I began my tenure with Adobe Flash when it was Macromedia Flash. I worked with it for 3 years in a business environment creating Flash videos for company and personal websites. I became a teacher at the time when Adobe had just bought Flash and started distributing it. I taught Adobe Flash as part of my Multimedia Productions classroom for three years having students start with the overview, building simple animations, and then creating animations timed to music. The students had to be able to use different types of transitions and morphs and save the files in different formats to use the program for different types of output.
I began working with Adobe InDesign before it was called InDesign. Originally it was called Adobe Pagemaker and I used it for about three years before the program was abolished. I was amazed at how simple InDesign seemed to be compared to Pagemaker and I found myself immediately teaching my co-workers how to adapt to the new program. When I became a high school teacher I incorporated InDesign into my class and taught students the basics to created a brochure or single page advertising page. My students enjoyed working with Adobe’s product in my class, we mostly used InDesign, Flash, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks and they found how well these products worked together.
I have always had an interest in the inner workings of business and improving the management process. In my career, I have worked with businesses in 3 different fields, created two entrepreneurial projects, consulted for three start-ups, been part of the start-up teams for three non-profit companies, and worked on the Board of Advisors/Board of Directors for three companies.
I was a teacher at Chula Vista High School from 2006 to 2009. During that time I taught 4 to 6 classes per year in the field of Multimedia Production. In that class, I taught my students to use: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Flash, and most of the programs in Microsoft Office. We handled all areas of preproduction, production, and post-production in planning graphics, photography, and video projects.
I began working with Adobe Dreamweaver as an employee in the marketing department. We used Dreamweaver to create and edit department web pages and I used the program for creating and editing personal web pages also. After using Dreamweaver for 2 years as an employee I started teaching it when I began teaching. As a high school teacher, I incorporated Dreamweaver into my class and taught students the basics of html and creating a website using code or by the design method. We utilized the Adobe products in my class, working with Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash, PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Fireworks and they found how well these products worked together.
I have been working with graphic design for about 20 years. I started working with the Adobe products early in their use. I started with PhotoShop 3.0 and Illustrator 4.0. The programs have come a long way since then and I have been part of this industry to see all of the changes. When I became a teacher of Multimedia Productions, I taught my class the basics of color, style, font, layout, balance and image resolution and size. We utilized the Adobe products in my class, working with PhotoShop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, inDesign, Flash, and Fireworks and how these products worked together.
I have been teaching ESL in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. During that time I have taught different levels of students. I was a teacher of ESL at the University of California, San Diego that I was teaching grammar, TOEFL, IELTS, Phrasal Verbs, Idioms, and other ESL related subjects.
I have been a student of marketing since graduating high school. I have a strong interest in marketing and the psychology involved in creating an effective marketing campaign. I have experience creating marketing plans for three different companies and for two entrepreneurial projects I was associated with. I have created communications plans for two companies, two entrepreneurial projects I was associated with, and three start-ups I was consulting for. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Marketing with three years' experience as a Marketing Coordinator, Marketing/Proposal Specialist, and Marketing Manager.
I have been working with Microsoft Outlook since the program came out. Using this program to access email is a benefit for all and I can help a person to set it up or personalize for their email and calendar. I have attended introduction training in Outlook when the program first came out and have followed up my training with books and practice that led me to teaching/tutoring other individuals to use the Outlook. This program comes in Outlook Express or Outlook and I have used an trained people in both variation of Outlook.
I attended classes in photography in the days when most cameras still used film. I took classes to improve my ability for taking pictures, planning shots and working in a dark room. I continued to work on my photography skills as digital camera became the rage. As I became a teacher in the high school, I taught a class in photography and worked with students to improve their eye for photographic layout and analyze projects based on the finished product requirements. I still enjoy photography and work to perfect my craft. I am most proud of being associated with former students that are now professional photographers and any influence I had on their choices.
I have worked with QuickBooks for over 15 years and have helped business owners to establish their electronic bookkeeping. Using QuickBooks, I have worked with small businesses to establish their accounts, trained management, and established specialized reports and statements. QuickBooks is the best software for processing all accounts for a small business and I have worked with all types of small enterprises in establishing payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and inventory.
As a teacher in the high school, I had a session on study skills to help the students do better in all their classes. This is a process of evaluating the assignment and helping a student plan the way to complete what is requested. I have worked with students at this over the last 20 years in order to help their study skills improve and get better grades.
I have worked in tax preparation for about 10 years and have worked with various types of returns, for individuals, couples, businesses, and non-profit organizations. The function of tax preparation is to help the client ensure they are getting every possible credit that they are entitled to. I have experience working as a tax return preparer for national chains and individually within my community. I believe in looking for the lesser known deductions that can help a business maximize its tax benefits.
I have studied photography and video production and supervised the creation of some small video segments for my company. When I started teacher Multimedia Production in the high school, I incorporated that experience for a televideo class working with students to create video projects. Teaching the skills for script writing for video, camera layout, microphone options and use, and editing for video and audio.