Sam Harnois
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been working with Photoshop for over 5 years. Getting started with this program is as easy as understanding layers. Once you understand the basics of Photoshop, we can move on to more functions and tools inside the program. You will learn about file sizes, image types, color correcting, and editing "tricks". Some of my students personal favorite lessons include "basic compositing", "creating reflections" and "changing the background". Once you have a solid understanding of the basic tools, you can start to explore; and let your creativity take you wherever you want. My lessons are paced based on your learning style and speed, and are geared towards a stress-free experience. I will show you the ins and outs of creating digital art with this exciting program. The possibilities are endless!

Please note, I am not a graphic designer. I teach Photoshop for primarily image editing purposes. Logos and graphic illustrations is not my forté.

NOTE: I teach Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, and CC. I do not teach Photoshop Elements.

About Sam H.

Hi! My name is Sam! This is my fifth year with TakeLessons and I couldn't be happier with the students that have come my way. If you're reading this, then you've taken the first step in finding a tutor that is right for you!

I completed two Bachelor's degrees at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. I have a B.A in Spanish and a B.A in Communication.

I love Spanish, and I believe that you can really get the hang of it after a little time and practice. With grammar review, practice, and vocabulary memorization, it becomes really easy to learn this language. I am more than happy to be here to help you learn this exciting language! Proper pacing is crucial to learning a new language. Therefore, I make each lesson customized for every student.

Every lesson, you will receive downloadable links with all of the content covered in the lesson.

I also teach group classes. These are great for those that prefer larger classrooms and interacting with peers. Check out the Takelessons Live page and sign up for some of my classes!

Aside from Spanish, I also teach Adobe Photoshop & Photography. There are endless possibilities with Photoshop, and I am here to let you discover some of them. No experience? Tired of watching online tutorials with no feedback? Maybe you need a tutor to guide you through the process!

We will start off with layers and then go on from there, moving into the more intricate tools such as the pen tool, layer masks, and blending modes.

For photography lessons, I teach you the technical language you need to know when talking about photos. I will show you how to command your DSLR camera to get the exact photo you want.

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Lori
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Enthusiastic and knowledgeable and patient.

Posted Jan 12, 2020
Jared

great class

Posted Nov 24, 2019
Terri Davis
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Posted Nov 17, 2019
Jared
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great lesson

Posted Nov 17, 2019
Oakleigh
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Sam is awesome! He taught me so much and was so flexible with my busy class schedule!

Posted Nov 8, 2019
Christa B.
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Super helpful

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Christa B.
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He always is able to teach you the way you learn best

Posted Sep 1, 2019
Christa B.
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Posted Aug 25, 2019
Sandra
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He definitely knows his photography and has the experience to help. I learned a lot with Sam!

Posted Jun 3, 2019
Kweeta
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The first lesson was great and very informative!

Posted Mar 31, 2019
Sandra
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Posted Mar 30, 2019
Kweeta
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Posted Mar 30, 2019
Christa B.
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I learned a lot from him

Posted Nov 13, 2018
Denessa H.
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Sam is a great instructor! He's extremely personable and very comfortable to work with. He immediately made me feel at ease. I highly recommend him for your Spanish tutoring!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Richard
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Sam was upbeat and prepared for our first lesson. In particular, he was able to explain precisely how I should adjust the settings on my Canon DSLR to get the sports action shots I need for my website. I’m very much looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Aug 2, 2018
Keerthi V.
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Posted Aug 1, 2018
George L.
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Posted Jul 23, 2018
Extraordinary C.
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Loved it!

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Karen Y.
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Posted Jun 12, 2018
John
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Posted Jun 6, 2018
Vincent H.
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It was great

Posted May 21, 2018
Kimi
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Sam is very knowledgeable, and patient with my pace of learning. I highly recommend Sam!

Posted May 7, 2018
Kimi
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Best photography teacher I've had to date! ...and I've had a lot of them. Highly recommend Sam!

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Douglas K.
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Posted Mar 28, 2018
Jennifer T.
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Sam is a great teacher and worked very well with my Freshman high school student.

Posted Mar 10, 2018
Tony S.
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Super nice! Super knowledgeable! Thank you Sam. I appreciate your flexibility and excitement!

Posted Feb 12, 2018
John Z.
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very easy to work with

Posted Jan 30, 2018
Kathy N.
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Sam always makes our lessons fun and relevant!

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Jaxon P.
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Posted Jan 17, 2018
Alex
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I appreciate that Sam was friendly, prepared and knowledgeable. He answered all of my questions, and even recorded his responses so that I could reference them at a later date. Thank you!

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Saida M.
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very knowledgeable

Posted Dec 27, 2017
Casey
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I had some very specific questions that he had multiple techniques for and was very good at teaching them. Nice guy and really good teacher!

Posted Dec 21, 2017
Graham J.
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Posted Dec 19, 2017
John
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that was a very good lesson

Posted Nov 20, 2017
Chad P. Ablang
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Posted Nov 1, 2017
Tristan
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Sam is phenomenal! He really geared the lesson to my son's needs and interests.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
MeeDeessa M.
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Enjoying my lessons!!

Posted Oct 23, 2017
Charlotte C.
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Sam was funny, and explained everything really well. I mean if you're reading this you should go and purchase a lesson. Trust me, it's awesome!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Lauren Childs
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Sam was awesome, and very easy to communicate with. I highly reccomend him.

Posted Sep 26, 2017
Michelle B.
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EXCELLENT!! EASY TO UNDERSTAND!!! GREAT TEACHER!

Posted Sep 18, 2017
Lisa
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What an awesome first lesson in Photoshop! Sam knew exactly how to deliver a basic class to us. Signed up for another one tomorrow!

Posted Sep 12, 2017
Brandy A.
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Great class today!

Posted Aug 22, 2017
Maggie
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I'm really enjoying my lessons with Sam, once the technology got straightened out! He's very personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. He's very good at listening and encouraging me to speak and try things even if I'm incorrect. I appreciate the work he puts into making sure I have appropriate homework. I've only had 3 lessons, and I'm already moving right along through the concepts and finding myself thinking about how to say things in Spanish at points in my day. Sam's a great teacher!

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Rusty Z.
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Thanks Sam, I was great!!

Posted Aug 7, 2017
Sarah
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I debated for awhile between teachers, but based on reviews decided to try Sam. I was extremely impressed with how prepared he is, and all the lessons and materials he has ready at his fingertips. He does an excellent job teaching and adjusting on the fly, and has been very flexible and accommodating with my hectic schedule. I felt intimidated going into my first lesson, but by the end felt very comfortable coming back.

Posted Jul 19, 2017
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Posted Jul 19, 2017
hima K.
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Five stars don't justify his commitment and abilities to teach. My son's grades simply shot up and also he developed interest in language in general. Thank you Sam. we miss you! I can't wait for my younger kid to start Spanish at school.
You are undoubtedly the BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER! :):):)

Posted Jun 19, 2017
Kathy N.
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He's awesome!!

Posted May 30, 2017
Ronda
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Sam does a great job. His classes are fun. He is easy to talk with and very encouraging. I enjoy being a part of his classes and learn mucho.

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Armand A.
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Posted Mar 8, 2017
Chris G.
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Genuinely cares about his students and their learning.

Posted Feb 21, 2017
Remi L.
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First lesson, so far so good!

Posted Jan 30, 2017
Shaun S.
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Posted Jan 24, 2017
Mark M.
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Posted Dec 15, 2016
Jennifer
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Sam was awesome! I had a great first lesson! His teaching method is easy to follow and learn from.

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Manuela
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Very well explained. I enjoyed the lesson a lot. Happy to learn more from Sam next week.

Posted Dec 1, 2016
Elizabeth K.
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Posted Nov 27, 2016
Kathy N.
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Sam is awesome! We have a lot of fun! He is patient and knowledgeable. He has a real grasp of Spanish and can pull info right out of his head at the moment!

Posted Oct 30, 2016
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Posted Oct 26, 2016
Daniel R.
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Few things in Life have been as simply easy as becoming a friend with Sam, especially when compared to other teachers. His light-hearted approach makes learning another language as comfortable as it could be. Wether you're looking for tenacious discussion or freshening up on the basic building blocks, Sam's abilities far surpass any previous foreign language class I have taken, which is saying a lot.

Overall, there is no going wrong when investing in Sam. More than a virtual contact, Sam cares about your progress as a student and makes scheduling as easy as it has ever been for me.

Keep it simple and effective; hire Sam.

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Yusuf S.
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Very organized, clear and easy to understand. He is also very approachable if you have any questions unlike some other teachers. Looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Sep 27, 2016
Annette B.
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Sam is a great teacher. He is patient, driven and supply all the tools that is available to connect to your learning styles.. Thanks Sam. If I am getting Spanish anyone else can!!

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Dyana S.
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Sam is a great teacher!! He is so patient during our lessons and he explains every step of the way. I totally feel like I will achieve my goals to have a conversation in Spanish with others in record time because of Sam!! I recommend him to everyone that shows an interest in learning a new language.

Posted Aug 17, 2016
Deborrah O.
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Sam is great!

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Leah A.
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Clear, concise, organized--excellent rapport, positive. Helped me in exactly what I needed. I intend to sign up for more classes with Sam.

Posted Jul 27, 2016
Jeremy S.
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Great teacher. Very fun and interactive.

Posted Jul 24, 2016
Chris Q.
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Sam knows his Abode Photoshop and loves working with it. Great to communicate with. Highly Recommend and would give him 6 stars if it was available.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Dinah Gayton
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Sam is an extremely appreciated trooper!!
Even though we could not work on my lesson face to face today (issues on my end) I had a great lesson! I can tell that Sam is going to be an awesome instructor for me. 😃

Posted Jul 11, 2016
John
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Sam's great! I wasn't prepared and he made the lesson work anyway! Thanks Sam!

Posted Jun 23, 2016
Gloria
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Sam is an awesome natural-born teacher. He explained everything really well and made it seem so easy. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Veronique B.
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Sam is really fun, dynamic, genuine, helpful. He gave me lots of amazing tips that helped me get into the right mind frame when learning Spanish. He is a great teacher.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Chris G.
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Easy to talk to and work with. Organized with a lot of resources for in and out of class.

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Carolyn M.
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This is my first lesson and I am absolutely elated at how much Sam has taught me. I am so appreciative and can't wait for our next class!!

Posted Jun 10, 2016
Juan Pablo
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All I can say is wow! And LA DEE DAH! This young man knows so much at such a young age and I highly suggest you take a lesson with him.

Posted Jun 9, 2016
Toni S.
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Sam is AWESOME!!!....Very welcoming and patience!!!

Posted Jun 8, 2016
Jeremy S.
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happy to see where this goes.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Sharie Q.
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First session with Sam was absolutely wonderful. I had a few issues but Sam willingly accommodated me. I'm excited and looking forward to future sessions.

Posted Jun 6, 2016
Kelly C.
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Sam is an excellent tutor. If you need some private lessons in Photoshop this is money very well invested. I have a very specific project I am working on and Sam showed me tools relevant to me and helped me immensely. He listened, understood and made good use of the time. I'm sure I will be calling in for more help and lessons as I need them! Thankyou Sam!!

Posted Jun 3, 2016
Amber Q.
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Thoroughly enjoyed our session. He is very organized and explains everything in great detail.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
Timothy Y.
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It was an awesome lesson!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Fredric J.
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So far so good....picking up pretty good

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Neha R.
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It was great experience and Sam is really good instructor and I am waiting for next class.Hasta Pronto

Posted May 31, 2016
Dyana S.
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Sam is the BEST!! He understood my level of experience with the language immediately and presented his instruction based on that level. He has assigned homework so that I can practice until our next session.

I am very happy with Sam and look forward to our next class. I have posted a pic of me and my beautiful niece who is very excited that I am learning Spanish!

Dyana Santangelo

Posted May 26, 2016
mary lou
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Sam was easily able to adapt to my pace and is extremely thorough. Can't wait for the next session. :)

Posted May 12, 2016
Kathy N.
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Sam is incredibly patient and very knowledgeable of the Spanish language. He has pre-designed lessons of any area you want to focus on! He personally created all of these lessons for any level of learner. He was very prepared and I was very impressed with his professionalism, grasp of the material, kind and fun personality. (Plus I wanted someone who would give me homework and he did.) Looking forward to continuing to work with him!

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Mene P.
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my first lesson, and my first time doing anything in photoshop, and Sam was amazingly patient with me and supportive. i have confidence in myself for our next lesson to do so mucn more! thank you Sam

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Angel G.
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Sam really helped work around my schedule -- amazing especially because I am sick!

Posted Apr 20, 2016
Angel G.
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Sam really helped work around my schedule -- amazing especially because I am sick!

Posted Apr 20, 2016
Stephanie
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I had to write to tell people about how nice and helpful Sam was. I signed up for an online class and was given great resources to use for on the go and good ideas for challenging your brain in different ways to learn. Thanks Sam!

Posted Mar 21, 2016
Steven
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We just took a "Spanish for Dining Out" class with Sam. I don't have any experience with Spanish, but Sam was patient and I learned a lot!

Posted Mar 17, 2016
Cedric
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Sam really took time with me and listened to my questions. I felt really comfortable. We started speaking Spanish very quickly. I liked his approach!

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Oge O.
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Very very nice. He goes on a good pace.

Posted Feb 23, 2016
Laura Gonzales
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Took my first lesson with Sam today. He did a great job coaching me through the steps.

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Mike
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Sam is an excellent instructor. My son and his friend take his Photoshop and video classes. He is knowledgeable, personable and is patient and understanding with my 12 year old. Sam also has some understanding of photography that he has taught during some of their lessons.
I use Photoshop and Adobe products in my profession, and I've learned a few things that Sam has taught my son.

Posted Jan 26, 2016
Linda D.
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Sam makes learning fun and effective. He will guide you to accomplish your goals and help you become proficient in PH. Sam is a perfect choice as a teacher!

Posted Dec 11, 2015
Pauline L.
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Sam is a flexible teacher. He adjusts to the student's needs and learning style. And he makes eash session fun.:)

Posted Nov 20, 2015
Chad K.
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Good first lesson.

Posted Nov 1, 2015
Tina D.
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Very pleased with first class.

Posted Oct 26, 2015
KATHLEEN
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Sam is quick thinking/brilliant/has the patience of a saint . . . the lessons are so enjoyable!

Posted Oct 21, 2015
Katherine Homan
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First lesson was great - we are off to a good start and I plan to take more lessons from Sam!

Posted Sep 20, 2015
Joyce G.
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Sam is an excellent instructor. He is always on time and prepared for what we will work and learn that day. He is pleasant and patient in the lessons. He is highly recommended.

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Chris G.
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First class...so far so good!

Posted May 12, 2015
Jasmine B.
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Sam is simply the best instructor ever! I have learned so much from him and I enjoyed our online tutoring sessions. My Spanish has definitely improved a ton and he made learning so much fun. He is very professional and approachable with any questions/concerns and I would recommend him highly to anyone wanting to learn or improve their Spanish skills.

Posted Aug 10, 2014
eddie K.
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Sam has been a superstar! Extremely knowledgeable and teaches in a way that's fun and quick to learn. I couldn't have found a better instructor and my Photoshop skills are growing everyday!!..

Posted Aug 5, 2014

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Film Making Instructor
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Incrediflix

Instruct filmmaking summer camps for children between the ages of 7 and 13. Work with students to create a variety of both live action and stop motion videos. Student’s completed projects are are uploaded online upon completion

Education

Spanish & Communication
Sep 2014 - May 2018

Worcester State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Juror's Prize
Feb 2017

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