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Rick V.

Expert Trainer, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and much more!

Portland, OR (97206)

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Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique.

"Good teachers join self, subject, and students in the fabric of life because they teach from an integral and undivided self; they manifest in their own lives, and evoke in their students, a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves."

–Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal

It is in this weaving activity–where you as my student are empowered to learn and use what you learn; not only the "how," but also the "why," combined with the desire and willingness to act on that knowledge–it is here that I find the most joy.

As a seasoned professional in the fields of graphic design, training, and business management, I've taught classes ranging from coaching, negotiating, and time management, to the core of both of the well-known Adobe Creative and Microsoft Office suites.

I was a top-scoring trainer (both in-house and on-site classes) for these applications: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. And I have years of real-world experience consulting, doing design and marketing projects for clients as an entrepreneur, as well as part of a team.

I'm driven by both the passion for learning and the sheer joy of helping my students bridge their knowledge and skills to attain goals. Interestingly, my exposure to so many students and business settings over the years has given me great insight into the various scenarios learners bring to a session. Whether it is overcoming personal obstacles with the software, maybe using Photoshop or Excel for the first time, or learning a best method to get particular tasks done effectively so that your workload seems significantly reduced, in either case, I respectfully meet you where you are at.

When it comes to one-on-one training or tutoring, instead of teaching from a book, I make it a point to learn what your expectations are and evaluate any special areas of interest or goals. If you have courseware you need help with, we'll do a thorough overview of the syllabus and any outlines to determine where best to focus our time. If on the other hand you have a work-related project, I make sure to focus on the tools and skill-building necessary for you to get started. When asked to do the work as a separate contract, which does happen in some cases, I make sure to keep the learning time separate for the sake of clarity.

Through a personal approach, keeping things fun and engaging, I regularly check in and make it a personal goal to ensure the web we weave between technical knowledge, skill-building, and tangible examples, is indeed strong enough to hold the material.

That being said it will forever be up to the a student to apply the knowledge as soon as possible in order to retain it. We are busy little people on this planet! And it's easy to get sidetracked and forget the most important step to the learning process– application!

That is why I engage each of my clients with questions about how they will go about applying what they have learned, and when necessary, assignments for practice.

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Rick’s subjects

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, General Computer, HTML, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop, Art Theory
Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Corporate Training:
Career Development, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Adobe InDesign

I have years of professional work experience using InDesign as a freelance designer, tutor/trainer, and as a designer on a team.

I first learned about InDesign as a graphic design student at the Art Institute of Portland in 2001.

I taught InDesign among other Adobe Creative Suite Applications at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011)

During my employment there I passed the ACE exam and hold a certificate: Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CS4, 2011


I have years of professional experience teaching Dreamweaver.

I taught both the Level 1 and 2 courses – among other Adobe Creative Suite applications – at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011)

I've also used Dreamweaver for a few web design gigs, as well as for the formatting of email templates for a former employer.

My understanding of HTML, CSS, and how Dreamweaver functions as an editor (both code and visual design format) are plenty to help anyone get started with the application, and in some cases I have provided tips and tricks to even seasoned users. Most people learn on-the-job and barely delve in to what an application can do.

Because I was a trainer, I was exposed to a great deal more – especially in terms of efficiencies with the application itself – than what some people learn on the job over long term.


I have been using the Mac operating system both personally and professionally since my time at the Art Institute of Portland in 2000 and 2001.

I was using Mac OS 9 in school back then, purchased my first G4 in 2001, and have owned both PC and Mac (used both in business) since then.

As a business skills and applications trainer I make it a point to stay on top of what my clients challenges, are not only with the software, but the operating systems they use. I've always been a bit of a geek as well. So if ever a student needed a class on an OS, chances are I could teach them far more than they'd need or have the finances to learn.

Microsoft Outlook

I have been using Outlook personally on both a PC and then later when it was introduced for Mac for over 15 years.

I also taught Outlook, along with other Microsoft Office Suite applications, at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers for 2.5 years (June 2009 to December 2011).

In addition I've used Outlook in professional settings, giving me need to learn some of the more less-utilized features like Calendaring, sharing calendars, setting up meetings, creating and managing tasks, etc..

Microsoft Windows

I have been using computers since I was 9 years old– so that's 30 years now. I began using the Windows operating system in 1995 and have used it in both personal and professional environments since.

Additionally, I taught students the level 1 and 2 courses on Windows XP and Windows 7 at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, along with other Windows and Microsoft courses. (June 2009 to December, 2011)

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Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Management, and HR)

Art Institute of Portland (Graphic Design) (Other)

Great tutor! Can identify and teach to your skill level immediately. — Rick was exactly what I needed in a tutor. He gave me the foundation to figure problems out on my own, and the best part was he started out at a level I could understand. Though I wasn't a very efficient technology user, after working with Rick I feel a more certain of what I'm doing, and a lot less confused by a genre that used to baffle me. Rick taught me more in a few short two hour sessions th ...

— Toni from Portland, OR on 12/28/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

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Rick will travel within 25 miles of Portland, OR 97206.

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