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ATCQA-certified Tai Chi instructor Named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty by the Largest Community College District in the United States

The article was adapted from an entry in the official blog of Paradise Valley Community College

Raymond Sol, also known as the "Tai Chi Guy" at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) at Black Mountain in Arizona, was named as an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty early 2013 by the Maricopa County Community College District, which is the largest community college district in the United States according to Wikipedia.

Raymond Sol, a Level-III Tai Chi Instructor certified by American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA), was one of 24 outstanding adjunct faculty members selected from the 437 eligible candidates.

(Photo: courtesy of Raymond Sol)

Sol was hired in fall 2010 to teach a Tai Chi class at Black Mountain in partnership class with the Desert Foothills YMCA. Starting with just six students, he immediately took initiative to promote his class and build enrollment. His strategy not only boosted enrollment, it created a community.

"His enthusiasm and charismatic personality have really helped grow the Tai Chi program from six people to 35 students," says Loretta Mondragon, Black Mountain site coordinator. "Ray's students speak highly of him and the Tai Chi style that they have learned. During periods when class is not in session, students will gather together and practice their Tai Chi moves."

"I teach to help students make significant changes in their lives. Positive interactions with students and making learning fun for students are my primary goals as a teacher," Sol says. "Whether in schools or corporations, I have been teaching most of my life. I'm the most proud when students achieve success in the world, using what they learned in my classes. This happened when one of my students won a Gold Medal in the 2010 Arizona Senior Olympics."

This champion senior had never taken a Tai Chi class before taking Sol's classes. "This is a great confirmation to Ray's teaching and motivation." "Ray practices what he preaches, and is a wonderful role model, as well as mentor, for his students," said Lori Anonsen, PVCC Health & Exercise Science Division Chair. "They continue to reap the many benefits of physical, emotional and spiritual health that comes with this martial art."

Sol also has worked with the Foothills Community Foundation at the Black Mountain Campus. Some students who have taken senior Tai Chi in partnership with FCF are now taking Tai Chi classes for credit at PVCC.

Sol has his bachelor's and master's degrees in Education. In addition to his certification from ATCQA, he is also a member of the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association and the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.  




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