Henry Meguid - Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 ABTA Teacher of The Year Award (TOY)
In 2015, Henry Meguid became 1 of 72 ABTA Master Teachers in the US and Canada. It is the highest bridge teacher certification in North America awarded by The American Bridge Teachers' Association (ABTA). Henry has been involved in education, training and development for over 35 years and began teaching bridge in 1986. He is also an ACBL accredited teacher, club director, and gold life master.
Henry Meguid lecturing at the 2015 ABTA National Convention in Chicago, about "The use of technology to create an interactive learning environment".
Receiving The ABTA's Master Teacher Certification in 2015 in Chicago
In the summer of 2016, I was honored to be nominated by my students for the ABTA Teacher Of The Year Award (TOY). I was equally honored to be a finalist out of sixty-four teachers nominated in 2016 and 29 in 2017..
My teaching philosophy has been greatly influenced by a quote from World Champion Bob Hamman - “Most people play bridge by asking themselves what they should do. Instead, they should be asking themselves what is going on”.
In my teaching, I emphasize the importance of inference and deductive reasoning skills, as well as strive to help my students construct a roadmap of how to think and analyze what is happening at the table before bidding, playing and defending. My general approach is using visual interactive learning tools, with hands on applications and practice to engage students to learn and think. Naturally, this varies by where students are on their learning curve. For newcomers, the primary focus is on learning the general mechanics of bridge and playing the cards not on memorizing bidding sequences and conventions. For beginners and intermediate players, the focus is on building a strong foundation of bidding, declarer play and defense. For advancing players, the focus is on improving their overall judgment, filling-in gaps, and fine tuning their bidding, play and defense strategies.