What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I have a few. My 9-5 daytime title is Multimedia Instructor; My evening college titles are Graphic Design Instructor and Web Design Instructor.
My daily responsibilities are to instruct students in social media, design, and multimedia applications using Adobe programs as a tool. I have to create and update lesson plans; organize daily planning; assign, administer and evaluate exams; give lectures; walk students through hands-on demos, create daily extra work and homework assignments; accompany students on field trips; assist other instructors in their courses; perform other needed tasks, as necessary.
What inspired you most to become a graphic design teacher?
I always wanted to be a teacher. I remember telling my mother that I was going to be a teacher when I was seven years old. I used to lineup all of my dolls and teach and assign homework.
I loved helping someone else understand a problem or concept. I used to help other people so much that I neglected or fell behind in my own work. I had a way of explaining it that simplified what the teacher said. I was always able to use real-life scenarios to explain stuff.
I was also inspired by my own teachers. I remember Mr. T, he was my sixth-grade teacher. He made learning fun. He knew how to relate to us. I remember thinking I want to be just like him as a teacher. In college, I had an amazing teacher, Mr. Stuart, who really believed in me. He wanted to ensure that I became a teacher. He invited me to student teach with him the next year. I was so fond of him and wanted to be just like him. Unfortunately, he passed away before that upcoming semester. I was heartbroken. However, I was determined to make him proud. If he believed in me that much then there was no way I could let him down.
I continued to follow the teaching track. It was an extremely hard one because I have a learning disability that created many challenges. I made it and it was the best decision ever. I love teaching! I love seeing the progress students make from the first day to the final day of class. It makes me cry sometimes. My passion for this is real.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
I feel the biggest obstacle to pursue this field is an opportunity. A lot of students graduate and have a hard time figuring out what to do next. They put in applications and resumes and get no results. So they end up giving up and working somewhere else. It is a super competitive field and you have to have the fight to make it. This is not an easy path. It is the most fun and most rewarding, but I’d be lying to you if I said it was easy. There needs to be a bridge between college graduate and work-force. I have future plans to create one when I retire.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography?
I predict Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will all be working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and will do a lot of things that we think about without us having to touch the computer. 🙂 Technology is evolving so fast that I believe that will be possible. Now, will it always be perfect? NO! It is still software, it’s not the human brain. I believe we will be able to speak commands that we want to happen. I think I will be able to say, “Illustrator, draw a 400-pixel red circle with a 9-point black dotted stroke” and it will do it. I know that one day I will just be able to think about it and it will happen. That will be scary, but I think we will get there. 🙂
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