I came back to the United States in 2015 after living in China for over 10 years. I spent all of those teaching Chinese people on all levels, from preschool to adult, from introductory to advanced business English and test prep. For seven of those 10 years two partners and I ran an English training school in Zhejiang province. I specialize in teaching English on all levels and I am TEFL certified. During my time in China I became fluent and literate in Chinese. I began teaching test prep almost 20 years ago, so I am also quite familiar with all manner of ETS testing. I am fluent and literate in Chinese, which may help bridge the communication barrier between Chinese students and me.
I have been playing guitar for almost 30 years, and I have been a serious student of the instrument for nearly that whole span of time. I have played in bands, including one which traveled to Europe, and recorded an album. I love advanced harmonic theory and I enjoy unraveling the mysteries of the fret-board. Before I moved to China I spent about a year teaching guitar as my primary job, and I have continued to have students intermittently since then.
I aim to keep classes as upbeat and lively as possible, maintaining the student's focus and interest however I can. I will assign homework and provide assessment according to the demands of the class and the needs of the student.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your successful education journey.