My goal as a young student was to become a teacher. As fate would have it, I became an early-adopter for using computers in the graphic arts and printing industry, and ended up teaching in the industry rather than in the classroom. From 1997 to 2007 I worked for a software development company, traveling extensively teaching automation techniques and programming for the newspaper industry. From there I have worked on specific projects such as catalog and book production. As the information...
My goal as a young student was to become a teacher. As fate would have it, I became an early-adopter for using computers in the graphic arts and printing industry, and ended up teaching in the industry rather than in the classroom. From 1997 to 2007 I worked for a software development company, traveling extensively teaching automation techniques and programming for the newspaper industry. From there I have worked on specific projects such as catalog and book production. As the information age shifted from print to web and mobile devices, I added cross-publishing and User Experience (UX) with emphasis on ePub.
I have been invited to speak at seminars, participate as a leader in user work groups, and conduct side-sessions for user conferences. I have written articles for magazines, published books on the subject of using scripts to automate applications, and often contribute to user groups on the web.
As I look back at over 30 years of experience I know my greatest sense of accomplishment is in helping students hone their skills and go on to fulfill their dreams. My greatest challenge is in staying at the forefront of a technology that is changing almost daily. I appreciate being honored as an Adobe Community Professional (ACP). As such I keep up to date on their software and completed their "Train the Trainer" course in 2018.
Believing in an immersive, hands-on experience for the learner, I find instructing through Wyzant to be a unique opportunity, and have an open-door policy when it comes to answering student's questions.
Applications: Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate), iBooksAuthor.
Interests: Art (especially computer-generated), photography, hiking, health and nutrition.
Shirley has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Shirley is an amazing tutor. I started looking for a tutor for my web development class. I couldn't have found a better tutor. Her lessons are well planned out and she always has exercises that go well with the topic you are learning. She helps even you when you're struggling and is always available to email, she responds very promptly. I highly recommend her to anyone.Hunter, 2 lessons with Shirley
Very knowlegable about the subject.
She is teaching me basically from ground zero on how to use Adobe Photoshop. She was very good and I look forward to learn more from her. Afterward our meeting she even sent me a paper on what we learned in our first lesson.Jackson, 1 lesson with Shirley
Photoshop grid building and work area layout
Good solid background with the patience to teach Specifically Shirley gave me an easy quality work around for building a photo grid for a Christmas Card. Also worked on a new saved work area layout.John, 1 lesson with Shirley
Useful and Satisfying Hour
We discussed and utilized Adobe Animate. Discussed file creation, basic tools, variety of output choices and more. It was fun and informative! Thanks Shirley!Linda, 1 lesson with Shirley
Absolute treasure of a tutor.
Shirley is a great tutor!!
Shirley is a patient and very experienced tutor. I am glad to have her for my teacher!! She is also willing to take the time to do research to help me find the solutions I need.Eddie, 1 lesson with Shirley
Experienced and very knowledgeable
I learned basic techniques and a few complex ones. Shirley has a nice teaching style. I highly recommend her to other students. InDesign is more complicated than it should be, so its an app that screams for a tutor.Robert, 6 lessons with Shirley
Shirley helped me work through my frustrations with Illustrator and got me to a point where I feel comfortable and know my way around the program. Having her help was a game changer for me!Amber, 2 lessons with Shirley
Shirley is extremely knowledgeable and patient. She seems genuinely interested in what she does--which makes it much better for the student. She helps make learning complex concepts in InDesign possible. I highly recommend her expertise!Duke, 3 lessons with Shirley
Knowledgeable and responsive
Shirley helped me with a book project bringing text from Word into InDesign. She is thoroughly experienced and versed in this, and was responsive to all my questions. She had prepared lesson pages for me, which were very helpful.Gwen, 9 lessons with Shirley
Response time: 9 hours