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Christian M.
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Professional poker player during college, experience playing on TV in European Poker Tournament
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I was a professional poker player during college. I played in a European Poker Tournament in Barcelona and was selected to play on the TV table. I am a native speaker of English with years of teaching experience. I have taught around the world in actual classrooms and online. I graduated from a top 10 business school in the United States, and my experience thus far is teaching finance, modeling, programming, and business English. I am conversational in Portuguese and Argentinean Spanish, and I am elementary in Chinese (basic conversational phrases, numbers, dates, time, etc.). I have a degree in Finance and Economic Consulting from the IU Bloomington School of Business, and I graduated from perhaps the most prestigious finance program in the world, the Kelley Undergraduate Investment Banking Network Seminar. I have taught professional Business English to global organizations such as the World Bank Group and IFC. I have a 170-hour TEFL & TESOL certification from ITA (International TEFL Academy). I have tremendous experience in financial modeling and Excel. I have taught classes in modeling, advanced Excel, SQL, and even web programming (Python, PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript). I have built and launched web apps available on the Google Play store. I am a graduate of the Johnson & Johnson Finance Leadership Development Program and have worked as a senior financial analyst and manager at various Fortune 500 companies and PE firms.
About Christian M.

Poker lessons. English classes. Excel & Programming classes. Christian's background: Chris is a native speaker of English with years of teaching experience. He has taught around the world in actual classrooms and online. In his teens and early 20s, Chris was a professional poker player. He spent summers in South Florida playing at Indian reservations in his late teens, and funded months of traveling around Europe playing poker in his 20s. Chris was actually on TV in a European poker tournament. Chris was exempt from finishing high school after leading the state in standardized English test scores, receiving his diploma while working at a gym in the Greater New York City area. Chris has been teaching and coaching since becoming a Certified Personal Trainer at the age of 19, and obtained professional certifications through NASM and WITS, which required completing courses in the areas of nutrition and corrective exercise. Chris continues to work in global wellness and nutrition. Chris started his first wellness company in January 2014 after voluntarily leaving a publicly traded healthcare company and deciding to return to his passion of creating wellness through proper diagnoses and nutrition. Chris graduated from a top business school in the United States, and his experience thus far is teaching Excel modeling, programming, English, and various other subjects -- even poker here on TakeLessons. Chris attended UGA - Athens, then transferred to one of the most prestigious business schools in the United States, where he obtained a degree in Economic Consulting. Chris studied programming in college too, as he was originally pursuing a double major in computer science. Chris received an A+ as a unique mark of excellence in programming 1, an A in programming 2, and another A+ as a unique mark of excellence in Computers in Business at IU Bloomington. Chris graduated during a recession, and while he was a member of the highly elite Undergraduate Investment Banking Network (Seminar), he decided to accept an early exploding offer with a healthcare company, whom recruited Chris into a two-year international leadership program from business school. Chris then left voluntarily after successfully graduating the program and completing his final automatic promotion as a supervisor. While attending business school, Chris gained his first academic teaching experience, helping teach within the classrooms of two Excel classes and one Access database class as an in-class tutor. Chris has since taught professional English to clients from global organisations and various publicly traded companies. Chris has a 170-hour TEFL & TESOL certification from ITA (International TEFL Academy). Chris has tremendous experience in financial modeling and Excel. He has taught classes in modeling, advanced Excel, SQL, and web programming (Python, PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript). Chris has worked at various Fortune 500 companies and PE firms. A bit about Chris as an individual: Chris is conversational in Portuguese and has very basic knowledge of Chinese (common phrases, numbers, dates, etc.). Chris is technically dual citizen Italian from Right of Blood citizenship since his grandparents never forfeited their Italian citizenship when they arrived in the United States from Sicily shortly before the start of World War II. Chris' genetics are predominantly French and Italian with some Irish, and according to his French grandmother, Puhl, she may have some Welsh blood too. Chris is currently a resident of Hawaii, and resides in East Asia. Chris was temporarily disabled after suffering knife wounds in the neck and liver by a Native American / Hispanic gang during a phone robbery while on vacation celebrating his birthday in 2017, and has just recently recovered and is capable of working in longer intervals again. Chris enjoys traveling, only drives motorcycles for efficiency reasons, and likes to surf. Chris has never worked for, nor with, any government organisation, including militaries.

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Poker
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Great conversationalist, good at working around technical issues. Learned a lot. Thanks!

Posted Dec 2, 2022
Instructor
Jan 2016 - Present
Various
Taught online and in classrooms in various countries with students of all age groups and skill levels. English, Business, and Tech Instructor.
Wellness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer
Jan 2009 - Present
Various including Work Out World
NASM, WITS certified including nutrition
Finance Analyst and Manager
May 2011 - Dec 2018
Various Fortune 500 companies and PE firms
Various
Jan 2009 - May 2011
Indiana University - Bloomington
English
Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Limited Proficiency
Portuguese
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency
TEFL & TESOL
Jan 2018
ITA (International TEFL Academy)
170-hour

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Instructor details
Poker
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$18
45 minutes
$24
60 minutes
$28
90 minutes
$40
120 minutes
$52
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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