I have been a fitness fanatic my entire life. Growing up, I played football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Out of high school, I was recruited to play both soccer and baseball. I decided to accept the baseball scholarship, specializing as a pitcher during college. My love of fitness and sports led me to pursue a career as a Physical Education / Health teacher & coach. Over the past 8 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching some amazing students in the classroom. Currently I teach 3 year olds (PK3) - 5th grade students for DC Public Schools. During this time I have also coached soccer,
boys & girls basketball, baseball, and softball teams. I have conducted numerous 1-1 sessions with student athletes focusing on their strengths and areas for growth. The past 3 years, I have coached Crossfit classes in Arlington, VA.
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For academic tutoring, please send me your latest quizzes/homework or study guides so I can prepare for your specific needs.
For guitar lessons, please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.
For private wrestling training, I am able to come to any training facility you have access to that is within my range of travel. The minimum requirement is a 10x10 mat space.
Academics -- Experienced in tutoring reading comprehension, vocabulary, mathematics (algebra, geometry), history, geography, international relations, biology, French, Farsi, or SAT Prep.
I have a Masters Degree in Global Communication from George Washington University, having graduated with a 3.75 GPA. Fluent in English, French and Farsi (reading and writing), semi-fluent in Spanish. I also have a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from North Carolina State University, graduating Cum Laude with a 3.6 GPA.
Guitar -- 15 years experience playing, 3 years experience teaching with Guitars not Guns youth charity, and 9 years private instruction experience. Available to teach beginner to intermediate guitar players of all ages. Can teach beginner to advanced music theory. I am a great music teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into blues, soul, funk, hip hop, R&B, classic rock, folk, pop, reggae, or metal.
Wrestling -- Collegiate D1 125 pound Varsity Starter at North Carolina State University (12-12), 2x Captain and State Qualifier Green Hope High School in North Carolina (107-24). 9 years of coaching experience in a group setting with all ages, 7 years private lessons experience with ages 9-18. Excellent with young, committed wrestlers seeking to grow to the next level no matter their experience level.
My passion is and always has been sharing my the disciplines I've committed myself to with people.
I am a scholar, athlete, and musician. My focus in academics and athletics paved the road to my professional career, with music being the first discipline I set my mind to. Commitment to these disciplines have taught me the key skills that have helped me succeed and make it to this point in my life: focus, dedication, and a thirst for learning. These three qualities trump any natural talent anyone claims to have.
A link to a single release with my former band, DC Psychadelic/Folk group Color in Numbers:
Pedram is a fantastic guitar teacher and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their playing and their understanding of music.
Pedram's lessons combine practical, concrete guitar-playing advice with more advanced instruction on music theory. Together, these have made me a much stronger performer. He's also a really friendly and fun guy. I think he's a great teacher for beginners, intermediates, and experienced players alike.
Sarah March 3, 2016
Pedram is a fantastic and inspiring teacher. His easy way of explaining chord structures gives me hope that I will not just be able to play along with tabs, but also improvise on my own very soon. I always feel energized and confident after an hour with Pedram, and the training exercises he gives me to practice are really challenging, but skill-building as well.
Definitely hire Pedram if you want to learn guitar like a master!
I currently have 28 piano/music students that I teach weekly. Both the students and I enjoy the piano lessons very much, and I am looking to teach it full-time. I have a natural way of communicating and teaching music and also make the experience very unique as I incorporate my own listening exercises, piano games, and reading techniques that help speed up the skill of playing piano. Children learn quickly with me and the parents have been the best with recommending me to their family and/or neighbors and becoming piano students themselves! Thank you for that! Piano is fun, therapeutic, and ac
ademic. Every year I have a music recital, where my students perform pieces that they have been working on. Most times, my students perform on their own, but we also have groups that perform together. This is a very special time for all of us. When you become my student, you join a music community.
Some of my music history include: A general music reading course in college I also have 7 plus years in piano lessons, 2 years in violin, and 3 plus years in choir, voice, and sight reading. I also taught myself how to play guitar as a teenager.
For Health and Fitness: I've been a personal trainer and I have a Master of Science in Nutrition and Physical Activity. There are key specifics with trying to body build or weight loss that involve both exercise and eating habits. With my experience in training, I know I can help anyone get to their max potential in their goals. I love teaching health and breaking down the science so my students understand how the body works.
Currently, I teach 7 courses throughout the semester as a PE college professor. I love my work and love sharing my passion for health to the next generation. I'm a very passionate person and love to motivate youth into finding and making their dreams a reality.
Keerthi March 28, 2016
Classical Piano ·
Nicole is teaching my 6 yr old beginner. She is really good and patient with her. My daughter loves practicing her lessons to get her stickers. We like the way she approaches each lessons. I would definitely recommend her to my friends.
I have been providing tennis lessons, both private and group, for more than 25 years. I have extensive experience teaching players of all ages and skill levels. During my time as a certified tennis instructor, I have served as a teaching pro for the Ft. Washington Pool and Tennis Association (MD), Washington Tennis Services International, City of Falls Church (VA), Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and as an independent private instructor. Over the years, I have directed summer tennis camps and served as both a men’s and juniors’ team coach through the Greater Washington
Tennis Association, National Junior Tennis League and First Serve Tennis Academy. Although I specialize in and especially enjoy teaching beginner and intermediate players of all ages, I can teach players at all skill levels, including those with special needs. I live in Alexandria, VA, but I conduct lessons throughout the Northern Virginia area.
I have always been active. I was a baseball athlete in school, and have been involved with various fitness and sports activities during my adult years. I have been a Personal Trainer, and swimming instructor for over 5 years. I really enjoy helping people stay fit and in good health, and helping kids learn to swim and be safe in water is fun and makes me feel great.
Tiffany October 20, 2016
Personal Training ·
My experience training with Don is a five star review! Dons positivity and attitude towards health and fitness carries over to all aspects of the work out with him. Don is very knowledgable! When working out with Don you are more than just a client, you are an athlete and a friend. Definitely don't miss a chance to workout with him!
Thanks Don !
Angie M. September 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I purchased the lessons for a friend. She was pleased with her first meeting.