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DERRY AKIN, ESP Teacher




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Past Classes

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L6349: Thinking About College in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Stressed about college applications? Not sure what to major in? Don't know which schools to apply to? Curious about strategies for success once you get to college? Come join us in our class as we explore these topics and more!


L5960: Creative Pathways to University in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Come join us as we learn about creative alternative pathways to university! In our class, we'll talk about traditional schooling, homeschooling, community college, transferring to university, alternative learning formats, and how these different options might work for different students' unique educational needs and goals.


L5961: Thinking About College in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Stressed about college applications? Not sure what to major in? Don't know which schools to apply to? Curious about strategies for success once you get to college? Come join us in our class as we explore these topics and more!


V4189: American Folk Music in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
What is folk music? Where does it come from and how is it different from classical music? Ever wonder where those lively jigs and foot-stompin' reels you hear of actually come from? In our class, we'll learn about the answers to these questions, and many other interesting aspects of American folk music!


H4190: Astrology and the Signs of the Zodiac in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
So what exactly is Astrology, after all? What's a sun sign, and a moon sign? What's my zodiac sign and how is it different from the others? Come to our class and learn the answers to these questions, as well as much more about astrology and the signs of the zodiac!


V4297: Introduction to Irish Step Dance in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Have you ever wanted to try dancing like they do in Riverdance? Do you want to impress your friends next St. Patrick's Day? Well, you're in luck! Come to our class and learn the basics of Irish step dance, how to dance a reel, and maybe even how to dance a jig! No prior dance experience or dance partner is necessary. Irish dance is very athletic, though, so make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and to bring plenty of water.


L4299: Study Skills for Life: Learning How You Learn in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Which style(s) of learning suit you best? How exactly do people learn, anyway? What other study techniques are out there that I don't already know of? In our class, we'll go over the basics of the learning process (theories, mechanisms, related brain areas, etc.), the different styles of learning and learning techniques, and discuss and share with each other which study techniques work best for each of us!


V3864: American Folk Music in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What is folk music? Where does it come from and how is it different from classical music? Ever wonder where those lively jigs and foot-stompin' reels you hear of actually come from? In our class, we'll learn about the answers to these questions, and many other interesting aspects of American folk music!


V3412: American Folk Music in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
What is folk music? Where does it come from and how is it different from classical music? Ever wonder where those lively jigs and foot-stompin' reels you hear of actually come from? In our class, we'll learn about the answers to these questions, and many other interesting aspects of American folk music!


V3425: Ceili - Irish social dance! in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Learn basic Irish Ceili dancing, a fun, energetic social dance done in groups! Here’s an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=api8c7vAihk Our focus for this class will be reels and jigs. We’ll teach you dances you can do almost anywhere, to many types of music! You’ll be moving throughout the class, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Students who have taken our previous Splash classes on Irish Dance are very welcome and encouraged to take this one too!


B3050: Asthma Today in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
You've most likely heard about asthma before. Perhaps you know someone with it; a friend, a family member--maybe even yourself! In our class, we'll learn more about the condition, which is a growing problem in today's society. We'll be discussing a variety of asthma-related topics, such as what asthma really is, current treatment options, and where asthma treatment and research are headed today.


V3051: American Folk Music in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
What is folk music? Where does it come from and how is it different from classical music? Ever wonder where those lively jigs and foot-stompin' reels you hear about actually come from? In our class, we'll learn about the answers to theses questions, and many other interesting aspects of American folk music!


V3118: Ceili - Irish social dance! in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Learn basic Irish Ceili dancing, a fun, energetic social dance done in groups! Here’s an example (skip to 1:00): http://youtu.be/_2r-milldEs Our focus for this class will be reels. We’ll teach you dances you can do almost anywhere, to many types of music! You’ll be moving throughout the class, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Students who took our Fall 2012 class are very welcome to take this one too!