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Bridgeport, CT
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About Douglas
I combine my two decades of experience as a professional tutor and corporate writer with my own personal understanding of the learning struggles faced by students to create unique methods for every student to learn, regardless of the subject. I use creative innovations to make learning fun and enjoyable for my students. My students quickly see how much I care for their progress and success. Many have chosen to retain me as their tutor for more than a year.
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Devorah Leah July 9, 2015
· English · In home
I had the opportunity to work with Douglas a number of times during my tenure as a part-time instructor at SCORE Educational Center. What I noticed about him was that he related very well to the children he worked with - he was a very enthusiastic tutor of English and math! He was most generous with the "high fives" and praise, and he also knew how to get students back on track if their focus strayed. Also, I saw him work very well with the parents; he always took the time to patiently explain lesson plans and students' progress between sessions. I have known Douglas personally for many years. He was the one who encouraged me to work at SCORE Educational Center given my background in Education - I thank him for that because I enjoyed my time there very much while I was able to stay (unfortunately, I had to leave that position for a full-time job elsewhere). SCORE Educational Center is no longer in existence. Douglas currently works as an independent tutor, and given how long I've seen clients stick with him, I have no doubt that they are enjoying the same level of attention and enthusiasm he provided at SCORE. When he speaks about the progress of independent clients and how they respond to him, it is with enthusiasm and a glowing smile. If you are looking for a tutor that is intelligent, dedicated, enthusiastic, and simply great with kids and parents, then Douglas is your man.
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Douglas S.

Bridgeport, CT 06604
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About Michael L.

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Austin, TX

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About Michael
I am a classically trained and professional musician who has worn many different musical hats over the years. I began playing drums when I was 14, in Houston, TX with Craig LeMay, and since then I have learned many different string and world instruments. I studied music theory and vocal performance at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, taken sitar lessons from Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India, and jazz performance in Austin, TX with Joey Colarusso. I have played in many different bands over the years, such as accompanying Michael Kiwanuka with the musical saw, accompanying Katie Sachs with the musical saw, playing bass guitar with Halaska and DJing private events with Spacecraft Entertainment. I have been teaching music to special education students, in Austin public schools, and foster children with Kids in a New Groove. I have als
o built and modified many of my own instruments and ready to teach you some quirky musical production skills as well. I believe listening and being adaptable to an individual student's needs are the keys to teaching anyone to express themselves through music.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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Alex Derzhi July 31, 2016
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Michael is doing a great job getting me started on my piano journey. The exercises and drills he is teaching me have helped me feel comfortable at the keyboard. I've even learned a song already, after just 2 lessons!

Highly recommended.
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Alaina ( Ally) Robertson June 17, 2016
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My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Michael and she really enjoyed learning the basics in fun ways. He was VERY patient and able to meet her where she was at, but still knew how to challenge her. I would recommend Michael to any beginner level piano player!
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Daniel Elsner April 9, 2016
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Really good teacher. I had never played piano before and Michael was great at instantly giving me things to work on and gave off the impression that lessons were tailored to what I was interested in and the direction I personally wanted to go with the piano. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone else looking for a good instructor in piano or any other musical instrument he works with.
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Michael L.

Michael L.

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About Erika M.

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San Diego, CA

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About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and currently teach at SDSU and UC San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical translating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new
culture!

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All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos depending on their learning goals. If you've been working on and are going to learn with me regularly using the book you have and if I don't have it, textbook fee will be charged.

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- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
- If you would like to use a textbook that I don't have, additional fee will be charged.
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Kathleen Corcoran August 31, 2017
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David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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Erika M.

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About Tamari (Tamara) W.

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Torrington, CT
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About Tamari (Tamara)
Hi, there! I'm Tamara and I can't wait to meet you!

On social media and for those who are more familiar, I'm Tamari. We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept!
I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment
to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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Maxwell L. January 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Our 7 year old is excited about what he learned on the first day of guitar from Tamari.
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Crystal March 27, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great beginner lesson!
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Nancy S. January 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great first lesson. She clearly knows the technical aspects of piano and has a wonderful personality too!!
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Torrington, CT 06790
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About Hailey L.

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About Hailey
Hello, My name is Hailey. Learning and teaching are two of my favorite things! I am extremely passionate about helping others grow in their abilities, no matter what the area is! I love new students, and am always willing to work lessons into my schedule! Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions you have!
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn!
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Ana Edwards February 3, 2018
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Mackenzie September 11, 2017
· Flute · Online
First lesson was terrific. My 11 year old daughter was very comfortable with Hailey and enjoyed the lesson. We are both excited for our next meeting.
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Davion C. December 18, 2016
· Flute · Online
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About Kat F.

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Woodbury, CT

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How about a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language? Let's try some lessons together. I teach in an interactive and empowering way where discovering the beauty of this visual language and the valuable culture cherished by Deaf and Hearing Americans is part of every lesson.

I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling. I have taught ASL and Deaf Culture to many different students and groups: K-12 students, families with special needs children, college students, interpreting students, professionals, families with Deaf children, adults, home schoolers, choirs, and dance troops.
I am a certified Interpreter with the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have been a professional interpreter and ASL instructor
since 1991. I am a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.
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Shelley November 9, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Kat has proven to be such a valuable and wonderful teacher. From the beginning of our process of starting ASL lessons for my daughter, she was communicative, thorough and 100% professional. Once our lessons began, she proved to be an incredible instructor (my daughter loves her lessons) as well as conscientious in our lesson schedule. Further, even when we need to change our lesson due to a scheduling conflict, she is very understanding, which I have appreciated. I can not recommend Kat enough!!!
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Heather October 11, 2017
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Prepare to love learning sign language with the best teacher I know! Kat loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with others in a way that makes learning fun and tnteresting. Her enthusiasm and creativity is contagious. Sign up today, you won't be sorry!
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Gerrit October 2, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
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Kat F.

Kat F.

Watertown, CT 06795
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About Sabrina M.

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Renton, WA

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I have lived in Germany for almost all my life. I have two sons 3 and 5 and a wonderful german husband. Together we live in beautiful Washington state. It's important for me not to unlearn the German language, so at home, we speak only German. I am already teaching adults and kids in the Tacoma German School as a teacher. This job makes a lot of fun . I would be happy to work with you and to teach the beautiful language German. I am looking forward to hear from you...bis bald ;)
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Sabrina M.

Sabrina M.

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About Sara H.

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Waterbury, CT
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With a passion for language and teaching, I live with an educator's mindset. Constantly making lessons out of what is currently happening in my students' lives and in our world, it is incredibly difficult to get bored during my lessons. I am a technology enthusiast and will incorporate apps and websites into my lessons as much as possible. I am not a native speaker, making me living proof that learning a language is possible!
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Sara H.

Sara H.

Waterbury, CT 06706
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$34 / 30-min

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