Meet a Student: Joshua Calvin

Joshua, an avid Nashville Community Education student, teaches computer usage for adults at a local community center. He recently finished the course Spanish for Health Professionals, which met weekly from January 23 to March 6 at Wright Middle School. He was excited to expand his vocabulary through the course in order to interact better with the Spanish-speaking students at his job. 

Name: Joshua Calvin

Occupation: Computer instructor

Class: Spanish for Health Professionals

Why did you decide to take this class? I wanted to increase my vocabulary and continue to build upon my Spanish skills. I use Spanish every day to communicate with the Spanish-speaking students at the community center where I work.

Why did you choose a Nashville Community Education class over an online tutorial or other method of continuing education? I wanted the class done in person, because I think that’s the best way I learn. It’s also a great way to ask questions from someone who’s actually a native from a Spanish-speaking country and has been born and raised to speak Spanish.

Now that you’ve finished this course, what more do you want to learn? I want to learn more conversational things that I would use every day further than grammar and vocabulary.

What was your favorite part about that class? My favorite part about the class was the interaction that we had. We had chances to practice pronunciation while we were in class, which is good.

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Meet an Instructor: KJ Garner

KJ rides her bike to cast her ballot, 10/19/16

KJ Garner will be joining us each Wednesday in April to teach Biking Basics, a 4-week class to help you gain the confidence to travel on two wheels!  Learn more about KJ and register for her class today.

KJ Garner, Biking Basics
Wednesdays, April 5 -26, 6-7pm
Cohn School, $40
This class is open to ages 13+ so register your teen too!
Project manager, educator, and freelance web designer. KJ also runs Nashville Bike Fun!
Years teaching with NCE:
This is my first, but hopefully not my last!

What neighborhood or area of town do you live in?
Inglewood (East Nashville)

Why do you teach at Nashville Community Education?
I enjoy sharing my know-how and learned experiences with others who are beginner or novice bicycle riders. Through an engagement and discovery process, I try to make bicycles and riding on city streets less intimidating and more accessible to everyone.

Although you are teaching a class, what have you learned through students or others?
Never assume you know everything about a topic – and never assume that there is only one solution to a problem. Most of the time, when people ask questions, they are trying to establish a level of confidence and understanding, and it’s the role of an educator to provide a pathway of validation for their inquiries.

If you weren’t teaching a class, what class would you be taking OR what class are you taking in addition to teaching?
I would love to be able to get a conversational foundation in Spanish, so I would be taking an introductory Spanish language class.

What is one thing you wish people knew about NCE?
There is such a wide range of classes available, and the NCE staff are generous with their time and will help you find the right one for your interests and schedule!

KJ and her mom, Carole, with the family dog and KJ’s first bike in Wilson, NC, 1977

What’s one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?
I adopted a bus stop through my full moon bike club and in taking responsibility for it I have become much more connected to my neighborhood. This has led to more community involvement and a greater sense of place for me.

When you aren’t teaching a class with us, how are you spending your time?
I teach seminars and private lessons through my business, Bike Fun; hang out with my 14 year old dog, Frankie; and ride my bike all over Nashville.

What’s the last book, podcast, or blog you read or listened to?
I am a huge fan of the BBC podcast “Witness.” It’s history told by the people who lived it. Recent episodes I enjoyed were on topics such as Italy’s vote on divorce in 1974, and the German Bund movement in the late 1930s in the US. Each episode of “Witness” is about 10-15 minutes long and is riveting.

Favorite back road to get around town?
When I have work down in the Brentwood area, I will take 8th Avenue/Franklin Road most if not all of the way there. That applies if I am in my car OR on my bike!



How to Save a Life

We see it all the time in movies and TV shows: A character who seems to have met his or her demise is lying motionless, while someone else frantically goes through the steps of CPR. Then, all of a sudden, the lifeless character is back.

Hopefully, you’ve never had to experience this in real life. For me, that was the case before I attended Nashville Save a Life’s CPR class and was able to practice CPR on dummies.

I’ve never been CPR-certified before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While it would be much more stressful to attempt CPR on a person, the individual steps were easier than I imagined.

Here’s how you can save a life:

  1. First, assess the environment. Did you see what happened to cause someone to be unconscious? If you or the un-responsive person are in danger, make sure to find a safe place.
  2. Shout and tap on the person who is unresponsive. If they’ve only fainted and it’s nothing serious, they’ll wake up.
  3. Get help if they’re still not responding. If you don’t have a phone and you’re in a safe place, leave to find help that’s as close as possible. If other people are with you, tell someone to call or find help.

CPR Class4. Check for breathing. The easiest way to do this is to crouch down and see if their chest is moving. While it’s unlikely that the injured person will be on a table, you can do this easily on the floor as well.

CPR Class

5. If they haven’t responded to you and you can tell they’re not breathing, it’s time for CPR. Lay your palm on their chest about an inch above the end of their sternum (you’ll feel it), and start compressing two inches deep. An odd way to make sure you’re compressing their chest at appropriate intervals is to hum the tune of “Staying Alive,” by the Bee Gees, in your head.

CPR Class

6. Give them two breaths after every 30 compressions. Tilt the person’s head back, lift their chin, and pinch their nose, and you should see their chest rise and fall as you breathe into them.

CPR can be done from one minute to 15, and sometimes even longer. By knowing the steps and taking action, you could easily save a life.

The next CPR class offered through Nashville Save a Life is Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cohn Learning Center. Register online at