Prince of Peace Robotics Mentor
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
I am almost ashamed to say, that several years ago, I didn’t think of the computer as being much more than a glorified electric typewriter. As a teacher, it was a useful tool in preparing documents for my class instructions and doing research; helpful, but not critical to my profession. All of that changed about ten years ago when the responsibility of being our school’s yearbook advisor was suddenly dropped in my lap. Overnight I was plunging into the world of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator and soaking in every minute of the experience with joy and amazement at the world of possibilities. Suddenly, technology became my way of life.
Graphic Design – Southern Methodist University
As the yearbook advisor, I was trained on the use of InDesign and Photoshop and Illustrator. This training sparked the implementation of the additional classes I have been teaching for over nine years at Prince of Peace Christian School. All entering 9th graders have one semester of the graduation required year-long Technology Applications class with me covering an introduction to InDesign and Photoshop. From there, several students opt to continue this line of study with the Yearbook class or the Communication Design and Photography classes. The CDP classes also incorporate Adobe Illustrator as they design posters, t-shirts, and programs for band concerts and sporting events and much, much more. I personally create the annual 72-page Athletic Media Guide booklet, and have assisted on several other school marketing brochures and special event pieces. Ultimately, I felt the need for my own further training and received my certification in Graphic Design through Southern Methodist University.
POPCS Robotics POP Graphics Team
Mentoring the POPRobotics POP Graphics Team just seemed to be a natural fit. Its’ student members were some of my brightest and most creative students. Armed with the Adobe CS6 software, Wacom tablets, knowledge in graphic design standards, and their own natural talents, the POP Graphics team was ready to work in conjunctions with the other POPRobotics teams. Collaborating with the POP Web team has allowed these graphic students to transition from the print world of CMYK, JPEG, and PSDs over to the world of RGB and EPS and PNGs. They have been intricately involved in the development of all the POPRobotics teams’ icons and logos. Their next task will be coordinating with the POP Marketing team to develop their brochures, flyers, shirt designs, and any other requests they throw at us. The greatest reward as a teacher and mentor is to see my students take these projects and bring them from just a dream into reality.