Certified Instructor Directory > Profiles

Daron Barness

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.majbydaron.com
Phone: 602-619-1136
City: Scottsdale
State: AZ
Zip: 85254
Format: Lessons in-person
Services: Beginner to advanced, individual and group instructions

Daron has been playing American Mah Jongg for over 20 years. She has been an instructor for twelve years, teaching players of all ages. She is organized, conscientious, patient, and energetic. Daron graduated from UCLA in California many years ago with a BA in Social Psychology as well as a Masters in Education. Teaching Mah Jongg is her passion!

Debbie Barnett

Email: [email protected]
Website: mahjongteacher.com
Phone: 561-809-9109
City: The Villages
State: FL
Zip: 32162
Format: Online
Services: Basic training, intermediate training, advanced training, mentoring

Debbie Barnett has been playing Mah Jongg for over 45 years. Her love for the game began at the Colony Beach & Tennis Club in East Haven, CT. After relocating to South Florida in 1988, she continued playing the game by organizing various social groups. In 2006, she decided to spread her passion for the game through teaching. She has since taught hundreds of students locally and at various venues, including a program for Leisure Time Toursheld at the Boca Raton Resort & Spa.

Debbie has now taken her teaching to a higher level with a unique, interactive teaching platform. Students can now be taught in the comfort of their home on a desktop or tablet. The game works in the background, and the experience is like they were sitting around a table with her. Through Debbie's unique and concise teaching method, students will be sure to grasp all the rules and concepts needed to play this game independently.

Debbie also offers a lifetime mentorship to all her students. She understands that although students learn the rules during class, there are times they will forget. The mentorship allows them to text her with a question and even send a picture of their hand or exposure that might say, "Can I do this?" or "Can I use a Joker in a pair?" etc. She feels the mentorship is especially vital during the first year of playing socially, where the most significant learning curve is encountered.

Donna Eschen

Email: [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: 805-720-3839
City: Santa Maria
State: CA
Zip: 93454
Format: In-person
Services: Beginning through advanced classes, strategy, refresher classes, both small groups and individual.

Donna Eschen has been teaching MJ for many years and runs tournaments in our area. Donna puts out a weekly MJ Newsletter and is in contact with the MJ Community all around the Central Coast of California.


Jennifer Boswell

Email: [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: 214-929-9313
City: Allen
State: TX
Zip: 75013
Format: Online, In-person
Services: Beginner classes; beginner practice coaching

Jen loves the game for its challenge, skills, luck, and structure. One of the things she loves most is that it is ever changing and fun! Students appreciate her orderly approach to teaching and willingness to help all types of learners. While in-person classes are easier and a bit more fun, she also teaches online.

Stacy Budkofsky

Email: [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: 201-280-4937
City: Closter
State NJ
Format: In-person, online
Services: All levels of classes are available, from Beginner to Advanced Strategies, group or individual lessons.

Stacy has been playing Mah Jongg since 2004. From the moment she learned to play she absolutely loved the game and found a way to spread that love by teaching it to others. Stacy has been teaching students of all ages, from 2nd graders to senior citizens, for many years at community centers, libraries, recreation centers, assisted living facilities, schools and camps. Her patience and love for the game shines through in her careful explanations of the rules and strategies.

Kathleen DeMarco

Email:  Pending 
Website: Pending 
Phone: Pending 
City: New Canaan
State CT
Format: Pending
Services: Pending


Michele Frizzell

Email:  [email protected] 
Website: www.mahjongcentral.com 
Phone: 678-521-7695
City: Canton
State GA
Format: Online
Services: Basic training, advanced training, coaching

Michele has a passion for Mahjong! She grew up watching her Filipino grandfather play and it mystified her. In 1973 Michele's mother, Carolyn learned to play Wright-Patterson Mah Jongg.  Carolyn taught Michele how to play so she could practice at home and it became their bond. Both Carolyn became an avid player and led several mah jongg groups. On occasion, Michele would play with Carolyn and her friends – these are some of Michele's most cherished memories. Sadly, Carolyn passed away from cancer in 2004. That was the pivotal moment when Michele began her mission to teach and lead others just as her mother did.

Through the years, Michele has become an advanced player and instructor of several styles including American, Wright-Patterson, Hong Kong, Japanese, Chinese Official, and Taiwanese mah jongg.

What makes Michele unique is that she uses her experience to test and adapt strategies for American mah jongg to give her students an edge at the table. Anyone who has learned to play from Michele speaks highly of her creative approach to learning and patience as a teacher. Sign up for a lesson, and let Michele demystify this captivating game so you can play with confidence and open the floodgates of joy to your life.

Holly Holland

Email: [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: (623) 330-2202
City: Peoria
State: AZ
Zip: 85383
Format: In-person
Services: Introduction, Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Siamese

Holly is a retired Phoenix Fire Fighter. She has taught group fitness for over 30 years. Helping others has always been second nature to her and sharing the things that bring her joy has always been paramount in her life. She learned Mah Jongg and instantly fell in love with the game and the social aspects of it. Holly started teaching at the beginning of 2021 and is truly a natural instructor. Her students are elated to learn from her gentle and welcoming spirit. She provides a safe atmosphere where she actually encourages her students to make as many mistakes as they can. They ultimately learn more and feel the support of the groups with which they are learning. Holly provides her services gratuit and fosters the love of the game and the fellowship that it brings to herself and her retirement community at Trilogy Vistancia in Peoria, Arizona. 

Laura Hoover

Email:  [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: 828-767-2716
City: Asheville
State NC
Format: In-person, online
Services: Basic training

Laura learned to play American Mah Jongg at her local community center more than 12 years ago. She has given lessons in-person to small and large groups for the past 7 years. Recently, she started giving ONLINE lessons at the School of American Mah Jongg.

Mary Johnson

Email:  [email protected]
Website: None currently
Phone: 262-565-8808
City: Brookfield
State WI
Format: In-person
Services: Basic training

Mary is passionate about the game of  Mah Jongg and has been introducing new players to the game since 2018.   Mary's students love her easy going personality and sense of humor. She is organized, patient and loves seeing that "Ah ha" moment when everything comes together for her students.

Shawn Martin

    Email:  [email protected]
Website: www.rocketmahjongg.com 
Phone: 404-630-7625
City: Atlanta
State GA
Format: In-person
Services: Introduction, beginner, advanced beginner, history and evolution of the game

When Shawn isn't busy teaching or playing Mah Jongg, she is helping her real estate clients find their perfect home, or designing beautiful, functional, affordable kitchens and bathrooms. She lives with her husband Jim, her puppy Lloyd, and 3 kitties, and loves visits from her 2 college-age children.

Christine Pettit

Email: [email protected]
Website: None Currently
Phone: 951-970-6619
City: Hemet 
State CA
Format: In-person
Services: Basic training


Christine Pettit is available to teach Mahjongg to beginners in her area. She's always happy to help beginning to average players develop strategies for more successful play.  She simply wants to share the joy of playing Mahjongg with interested persons.  No fee unless expenses are incurred.


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