US Coast Guard Academy
Since leaving the Coast Guard in 1994, I have been an engineer, real estate agent, graphic designer and web designer. Currently, I freelance as a graphic designer and web designer. I've used computers since 1985, and I am very proficient with Microsoft Office Programs, in particular MS Word and MS Excel which I have been using since it was created in the mid 1980s. I used AutoCAD as an engineer from 1994 - 2003. In the late 1990s I started doing graphic design as a side business using Jasc Paint Shop Pro (now Corel) and Macromedia Dreamweaver.
I took two (authorized training) Pro Tools (Audio Production and Editing) courses, and I currently use Adobe Audition for audio editing. Currently I work with the Adobe Suite for graphic and web design, and I primarily use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. I attended one course for Adobe Illustrator at Ringling College. All other skills have been self taught. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to graphic design which is why I use Adobe Illustrator much more than Photoshop. All software I use is legal licensed software, and I expect the same of my students. I encourage ethical behavior in life and in business.
I'm a problem solver; I think creatively. If a teacher taught something in a way a student didn't understand, I could explain things in different ways giving the student an opportunity to look at it from an angle that makes sense to them.
In my spare time, I ride a bicycle for exercise, and I practice Aikido (a martial art). I am happily married, have no children, and love dogs.
1. I can not be in a house with cats; I am extremely allergic.
2. I prefer to work with PCs. If you have a MAC and are not used to working on MACs you should find another tutor. Since leaving the Coast Guard in 1994, I have been an engineer, real estate agent, graphic designer and web designer. Currently, I freelance as a graphic designer and web designer. I've used computers since 1985, and I am very proficient with Microsoft Office Programs, in particular MS Word and MS Excel which I have been using since it was created
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I have been using Illustrator as a Full Time Professional Graphic Designer since 2008. In conjunction with other Adobe products, I have created the following using Adobe Illustrator: advertisements, business cards, logos, icons, book cover art, website images, website buttons, background images, and product designs. I am a full-time graphic designer in the Sarasota, Florida region.
I have been using InDesign as a full time professional graphic designer since 2008. In conjunction with other Adobe products, I have created the following using Adobe InDesign: advertisements, business cards, brochures, rack cards, flyers, booklets, PDF Forms, book cover art, event programs, website background images, and package designs. I am a full-time graphic designer in the Sarasota, Florida region.
I've been using computers since college in the late 1980s. As a junior engineer, I was not allowed to use the administrative assistant in the engineering firm as much as senior engineers so I started teaching myself. I have above average skills in Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. I've taught myself how to use dozens of programs and am comfortable with computer maintenance.
I use WordPress on a daily basis and maintain and host dozens of sites on my dedicated server. As a WordPress expert I take pride in building fast loading mobile friendly websites. I'm very knowledgeable with SEO. I've been using HTML since 1997. Since then I have learned what I have needed to as I went because web design is always evolving. Currently I design websites full time using WordPress, Dreamweaver and other tools. I've taught others how to use WordPress, cPanel, FTP and how to work with CSS.