie January 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire's the best! She's always upbeat and encouraging. She's great at explaining things and is super patient with a beginner like myself. You couldn't ask for a better teacher. Our sessions are always so fun and I'm sad when they end.
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Danielle January 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
claire was very personable and creates a very comfortable atmosphere. Also she is able to give me great practical lessons that I can easily apply to my singing. I always look forward to our sessions as they are so much fun and I can hear the improvement with each passing week!!
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Claire B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Monique S.

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I am a being of light, that has found my way. I was lost and had no clue as to who I was. I no longer live that way. Most of my family do not understand why and how I can remain living with a smile on my face, with nothing to actually show a stabled life. I have learned to be happy inside the life that I have. I can now fulfill all of my dreams and desires I once had. I am truly living my life like it's golden. I came from Louisiana, with nothing and some might say, I still have nothing. But I say, look at the beginning. My first CD, This has brought so many wonderful people in my life since 2007. Moving to Texas to find my family after Katrina was the best thing that could happen to me and my son. I went back to school and finished. My son was growing and so was I. My son Graduated and left the nest, landing a job for the city, while I w
ent off the doing theatre, hosting concerts and movies. I wanted more and more of the TV life, so I moved back home to New Orleans. I began to be on TV as an extra on shows like Claws, Queen Sugar, and NCIS New Orleans. This was that best part and time of my life. So I was like California, Here I come hunty. I am here and baby,I have been booked and busy. I have done movies and pilots with Vivca Fox AJ Johnson and more. I am ready for whatever else this worlds for me. I have been here in California for 1year. I love it! Traveling is also in my future. I can smell it!
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Monique S.

Los Angeles, CA 90019
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For the past 15 years, I have traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges, and high schools. I was the first female producer and host of the nation's largest poetry venue, Da Poetry Lounge and I've worked extensively in non-profit, education and with major brands like Sephora and SoulPancake. I have seven collections of poetry published and many viral videos featuring my poetry. I am currently the Lead Teaching Artist for Street Poets, teaching poetry to incarcerated youth throughout Los Angeles County. I am cleared for teaching through LAUSD, Pasadena Unified, and the Probation Department.
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Angela October 10, 2018
· · In studio
Natalie is a teacher by nature. When I took her class for the first time, my only goal was to become a better writer. At least that’s what I said. I told everyone I had no intention of reading my poems on stage but the truth was, that’s what I really wanted to do. I just didn’t think I could. Natalie saw through what I was saying and would not allow me to play small as long as I was a student in her class. She made sure I knew that my voice and my story was not only important, but needed. Eight years later, I am a published author who performs at colleges across the country, a TedX speaker, 2017 Woman of the Year, and the co founder of a community organization called Chingona Fire. I say all of that to say, none of the things I am doing today would be possible without the lessons I learned from Natalie. Sometimes all it takes is one teacher to help someone find their voice. And that’s who Natalie is in the world, and trust me; you can bet on her every time.
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Krystal October 10, 2018
· Poetry · In studio
Natalie, by far, is one of the most talented poets that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She shares her gift not only with incarcerated students, but with other activists and teaching artists in order to support and uplift even more youth. She is a dynamic teacher that is organized, resourceful, and passionate. Her engaging lessons always lead to powerful reflections that makes room for deep impact in the lives of our youth. The tools that she uses in the classroom, be it her own artistic work, handouts that she has created, or auditory resources, are always perfectly woven into the lesson and bring deeper meaning. She is one of those teachers that you just never forget.
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Los Angeles, CA 90048
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For the past 5 years, I have worked on various online English (ESL) tutoring platforms and worked with beginner, intermediate or advance students. I have taught/tutored students worldwide to improve their Conversational English such as pronunciation, reading comprehension, writing vocabulary and grammar. My tutoring styles are to work together with lesson plans, exercises or project based learning to increase their English language skill set. I am a patient and great listener to assist logically with each project or task.

Also, over 20 years experience in teaching business classes and workshops coupled with online tutoring platforms that involve assisting students or entrepreneurs with their startup businesses through consultation, team development, social media, master your public speaking, business ethics, and professional coaching. In
addition, bring clarity to your essays or thesis preparation, resume development and interview "role play" techniques. Over 15 years, supervisory and management arena in the corporate and healthcare settings.

Since 2000, I am a non-profit business owner and have educated individuals to be successful in radio, speaking events, and train-the-trainer sessions. In addition, I am a published author, and in 2010 earned my Doctorate Degree (biblical studies & international missions). Love to travel, attend my exercise classes, writing books, spending time with family and friends, explore museums, and learn more about different cultures, their history and foods (I am health foodie).

I have given support to international students in the areas of Conversational English in test preparation and career development. My passion is to help you rise above your own expectations and be confident in meeting your goals. Do you need assistance in completing important essay or thesis, preparing for that ideal job interview or business presentation? I would be more than happy to help you speak clearly and to improve your English language.

Commanding the English language is very important and vital to your success! So, let's get started today!
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