Queens College, CUNY (linguistics, French)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Master's)
Goddard College (Master's)
I believe we never stop learning, whether in formal settings or in life. I consider myself a lifelong student as well as a caring and productive teacher and tutor. It has been my pleasure to have taught and tutored many learners, from ages ten to 88, from middle-school students to graduate students and seniors. Over the years, I have taught and tutored English (writing especially), English as a second language, linguistics, French, expressive and contemplative arts, piano and music, yoga, meditation, and fitness.
I believe in passing along the benefits of what I have learned over the years, by helping others. It is my greatest satisfaction to see the positive impact on the student of the work we do together. My teaching style is to start from wherever the student is on his or her learning path, and to foster curiosity and an increase in his or her level of knowledge in an encouraging, accepting way, while keeping in mind the student's or school's requirements.
My credentials include a PhD in expressive arts (2003) from the European Graduate School, in Leuk, Switzerland; an MA in psychology (1994) from Goddard College, in Plainfield, VT; an MS in technical writing/communications (1981) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY; and a BA in linguistics and French (1967) from Queens College, in Flushing, NY. I am a registered through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), and am also a certified yoga and meditation instructor, as well as a licensed Groove dance facilitator. I believe we never stop learning, whether in formal settings or in life. I consider myself a lifelong student as well as a caring and productive teacher and tutor. It has been my pleasure to have taught and tutored many learners, from ages ten to 88, from middle-school students to graduate students and seniors. Over the years, I have taught and
I have taken undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses in drawing in multiple media (pencil, pen, charcoal, pastels, paint). I studied over the years at State University of New York at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the European Graduate School, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. I currently work as an independent artist, and have taught in the arts programs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, also in Asheville.
I am a nationally certified yoga instructor, having completed required hours in Kripalu and Anusara forms of yoga, and having taken hundreds of continuing education hours in Iyengar yoga, biomechanics, and anatomy and physiology. I teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and have taught at several other venues, including in private studios and institutions of higher learning. I am licensed as a Groove Dance facilitator, and have completed training to be a personal trainer. As a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), dance and movement are two of the central media that I use in my work. My background also includes the teaching of meditation and mindfulness as aspects of fitness.
I began my undergraduate years as a music major. I have studied piano from the age of 8, and have also learned to play the guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and ukulele. I have sung in choirs for many years, and I am well versed in vocal literature and music history generally, both classical and pop. I have taught piano and general music to all ages, from middle-school students to seniors.
I have studied painting and drawing at Russell Sage College, State University of New York at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (part of UNC Asheville). In the expressive arts courses that I have taught, painting is one of the most often-used media. I have painted and worked in other visual arts independently, for my own pleasure, for many years.
I am an amateur photographer, but my work has won prizes, and I have sold my photographs at various shows around the Asheville area. I have been fascinated by photography since I was a kid, and see the value of a photography practice as the basis for memories, writing, painting and just, and just plain communicating. I studied photography at Russell Sage College and at photography studios in the Albany, New York area, and have since taken courses in wabi-sabi as it applies to photography. I am equally fluent in digital camera work and film camera work.
I began taking piano lessons at age 8, served as backup accompanist in my high school chorus, and began my undergraduate career at Queens College as a music major. I have taught several beginner-to-advanced-beginner students in recent years. I consider music an essential part of my life, and I try to instill this enthusiasm in my students. Currently, I am a student of jazz piano, committed to expanding my own musical horizons as well as those of my own students.
I have practiced yoga for most of my adult life, and decided to train to become a teacher in 2001. I completed the 200-hour certification in Kripalu and Anusara forms of yoga in 2001 and 2006, respectively, and have pursued continuing education on a regular basis to add to my knowledge and techniques. I have taught many different levels and ages of practitioners, from the rank beginner to those who have practiced yoga as long as I have; my students have ranged from a troop of Brownies through middle-school, high school, and college students, to college faculty and adults and seniors from around the community. Feedback has been enthusiastic from all these groups.