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Boukhris, Loubna
A native of Fes, Morocco, Ms. Boukhris received a PhD in Material Sciences from the University of Nantes, France. As an IT engineer working in Paris, she became an Oracle and programming languages teacher. After moving to the US, Ms. Boukhris joined the Arlington Adult Education Team as a French Instructor. Since 2010, she has provided many computer classes including, SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript. She enjoys the opportunity to meet people with many cultural backgrounds as she has done so throughout her life.


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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.

Cassatt, Jim
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.

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Daly, Dave
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.

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Gutnick, Tom
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.

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Haines, Jerry
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 and 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.

Hill, Sandra
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.

Hunter, Diane

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!!!

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Inglese, Chris

Mr. Inglese is a Certified Public Accountant in McLean, Virginia, with over 35 years of professional experience with the international accounting firm of Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross & Co) and his own firm, Christopher J. Inglese, P.C. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Taxation (from the American University) and a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce – Accounting (from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce). A member of the American Institute of CPAs and the VA Society of CPAs. Mr. Inglese has authored “Tax Strategies for the One-Person Business”, “Day Trader Tax Guide”, and “Tax Checkup for S Corporation Owners”


Jackson, Les
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.

Johnson, Karen
Karen Johnson, Co-Principal of the Chesapeake Orchestra, and formerly Principal Flutist of the Washington Bach Consort, combines instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound and a poetic sensibility in her distinctive and memorable performances. She has performed at the Alba, Italy, International Music Festival, the Bethlehem Bach Festival and others. And her recital venues include the Kennedy Center, the River Concert Series (in MD), the National Gallery of Art and the Washington National Cathedral. Karen is a winner of numerous competitions and awards, including the Individual Artist Award of the Maryland State Arts Council.  She is currently on the faculties of the Levine School of Music and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as well as the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel.  She is also an active participant in the “Bach to School” music outreach program of the Washington Bach Consort.   Karen is very interested in developing and teaching new classes and seminars.  Courses she has designed include: Performing With Heart (to deal with performance anxiety); Meditation for Fearless Performance, How to be a Rock Star Flutist and Flute Boot Camp 101.

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Kauffman, John
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.

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Law, Ellen
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.

Livingston, Andy
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.

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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.

Mola, Roger
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.

Moghrabi, Fatima
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.

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!

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Ordoveza, Amy

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Phillips, Stanton
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.

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Randolph, Charles

Charles over 10 years experience as an Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC) for Arlington Public Schools. During that time, Charles has worked directly with students, teachers and administration to infuse 21st century Instructional Technology/STEM/CTE skills in the classrooms and schools. Charles has also supported school and county-wide deployments and professional development initiatives.  I am current member of ISTE, ISTESTEM, Edtech Coaches and VSTE educational technology organizations and has served as Lead High School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools. Certified Apple Learning Specialist and ETLO (Certified Online Facilitator).

Ruble, Adelaide
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.

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Sarmiento, Josefa
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.

Schaffner, Michael
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.

Schelble, John

John Schelble (pronounced “Shelby”) worked in the Congress for over three decades, fulfilling a childhood dream of public service.  He then went back to graduate school and earned his Virginia teaching license, fulfilling an adult dream of educating young people, helping them to develop their skills, grow into intelligent, responsible adults and take their rightful places in our country, and in the world.  For the past ten years, he has been doing just that, for middle and high school students in Fairfax and Arlington Counties.  He feels strongly that learning new skills and acquiring knowledge is fun, interesting and useful, and makes you feel good about yourself.  His interests include fishing, bee keeping, clock making, song writing, farming, guitar, construction, basketball coaching and writing.

Siddique, Sohana
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.

Song, Meiyu
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.

Sorano, Donato
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: [1] Opera History, [2] Elements of Opera Performance and Opera Masterpieces, [3] Opera Masterpieces and [4] Opera Divas.

Stanley, Patricia
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.

Stoss, Robert
“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.

Sullivan, Bill

Bill Sullivan has two passions, writing and the outdoors. He has self-published books on practical landscape design and the founding of the New York Mets baseball team. The latter is currently on sale at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The book won the SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) award for the best writing/research on the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.  When not writing, you will find him busy with his own residential landscape design/installation business he founded almost 30 years ago. He holds a graduate certificate in the field from the U.S.D.A. Graduate School in Washington, D.C. Bill has taught classes at the City of Alexandria Adult Education Program and for Northern Virginia Community College in the Workforce Development Program.  He joined the ACL staff in 2017.

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Takamatsu, Maki
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.

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Winchell, Dale
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.

Waters, Dagmar
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.

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Zambrano, Robert
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.

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