Course Listing - by Instructor
|Rick Byrd||Rick Byrd was born in Pensacola, Florida (his grandfather was a native of Baldwin County). Rick graduated with a B.A. in History from Huntingdon College, an M.A. in History from Vanderbilt University, and an Ed. M. in Education from Harvard University. He taught for 40 years in independent preparatory schools in Tennessee and Georgia. His Master's work was in Borderlands History, specifically the Old Southwest. His fields of specialization have been U.S. Colonial History, U.S. Middle Period History, and U.S. Economic History. Most recently he has been involved in researching the Battle of Saipan in World War II.|
Combining her broad work history with large corporations, small businesses, and other business entities with her formal knowledge of the law, Valynda teaches in-depth knowledge of Legal Aspects of Business Organizations. With her creative teaching style, and her experiences facilitating groups, developing enrichment programs, and analyzing organizational plans, Valynda creates a dynamic learning environment.
Valynda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and English Literature and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in social leadership from Florida State University. She holds a Juris Doctor degree in Law and a Master of Laws in advocacy and dispute resolution from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Valynda holds certificates in Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) and dispute resolution. Additionally, she is a certified civil mediator, guardian ad litem, licensed clinical social worker, and private independent practitioner.
Valynda currently serves as the Civil Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Youngpeter in the 13th Judicial Circuit for the State of Alabama. She is licensed to practice law in all Alabama state courts and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama. Valynda is a member of the Alabama State Bar solo and small firms, family law, litigation, and young lawyers sections. She is also a member of the Mobile Bar Association and the Junior League of Mobile.
|Vincent Lawson||Vincent Lawson has taught for the USA Center for Continuing Education Photography program for many years. He began his interest in photography while in the Air Force. After the birth of his daughters, he became a serious photography student, learning as much as he could. He completed the USA Center for Continuing Education Photography Certificate program and later began to teach for the program. He has won several photography awards and is a past President of Camera South. Vincent is a very creative photographer and a favorite instructor among students.|
Mrs. Loes' academic and practice interests lie where technology and business meet, which includes Digital Marketing and Online Education.
M.B.A., Marketing Concentration, Auburn University
B.S. Business Administration, Marketing & E-Commerce, University of South Alabama
|Olivia Pinochet||A native of Chile, Olivia Pinochet has been teaching Spanish for over 25 years. She enjoys teaching her native language and seeing her students leave her class with the ability to communicate in basic Spanish and having enjoyed her class. While in Chile, Olivia served as a translator for the Korean Consulate and for Bank of America. In addition to teaching Conversational Spanish classes, she also teaches "Spanish For Medical Professionals." She is very interactive and her students love her!|