Helaine as a teacher can be summed up in one word – PATIENCE! I took about 8 weeks of classes from Hellie. There were six of us learning at one time. I was blown away by her patience as a teacher. We had a wonderful experience and it’s been about two years since our classes ended and we still play as a group. It’s a great game, but it has a lot of rules and it takes some time to learn them all. I am still blown away when I think about how Helaine taught us, how natural it was for her and what an abundance of patience she has! I strongly recommend Helaine as a canasta teacher!