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My name is Virgil. I have been a teacher since I was 17 starting with cross-age tutoring elementary school children and since then my life has revolved around education to my ripe old age of 34. I received my Teaching Credential in Art, with a supplemental in Japanese in 2004 and became an Art teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District. From there, I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Technology which extends my teaching skills from secondary education to adult learning and received my certification in Interactive Multimedia. My deep passion is learning and helping those who want to learn. We are given many opportunities, but sometimes never quite sure where to start and I believe this is where we start our journey together of endless potential.
I have lived an interesting life. I taught martial arts for 15 years and was an Anime comic book artist for Sypher Art Studios in the mid 90s. Being in the comic book industry was a great learning experience because you meet a variety of personalities and you learn from the people you encounter. I was able to live in Japan on a student exchange program for a year and use Japanese at a whole different level. One of the best experiences of my life! Around the time I was working as an Art teacher, I started training to become a professional wrestler. I've always loved pro wrestling when I was a kid and when the opportunity came to become a pro wrestler, I took it. My prior martial arts experience helped me become a very prolific wrestler, but I am retired now. However, my history of being a pro wrestler has connected me stronger to my younger students because they always have questions. Now, I am a singer in a band.
And what do these things have in common? These are all things I learned in school. I took advantage of the programs that school provides and turned them into productive aspects of my life. And you can too!
My expertise falls under art, graphic design, Flash animation, Actionscript, website development, and video editing. So if you are looking for skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash, I'm your man. But I am also very good at traditional art such as drawing and painting.
Most of my students that I have tutored in the past, I have done as one-on-one sessions because there's no better result than having a teacher to help you for your needs. I am a very warm and enthusiastic teacher and I believe applying things in your everyday life is what makes things easier to understand. I have also worked at San Diego State University tutoring adults in website development, so if you are an adult that's not a problem. If you are really interested in me, but you are not local, we can work something out. I have many ways of doing distance learning, but it all depends on what you're needs are.
Feel free to ask me any questions because I am always willing to help. Thank you for reading and hope to work with you in the future. Study hard because the results are rewarding!
Adobe Flash is used to create online animations with interactive elements. Many web developers use Flash for banner advertising or creating highly visual content for their webpages.
Flash uses a scripting language called Actionscript (2.0 or 3.0) to engage the user with interactivity.
Many Flash applications are making the transfer to mobile devices with Flex, but a background in Actionscript is very important. With the implementation of HTML 5, Flash applications are still safe because they can be embedded within HTML 5 without the plug-in Flash Player.
Adobe Photoshop has become the standard for image editing and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) graphics for print (CMYK), web graphics (RGB) and photography. This application uses bitmap technology that utilizes small bits of information called pixels that create an entire image.
Photoshop uses a layering system that can be used to composite images above or below each other. Within these layers you can add multiple effects such as filters or blending modes. Photoshop works well in cross platforming with other applications such as Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver.
Dreamweaver allows users to create a file management system for html, images, and CSS files for upload to a server via FTP.
Using the "Split" view helps the web designer understand where they are in the design and in the code simultaneously, so as a new learner you have the benefit of seeing both worlds of a programmer and a designer. But in my experience beginners tend to concentrate more on "Design" view and get completely frustrated when they make edits, but then don't see the changes in the browser view. By knowing simple HTML, you can usually pinpoint where the problem may be and fix it in the code.
With the recent release of Adobe CS5.5, Dreamweaver has HTML5 coding and mobile capabilities.
Japanese is very structured language and as English speakers, we tend to get overwhelmed by vocabulary, grammar, and idiom memorization. The writing system includes romajii (romanized characters), hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Chinese characters), but then there is whole other side of conversational Japanese that is unspoken within academic courses. I've often been told in order to learn Japanese, I have to think Japanese and that is hard to imagine when I wasn't raised there. The best way to learn Japanese is to practice and role-play in real-life situations where your vocabulary and grammar can be put to use.
Fortunately, I have lots of practice teaching low to mid level classes in Japanese and I can help illustrate how to learn Japanese from an American point of view.
Awseome Tutor! — Virgil is very friendly, patient and helps you at your own pace. Very knowledgeable in subject area I need help in. Takes the time to do a review on what you learned and is very organized. ...
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