I have always been an active person who began playing sports during childhood and began baseball umpiring at the age of 14. I played and competed in baseball, softball, basketball and track and field in high school and college, coached softball in high school, and Little League baseball while living and working in Germany. Additionally, I have decades of experience as an umpire, having worked at different levels of officiating, including high school, college,and European Pro Leagues. I am still certified and work actively as a high school and college umpire in Colorado.
My goal is to work one-on-one with individuals, guiding them in polishing their skills in throwing, hitting, and base running in order to help them advance to higher levels.
My mother was Russian and we spoke Russian at home until I was about 12. Later, because of my work in Germany, I took a refresher course but am no longer fluent in the language and can still understand enough to be of practical assistance to Russian speakers wishing to improve both their conversational and written English.
Conversational German is my specialty for beginners to advanced students. Whether we chat about places in Germany (I have lived and worked in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin, and also worked in Leipzig), Cold War history or current affairs, I would enjoy helping you to improve your German language skills while drawing upon 52 years of experience in Germany.
My musical background began during early childhood studying piano and concertizing extensively during high school and college. In college, I also studied voice, music history and conducting, with the goal of becoming an opera conductor. While in college I was the Assistant Director of the opera workshop, student conductor of the university chorus and the a cappella choir. I completed my conducting studies in Germany, and finished a PhD in Music History, with emphasis on non-Western music.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you.
I coached softball in high school and college and also within the Youth Activities program while in Germany. I am also a certified umpire.
My goal is work with developing athletes one-on-one, motivate them, help them overcome their weaknesses and guide them in polishing their skills, in order to advance to a higher level.