Teaching at the college has done a lot for me, and I hope my methods and experiences have helped the students even more. The SCMD is a great place to teach, with a wonderfully diverse student and faculty population.
Being a former student of Centennial, it was kind of like "coming home", when I was offered a part-time teaching position. I studied journalism at Centennial in the early '80's. At the time - fresh out of Grade 12 - I wanted to be a writer and thought the best way to do that was by being a journalist. I had rarely picked up a camera until that summer before college, and never a REAL 35mm camera! Little did I know the journey I would take.
Photography became my first love that summer, and while I still like to write, photography - and its new digital spin-offs like Imaging - are what I enjoy most.
I've taught photography, photojournalism, imaging and web design. I have also been hired on occasion for corporate training. When I was at Centennial, I also took on some coordinating duties for the Imaging Department. It was an interesting/challenging department, really; most of the Imaging courses are minor - but important - components to the Major Programs at the campus, such as Creative Advertising, Film and Broadcasting and - of course - Journalism. Many students don't see the importance of the course until they're in the field. And that's where the real payoff is, for them. They are prepared to work and have the skills they need.
I still scratch the teaching itch in my role at Adobe; I present and do occasional workshops for faculty and students. And I still create tutorials, but you'll find them mostly on Behance, now.