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Hello! My name is Magda and I'm glad you found me here!
I am a "Jill of all trades" -- I have studied a number of subjects over the course of my academic career and even more in my life outside of school. Let me break down my qualifications for you quickly and concisely:
ART - I come from a family of artists and have dabbled in many different media over the years. My current passion is fiber art: sewing, knitting, needlepoint. I began cross-stitching in high school, and sewing, crocheting, and knitting around 2003. For nearly 10 years I have designed and created costumes for my dance troupe as well as sewing everyday and special occasion clothing for myself, friends, and customers. I have worked as a graphic designer and hold a degree in this field; I currently have a freelance design business where I create and sell vinyl decals. I have also taught and performed bellydance for ten years.
ENGLISH - Always a straight-A student, I was the go-to person when my classmates needed an important paper proofread. Early in 2013 I decided to get certified to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL/ESL/ESOL). I now hold a level 5 TEFL certification with 180 contact hours as part of my qualification. I recently returned from a volunteer trip to India where I taught English to Tibetan refugees for four months. I had to be culturally sensitive and adaptable as well in order to be an effective instructor.
I hold a level-5 TEFL certificate earned in April 2013 from International TEFL Academy. As part of my class curriculum, I had to have 180 contact hours including a few dozen with actual ESL students. I have also spent four months teaching ESL in India to Tibetan refugees.
I have used a computer for most of my life, and continue to do so every day. I took some web design courses and use specialized programs in my work; general computer usage is easy for me to both understand and teach to others.
I learned to cross-stitch and needlepoint around the year 2000 and have been doing it ever since. I began crocheting and knitting around 2004 and have made hundreds of projects; I have taught and tutored both of these skills for the last 3 years. In my knitting circle of about a dozen people, I was the designated troubleshooter because I had taken the time to learn many different techniques and how to fix mistakes. Of all of these, my greatest skill lies in knitting: I regularly knit gloves, hats, socks, and sweaters, and I am proficient with cable knitting, colorwork, and various construction techniques, and I am always eager to learn more.
I began sewing about 8 years ago and am largely self-taught; much trial and error was involved, and thus I was able to learn from my mistakes. I have sewn casual, business, and special occasion clothing for men and women and continue to do so. For the last 6 years I have also been a costumer for a professional dance troupe.
All through school I was the go-to proofreader among my classmates. I also won a few spelling contests!
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