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About Dawn Z.

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Simsbury, CT
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About Dawn
High school librarian by day, crafter for life. I'm an award winning embroider, quilter and knitter. I advise a high school sewing club as well as volunteer with Days for Girls and church prayer shawl ministry. Please note, during the summers my schedule is more flexible when school is not in session.

Students will find I'm passionate about all needle arts and want to pass that along to all generations and skill levels.

Learning to sew, knit or hand embroider can be intimidating, but with the right support can become a lifelong hobby that provides joy to your life. Let me show you how to get started.

I look forward to helping you exercise your creative side.
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Sara May 31, 2018
· Knitting · In studio
We've had Dawn teach a variety of classes at the Simsbury Public Library (CT). Our most popular is the arm knitting class we open to Teens & Adults. Everyone gets to take home an infinity scarf and they all leave learning a new skill. Dawn works well with all ages, is patient, and really enthusiastic about teaching what she loves. We can't wait to have Dawn back to teach more classes this Fall!
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Aryn May 28, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Dawn is an amazing sewing instructor. She taught my 8 year old daughter to sew her first quilt, which later won first prize at the Terryville Fair. Dawn is punctual, energetic, and patient. My daughter enjoyed every lesson and learned the fundamentals of sewing, cutting, and following patterns. Lessons were effective and fun.
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Dawn Z.

Dawn Z.

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Burbank, CA
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About Justin
After studying at Drexel University and securing a B.S. in Information Technology with a Minor in English Literature, I studied for a Master's in Digital Media at Drexel University. As an undergraduate I was given the honor of acting as the commencement speaker for my school. As an MS graduate, I earned the Outstanding Master's award for my research and community contributions.

Drexel's professors and leadership supported my growth as a professional by hiring me on as an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media where I taught game design, project management, and 3D animation. I also served as a committee member to several graduate students. I've recently entered the games industry as a designer, embarking on a year-long game engineer position with Disney. I'm most rewarded when I provide mentorship to those who want to learn. I look forward
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Chantalle H. March 17, 2016
· Computer Programming · Online
I wrote a review when my son first started working with Justin and a few months later I must say the experience continues to be exceptional. Justing puts so much thought into preparing for his lessons. He pays attention to what works best with my son's learning style and personality and is able to shift gears when necessary. He is extremely knowledgeable and not only recommends resources but answers questions via email between sessions. My son is feeling much more confident and has started to read books and articles on game design. I was so impressed that I started working with Justin as well. He has been an excellent HTML and CSS tutor and I am not at all a techie. I can't recommend him enough!
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Danan M. December 14, 2015
· Computer Programming · Online
My son took his first online computer programming lesson with Justin yesterday. He had been trying to learn to code/make video games on his own but was finding it difficult to determine where to focus his energies. The lesson with Justin exceeded his expectations. He feels focussed and learned more in his first session than he has in the few weeks he has been trying on his own. I was impressed with Justin's prompt response to my initial inquiry which went out to several tutors. From his response it was clear that Justin had put a lot of thought into his response. He asked follow up questions was able to clearly articulate how he could address my sons needs. He put the same thought an energy into preparing the first lesson which he shared with us prior to the session. My son is looking forward to continuing to work with Justin. We will definitely be booking more lessons.
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Jonathan October 27, 2015
· Gaming · In studio
Justin provided a large amount of technical support and was interested in the projects we were doing both inside and outside of his class.
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About Kari B.

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Fairfax, VA
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About Kari
Hi, there! My name is Kari and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students learn to sew, crochet, dye, and craft. I have worked in costume design and craft at the Barter Theatre (State Theatre of Virginia) and am looking to spread my talents with students that are eager to learn. I love working with children and adults alike. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Christian B. April 14, 2018
· Sewing · In home
She was great....
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Mike M. April 11, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Kari is Awesome. I am an old dud who needed to learn some stitching for my furniture repair business. She was very patient with me, was always on time. Always professional. I highly recommend her. She has a great personality that would be good with kids or adults.
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Mike M. April 19, 2016
· Sewing · In home
I went to Kari to get help with hidden stitches to make upholstery Seam repairs. She really helped me fix a lot of bad habits. I'll continue to work with her on leather seams as well. She is very professional as a teacher. She has a very good eye and can catch mistakes quickly. I was quite impressed with her artistic abilities. Kari has a really unique set of skills.
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Kari B.

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About Stephen M.

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West Covina, CA
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About Stephen
Currently looking for new students.
I teach piano, japanese, chess, go(weiqi/baduk), and meditation/self-improvement.
I am very proficient in all of the above subjects and have helped dozens of students reach their long-term goals over the years. I am also very patient and have taught children piano lessons for more than 10 years. As a learner I know how overwhelming new subject-matter could be and I tend to understand the pace that the student needs/wants to go at.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see my students improving. I also am constantly improving myself as a teacher so the lessons will only get better and the material should be easier to understand with time.
Let's master anything you want to work on, and have a lot of fun too :)
Thanks for reading!
-Stephen
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Ja'Quan September 7, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Awesome teacher man
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John Edward September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patient instructor. I'm super rusty and he was able to keep at my pace. He also made it interesting by using practical scenarios and alternating with cartoons or games. He watches anime as well so I was able to learn while talking about things I like. It helped practicing much easier.
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真修 September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
日本語の理解が深い。四字熟語とかことわざとかもいっぱい知っているし、漢字も教えられるし、上級者でも授業を受けてもいいと思う。初心者を教えるところも見たことあって、わかりやすく説明してくれた。
I think that both advanced learners and beginners could benefit from taking one of his lessons.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

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About Tony W.

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Seattle, WA

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I am a British Academy Award winning animator who has made over 200 TV Commercials, 2 TV Specials, several Short Films, and ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ movie titles at the beginning of my career. From the outset I was personally taught by some of the most amazing master animators ever - Ken Harris ('Bugs Bunny' and 'Roadrunner' for Warner Brothers), Art Babbit ('Pinocchio' and 'Fantasia' for Disney) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner). I later successfully ran my own award-winning London animation studio for 20 years, before moving to the States in 1998 to live and teach. In the USA I have taught at the highest college level for over 14 years, when I also became author of several respected books on animation, including - 'Animation from Pencils to Pixels', 'How To Make Animated Films', 'The Animator's Notebook' and 'The Anima
tor's Sketchbook'. Animation schools and colleges around the world use my books. My own master animator reputation & expertise has been developed through traditional, hand-drawn (2D) animation for the film industry. However, I have since developed a whole range of teaching techniques that will help students of ALL forms of animation, whether its for the Film, Games, TV or the Web industries. The ‘core principles of movement’ are essential for all kinds of animation, whether it be 2D, 3D, Claymation, Stop-frame or any other kind. So I now focus less on technology and software, and more on the core principles of movement through ‘gesture drawing from observation’ and other means. In this way my students do not need to purchase extremely expensive equipment or software, they often need little more than a pencil, eraser and a sketchbook – with a lot of their own dedication they need to bring to the party. I am also insistent that students of animation also learn about fundamental design, layout, film structure and storyboarding - as all these are all essential to all great, animation. So I hope you will join me and become yet another of my successful students who are currently working in the animated film and/or video game fields today.
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Timothy March 14, 2018
· Animation · Online
Tony is a skilled animator and a fantastic teacher. His course breaks down all of the necessary fundamentals and he is a patient and willing mentor for what is obviously his passion. if you want to learn to animate, look no further.
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Cynthia Hoffstrom March 1, 2018
· Animation · In studio
Tony White has the patience to watch inspired animators grow. His ideas feed into our concepts we have and he is the adviser that guides us to how our ideas become a reality on paper or on a monitor. He has assisted me to where I am today.

If I could be instructed by Tony White again and again, I'd never say no.
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Kenny March 1, 2018
· Animation · In studio
He was the first person who told me that I could make it, achieving my dream in animation industry. He is a very passionate person, and will give his best support towards those who shares the same passion. One of the best teacher I've ever met.
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About Patrick M.

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Lake Dallas, TX
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Hello friends! My friends call me a polymath because I’m knowledgeable about pretty much everything! I love teaching, and have lots of experience in this area. Give me a buzz and let’s figure something out!
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Steven B. October 24, 2018
· SAT · In studio
Steven says it is going great.
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Patrick M.

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About Maria D.

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Downey, CA
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About Maria
I am passionate about what I do! I am American but I have lived in Argentina most of my life. I have recently moved back to US. I worked as a Spanish Teacher at Buenos Aires University and as a Spanish and Literature Teacher at Saint Ciaran School located in Buenos Aires too. As a Spanish teacher for foreigners and natives I have developed strong teaching skills related to adults, teenagers and young students.

I have prepared creative lesson plans meant to reach them on various learning levels and used a variety of instructional strategies to provide equity and excellence to students (games, images, audio files). I also have more than 10 years of experience as a private teacher!
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Vicky .. November 9, 2018
· Spanish · Online
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Florence November 7, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Maria was a very good Spanish teacher in that she would pay attention to your weak points and make sure you understood your mistakes. She was also a very nice person.
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Natalia November 4, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
She is an excellent teacher and a great person!

She is patient with her students and very clear in her explanations. She also created a very nice environment in the classroom.

I learnt a lot in her classes and had a lot of fun as well!
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Maria D.

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About Alexa C.

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Acworth, GA
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I am 25 and have been crocheting and teaching others within the last few years. I recently moved to Georgia from Virginia. I Would love to get to know others by teaching and creating together. Crocheting is healing in many ways and will help with focus, concentration and natural creative energy flow. I love working one on one with others and I am very patient. I have made many eclectic crochet projects outside of the basics. I have made scarves, hats, tops, slippers, head warmers, steering wheel covers, bathing suits, drawstrings bags, backpacks and head rest covers for the car. I am currently working on a vest. I am available to do all types of projects.
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Alexa C.

Alexa C.

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About Morgan M.

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Kansas City, MO
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Geeetings!
My name is Morgan and I have been knitting for nearly a decade now.
I believe that knitting is a deeply meditative experience and that it can be an emotionally and mentally healing exercise. Also, there are few things more satisfying than casting off a beautiful piece and wearing it the same day!
I have taught many different age groups, from 7 year olds to retired grandmothers who want to knit for their loved ones. I am an ambidextrous knitter (also called mirror knitting) so I happily teach left or right handed or mirror knitting.
I do not like to tell people that they are knitting a wrong or right way, if you get the desired results and can translate a pattern to your understanding, that’s great!
I believe in slow ethical fashion and investing in clothing that will last years and be family heirlooms.
My most moving exp
erience with knitting was while on a mission trip in Uganda. I was able to teach 30 women and nearly 50 young ladies/children to knit. It was the experience that cemented for my belief that absolutely anyone can learn to knit when given the time, patience, and supplies needed. This is why I am willing to provide supplies to students who are unable to buy their own. I believe in meeting students where they are at and using only positivity to teach. My teaching style is to be student lead, hands off, and to discourage negative self talk and doubt. When the teacher behaves like the student is 100% capable, the attitude of the student reflects that confidence.
It is my sincerest desire to spread the joys of knitting far and wide. Please join me for a lesson soon!
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Morgan M.

Morgan M.

Online
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