After a fair amount of googling, I've found a listing of AT instructors who teach within a reasonable drive of me. All offer group and private lessons (and in any case, I think that the group versus private question is a separate issue that belongs in a separate thread, so others after me can find the information they need.) They are also of both genders, although all claim to lead and follow. But again, I think sex of the instructor is a separate (but interesting) topic. Here are a couple of biographies (with identifying information redacted to protect the innocent.) Okay. So here are the questions. How much difference does it make whom your teacher studied with? For an absolute beginner, such as myself, do pedigrees really matter? How much should that type of thing weigh, when selecting an instructor? etc. Please discuss while I watch.