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About Jackson C.

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About Jackson
Welcome! It pleases me to welcome you as a valued student. My job as your instructor/coach is to ensure that my students get the best knowledge and skills. I teach the following lessons:* Voice lessons * English * Spanish * Public Speaking * Piano for beginners and revisiting...

I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to your learning styles and trends. My interest is in the study of voice production; functionality, style/approach, health, and stage presence and as a result, my students are empowered with useful tools to reach their goals, confront and overcome common oppositions.

I am a PROCESS teacher. Everything in life is a process. Therefore, as a PROCESS teacher, I believe in beginning every first lesson with all of the information (I plan to teach) as a preview. Immediately (upon the next lesson) follo
wed by my teaching methods:

My teaching methods fall into these four categories: (D.A.D.E.)
• Discovery- Gathering relevant and resourceful information of voice functionality.
• Application- Putting technical skills to use and knowledge of when to use them.
• Development- Process learning- Changes cause/effects and as a result, progress, production, and promise. “Trust the process.”
• Execute- To bring forth, carry out, and perform!

Process teaching and learning is a specific teaching style that not only empowers the students to feel confident about their craft, it also gives the students useful skills that can be applied to REAL "time-life" scenarios. This reinforcement confirms that the students have indeed learned what they've hired me for and more.

By signing up for voice lessons with Jackson, you will become a V.I.P. member. What is a VIP member? V.I.P. members have the inside opportunities to learn “singer secrets!” (Vowels, Interpretations and Pept-talk).
• Vowels- Two different approaches: Spoken and Sung
• Interpretation- A stylistic approach that best explains or makes sense of. Your explanation for your creativeness.
• P.E.P.T.-Talk (Details in your lesson)

Note:
1. The most important thing for singers/musicians/language students is that they train their ears. Why? Because 90% of what you'll learn is by what you recall from hearing/listening.
2. ENVIRONMENT- is key to your learning. It's important for you to surround yourself around the very things that you're learning.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive a questionnaire. The information you provide is vital because it shapes and designs your learning curriculum.

Bio: From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor.

Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C.
Jackson has experience working with youth and adults in churches, and privately. He has taught music and accompanied the production "KIDS" at the Kelsie Collie Children's Musical Experience.
His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Miller,- Oberlin, OH, and Shenandoah University Conservatory under Dr. Kathryn Green,- Winchester, VA with an emphasis in Voice Pedagogy (CCM) Contemporary Commercial Music. His professional music career began (Spring 2009) in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Jackson is fortunate to have had a career built on “word of mouth” via his fans and supporters. Often, he is called upon to sing for; weddings, funerals, private parties, churches, recitals etc. Words and phrases that best describe Jackson's vocal performances are: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Inspirational, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Classical, Contemporary Jazz, some musical theater.

"Trust the process! Everything in life began and ends with a process."- B. Jackson Caesar

Languages: (English & Spanish)
My interest in the Hispanic language, its apparatus, style/approach, and culture as it pertains to the ever growing population and bilingualism around the Americas. My desire is to engage the students in the discovery and appreciation of the lingual- romantic tongues.

Spanish:
Countries visited; Mexico and Peru.
I can guarantee that within a few months you'll feel confident and sure that you're conversation- ready to Speak Spanish. Therefore, if you're preparing a trip to a Spanish speaking country, you’ll find Peruvian Castellano pronunciation straightforward and as good as any other, with few of the dropped letters or peculiarities found in some other countries.

English (As a second language)
I enjoy helping others learn the complexities of the English language. English is indeed a hard tongue to grasp however; it’s not difficult once you understand its secrets. (Phonetic learning)

Acting Coach: I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to your learning styles and trends. My interest is in the study of voice production; functionality, style/approach, health, and stage presence and thus, my students are empowered with useful tools to reach their goals, confront and overcome common oppositions.

Public Speaking: Like that of the other subjects, my primary focus is to give you fundamental skills of interpretation. There are seven interpretation techniques that are used to empower and influence not only the speaker, but even your audience. The seven interpretative techniques can be applied to these six types of speeches: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive, Informative, and Social groups. You will also learn stage presence, and effective leadership skills. By the end of this course, you’ll not only have the confidence, you’ll have the command and compassion to lead.
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Eli November 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jackson was truly awesome today. He was very clear and very helpful, with great insights into singing. He’s the first professional instructor I’ve had, and he’s great. I would recommend him to anyone
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Andy Y. October 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jackson is such an excellent teacher I have ever seen. This is the first time for my 8 years old son to take his piano lesson. Jackson made the class very funny ,interesting and active . My son is a beginner, and Jackson is really patient to him . My son is so happy with Jackson. When we got back home, he practiced piano himself seriously. We are excited for the next lessons.
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Tad October 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've taken five 5 lessons with Jackson. I can tell he has a complete concept about singin and how to teach it. It is based on a lot of existing ideas and some he has developed. The difference is in how the concepts are applied to obtain a result, singing which teaches and moves an audience and not just a technically proficient voice. Candidly, it took me a few lessons to get the vocabulary and ideas to be clear when discussing the concepts and techniques. Now that I have that together I believe there is a lot here to learn. I highly recommend Jackson.
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Jackson C.

Takoma Park, MD 20912
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About Massimo D.

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About Massimo
My name is Massimo, I was born and I spent all my life in Italy since I moved, three year ago in US with my family for a new great adventure. I am so enthusiastic to be able to share with you the knowledge of the language of the greatest poets and writers, knowledge of one of the most beautiful country in the world, rich of history and art, and why not share "in Italian" some of the most terrific recipes for the most refined palate.

The classes in Italian cuisine are tailored to your interests and your skill level. I can teach you how to prepare a "quick win" dinner for all the family or to prepare "single size" amazing meals ready for all the week. I can teach how to make handmade pasta with semolina or with whole wheat. Have you ever tasted a terrific Tiramisu...with strawberries?

How I understand I can be a good Italian tutor,
patient, helpful and always ready to arouse the attention of my students? My youngest son, Vietnamese, is the best proof of my skill. He was able to speak a really good Italian in less than three months. Then I found to be "good" with adults as well. I started to teach Italian to some friends and after to friends of friends .... and it worked again!

Key word? Talk, watch, read, listen and talk again!
I am aware the Italian has one of the most complex grammars, but I also know that speaking and reading and watching Italian movies, soccer game or Television News makes automatic to learn the basic rules useful for a good conversation. We can use a really simple grammar book to support with the basic rules up to more advanced grammar books if we may need.

My tutoring approach is focus on student's weaknesses and strengths: use the seconds to correct the firsts. What it is important is to work on what you really like (movie, politics, receipts, actors, history, vacations, ...) and I promise it works. I already experienced this approach with a lot of students and friends who want to speak Italian and know Italy ...waiting for a great vacation "nel Bel Paese".
I try to be flexible with time and I offer makeup classes in case of 24 hours cancellation. I have an quite full equipped office at home but I am available to travel if it is more convenient for the students.
I hope see you soon.. A presto!!
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Walter A. June 8, 2017
· Italian · In home
I had a great first lesson with lots to learn. Massimo is great and very patient. Great opportunity to expand my vocabulary and practice my conversational skills.
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Barry S. January 30, 2016
· Italian Cooking · In home
We had a great time learning from Massimo. You can't learn the proper consistence of pasta dough from a book or video. We will be using all the techniques we learned. The marinara sauce he taught us to make was simple, but delicious. We will definitely call on Massimo again.
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Patty R. August 27, 2015
· Italian · In home
I was very pleased with my first lesson, looking forward to future lessons..
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Massimo D.

Massimo D.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Naomi K.

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Washington, DC
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I was originally born in Cincinnati, Ohio in a large family (youngest of nine kids), and we all attended Catholic schools... this is where I started learning Spanish. I have studied it (and English Literature) for many years, then eventually won a scholarship to study/travel in Mexico for six months. I returned from Mexico fluent, graduated from college with honors in language and Humanities, then decided to go live in Washington, DC to use that language. I got into corporate training, working 10 years at Fannie Mae as I traveled to 38 of the 50 states to help them train banks on their financial systems. I later began working in healthcare, and got certified as an interpreter AND as an Instructional Designer. I have designed educational programs ever since at hospitals, schools, educational centers, retail organizations, and with hig
her education (now at GWU). My hobbies include speaking Spanish, swimming, listening to jazz, playing with my daughter and my beagle.
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marjan September 6, 2017
· English · In home
Naomi is patient, professional, and knowledgeable. I highly recommand her.
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Shawvan B. April 5, 2016
· Spanish · In home
If you are looking for a Spanish teacher look no further! Naomi is a very skilled and phenomenal teacher. I have taken her class for the last 10 months and I truly can see the progress I have made with her teaching style. She not only has set lessons from the book, but she will bring real-world examples such as food, newspapers, and music! I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and I was amazed at how easily I was able to hold a conversation. The people there let me know that my Spanish was very good. It was definitely a compliment for me. I believe that a student is only as good as their teacher. Naomi is the right teacher!
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Shawvan B. July 20, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Naomi really takes the time to go over with you the culture and language of the people. She setup a lesson plan for me and established goals. I love her teaching style and I feel like I'm taking the time to learn again. If you're looking for a teacher who knows her stuff she is it!
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Naomi K.

Naomi K.

Washington, DC 20001
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$50 / 30-min

About Valentina L.

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Alexandria, VA
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About Valentina
Russian and Czech languages instructor with 12-year experience in education and professional training.
Significant experience applying teaching skills and methodologies in one-on one and small group classes.
Works effectively with wide range of cultures and personalities.

I have been teaching one-on-one classes in DC leading language schools, such as Diplomatic Language Services and ICA Languages.
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Robin July 16, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Wonderful teacher. Very thorough. Patient and encouraging! Highly recommended.
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Bill Greer October 28, 2015
· Russian · In studio
Excellent first lesson. Valentina was very patient but persistent in staying in Russian as much as feasible. I knew a little bit from decades ago and she helped me find the way forward again without embarrassment. I look forward to the next lessons.
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Valentina L.

Valentina L.

Alexandria, VA 22314
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$40 / 60-min

About Florentina B.

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Alexandria, VA

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About Florentina
I am teacher since I was an adolescent. Always wanted to do everything it takes so my pupils take everything they need from my lessons, understand and assimilate all the information and live with the desire of coming back and continue with me the journey in the field they have had selected.
Many of my students became my close friends that I go to see operas, broadway shows , concerts or other cultural and entertaining events.
I also organize recitals and interesting meetings with the participation of my students.
For any additional information, contact me and I will answer in no time.
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Michael B. November 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. She assessed my level at the beginning and has given me plenty of work to improve my piano and voice. She's classically trained, and that definitely influences her instruction and approach. Her understanding of my goals and flexibility in lessons makes the lessons personal and individualized.
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Amal Hammoudeh February 17, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
I feel comfortable with Florentina, she gives good feedback, she is very clear in her guidance, which helps me understand exactly what i need to do to improve.
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Alicia Maurer February 9, 2017
· Piano ·
Florentina is an extremely knowledgeable and patient instructor who takes the time to help her students learn. Each class I take away something new, and I am farther along in learning piano than I thought I would be after only a few classes! She is also extremely flexible with timing, which is much appreciated.
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Florentina B.

Alexandria, VA 22312
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About Jose J.

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Silver Spring, MD
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I am Jose, graduated as an undergrad at Towson University and currently enrolled at University of Maryland. My career is focus on Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies. While majoring on those careers, I participated on a work study group as a tutor in Spanish Linguistics, Culture, and History. I am originally from Peru and have been a volunteer teaching, assisting, and leading educational plans in Mexico and Peru. I enjoy teaching because it connects different people who share similarities and differences culturally and willing to learn about one another.
My experience comes from teaching abroad in both rural areas and cities in Latin America. Currently working at Wolfe Street Academy as the Spanish program coordinator which serves students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. I enjoy merging methodologies and differentiating to
help students overcome their learning difficulties. Hence, strengthening their learning weaknesses and polishing their learnings’ strengths.
While studying Spanish, I learn that teaching a language is not solely about grammar but rather the culture and structure behind it. Grammar nonetheless is part of the language and a co-requirement to excel academically. My qualifications comes from my multicultural methodology where I teach and provide students resources to self-learn and structure their metacognitive abilities. Merging both culture and language provides opportunities to research, creative write, independent study themes and topics related to the language of Spanish. My interdisciplinary vision provides students the ability to learn grammar not as a base but a tool to comprehend, critical think, and synthesize own their own perceptions and opinions about its culture.
Being a teacher means that one once was a student. The value of learning different things and paying attention to details while having fun in discovering and researching has make craft my abilities to teach the particular subjects describe previously. I will end by quoting Nelson Mandela "Education is the most powerful weapon in the world to entice change" I look forward working with everyone.
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Tiffany August 18, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Jose teaches Spanish in the after school program at Wolfe Street Academy. I am his supervisor. Jose has been a great addition to the team. The kids enjoy his lessons and their Spanish skills have improved.
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Jose J.

Jose J.

Silver Spring, MD 20906
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About Hyejin C.

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Washington, DC
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About Hyejin
Hi there ! My name is Hyejin and I can't wait to meet you.
I'm from South korea and I came to the United States 2 years ago.
Are you interested in learning korean?
Are you ready to learn "HANGEUL"?
I really would like you meet new students.
I'm very patient and friendly.
I can teach whatever you want.
whichever your goals are I will be prepare for the lessons.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals.
Hope to meet you soon !! ^^/

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★Grammar in use
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Hyejin C.

Hyejin C.

Washington, DC 20007
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$25 / 30-min

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About Lily S
Dear all my future students and parents,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself!

I'm Lily. I am a professional concert pianist, traveling around the United States, Canada, and South Korea for orchestra concerts, solo performances, and fundraising concerts. I've been teaching for five years now and I just love meeting, working, and teaching new students!

Music is a magic language, and I would love to communicate with you!

I am the owner and artistic director of the Sunny Side Studio, where I am teaching as a piano and Korean teacher, working as a vocal and instrumental accompanist, and coordinating my private lessons for my students!

If you are interested in knowing about my studio, please talk to me! please message me! I will be more than happy to answer your questions!

I am so looking forward to seeing you all!

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John Springer Foley October 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son, Dade has been taking piano lessons with SooJi for four years now and unfortunately we have to stop as she moved to a new city. She is an absolutely gifted and exceptionally talented pianist and teacher. As a parent, I am engaged in every lesson, observing what my son is learning. Even if when he is tired, not fully prepared, SooJi never stops being kind to him. She always gives helpful tips for effective practice and progress. My son never stops smiling and laughing. Sometimes I join the lesson and also learn stuff and both my and my son just learn tons of new stuff from her lesson. Under SooJi's coaching, my son already finished two solo recitals, 40 minutes each. It is a REAL progress and I was really proud of my son, as he didn't know anything about music before meeting SooJi, and now he is able to play simple songs for people without getting nervous!
I also teach so I know this for sure. Teaching is a natural gift. Someone can be really good at something but might not be good at teaching. SooJi is a total gifted teacher. She knows what to teach, how to teach, what to use, how to deal with students and conflicts, and she is able to solve problems that my son had during practice. Whenever she says something, my son is like " now I got it!" and he is so happy learning from her.
She is an exceptional talent in performing piano as well. I asked her to play in my and my wife's wedding few weeks ago and she played few songs and it was absolutely gorgeous. I am just really sad and disappointed that she is not able to teach him anymore and I can not have fun with them again. But I know she will be literally the best piano teacher ever in whatever years from now. When you see her, you will clearly feel this: she is very professional, yet kind and super funny and silly. She is super talented, yet so humble. She is really good with any kinds of students, she just knows how to treat them differently.
I can see SooJi has a natural gift of teaching, and I do hope she comes back and teach my son again later. Thanks for the four years of teaching SooJi! We love you dear!
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Anna Francis October 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She was an outstanding teacher with an exceptional talent in piano performance and teaching. She is very knowledgeable. She stayed focused and she is passionate about the pieces and demonstrated a lot on the pieces. I can also tell she is a very good pianist because she was able to illustrate everything I had to know in such a short amount of time. Another thing I really appreciated was how quickly and fully she was able to communicate with me about the lesson times and any questions I had for playing. I am so thankful for her encouragement, smile, jokes, and all the tips she gave me in the lesson. She is a fantastic teacher for sure, and I definitely recommend her. She surely has a gift of teaching.
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Jenna Hummel October 5, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Dear SooJi,

You asked for my thoughts on you as a teacher, but I don't think I'll be able to explain those very easily. Your impact on my life is more than I can explain or show. Of all the things I've learned from you, I consider Korean to be of a lesser importance than the life lessons, friendship, and communication skills you've taught me, whether on purpose or not. I'm thankful for everything you've done for me. I'll never forget how understanding and compassionate you are, and I can only hope to grow up and be half the person you are now. In all honesty, you're the best teacher I've ever had, and now I can understand what people mean when they say "This teacher shaped who I am today" and I'll never forget on stop being thankful to them.
Thank you for being you<3 Thank you for being the best Korean/Life teacher <3 Thank you for being the most passionate, true, and honest teacher <3
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Lily S L.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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I am a French native speaker. I have a Master's Degree from Essec Paris (France). For me, teaching is a work from heart. I love to see your skills grow up. I will evaluate your French level to better understand your needs in this language. I can help you to improve your skills in writing, speaking and understanding. And I can teach you to read French! I have a lot of tools to make more interesting each lesson and I create unique lesson plans fun and interactive to maximize their effectiveness. I have patience, an analytical mindset and strong organizational skills.

I work for a French school for two years and I have a few private students with levels from A1 to C1. I always prepare my lesson before each session to make them very efficient. We can talk about French topics or habits, learn grammar and conjugation or make your French home
works.

I have a lot of French educative games for kids to improve their speaking and understanding. I also have a large collection of French books for kids, teenagers and adults. Please do not hesitate to ask me more questions or schedule a lesson. I will always provide a fast response.
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Michael November 17, 2017
· French · In studio
Stephanie is very professional. She teaches my daughter (9 YO) French and she is very imaginative, finding ways to keep the kid's attention. Her lessons are never annoying and she uses games, songs, craft activities. She thinks that the best way to learn is to keep it fun, and it works. My daughter improves a lot her French skills and she is always happy to go with Stephanie. Stephanie is very kind, attentive, patient. I warmly recommend her.
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Loan November 17, 2017
· French · In home
She is a such great teacher ! Always smiling and dynamic !
She helps me to increase my skills in french.
I passed from a C to an A in French because of her advices and help.
Do not hesitate to choose her !
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stephanie C.

Rockville, MD 20850
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Alexandria, VA
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I like meeting new people. I am friendly, helpful, considerate, & patient. I love to teach. I taught immigrants how to speak English at CET Alexandria, VA (The Center for Employment Training).
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Angela A.

Angela A.

Alexandria, VA 22312
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