STUDENTS ARE NOT
BLANK CHECKS.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY


It’s no secret that higher education is a tense topic right now. In a world where higher education is under scrutiny, how can we (as administration) make that big price tag worth it? First off, I am one of those students that shouldered the weight of a $100,000 education. And then I did it one more time (on a scholarship). Then, I went back for more. As professors, I believe part of our job is to make sure each student gets their money’s worth out of each class. I also believe that it is part of our job to support the administration’s efforts to help students find jobs in their industries during and after school. With each class I get, I look through the requirements and then tweak the projects and lectures to what my students tell me they want to learn. Finally, I add a touch of industry standards.

I went to two universities that were polar opposites. When I finished my second bachelor’s at Full Sail University, I realized the difference a dedicated team of professors and administration makes. I went back to school because I felt I didn’t get enough from my first education (the one with the $100,000 price tag). At my large university, too many students (including myself) were allowed to slip through the cracks. From advisors that always gave us different information to the professors that just gave everyone As so he didn’t have to work, I was left feeling perturbed by the time I left.

I make sure my classes focus on what my students need. I encourage each student to do their best work and push themselves out of their creative comfort zones. On the first day of class, I introduce my students to local networking groups so they can get in front of employers sooner. I never forget what students risk when they choose to come to school. I stay focused on what higher education should be focused on: creating industry-ready professionals and making sure those professionals can find a job.

Recent Classes
Web I & Web II
Kendall College of Art and Design, Spring 2020

Digital Imaging I
Kendall College of Art and Design, Fall 2019

Web I
Kendall College of Art and Design, Spring 2019

Education
Bachelor of Science, Advertising
Central Michigan University, 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design
Full Sail University, 2018

Masters of Arts, Media Design
Full Sail University, in progress

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY


It’s no secret that higher education is a tense topic right now. In a world where higher education is under scrutiny, how can we (as administration) make that big price tag worth it? First off, I am one of those students that shouldered the weight of a $100,000 education. And then I did it one more time (on a scholarship). Then, I went back for more. As professors, I believe part of our job is to make sure each student gets their money’s worth out of each class. I also believe that it is part of our job to support the administration’s efforts to help students find jobs in their industries during and after school. With each class I get, I look through the requirements and then tweak the projects and lectures to what my students tell me they want to learn. Finally, I add a touch of industry standards.

I went to two universities that were polar opposites. When I finished my second bachelor’s at Full Sail University, I realized the difference a dedicated team of professors and administration makes. I went back to school because I felt I didn’t get enough from my first education (the one with the $100,000 price tag). At my large university, too many students (including myself) were allowed to slip through the cracks. From advisors that always gave us different information to the professors that just gave everyone As so he didn’t have to work, I was left feeling perturbed by the time I left.

I make sure my classes focus on what my students need. I encourage each student to do their best work and push themselves out of their creative comfort zones. On the first day of class, I introduce my students to local networking groups so they can get in front of employers sooner. I never forget what students risk when they choose to come to school. I stay focused on what higher education should be focused on: creating industry-ready professionals and making sure those professionals can find a job.

Recent Classes
Web I & Web II
Kendall College of Art and Design, Spring 2020

Digital Imaging I
Kendall College of Art and Design, Fall 2019

Web I
Kendall College of Art and Design, Spring 2019

Education
Bachelor of Science, Advertising
Central Michigan University, 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design
Full Sail University, 2018

Masters of Arts, Media Design
Full Sail University, in progress

Dani is great! I am very happy with how my website turned out and she was a huge help in making it happen.Web Design I: 2018
Such a supportive teacher who really is willing to work with you through every problem.Web Design I: 2018
Class was very fun and informative.Web Design I: 2018