Born and raised in the lush countryside of southwestern Nigeria, Uche Akobundu holds a PhD in Nutrition and has also trained to become a Registered Dietitian. Uche’s interests range from public health to nutrition and aging, to culinary arts and traditions, foreign languages, international travel and music. Her nutrition and cooking classes are thoughtfully designed to offer opportunities for engagement to students of diverse learning styles, interests, and backgrounds.
Ahmed Atef is a graduate of Punjab Engineering College (Electrical & Electronic Communication) of Punjab University, India. He also holds a Master Degree in education from George Mason University, Virginia. As an educator, Mr. Atef has a variety of working experiences in Fairfax County Public Schools and Arlington Adult Education Center- Arlington Public Schools systems. He has also worked as a network and database administrator in a number of private firms and organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Mr. Atef joined Arlington Adult Education Center on September 2002.
JoAnn Carothers has a Master’s degree in Library Science and completed a course in genealogy offered by the National Geographical Society. She has been doing genealogy for over 20 years and taught genealogy over 9 years.
Carter, Patrick C.
Born and raised in the Washington DC metropolitan area, I knew at an early age that I wanted to “do architecture.” With an interest in residential architecture and design, I completed my undergraduate and Masters of Architecture from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The university has sent me all over North and Central America and Europe. Since 2000, academia and its disjunction with the profession of architecture have always been in the forefront of my interests. I have been teaching first-year design and drafting, as well as spearheading several travel programs. My career is the culmination of 14+ years of experience in residential and boutique retail architecture and design. Some of my recent projects include a 15,000 sq.ft. estate home in Virginia, a glass Conservatory and Greenhouse which was built in Europe, shipped and erected in the US, a $5mil+ addition and renovation of a historic tutor home in Mclean, several small kitchen and bath renovations and additions ranging from contemporary to classical.
After retiring from government service, Dr. Cassatt turned his lifelong passion for photography into a successful second career. He has been taking pictures since high school and learned the basics of photography before anything was automatic. Since dismantling his darkroom he has fully embraced digital technology. He maintains a well-equipped residential studio in Crystal City. He has been teaching with Arlington Community Learning since 2012.
Cecily Corcoran is a certified art teacher and has been teaching in Arlington County and the Adult Education Program since 1996. After attending several art academies in Europe, Cecily returned to the States and received her bachelor’s degree in art from George Mason University. She is currently finishing her Master of Arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. As an award-winning artist, Cecily exhibits her paintings in galleries as well as juried exhibitions. She is a member of the Columbia Pike Artists Studios as well as the Torpedo Factory.
Dave Daly has been the building trades instructor for Alexandria City Schools since 1975. He received his BS in Education and a Master’s in Vocational Education. Dave worked as a home improvement contractor in Chicago and Northern Virginia from 1971-1979.
de León, Mario
Mario H. de León teaches Spanish grammar, Latin American literature, social studies, and ESL for Arlington County. He attended the University of Virginia, has an Associates Degree from Northern Virginia Community College and is a former international civil servant with the OAS and former minister counselor, Embassy of Guatemala to the White House. Mario also is a journalist for Los Tiempos USA Newspaper of Virginia.
Nathan Dotson learned the craft of picture framing at shops in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. A former classroom piano instructor, Nathan works by day as an editor and graphic designer for the federal government. At home, Nathan spends his time framing his collection of vintage advertising art and writing fiction. His novel “Craven Prayers” was published in 2009.
Scott Donelson is a Certified building analyst and envelope professional by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). He is also a home energy consultant and helps homeowner’s make wise choices with windows, HVAC systems, as well as insulation and air sealing during remodeling/ additions/ and new construction. He had been a featured speaker at many home owner association and rotary club events, and he has provided training on behalf of Arlington County government. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and is president of Home Energy Medics, a BPI gold star accredited home performance company and a participant in the NoVA Home Performance with Energy Star Program.
Sue Eisenfeld’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Gettysburg Review, Potomac Review, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Under the Sun, Ars Medica, Virginia Living, Blue Ridge Country, and other publications. Twice, her essays have been listed as Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays. She is the recipient of the 2010 Goldfarb Family Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She holds an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She has been teaching in adult education since 2008.
Laurie Erdman helps busy individuals living with chronic illness, stress or fatigue double or even triple their energy so they can enjoy life again. She overcame multiple sclerosis, fatigue, and chronic stress, and now inspires and educates others to use nutrition and lifestyle changes to create a healthier, more vibrant life. Laurie is Founder and Chief Wellness Hero at Chronic Wellness Coaching and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Frederick, Dawn D.
Dawn D. Frederick graduated from The Catholic University of American where she received her B.M.E. in Choral Education. She has been a professional music educator, soloist, professional chorister, vocal instructor and choral director in the Washington, DC area for eighteen years. Ms. Frederick has studied in London, England where she studied private voice and started her studies of the anatomy and physiology of the voice at the Royal Academy of Music. Ms. Frederick has been a Band Director, Choral Director and Music Theory Instructor for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, and a Choral Director in the Arlington Public Schools and Prince William County. She was the Vocal Instructor for Wolf Trap Performing Arts Education Program, and is the Vocal Instructor at the Madeira School for Girls. Ms. Frederick also has a successful private music studio of voice and piano. Ms. Frederick continues to perform with world class conductors both in the United States and Europe.
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Jill Garzone is a retired Navy officer who has been working with computers since the mid-1980s. While on active duty and also as a Federal civilian, Jill offered many computer-training courses to colleagues. As a retiree, she loves teaching beginning computer courses to those who have been frustrated or anxious about even turning on the machine. The goal of every class is to make the student feel more confident when sitting alone at home, staring at a computer screen and wondering what to do next. Students have come to rely on the clear handouts she provides on each major function she teaches in class.
Lynne Glassman is a certified image consultant, professional color/silhouette analyst, personal shopper and closet surgeon with over fifteen years of experience and expertise in the world of fashion. Lynne applies her doctoral degree in education to teaching men and women how to create their own best personal style. Lynne regularly teaches courses in Washington, DC and provides seminars for national trade associations, law firms, corporations, Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, department stores, and women’s groups, among others. Lynne has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Channel 7 and Channel 8 News. Lynne has also been interviewed by the Washingtonian and Cosmopolitan magazines as well as by the Huffington Post, Washington Woman, Georgetowner and Roll Call newspapers. The “doctor of dress” also consults for the famed Rancho La Puerta, Canyon Ranch and Golden Door Spas as well as for contestants in the Miss America Pageant. Lynne’s clients include men and women of all ages and professions.
Marie has been a cooking instructor for approximately ten years at the Arlington Adult Education Center and also teaches private cooking instruction for individuals or “Cooking Parties” for up to 12-15 people. Marie is the president of MGB Special Events located in Arlington, Virginia. MGB is a private-client based company specializing in all authentic homemade cuisine. Marie is also a professional bartender and enjoys working at parties in Virginia, DC and Maryland. Marie enjoys catering many diverse events anywhere from intimate dinners to parties with 100 guests. Cooking for most of her adult life, she was extremely lucky to have had the best cooking coach in the world: her Mom. Marie is of Sicilian decent where there is no finer fare!
Tom Gutnick is a freelance computer consultant, with decades of experience in information security, web-site design, and just about every other aspect of information technology. His specialty is helping people understand and harness appropriate technology. He has taught everything from junior high science as a Peace Corps volunteer to high-level computer seminars for corporate audiences. In addition to personal technology classes for Arlington Adult Education, he teaches information technology for Northern Virginia Community College.
Andrea Hancock is an active member in the organizing and productivity industry. She has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers since 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors for two terms in her local Washington, DC Chapter. She remains a current member. Andrea loves to blog and speak to audiences with messages that create a comfortable, non-judgmental, open environment opening ideas of life beyond disorganization. Andrea also consults in households across the Washington, DC Metro area helping individuals to create organizing strategies that support their life and work.
Jerry Haines was a radio DJ in several major markets and taught radio and television writing at a small college in Pittsburgh before beginning the practice of law in 1981. He also has been an adjunct professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs of George Washington University. Since 1996, he has been a travel writer and has written and published over 300 different articles and reviews in such publications as The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Newark Star-Ledger, and St. Petersburg Times and various travel websites. He has contributed to the websites TravelBeat.net and Worldhum.com. He is operator of the online radio station, Mom’s Kitchen Radio, which focuses on “forgotten” music of the 1950’s and 60’s. He has been with Arlington Adult Education since 2000.
Michelle is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America 88′. After graduation she worked and studied in Germany for 3 years majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management and working as Demi-Chef Garde Manger for the Hotel Kempinski in Frankfurt. Michelle continued to work in the culinary field for Stouffer’s, Marriott, and Westin hotels. Michelle now works privately for an individual as well free lancing in the special events in Washington D.C. and teaching here in Arlington county adult education.
Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He is a published author and his work can be seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues, as well as in art galleries. Corey finds that nature’s diversity offers boundless opportunities for new images. He approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. Corey has a passion for helping others improve their photography by sharing his knowledge through group and private instruction. He offers workshops and classes on various photography and software topics and conducts workshops in the United States and abroad.
Ms. Hill has been painting nearly all of her life and has taken many workshops and classes from local and nationally known artists. Ms. Hill has 15 years of experience teaching art, and has taught at ACL for 3 years. She teaches two watercolor classes, one of which focuses on learning about fun watercolor techniques. The other is a workshop class for more advanced watercolor students. She teaches an acrylic class on “Painting like Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh.” Besides creating her own art, her passion is having the opportunity to share her skill and knowledge with others.
Janice Holmes has over 15 years of experience in the beauty business. Janice’s background as an educator (holds an M.S. in Secondary Administration) and fashion design and beauty consultant ensure her success in assisting women in looking and feeling their best. Janice provides make-up services as a Licensed Esthetician and Make-Up Artist for weddings and other special occasions. As an Independent Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, she provides beauty and color consultation and gift services.
Diane N. Hunter’s love for sewing began in a Home Economics class as a senior in high school. She went on to graduate from Virginia State University where she earned a Vocational Home Economics Degree. Diane is a recently retired teacher from Arlington County Public Schools. She has been an instructor in the Arlington County evening program for the past few years, where she has served as the Beginning Sewing Class teacher, as well has taught more advanced sewing classes. She also gives instructions on the purchase, use and care of the sewing machine. She makes sewing fun!!!
Dottie Jacobsen, whose love for gardening and herbs started at home in her early childhood, brings to her classes hands-on experience working for the last 14 years for a local greenhouse. Dottie consults on herb growing, landscape design, and has given numerous lectures at various garden clubs in the Washington area on growing and using herbs, as well as other topics related to urban gardening.
Les Jackson teaches classes on Public Speaking, Automotive Technology and Home Maintenance. He is Co-Host on the nationally syndicated weekly automotive radio show, “Cruise Control,” and consults as an expert witness in vehicle crash, lemon law and associated cases in the Virginia court system. He also teaches AARP safe driving courses and has outside speaking engagements throughout the year.
With his background in mechanical engineering and physics and woodworking/electrical skills, Mr. Jackson has renovated several houses and restored a number of classic cars over the years. He brings his experience and enthusiasm to the courses he teaches.
Jewell, Rebekah Lin
Rebekah was raised in Mainland China and Taiwan by an accomplished cook. She has over 25 years of experience teaching Chinese cooking. Rebekah honed her skills in Okinawa in the 1970s. Rebekah teaches all styles of Chinese cooking and infuses her lessons with cultural anecdotes, helpful tips, and plenty of humor. In addition to teaching at Arlington Adult education, she has taught with the Fairfax County Adult Education program, the Northern Virginia Community College extension program, Sur La Table Cooking School and L’Academie de Cuisine.
Jozset holds a B.A. and M.A in German and a minor in Russian from Howard University in Washington, DC. She has taught German, Spanish, and ESL classes. She traveled extensively abroad as a Foreign Service Officer. Ms. Johnson is currently teaching GED Preparation and Travel German classes with the Arlington Adult Education Program.
Sukruye Johnson has loved the art of cooking since she was a child growing up in Turkey. She also loves gardening, children, and animals. Now she teaches exotic culinary courses all over Maryland and at Arlington Community Learning. Her popular plates are always made with wholesome, healthy ingredients. Many of her dishes are made with fresh vegetables and olive oil, making them nutritious and delicious. If you have an interest in learning how to cook healthy Middle Eastern food, register for this delightful course.
Brock Jolly graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Government and Foreign Affairs. After graduation, Brock joined John Hancock as a Representative of The Signator Financial Network. He specialized for one year in long-term care and retirement planning before coming to Capitol Financial Partners in 2001. He is an experienced financial representative, specializing in retirement planning, investments, and disability protection. He is a member of the District of Columbia and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, as well as the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Kim Joy has been a stained glass artist and teacher since 1982. Her works are in private and public collections worldwide. Kim has been working as a bead artist, since 2001. As an instructor, she shares her love for stained glass and jewelry making and helps other artists see their potential. She belongs to National Capital Art Glass Guild, Del Ray Artisans and Precious Metal and Clay Guild. Her work can be found at Del Ray Artisans in Del Ray, VA, Local Colour LLC in Alexandria, VA and at local craft shows.
John has 20 years’ experience explaining concepts of technology to both specialists and wide audiences. He has taught several hundred courses on four continents and has presented numerous lectures at professional programmers’ conferences. From 1995 to 2005 he wrote six books on the techniques of integrating business data into web sites. His current technology interests include teaching Visual Basic as an introduction to programming, advanced features of Excel, embedded micro controller systems and artificial intelligence in small-scale robotics. Away from the computer he spends time swimming, sailing, drumming and objecting to the use of statistics to lie.
Kehoe, Johanna C.
Asa Financial Advisor and Vice President, Investments with Raymond James and Associates, Inc. and a thirty year veteran in the Financial Services Industry,I provide personalized financial planning and investment management to help individuals, businesses and institutions build and preserve long term wealth. I received my BA from Georgetown University in 1978 and my MBA from George Mason University in 1994. I attended the College for Financial Planners where I received my Certified Financial Planner(CFP) designation in 1990. In January1998 I completed certification as an Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) from the Investment Management Consultant Association in association with The Wharton School of Business. I lecture on investment and financial topics for the Arlington County Public Schools and other Arlington County Service Centers. I have served on the boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Washington Chapter, Tyson Corner Plan and Learn Children’s Centers.
For 20+ years, Linda Klinger has been crafting award-winning stories, content, blogs, and marketing collateral on a variety of topics, from open data to abandoned castles. She’s written website articles for Booz Allen Hamilton; managed documentation for IBM; and taught business and writing classes at the Smithsonian, Writer’s Center, and George Washington University. She edited statistical guides for the World Bank and “Shark Week” promotions for Discovery Networks. She authored 15 books, mostly on graphic design. She also sold motorcycles out of a condemned warehouse to people who couldn’t pay for them; maybe someday she’ll write about that.
Timothy Kottcamp has a Master’s degree in elementary education and Virginia Teaching Certification. He has eight years combined experience in the subjects of math, science, and physical education which he has taught to Kindergarten through sixth grade students in both public and private settings. He worked with a learning disabled population with dyslexia. He currently performs as a professional magician in the Greater Washington area and has been an instructor of young students in the “Art of Magic” for over twenty years. This program has been implemented into numerous after-school programs, camps and inter-sessions throughout the tri-state area.
Ellen recently retired from 23 years of Federal service and 12 years in the private sector as a professional writer. In parallel, she has consulted on resumes and essays for private and public sectors, with a high success rate. She wrote the first brochure on computer careers to distribute at Epcot Center. At the same time, she studied Chinese and Korean martial arts and has developed a practical self-defense class for women that she has presented in companies and through community education programs. She believes that awareness and preparation are fundamental to not being a victim.
Mr. Little is a graduate of Washington Lee High School and has been in the automotive business for 30 years. Over the course of this time, he has been an Automotive Technician, Service Advisor, and Service Director. He has been ASE Master Certified in automotive repair and is a Certified Service Director for General Motors, Lexus, and Volvo. Mr. Little has an A.A.S. Degree in Automotive Technology and is certified in Adult First Aid/CPR/AED.
Andy Livingston has over 20 years of sales, business development, marketing and technical experience in the commercial, consumer and government markets. He enjoys helping students get up to speed with technology to help them in their everyday life be more connected to their family, friends and community. He has the following qualifications: DCJS Certified (Department of Justice – electronic security); Department of Defense Secret Clearance; Hewlett Packard University certified in desktop/network; Sonitrol Security University certified in security system design; AT&T Wireless Management Training Program; and CompTIA A+ through FCPS ELearnIT program.
In a charming blend of strokes, Genevieve Lynn infuses a modern flair into the time-honored culture of Chinese brush painting. She uses traditional tools of rice paper, ink stick, ink stone and bamboo brushes. A Chinese-American, she was awarded a Certificate in Drawing & Painting from the Corcoran School of Art. Studies include master workshops with Chinese brush painters. Lynn won a grant in 2004 for the “Chinese Creatures, Featuring the 12 Zodiac Animals” exhibition in Arlington, Va. In 2010, a “Tall Bamboo Trunk” artwork won an Honorable Mention award in the Art in City Hall show in Alexandria, Va.
Abigail Martin began experimenting with cooking and baking upon receiving an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas one year as a young child. As an adult, she has continued dabbling in the culinary arts as a hobby, catering parties for friends and family, repaying pet-sitters with pies, and feeding co-workers with the results of weekend baking sprees. When her sister was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease in 2005, she took on the new challenge of gluten-free cooking and baking, and hasn’t looked back since. She is excited to share her knowledge and to learn from the experiences of others.
Jessica has been in the government affairs field for over fifteen years where black-ties, charity events and fundraising breakfast, lunches, and dinners are the norm. She is certified by the Protocol School of Washington in business etiquette and international protocol and believes that dining etiquette is an essential skill for everyone and good manners should not be saved for special occasions.
Sushmita Mazumdar received her BFA from Bombay University, India. After a twenty-year career in advertising, she started writing stories for her children and made the stories into unique handmade storybooks. As an artist and writer she explores how words can be prompts for art and how art inspires writing. Her artwork has been shown in museums, libraries, and galleries in the metro DC area. She has taught book arts at the Smithsonian museums, Glen Echo Park, and Montpelier Arts Center. In 2013 she opened a studio in Arlington, Studio Pause, where she works and invites the community to explore creativity and celebrate community.
Dr. McCarthy is active as a Music Director, Guest Conductor, Horn Player, and Music Educator in the Northern Virginia area. She served as the Music Director of the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2012, the Loudoun Symphony String Workshop from 2005-2008 and has guest conducted orchestras in Virginia, Louisiana and California.
She brings with her a wealth of knowledge as a Conductor of Orchestras, Bands, Music Theater, and Opera, and has worked with ensembles from youth to professional levels. Among her conducting teachers are Leon Gregorian, Douglas Morrison, Grant Cooper and Mark Fonder. She has had additional training with Kirk Trevor, Marius Smolji, Donald Thulean, Neil Varon, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane and Adrian Gnam.
Dr. McCarthy has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting and French Horn Performance from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.
McElvany Coonce, Jane
Jane McElvany has been teaching in Arlington County for 38 years and has been with the Adult Education Program for 31 years. She was awarded her Bachelor’s degree from High Point University and did her graduate work at the University of Virginia. As an artist, Jane works in pastel and in oil paints, but also does portrait sculptures and figures. Her works are held by the National Institute of Health and by private collectors. Her Key Bridge painting appeared on the cover of the Washington Post Magazine.
Roger Mola is a freelance writer and photographer whose first publishing experience was with Arlington area newspapers. He has since sold hundreds of national news, travel and technical works. Roger now specializes in the aviation industry and his publishing work has shifted online to photo essays and video. His business is based in Arlington but he is a frequent world traveler.
Ms. Fatima Moghrabi “Carioca” has been sharing her love for teaching since her early years in Brazil as a teacher and a nurse. Living in different countries and traveling around the world has given her the tools to help students learn different languages and cultures. Teaching students from different cultures and backgrounds in Brazil, several other countries, and here in the US has provided her with the tools to promote curiosity and fun in the classroom to help students learn the Brazilian language and culture.
Carmelita Montesa has been teaching cake baking and decorating classes at Arlington Adult Education since 1997. She has many years of experience in cake baking and decorating. To further pursue her interest, she attended the Wilton School of Decorating and Confectionery Arts in Chicago, Illinois, as well as in other schools throughout the United States. As a member of the International Cake Exploration Societe (ICES), she attends annual conventions to keep abreast of the latest techniques in the field. She also teaches Tagalog, the Philippine language. From institutions in Manila, Philippines, she earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Languages.
Mary Moore was taught Sushi Preparation at Waipahu High School in Honolulu Hawaii. She has always been familiar with Japanese Cuisine in her home country of Taiwan where she was during the Japanese occupation. She started teaching sushi in 2002 through Fairfax County Adult Education. In 2004 she also began teaching Sushi with Arlington County Adult Education. Mary also taught Sushi classes at Sur La Table in the early 2000’s. Currently she teaches Sushi and Japanese cuisine at both counties as well as private lessons.
Marta M. Morrissey taught French for eleven years for the Fairfax County Public Schools and has been teaching the French Language for Arlington Adult Education since 1984. Italian by birth, she learned French as a young child and went on with her studies at a French Lycee, where she received her Baccalaureat.
Allen Muchnick has been teaching bicycle maintenance and practical bicycling classes, throughout the Washington area, for nearly 20 years. An accomplished transportation, fast recreational, and endurance cyclist, Allen has been fully certified as a bicycling instructor by the League of American Bicyclists since 1996. In addition to his many teaching assignments and work as an expert witness on bicycling matters, Allen has been a leading bicycling and transportation-reform activist at the local, regional, and statewide levels.
Murphy, Diane G.
With over 30 years experience as a real estate broker, Diane demonstrates expertise, experience and education that is highly regarded by her clients. As an Associate Broker with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, she is licensed in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Serving both buyers and sellers, she was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as a “Top Producing Agent” Her specialties include: Historic Properties (she has a Ph.D. in American Studies), First time buyers, Over 55 Housing Transitions and a Veterans Certified Specialist. A sponsor of many non-profit organizations and very active in her community, she would be honored to serve you too!
Carmen Elena Oatway is an attorney who graduated magna cum laude from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where she was also an Assistant Professor. Prior to coming to the U.S., her legal practices included civil litigation and various national security matters. She also worked part-time as a Spanish instructor at CAMLEX language school in Mexico City. In Washington, D.C. she works with organizations involved with the Spanish-speaking community and educational exchange, including translation projects for a Georgetown University program entitled “Why Try” to be shared with Latin American students. Currently, she teaches Advanced Spanish at the Arlington Adult Education Center, as well as private tutoring.
Mrs. Oh pursued her passion for music at a young age, first at the Ewha Music College in Korea and then, once coming to the United States at the Peabody Conservatory in Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She has performed in numerous recitals and concerts throughout her life. While still performing, she obtained Master’s Degree in Music Education Johns Hopkins. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, Virginia Music Teachers Association, she stays in the contact of main stream of music. She has taught piano over 30 years. She makes learning easy and enjoyable.
Amy Ordoveza has exhibited her paintings and drawings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Tuan Pham is a life-long mindfulness meditation practitioner and an award-winning amateur photographer. He learned photography largely by reading books and magazines, along with occasional workshops on creative vision with Joseph Miller and Freeman Patterson, among others. He also draws inspiration from the works of Zen Master John Daido Roshi, French impressionist painter Claude Monet, and Japanese haiku Master Matsuo Basho. Tuan counts himself among a handful of people in America to have introduced mindfulness meditation to conflict resolution in 1990s and digital photography now.
Stanton Phillips is an adoption attorney who has practiced adoption law for 30 years. He has handled 3,000 successful adoptions from just about every state and more than 65 countries. Stan helped draft the 1995 and 2006 major rewrites to Virginia’s adoption laws. He has contributed to 15 books on adoption law. His goal is to educate you so you can embark on the right path for your goals.
June Prakash has over 5 years of experience cooking and providing instruction to culinary students, and also an extensive knowledge of wine. June’s specialties are baking and ethnic food preparation, including Indian, Thai, and Moroccan foods. When not teaching for Arlington County, June enjoys small event planning and catering, and providing private cooking classes.
Chris is a self-taught DJ who began his musical journey spinning vinyl records in 2001. He enjoys playing Chicago House, Brazilian drum and bass, UK garage, and underground hip-hop. Chris picked up the guitar in 2009 and is a graduate of both the Guitar I and Guitar II classes. His influences include 90’s alternative rock, acoustic, blues / blues rock, and folk. Chris lives in Arlington, VA and has been teaching Guitar I for Arlington Adult Education since 2015.
Arthur Roach holds a degree in English and Theatre from The College of William & Mary and has pursued graduate studies in Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary at American University. With vast experience in business writing and providing counsel for new non-profit organizations, he has been a non-profit fundraising professional for 25 years. He is a former teacher of English and Theatre in York County (VA) Public Schools. As a classroom instructor, he brings experience with the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as a hands-on experience with the stage as both an actor and director.
Jason Rodriguez is an Eisner and Harvey award nominated writer and editor living in Arlington, VA. His work has been published by Random House, Dark Horse Comics,and several small publishers. He is currently editing three anthologies for Fulcrum Publishing that focus on unconventional narratives from colonial America and is authoring a collection of Twilight Zone-inspired short stories for young adults with Rosarium Publishing. On any given evening you can find Jason on a street corner, staring into the future.
Ms. Ruble holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in Humanities and Communication. She is a former college instructor in Speech and Human Communication. The APS adult education communication courses that she teaches include Piano I and II, Great Works in Art History, English Pronunciation, Power Point, World Heritage sites and Sacred Sites. All courses are studies in Human Communication. For twenty years, she has provided students with private piano instruction. A former professional freelance writer, she has published in both hardcopy and online. She is a professional band singer of the Great American swing era for the Washington DC metro area. Ms. Ruble finds peaceful moments to draw and paint with charcoals, pastels and oils.
Russell Lewin, Jean
Jean Russell is a native Arlingtonian and a published poet, story writer, and novelist. She is a member of the National League of American Penwoman, The Poetry Society of Virginia, and Poets Anonymous (a diverse local group which encourages people to express themselves through writing). Jean recently discovered a group of Poets Anonymous in England and is now in the process of editing a book of poems from members of both the American and United Kingdom groups. Jean will be participating in International Poets and Painters collaboration with artists in the United Kingdom this year.
Greg Sales has performed around the DC area for years with such acts as Harmless Prank, Black Cracker, Ted Hovis Band, Hate the Toy, Soul Kitty 6, Members Only, and in the Boston area with Love Drive and Pop Filter. His influences range from hard-edged rock to power pop to fusion jazz. He is an advocate for the minimalist approach toward achieving full and dynamic band sound. Besides his full time day job, Greg also teaches guitar classes for adult education programs.
Kami is a multilingual management consultant and foreign affairs professional passionate about foreign languages. She has worked as a federal language consultant for the Department of Defense regarding French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, and as linguist contractor. Kami has traveled extensively and has experience working and studying in EMEA and Sub- Sahara Africa. Kami is a native level French and Italian speaker with advanced degrees in both French and Italian Language and Literature. Kami holds a MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.
Josie Sarmiento was born in Venezuela where she attended college and earned her bachelors in Spanish. She taught at several language schools before coming to the United States. She has also received an associate degree from NOVA. Her teaching experience includes all levels and all ages. She has taught Spanish for the Oakridge Elementary School After School Enrichment program and was a regular substitute for the Spanish for Educators program. Josie has been teaching Spanish for Arlington Adult Education since 1993.
Ms. Sawyer graduated from Howard University with sociology degree. She is the founder and president of P.E.R.K. Consulting, a nonprofit and small business consulting firm in Beltsville, Maryland. She facilitates 60 personal and professional development workshops each year. She is also an avid writer whose first full-length novel, The Long Way Home, was published in January 2015. She holds several leadership positions in the community, including executive board member of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, and Project Dream Big. For her work as an entrepreneur, she has been featured in Under30CEO, AfroElle Magazine, WKYS radio, and Afrikan Post newspaper.
Poet, novelist, and retired civil servant, Michael Schaffner has a life-long interest in the American civil war. To this subject, he brings insights from three decades as a federal manager and ten years experience as a re-enactor in many roles and ranks, both blue and gray. Publications include the novel War Boys , the collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels, poems in Shenandoah , Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Agni, Poetry Ireland, and articles in Columbia’s Torch, Camp Chase Gazette, and the Civil War Memory Blog. He lives in Arlington with his wife Dottie Jacobsen and several precocious pugs.
Mr. Shannon is a long time resident of Northern Virginia, earning his undergraduate degree from George Mason University before receiving his law degree from the University of Miami, FL. He has focused his practice on representation of clients concerning issues related to landlord/tenant law, Community Associations, debt collection/defense, foreclosure/real estate, contract drafting/disputes and a wide range of other civil issues. In addition to teaching for Arlington Community Learning, Mr. Shannon is a frequent speaker on Landlord/Tenant law and Community Association Law.
Mrs. Siddique is deeply passionate about Art, which began with her Master in Fine Arts. She has been working 20+ years in Arlington County Public School, where she teaches art not only as her career but as a way of life. She is an active member of National Education Association and is certified in Art Education. She has been teaching sculpture and slab construction for the past three years in adult education. Working in studio settings is her ideal environment, as it helps students’ creativity flourish. With each year her passion grows and she continues sharing her vast knowledge and experience.
Ms. Song’s interest in the Arts led her to earn a Master’s of Arts in Piano from the Queens Music School in New York. Later, in her career as an Asian Department liaison in New York, she found her true passion was interpretation and teaching. She exceeded expectations as a Chinese interpreter for foreign companies of Korea, Singapore, Macao and Taiwan. Ms. Song spent three years as a volunteer interpreter for Korean/English and Chinese/English in New York and five years teaching both Korean and Chinese at U.S. Tae-Kwon-Do College in Arlington, Virginia.
Alexander Soroko is a Consulting Attorney with an Arlington solo practice in elder, disability, and education law. He is a Virginia Supreme Court Guardian ad litem, and is licensed by the Virginia State Bar to practice before all Commonwealth Courts. He is also authorized to practice in the Federal Courts of the U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia – Alexandria, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Arlington and Fairfax Bar Associations. His J.D. degree is from Catholic University. He has taught the Wills in Virginia class since 2012.
Donato is an Opera singer, Recording artist, Opera teacher, Director of the Cantanti Singing Ensemble, and a TV producer of musical shows. His passion for singing Opera and Italian songs was sparked by his father, a native born Italian, who sang Italian Opera and Italian Folk Songs made famous by Enrico Caruso, the world famous Operatic Tenor. Throughout Donato’s life, singing has been an integral part of living and enjoying the “good life”. He is a frequent performer in the Washington/Baltimore area, singing with various opera companies and his Cantanti Singing Ensemble.
Teaching Opera Appreciation courses is an important part of his opera life. He enjoys sharing opera with students at the Arlington Public School Adult Program and at Montgomery College’s Lifelong Learning Institute. He teaches four courses:  Opera History,  Elements of Opera Performance and Opera Masterpieces,  Opera Masterpieces and  Opera Divas.
Patricia Stanley is a graduate of Temple University and is a resident of Arlington. She has over 23 years teaching experience, of which 18 has been with the Arlington Adult Education program. She has taught and served as Information Technology Department head at various propriety schools. She is dedicated to preparing, encouraging, and motivating students by keeping them up to date regarding the world of technology, as it relates to real life situations and in the workplace. She can type over 150 words per minute.
Arthur Stein has 20 years experience helping individuals plan for and meet their financial goals using financial planning, investment management, insurance, estate and retirement planning. He is a Certified Financial Planner®, licensed life and annuity broker and member of the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners. Arthur is an adjunct professor at Montgomery College, where he teaches courses on financial planning and investing. He is frequently interviewed on the radio and by print journalists.
Prior to his career in financial planning, Arthur ran the foreign aid program of the Government of Botswana, was the first full-time staff economist for the House Ways and Means Committee, taught at Murdoch University in Australia and ran his own business. He holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
“Roberto” Stoss was born in a small Adriatic coastal town in central Italy. He moved to northern Virginia at the age of 6 weeks. Later, he lived in Naples, Italy for almost 5 years, beginning at the age of eight. He has taught Italian for Arlington Adult Education for 11 years.
McKenna Stenson is excited to serve as the director of the Arlington Community Chorus. Currently, she teaches choir at Herndon Middle School in Fairfax County Virginia. The program reaches over 150 students. She is passionate about making music accessible and prominent in the lives of students and their families. McKenna is a graduate of Ohio State University where she completed dual degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Throughout her undergraduate degrees she performed roles with Opera New Edge Opera, Ohio State Opera and Dayton Opera. McKenna performs professionally in the Washington D.C. area as a mezzo-soprano with the quartet “Words and Music.”
Maki Takamatsu was born and raised in Japan. She holds a master’s degree in Economics. For seven years, before moving to Arlington in 2013, she worked for a Human Resource company in Japan where she taught Japanese and business protocol to non-native speakers. Cultural exchange is her life’s work. She loves traveling within the US and abroad. Ms. Takamatsu started teaching Japanese for Arlington Community Learning in 2015.
Engin Tanis began his music studies as a child at the Bilkent University Conservatory of Music in Anakara, Turkey. He got his first guitar at the age of 12 and was playing electric bass by the time he was 18. Engin has focused on Flamenco, Rumba style, but has also performed rock, funk, and other contemporary styles with musicians in the U.S. and in Turkey. Most recently, Engin undertook intense study with world renowned bassists such as Victor Wooten, Dave Welsch, and Chuck Rainey. In addition to teaching guitar and electric bass at Arlington Adult Education Center, Engin has also been giving private lessons since 2000. Check out his blog http://engintanis.wordpress.com/community-jam/
Jeannette Twomey is a Virginia-certified mediator who specializes in difficult family conversations. For more than twenty years, she has worked as a neutral third party, helping individuals work together to clarify issues, plan for the future, and resolve conflict. Her meeting facilitation skills enhance clients’ communication and decision-making. Jeannette founded Mediate Virginia, LLC, to improve difficult conversations, using a variety of methods, including facilitation, mediation, and coaching. She regularly teaches courses and workshops about collaborative problem-solving. Jeannette taught negotiation and mediation at American University’s Washington College of Law for ten years and has a rich reservoir of knowledge for customizing client services. A leader in Virginia’s mediation field, Jeannette received the 2014 Distinguished Mediator Award from the Virginia Mediation Network and the 1994 Mediator of the Year Award from Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Her experience extends from facilitating family meetings about estate plans to leading post-9/11 dialogue groups on the subject of cultural awareness. Jeannette is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Virginia Mediation Network, and the National Eldercare Mediator Network. She mediates court-referred cases and facilitates privately referred family meetings. Her undergraduate degree is from Hollins University and her law degree, from The American University’s Washington College of Law.
Andrea V. Uravitch, a graduate of the Cleveland Art Institute, is an award winning sculptor and photographer who has been exhibiting her work nationally in galleries and museums for over 25 years. She has been teaching children, teenagers and adults photography for 12 years in Arlington County.
Catherine has been a successful home entertaining hostess for over thirty years and her entertaining philosophy is that if you don’t make it special, no one else will. In addition to inheriting her gracious hostess skills from her mother, Catherine is also certified by the International School of Protocol to teach etiquette.
Dale Winchell is a full time automotive instructor at the Arlington Career Center. He holds an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. He is ASE Master Certified and also Advanced Engine Performance (L1) Certified. He has 28 years of experience in the automotive industry working at JKJ/Koons Chevrolet Chrysler as an Intern, Technician, and then Shop Foreman.
Dagmar Waters started out as a Virginia high school teacher for German and French and went on to teach diplomats, serve as tester, arrange international meetings, and take on assignments as translator and interpreter. Having had experience with functional German, Mrs. Waters teaches beginning students how to survive with geographical and in-country knowledge, as well as communicating basic requests.
Atsushi Yuzawa is an international business consultant helping American and Japanese companies overcome cultural barriers for effective global communication and operations. He spent more than 13 years with a real-time global financial news service as a reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and marketing director. During those years, he followed closely the interaction of global financial markets and government policies, managed culturally diverse teams of journalists in eleven countries, and coordinated global product-development projects. He has traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Russia, as well as North America.
Norman Zalfa is a Professional Organizer who motivates and teaches individuals and families to identify, locate and record all their personal and business estate information, assets and documents. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. He has spent most of his working career in the industrial security and law enforcement fields. Assisting others during difficult situations has developed his skills and knowledge to help individuals prepare for the unforeseen emergencies in life. For about 35 years he has lived and worked in numerous foreign countries with. From 1974 -1992, he was employed in Brussels, Belgium as the Director of Security for ITT Europe Corporation, and then for DHL Corporation. After returning to the United States in 1992, he created Organize Your Estate, Inc. He specializes in giving employee-training sessions at corporate organizations about the neglected part of estate planning.
Dr. Zambrano for 38 years taught at Gallaudet University, the only college for the Deaf to award a Liberal Arts degree. Retired, he now provides interpreting services for Arlington County and churches in the area. He has introduced children and adults to the world of the Deaf and taught them to use American Sign Language to communicate in it.