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First and foremost, I'm a teacher. Currently, I teach courses in Strategic Communications at National University in Los Angeles. My favorite classes include new media technologies, transmedia story-making and story-telling, and studies in the theory and practice of communication in today's digital environment. I am fortunate enough to teach adult learners, which gives me a privileged position from which to watch people change their lives for the better. It's the most rewarding work I've ever undertaken.
 
All my life, I've also been a writer and I've had a great run as a journalist. My work has been published in print, broadcast, and online. There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of finding and telling a great story and, to this day, I always carry a vidcam in my car and press ID in my pocket, just in case...
 
For fun, I make videos about people and places that I come across in my wanderings. I like to build special purpose websites, so most of my interests have a website attached to them. I play mandolin, poorly but with great enthusiasm, on two lovely instruments that deserve better than my poor scrubbing -- a beautiful Breedlove and a precious Fender electric (thanks to my colleague Louis Rumpf who put a better bridge on it so the action would be easier).
 
                        Joan Van Tassel      joanvt33@gmail.com       310.254.7511


"Dancing Girl," original oil painting by Guy Paul