His inspiration came from the 1960s to early 1970s TV show "Bewitched," in which the character
"And he used graphic design at the time, which was all done by hand, to solve the problems for his clients," Thomas said. "And I just loved that and said that's what I wanted to do."
If he had never watched the show, Thomas said he likely would have gone into fashion. His mother was a landscape painter, so art always surrounded him.
Did you always want to become a teacher?
When I was young, I used to bring my friends together and I would teach them. So there were signs of it. But when I discovered there was an opportunity for me to teach advertising design, and there was no outlet for other people here in
Did you work in advertising design before teaching?
I was an editorial cartoonist for the
Where have you taught in the
When I first got the job, it was in the (then-called) Montgomery Area Vocational Center. I started there, then they moved me to
What do you enjoy about teaching?
There's nothing like giving a child the opportunity to express themselves in an area that they would have had to leave
What do you hope your students go on to do, or be?
Into fashion, (work as) illustrators, magazine illustrators. Store front designers, art teachers, art directions, graphic designers. Video editors, game developers. It's endless possibilities.
Why stay in
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HOBBIES: Time spent at
EDUCATION: Bachelor's of arts in commercial art from
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