Testimonials on leather-journal making, learning with Teri Testimonials on leather-journal making, learning with Teri
Making a leather journal (above) and instructor Teri Knox (below).

It takes a lot of guts to be a maker. Fan that inner flame.

You have to believe in yourself before you can go make something great, I know. In order to do that, sometimes you need a helpful teacher who can show you that inner flame is fire.

I've known Teri, a metalworking and welding instructor, as well as our Pathways navigator at Hacker Lab, for a couple years now. She truly is a wonderful and amazing person we are lucky to work with.

She's launched a new leather-making class. So, we thought we'd compile the testimonials about how Teri helps people find what their into and helps them go farther.

Whatever thing you’re excited about, passionate in, Teri notices and encourages you to keep going.

"She’s really good at hyping you up through class. You can tell she’s genuinely proud of her students," said Ops Manager Tiffany Chand, who took the first class.

"She’s good at that and you can tell she’s enjoying it, too."

She said it was a great way to get practice on the basic leather-working tools and techniques that easily translate to other stuff you might want to make

1on1 w/Teri - Upcoming Leather 101 classes

Monday, May 17
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Thursday, May 27 (afternoon)
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The first of many writing journals

Josh Bott is one of Hacker Lab's core front desk staff. He'd always been interested in leather-working, from when his mom bought his cousin a nice journal for Christmas one year.

"He was having some struggles in life at the time, and she thought it would be good for him to write them out. It's been years since, and he still journals to this day," Bott said. "In fact he has a full book shelf of journals he's filled up since. So, I figured it would be nice to make him a personalized journal when I get better, and give it as a gift."

He said Teri was upbeat and willing to experiment on a whim.

"It allows her to be willing to tailor around what the student wants instead of a course set in stone. She doesn't panic when asked to deviate a bit, allowing the student to play with their project, which I think is a great way to get a better understanding of why things work the way they do," he said.

"She is also just fun to be around as a person."

Reconnecting with an inner maker

Tiffany Chand decided to try hand-making a version of a cheap belt she already owned.

She reached out to Teri who showed her the basic tools."I realized it would be a cool skill to have," Tiffany said. "She helped me figure out the design and got me started."

"I have a hard time diving into new creative ventures, but this one really stuck for me. A lot of that is Teri."

Chand then took the first round of a new kind of project-class: Make your own leather journal. She said Teri was good for beginners, teaching at the level needed.

"She is very good at answering a million questions. Sometimes you need an expert or advanced-level. It's easy for those kinds of teachers to forget you're a beginner; Teri explains it all and that's what I needed."

Chand proudly walked away with something she made with her hands afterwards, she said. With leather-making not the most common skill to have, she's proud to have made the journal.

"It's not one of the more common things you run across that people make — even those simple projects are things that are impressive and really unique."
The community thinks Teri's great too

This post has largely been about what it means to be a great teacher.

Here's what other students had to say about past 1-on-1 classes with Teri.

Teri was awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!

Teri is a good instructor. Very knowledgeable and fun.

Real opportunity to improve during the class. Probably better as a 1 on 1 even post covid because the instructor is able to offer closely guided practice.

Interested in taking 1-on-1 classes with Teri? See all the listings.

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