Flash forward to 2019, I was starting my seventh year as a full time Lecturer III with COLFA for the UTSA Dept. of Communication, as part of the ever-growing BA and MA in communication programs—an MFA in a sea of Ph.D's, specializing in digital media production, graphic design, strategic communication design, editorial design and branding campaigns, etc. Now, I found myself at the center of an official Adobe Creative Campus, what? To me, this was my fan girl moment, like a mega-fan meeting Bono, face to face!
One in particular 'trainee' made an impression on me. She had all the signs of a traditional teacher: good posture, roller cart, beautiful colorful attire, smart shoes, smiles and eyes wide open. This was a veteran educator with 30+ years teaching experience that had recently returned to higher ed—brand new to UTSA—the perfect Adobe trainee! As I moved through the Adobe Spark demos, I could see my perfect trainee was becoming frustratated and a little upset that she struggled to follow along. I thought, "oh no, I've lost her!"
After class, when all the others had emptied the lab, I noticed my perfect trainee had stayed after eager to speak to me about all that was covered—then she shared her story and my heart was forever changed. She shared with me, with eyes wet, that her greatest fear was,
"staring into a sea of young faces, bored, waiting for something dynamic, and all I have to give them is another talking head."