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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as an MA in Musi
c, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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Guitar
I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Ava April 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful guy who gives a well rounded lesson!
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Peter M. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent class and a good teacher.
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About Shaheed S.

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Riverside, CA

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About Shaheed
Shaheed is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Master of Arts in Teaching- TESOL, a B.A. in Dramatic Arts (Jack Nicholson Award winner), and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He has taught EFL & ESL learners and teachers in Malaysia, South Korea, Los Angeles, Brunei, Thailand, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. He just concluded his second term as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State (2014-2016). Through projects set up by the U.S. Embassy, he worked directly with local teachers, students, and education professionals to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way English is taught. This year, Shaheed taught paragraph structure at Santa Monica College and Adult ESL at Irvine Valley College.

Shaheed had the opportunity to teach Business English at University Malaysia Kelanta
n (UMK), the only entrepreneurship university in Malaysia. He also worked on curriculum development, facilitated over 100 workshops throughout six countries in Southeast Asia, train teachers, coached Ministry of Education officials, and supported the U.S. Embassy’s English ACCESS Microscholarship program. During his time as a Fellow, he started the edcamp “unconference” movement in Malaysia, presented at regional TESOL conferences, and won Gold for “Best Workshop” at the International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT). In 20 months, he taught 3,006 students and trained 2,940 teachers in the East Asia and Pacific region.
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Misako July 7, 2017
· Public Speaking · Online
I highly recommend Shaheed. I'm an ESL Toastmaster, need to improve my impromptu speaking skills. He customizes my lessons for my needs and recognizes what I need to work on. He is very professional, but his easy going and down to earth personality makes each session truly enjoyable. My fellow Toastmasters say I became quicker on my feet; I see results!
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Tida R. April 27, 2017
· ESL · Online
My niece, from oversea, has stayed with us in the USA for a few months. She has been taking lessons with Shaheed almost everyday for the past five weeks. She enjoys every lesson and has learned a lot since she started. She has mentioned that she wanted to continue the lessons if possible when she was back in her country. Shaheed recognizes her strength and weakness in her ability and customizes her lessons accordingly. He is very professional but yet funny and caring. Has a lot of tricks up his sleeve to keep her enagage. A top notch teacher. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an ESL teacher.

Thank you so much Shaheed for wonderful lessons you have crafted for her.
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Thais G. February 20, 2017
· ESL · Online
The class was great! He corrected my grammar mistakes, as well as my pronunciation. He was also flexible to adapt his teaching methodology to better meet my needs.
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About Amit C.

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Tampa, FL

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Hello there! Would you like to learn about a new culture or language? I would love to teach you! I have good experience with teaching children through adults, and being a father to two kids of my own, I have a lot of patience! I am coming from Uttarakhand, India with English and Hindi as my native languages.

My lessons are student led, and curriculum is determined by the need and desire of the student, whether you are learning to get back to your roots, for love, or for your career. Lessons with me are fun and engaging. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
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Sandeep September 21, 2017
· Hindi · Online
nice start to the course
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Monika July 21, 2017
· Hindi · Online
Amit is a great teacher! He really takes the time to understand what you are trying to accomplish and works to help you do that. He is excellent at explaining concepts and diligently keeps track of your progress. He notes areas of weakness and works to help you through those. I've been trying to become fluent in Hindi for a while (I speak/understand some), and I believe working with Amit will help me on my path. I highly recommend!
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Sheetal July 20, 2017
· Hindi · Online
My 10 year old is enjoying the lessons and making good progress inspite of no previous exposure to the language. The practice sheets provided really help.
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Amit C.

Amit C.

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About Amadou C.

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Chicago, IL
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About Amadou
I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an ex
emplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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Kara July 18, 2017
· Elementary Math · Online
Amadou is fantastic! My daughter is 9, going into the 4th grade and math has been a struggle for her. Kara was very nervous at first, as this was her first online class! Amadou helped her become comfortable fast. She loved the fact that he could make her laugh. He has the skill to make math fun! She was so encouraged with the lesson and feels so much more confident in what she's learned. She was surprised at how much she picked up so quickly with the little 'tools' Amadou went over. What a great class/lesson. Thanks Amadou!
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Kam July 18, 2017
· French · Online
Amadou has a great ability to figure out a client's learning style. So far he has been able to tailor class so that the new knowledge is instantly applicable.
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Rosa May 25, 2017
· AP Calculus · Online
My son was having much difficulty with this class on the border of failing. Amadou was essential in helping my son understand rules and recognize formulas needed to solve problems. Thank you so much Amadou. I would highly recommend him as a tutor.
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About Hiromi S.

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Louisville, KY
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About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Aviva September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter had a wonderful experience with Hiromi. She is looking forward to working with her again next week!
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Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
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About Pantelis P.

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Columbia, MD

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Coordinator Open University of Patras in USA
• Awarded by National Youth Leadership “Certificate of Nomination as a Foreign & World Language Teacher” Year 2014- 2015
• Master’s Degree for ‘School Leadership
• Certified “Superior” level by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL 10/2013)
• Certified examiner for “Ellinomatheia” Greek TOEFL,
• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism
• Bachelor’s Degree in Education
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
Socrates Academy Charter School Matthews NC Greek Language and
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Assistant Director in Elementary school in Greece
Working experience at e-learning education 5 years

Language Instructor at DLS, Arlington VA
Teaching experience in Elementary public schools 14 years in Gr
eece “Greek Language, Mathematics, History, Geography, Physics and Environmental studies”
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Ann B. June 9, 2017
· Greek · Online
I was reluctant to try this, because previous online lessons had not worked well for me. But this instructor is very good and he's very experienced. I've only had 2 interactions, but I'm really looking forward to lots more.
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Giannis G. April 20, 2017
· Greek · Online
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Stephanie Reynolds March 15, 2017
· Greek · Online
Pantelis moves at the right pace for me.
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About Iara C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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About Iara
Hi, there! My name is Iara Coltro and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2000 and have loved helping my students to learn and have fun. As a professional chess player, there is a lot I've learned about this amazing game, how beneficial it can be and what an amazing tool to help thru the academics world!
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Iara C.

Iara C.

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About Erica N.

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Riverside, NJ
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About Erica
I am an Elementary Teacher entering my fourth year of teaching. I have taught Kindergarten for one year and 1st grade for two years. I graduated from Rowan University in 2014 with degrees in Early Childhood Education, Writing Arts & Special Education.

As a teacher I teach children of all different needs specializing in Elementary Math, Elementary Literacy and Elementary Writing.

Students should expect to learn by using multiple teaching strategies and techniques and see improvement week by week through targeted practice and instruction.
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Erica N.

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About Marlon L.

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Orlando, FL
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About Marlon
I work as a flight attendant, so I still live in Brazil nowadays (but I fly to Florida about every week). This makes me up to date regarding brazilian culture, and the latest trends in my country. I can teach you about language the way people speak on the streets, or even accents of different brazilian regions.

I can teach you grammar, but I tend to use a neurolinguistic method, where grammar is not the focus of the learning process. This is based on a process where a child acquire his native language skills from listening and repeating language structures, and not with a formal grammar study. This method tries to reproduce that.

Anyway, I can adapt the lessons to your specific need.
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Bob September 25, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
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Bob September 25, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
lots of fun. just a little difficult to understand his accent. still have to get accustomed to it.
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About Patricia D.

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Woodbridge, VA

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Currently, I am an assistant teacher for the local public school system. I have 20+ years of experience in teaching grades k-8 and 5 years experience of teaching Spanish.
Spanish students can expect to improve week to week in areas such as vocabulary, grammar, and constructive conversational skills.
I teach my students to understand and embrace the beauty of Latin culture which then creates a large appreciation for loving and learning the language. Spanish, now more than ever, has become essential in the workplace and more and more people are seeking opportunities to learn this growing language. Even children are excited to learn Spanish!
I am excited to work with grades k-12 and can help if you are a college aged+ and trying to learn Spanish!
Some of my passions are teaching, traveling, and sitting on the beach and listening to waves
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If you are someone who wants to learn a new language or want help for you children to learn, I believe that with my expertise and your dedication we could reach your goals of achieving and mastering a new language!
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Lilly L. September 7, 2017
· Spanish · In home
We really like the curriculum. Our daughter appears to be energized about it.
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