Before joining local law enforcement, Rob Curran ascended to the rank of sergeant during his four years of service in the US Marine Corps. Meanwhile, Denis Donovan earned his sergeant rank in the US Army after tours in Iraq and Kuwait, and then worked as a police officer and SWAT-team operator. In 2011, the pair founded Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training, LLC, where they teach a full range of personal defense training ranging from basic firearms safety classes to advanced live-fire training. Joined in 2013 by James Wise, the team of instructors hold instructor ratings from the NRA, Sig Sauer Academy, Safariland, General Dynamics, and the Massachusetts Police Training Council, and are Massachusetts State Police Certified Firearms Safety Instructors. In addition to in-depth instruction, Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training provides Simunition-based personal defense training, and they outfit customers with customers with handmade and custom-modeled holsters and magazine carriers.
Indoor shooting range
12 25-yard pistol and rifle lanes
8 10-yard pistol lanes
More than 90 rental firearms
Handguns and revolvers of various calibers
Rifles including an AK-47
Shotguns including a 12-gauge Remington 870
At a Glance
The range and classrooms inside American Firearms School are training grounds for several types of firearms. Instructors here teach more than 20 classes in handguns, rifles, and shotguns—including many NRA programs. They cover everything from basic techniques to advanced skills, such as shooting amid low light.
She might be a tutor, but Heather Quadir is rarely overheard telling a student that they need to study more. To Heather, it's not how much time you spend studying, but simply how you study. She works with each student to figure out their best methods for retaining material, helping them improve in subjects as varied as physics, calculus, and Spanish. She can work with students from kindergarten through college, and not just on course material—she's also a whiz at supplementary skills such as researching, test taking, and time management.
When Cherie Nelson left her finance job to work at a small brokerage firm, she had every confidence that her MBA and years of business experience would help her rise quickly through the ranks of real estate. But she found that there wasn't a streamlined method for her to learn the ropes. She harnessed her natural acumen by flipping into high gear, switching firms, and undergoing rigorous training, all of which allowed her to rocket to the top of the pack at her new company. Cherie eventually opted to forward her know-how to the next generation of agents by opening the Professional Real Estate Training Institute, which focuses on proper, comprehensive training. Today, the Institute offers basic training for aspiring agents, continuing education for established pros, and an ongoing opportunity for people who just like hanging out in other people's houses.
A simple sewing tutorial from Mikala Cash's grandmother at age six sparked a passion in the Creative Sewing Lessons' founder that continues to smolder after an education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At her North Attleboro studio, Mikala guides students of various levels through a range of classes, including tailoring, invisible zippers, and sewing for kids, which arms youngsters with the know-how to construct business suits for lemonade stand conventions. In addition to her sewing classes, Mikala invites guest artists to lead workshops during her Creative Night Out series, a monthly event that introduces participants to hands-on subjects such as visual journaling and knitting.