Instructors A-D

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Janet Campbell began her art training in high school, attending Pratt Institute's summer sessions. Traveling west after graduation to Reed College, she received her BA in History-Literature and studied calligraphy and paleography with Robert Palladino and Lloyd Reynolds. She continued studying calligraphy, paleography, and manuscript decoration in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Society of Arts and Crafts under Ruth Joslyn, also attending workshops with Joyce Graff and Donald Jackson. Returning east, to Binghamton, NY, she worked as a calligrapher and illustrator and taught calligraphy. Moving to the Boston area in 1980, Campbell continued to teach calligraphy and also college English, while pursuing her MA and PhD in English at Tufts. At the Cambridge Center for Adult Education she expanded her artistic scope, studying drawing with Phil Press; drawing, oil painting (portrait and plein air), silverpoint, and pastel with David Wenstrom and Catherine Ezell; watercolor with Dudty Fletcher and Haji Aso, and, since 2005, printmaking with Selma Bromberg. She has exhibited with the Blacksmith House Printmakers, the Cambridge Art Association, and in several small group and solo shows.


I am a 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and obtained my law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire in 1996. After law school, I began a solo law practice, working in the Probate and Family Court(s); performing buyer and seller purchase and sale and conveyancing work (including performing real estate title examinations and resolving title issues); individual and small business income tax planning and preparation; and representing individuals before administrative boards, such as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. After leaving solo practice, I continued the work I provided as a sole practitioner, but focused my practice in real estate and immigration law as well as developed my elder-disability law and estate planning practices in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I also served as a guardian ad litem for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, as an investigator, reviewer, and court appointed fiduciary. In 2008, I left the practice of law to focus on the implementation and development of a broad spectrum of services as a consultant and advocate for small businesses and families. I founded Nakata Consulting, with a mission to serve others by offering solutions, through implementing and developing strategies to help people problem-solve. My goal is to build relationships; not simply be transactional.


Kimi Ceridon is both an engineer and a chef. With an MS Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MA in Gastronomy and Chef's Certificate from Boston University, she is focused on creating great food experiences and interactions. She is a personal chef who teachs food education and cooking workshops throughout Massachusetts with organizations like the Boston Public Market (BPM), Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Boston Local Food Festival, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Wright-Locke Farm, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and more.


Native Speaker; M.A., Korean Language and Literature

Soojung Chae is native Korean. She was born and raised in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and received a master's degree in Korean language and literature at Yonsei University in the same city. For 3 years she taught Korean writing for high school students and undergraduate students in Korea. She moved to Boston in 2008 and began as a Korean instructor at CCAE 2009. She enjoys meeting new students and teaching Korean language and culture.

Michelle Chalmers, MSW, Facilitator of Diversity Conversations

Michelle Chalmers is a racial justice educator and children's author. Michelle received a BSW from Wheelock College in Boston, an MSW from San Diego State University.
Her passion has always been working with children, and after having children of her own, learned one of the best ways to help teach her children, was through books.
The Skin on My Chin, was created to provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to engage in conversations with children about skin. Specifically, to talk about what skin does and what skin doesn't or can't do.

Poker Player

D. Chavis is a lifelong poker player wanting to share the joys of home game poker with others. D. Chavis has played poker in home games continuously for the last 20 years and has taught group lessons. D. Chavis believes in the power of poker as a means to developing friendships, promoting brain exercise, increasing concentration skills, and giving each player a vacation from everyday stresses while concentrating on the cards. A poker game can be a source of inexpensive and healthy fun on a regular basis. And on many occasions, when you have a winning hand, you will find that poker promotes cardiovascular exercise as well.

Jin Chen Cooper is an Associate in Research of Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and a Rapporteur for the Harvard Asia Center reporting on the talk series "Critical Issues Confronting China," and other Center events.

From 2005 to 2013, she was a specially invited columnist of Caixin Media (formerly Caijing Magazine), for which she published a weekly column, “Notes from Harvard.”

Jin holds an MA in Regional Studies - East Asia (RSEA) from Harvard University, an MBA with concentration in finance from the Carroll School of Management of Boston College, and a BA in mathematics and economics from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.

She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.

An active musician and teacher, Liz graduated from UC Berkeley with studies in psychology, music, and Chinese language. Her primary music training is in classical voice and piano, and she also has experience playing the flute, trombone, and euphonium in various concert bands and orchestras. She currently teaches private piano lessons in the Greater Boston community and looks forward to sharing her love of music with the students at Cambridge Center for Adult Education!

Mr. Chow graduated with a Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He subsequently taught as Teaching Assistant in Music History at Stony Brook University, and is currently a Graduate Assistant at Longy School of Music.

Mr. Chow has performed in numerous music festivals, these include the Boston Early Music Festival, L.T.L. Opera Studio (Italy) and the Impuls Festival for Contemporary Music (Austria). Venues at which he performed recently include the Boston Athenauem, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and the University of Music and Performing Arts (Austria). Mr. Chow was invited to perform at a composition workshop by Mario Davidovsky in 2007, and has premiered works by composers Luiz F. Malucelli (Brazil) and Jared Hettrick (USA).

As a music educator, Mr. Chow has given lectures at the Lasalle College of the Arts and the Esplanade Library (Singapore).

Children's Author

Victoria J. Coe is a passionate "student of story," and author of the forthcoming children's novel, FENWAY & HATTIE (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons 2016). A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she has studied under some of the children's book industry's top editors and authors and is an active member of two SCBWI critique groups in the Boston area.

Dagmar Cox is a native-born German. She grew up and went to high school in Hanover, Germany. After studying for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, she completed her studies in Romance languages at the University of Munich. She then went on to receive certification as a translator-interpreter in English and French, subsequently working in this capacity for companies in the Munich area. As the wife of an American, Dagmar first moved to the US, where she taught German at Boston University. She then spent ten years in England, teaching German and French at the American School in London at all levels, as well as at British companies and privately in affiliation with the Goethe Institut. Now back in Boston, she has been teaching group lessons for several years at The Bose Corporation, as well as giving private lessons to students of all ages. She has always loved teaching and working with people, and finds it very rewarding to watch her students learn to express themselves in a new language while reaching out to a new culture at the same time.