Carla Cadorette
Portland, MI
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Carla Cadorette

Carla C.

Portland, MI
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have experience tutoring Filipinos and Koreans in developing English fluency and accent reduction. My own practice in learning accents for acting, then in real life practice while living abroad, has equipped me to help others develop their own skill.

About Carla C.

I have been signing since 1998, spending every chance I can among my Deaf friends and immersing myself in the language as often as possible. I received my BA in Music with a certification to teach at Lubbock Christian University in 1998. Later I attended the Interpreter Certification program at Burlington County College in New Jersey from 2009-2011, and during that time took a summer course at Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington DC. Then in 2014 I received my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Instructional Technology from Houston Baptist University. I have been teaching ASL at the high school level since 2011. I have also been one of the interpreters for the Deaf at my church in Fort Bend County, TX, outside of Houston, where I was a member and actively involved in the Deaf Ministry while I lived in the area from 2011-2018. Now I'm involved with the Deaf community in Michigan and work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Grand Rapids.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you have. I'm happy to get back with you, and I look forward to teaching you!


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90 Reviews
Pamela W.
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Carla took the time to call me when I registered to talk about what I was looking for in the lesson. She came prepared to the lesson and is very knowledgeable. She made it comfortable and easy to learn!

Posted Nov 4, 2021
Danielle S.
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Carla is awesome and helped our daughter improve her ASL skills and confidence!

Posted Nov 4, 2021
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Carla was wonderful! She was clear, efficient, knowledgeable, and very fun to work with. Thank you Carla!!

Posted Nov 3, 2021
Genevieve Fontan
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Carla is a wonderful instructor and she definitely knows her stuff! I would highly recommend her to anyone! Not only does she know ASL incredibly well, but too, is also connected with the deaf community, so can help with the cultural aspects of how a person might understand the changing of ASL signs. She is great!

Posted Oct 29, 2021
Jenn ..
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Carla is an excellent teacher and I’m so excited to have found her!!

Posted Oct 27, 2021
Liam Coen
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Really great and patient!

Posted Oct 15, 2021
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Carla was very knowledgeable and is very helpful for beginners! Highly recommend

Posted Sep 3, 2021
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Carla is so clever and a wonderful instructor. I feel fortunate to be learning from her

Posted Aug 30, 2021
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Carla is great! She is teaching my 15 year old daughter the foundations of ASL with the ability to have a conversation! Highly recommend Carla!

Posted Aug 10, 2021
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Carla did a great job helping me with homework and answering all of my questions! I’d recommend her to anyone struggling with ASL. She gives great explanations and moves at a wonderful pace.

Posted Jul 24, 2021
Ben B.
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Carla was amazing!! She taught my son so much and was extremely attentive and patient. So glad I found her! Highly recommend!!!

Posted Jun 11, 2021
Steve P.
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Carla was very patient and easy to talk to. Her enthusiasm for teaching ASL made me realize I had made the right choice for my teacher.

Posted Jun 4, 2021
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I love Carla's lesson! She is very helpful, calm, and friendly. I feel comfortable taking her class--have learned so much already in the first class.

Posted May 20, 2021
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very funny, well taught and interesting. With just a few classes I already know so much

Posted Mar 11, 2021
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Knowledgeable, professional, kind and patient.

Posted Feb 26, 2021
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She eased into it which made the first class very enjoyable.

Posted Feb 22, 2021
Faith K.
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Had my first lesson today and it was so much fun. Can’t wait for my next one!

Posted Feb 19, 2021
Kit C.
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She was great! Moved right along and was very patient.

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Olivia A.
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I truly love working with Carla! She is patient, doesn’t make you feel bad when you ask her to repeat or respell things multiple times. My ASL has come such a long way thanks to her. She is a great teacher!

Posted Jan 30, 2021
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Posted Jan 29, 2021
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At first I was nervous, but Carla really helped me open up! She’s a great teacher and I’ve learned a lot!

Posted Jan 25, 2021
Megan B.
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So caring and professional. Her knowledge of ASL and the culture is immeasurable and just what I needed. The best hour of my entire year so far.

Posted Jan 25, 2021
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My first lesson with Carla was absolutely wonderful! She’s a patient and knowledgeable instructor, and I learned a lot from her in just one session. So excited that I bought a package of lessons!

Posted Jan 17, 2021
Tuba P.
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she is very nice and understand me! thank you Carla!

Posted Nov 16, 2020
Tia C.
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My first lesson with Carla was amazing. I felt like I learned so much within a 30 minute session. She made learning easy and fun, it felt like I was chatting with an old friend! I definitely recommend!

Posted Nov 14, 2020
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I am really enjoying my signing lessons. Carla is very patient and is great at giving you ideas on how to remember things.

Posted Nov 11, 2020
Nekesha Marshall E.
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Clara is a great teacher. She is very patient and is willing to answer all questions. If she doesn't know a answer she is always will to find the information for you. Glad to have her as a teacher.

Posted Oct 26, 2020
Bernice ..
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It was a good experience.

Posted Oct 12, 2020
Jennifer R.
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Carla is wonderful! I had a great first lesson!

Posted Oct 1, 2020
Ruben C.
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Carla brought a lot of information I needed.

Posted Sep 29, 2020
Emmanuel A.
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She's great, able to detect my problems with accent, very engaging and amazing to be with.


Posted Sep 21, 2020
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Great start... she explains everything well and I am super excited to continue lessons with Carla!

Posted Aug 27, 2020
Melinda M.
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Love her!!!!

Posted Aug 9, 2020
Ahava Lang
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I cannot recommend Carla enough for ASL classes. She is patient, thourough and a real pleasure to learn from. I am an older ASL student and working with Carla makes me optimistic that an old dog really can learn new tricks!

Posted Jul 14, 2020
Tina S.
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Carla was very helpful the class was awesome I was very pleased with everything the way she helped me she answered all my questions I really enjoyed it and I will continue with her in the future

Posted May 13, 2020
Olivia A.
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I had a great lesson with Carla! I am so excited to start my journey with learning ASL with her! She’s fun to work with and I’m excited for more lessons.

Posted Apr 18, 2020
Chris & Jackie G.
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this was our first session and it was great. we are excited for Carla to take us on this journey to learn ASL!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Victoria K.
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Carla was so kind and helpful! I will definitely be taking more lessons from her in the future when I have the means, I've had a lot of tutors on a lot of different subjects and she is by far the most patient and forgiving.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
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Carla taught me how to communicate clearly and professionally. She is a great teacher and communicator. Her pedagogy is centered around progress and results without leaving empathy, mutual respect and encouragement.

As a teacher, I became Carla's client to reduce my accent and communicate better with my American students. Soon after, I saw great results both in my social interactions with people in English and in my teaching quality.

I would recommend Carla to anyone who wants to improve the way they communicate and wants to benefit from effective but kind and empathetic instruction.

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Analee A.
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Very good pace to lessons and was always patient if I needed to review.

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Perla C.
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First class, very excited and a wonderful teacher !

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Allyn L.
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Carla is like a friend you’ve had forever. She gears lessons to your level and interests and is patient with my senior brain that needs a lot of repetition. She is also happy to give me time to write down notes for later. Her constructive criticism about hand position, etc. is really helpful, and I know she is paying attention to me!

Posted Jan 21, 2020
Allyn L.
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I am really excited about my ASL lessons with Carla. She was very congenial and easy to warm up to immediately. She is patient and gave me time to take notes which help me review later. Carl geared the lesson toward my level of experience and was happy for me to ask questions anytime. She gave me good pointers on my hand position. I think she will be an exceptional tutor!

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Steve & Melissa B.
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Carla is the best. Fantastic teacher and easy to get along with. My wife and I had a lot of fun in our lesson.

Posted Jan 2, 2020
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Great teacher. Great first lesson. I can't wait to learn more.

Posted Dec 23, 2019
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Posted Dec 22, 2019
Mary S.
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There are so many excellent qualities that Carla possesses that it's hard to begin. She has numerous and varied personal and professional connections with the deaf community, She is highly trained, but also has a natural propensity for teaching. She's personable yet , again, highly professional. Her knowledge and ability to mentor, in my option, are unsurpassed. I would gladly recommend Carla to anyone desiring to begin learning ASL to those who just need to brush up on their skills, and anyone in between.
She's just THAT good!!!!!! And I've been in this part of the world for many years.

Posted Nov 13, 2019
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I really enjoy our lessons! Carla helps me to improve my every day English and be confident. I start to think what I talk and how I talk. She gives a good examples that easy to remember.
Thank you a lot!

Posted Nov 9, 2019
Bri B.
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Carla was beyond amazing. Our group loved her. Thank you so much.
So patient and attentive.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Sheridan T.
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First lesson with Carla and I already know I will absolutely sign up for another ten!

Posted Oct 5, 2019
Betty H.
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Carla was so patient with me being a total beginner for ASL and I look forward to our future lessons.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Sofia P.
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Very professional!

Posted Aug 17, 2019
Juan E.
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She is very clear, professional & patience. I enjoyed my first class.

Posted Aug 14, 2019
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She is very helpful,caring, great listener and is passionate about her work. Great friend and mentor! Thanks Carla for everything.

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Kalyn J.
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I just finished up my 5th lesson with Carla and have to say she is a wonderful instructor! She is very patient, down to earth, and tries to tailor each lesson to your specific needs. I plan on continuing with her classes and would recommend her to anyone even beginners. Thanks Carla!!

Posted Jul 31, 2019
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Carla is very personable and knowledgeable of ASL. We had a very good first session and I got a lot of good tips on learning and using ASL. I look forward to our next lesson and becoming conversant in this new language.

Posted Jun 5, 2019
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Great start to learning ASL. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jun 3, 2019
Suman A.
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I have enjoyed my lessons with Carla. What makes her a great teacher is her passion for what she does and her caring attitude. She goes the extra mile to make her students feel comfortable, successful, and remain motivated through their training. She is always motivating me to become the best version of myself- something I value immensely. She consistently helps me work around my concerns and find innovative solutions to help me excel. I am so glad I decided to work with Carla, I highly recommend her if you are looking for a compassionate and kind teacher, one who will push you in a positive way to learn and grow!

Posted May 23, 2019
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Posted Apr 17, 2019
Cadyn L.
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First lesson was fantastic and I look forward to more! Wonderful teacher, patient, understanding and willing to work with what you know to help build you up to where you want to be.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
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Working with Carla has been incredible! I had a minimal amount of ASL experience before starting lessons and Carla has helped me learn so much in such a short amount of time. She's wonderful at helping you to incorporate what she's teaching into conversations so you can practice using and understanding signs.

I was able to use my short 4 weeks of private lessons on a recent trip where I was able to have a lovely conversation with a member of the deaf community - thanks to Carla.

I look forward to continuing on and developing a much deeper understanding of ASL!

Posted Nov 21, 2018
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Carla is the best!! She was a random pick from the teachers available and I scored. She is easy to get along with and makes sure we cover what I want to learn.

Posted Oct 18, 2018
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really good - explains herself clearly, patient, practical and knows her stuff

Posted Oct 8, 2018
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Carla is terrific!

Posted Sep 20, 2018
Joseph W.
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Just from our first lesson I can tell that I will improve my abilities by leaps and bounds under Carla's instruction. She adapted our lesson to my learning level within minutes of my arrival. We made great progress during the meeting, and I have plenty of take-away to keep me busy until our next lesson.

Posted Aug 23, 2018
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Carla is professional, friendly and and knows how to make me want to learn and improve. Loved my first class and can't wait for the next one!

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Denise B.
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Carla is a great teacher! I have learned a lot already.

Posted Jun 30, 2017
Adriana L.
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she is a great teacher

Posted Jun 15, 2017
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Carla is an amazing instructor. She takes her time to make sure you are understanding the lesson. She is by far the best ASL instructor I have had!!!

Posted Jun 6, 2017
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Carla is great! She is very patient and she knows everything there is to know in ASL. She goes at your pace whether you're a slow learner or a fast learner. She has lessons planned out depending on if you're a beginner or more advanced. For example, she would teach colors or animals and then we would have a conversation in ASL about what we just learned and she would help me on any words I don't remember. She doesn't mind repeating herself either if she needs to. She is definitely the teacher/tutor you want!

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Scotty M
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Carla is very knowledgeable and thorough in her teaching skills. You immediately get the feeling that she loves what she is doing and takes the time to ensure that her students fully understand what they have been taught. She is very patient and she is flexible to accommodate any schedule.

Posted Jun 5, 2017
Gina G.
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Carla is the best! She's knowledgable, enthusiastic and easy to work with. My first lesson exceeded my expectations. Can't wait for my second lesson!

Posted Jan 26, 2017
Venessa L.
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Carla is an excellent ASL instructor. She is very patient. Each session was filled with one-to-one exercises to help me increase my ASL vocabulary. Carla has a personality that invites questions in a supportive manner. I truly enjoyed all my training sessions.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
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Amazing! Carla rocks! We love her!

Posted Nov 20, 2016
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Knows her ASL and Grammar ! Always learning better ways to sign each lesson!

Posted Oct 21, 2016
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Awesome teacher who cares about everyone she meets!

Posted Aug 13, 2016
Kayla Beth R.
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LOVE Carla! She is the epitome of excellence in education. Anyone who wants to learn ASL or just grow personally (and spiritually!) should sign up for ASL lessons with Carla. She sets the standard for education and is honestly-a blessing.

Posted Jul 27, 2016
Kayla Beth R.
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Love Carla!!! She is the best teacher ever!! Anyone wanting sign language lessons should go through Carla! She sets the standard for excellence!

Posted Jul 27, 2016
Daniela C.
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Great teacher! Patient, intelligent and adapts to your pace! Can't wait to have more lessons with her!

Posted Jul 20, 2016
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Posted Jul 15, 2016
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I had a great first lesson! Carla individualized the signs for my needs. I had a great time and learned a lot!

Posted Jul 2, 2016
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We had a great lesson. I really enjoyed myself. We learned a lot in our first lesson.

Posted Jun 20, 2016

Very knowledgable and personable

Posted May 22, 2016
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Carla was easy going, personable, kind and worked at my pace! I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn American Sign Language!

Posted May 13, 2016
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I am thrilled to have Carla as my sign language teacher! She is so knowledgeable, yet makes learning the signs easy with a clear, effective teaching style. I can't wait until my next lesson!

Posted May 11, 2016
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Carla is the smartest, sweetest, most patient person I know. She has a deep understanding of human nature and leaning styles of different people. She has a great personality and is a super teacher. She knows how to get her point across and will spend a lot of time learning the best way to teach each individual student. She really cares about all of her students!

Posted May 10, 2016
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I am learning American Sign Language in a non-traditional setting, and Carla is one of my teachers. She is patient, kind, helpful and has NEVER laughed at my not knowing a word or phrase. She has explained things to me in ways that I can understand. She helps me realize I am making progress and celebrates my victories with me. I appreciate her talent for teaching and for her help in educating me in American Sign Language.

Posted May 10, 2016

Very knowledgable and personable

Posted May 5, 2016
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I have witnessed Carla teaching ASL to middle school students. She is a very effective teacher. She is very interactive with her students. Her lessons are purposeful and have meaning to her students. She makes good use of several learning methods to reach all styles of learners in her classroom. I would recommend Carla for teaching ASL in any school.

Posted May 4, 2016
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Carla is very knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, my two girls thoroughly enjoyed there time learning a new language skill. I appreciated the convenience of the in-home lessons.

Posted May 4, 2016

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Interpreter Training Program
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BA Music Education
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Certification to Teach All-Levels
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