I just got a large envelope containing the opinions of the ShalhevetYah students I taught at the end of July. These are some excerpts of the lovely things my students at the ALEPH Kallah had to say in their anonymous Teacher Evaluation forms:
"Aviel is an enthusiastic, energetic teacher. She loves what she does and is talented in showing people how to feel competent about engaging in calligraphy."
"She did a beautiful job of teachng students of widely varied backgrounds, and of combining technical information with stories illuminating why pieces of Torah are written a certain way, and of sharing insights into sofer work. WONDERFUL!"
"Aviel is an amazing calligrapher & scribe. She also knows an enormous amount about Judaism, Torah, philosophy, reality, life & our relationship to Talmud."
"Focused a lot more on calligraphy and glanced over mystical significance - she did do a good job of explaining the large/small letters written in the Torah."
"A lovely intro. Look forward to continuing on my own."
"I wish this was a "double" class: morning 2 hrs. plus afternoon 2 hrs. Since we have only 4 days of class."
"Have this again! Wonderful. A little chaotic first day - too much chatter from students but improved every day. Lovely starting script & handouts for more difficult script. Great midrash on large, small, backwards letters in Torah. Sending out e-mail b4 was great - gave us time to collect supplies and (re)read books. Excellent encouragement to "play" with letters & materials."
...& my personal favourite:
(tov me'od = very good)
Barukh HaShem - praise G@d - for this naches :D
I feel a little boastful publishing these, but then if I don't promote myself then what will draw work into our home, so that we can support ourselves? I mean aside from G@d...