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Kristen passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Kristen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I currently live in Yangon, Myanmar where I lead dynamic workshops and master classes locally and internationally.

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator currently teaching digital media to secondary students at Thalun International School. I'm also a former Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar (2016-2018) as well as at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students on online platforms since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. My students have gone on to become confident professionals employed in creative fields, have started their own businesses, and/or have been accepted to graduate school to continue their learning.

Get the most for your time and money. I can help anyone improve their skills, often dramatically and in an unusually short amount of time. My super power is teaching you the most important skills you need to know so that you quickly and easily accelerate to an advanced level and gain confidence when others are still struggling with beginner basics.

I love working with people from all walks of life and of all skill levels. Let me meet you where you are, and help you move effectively toward your goals fast.

What can I help you with today?

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Experience

ICT Teacher
Nov 2017 - Present
Thalun International School

Associate Professor of Digital Media
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018
American University of Myanmar

Associate Professor of Digital Media | Program Director of Film and Digital Media
Jul 2006 - Dec 2016
The American University of Rome

Assistant Professor of Digital Media
Jan 2002 - Jul 2006
William Paterson University

Visiting Professor
Sep 2000 - Jan 2002
Pratt Institute

Education

MFA -Computer Graphics and Interactive Media
Sep 1999 - Oct 2002
Pratt Institute
BFA -Painting
Sep 1994 - May 1998
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Animated intro video.
With my students at Thalun International School in Yangon, Myanmar

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Introduction: This is a short 30 second video business card that presents who I am, what I do, and how I can help.
Sample Video Lesson: How to Make Your Blog Posts Go Viral With One Simple Free Tool
All About Blue: Sample Lesson From Life Hack With Color Psychology (Online Course)
Sample Video Lesson: The Only Tools You Need to Make Awesome Digital Images (That Will Never Go Out of Style)
With "Media, Art, and Social Activism" students at The American University of Rome

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Teaching MBA students at Myanmar Metropolitan College. Mandalay, Myanmar

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Teaching animation for MFA students at Addis Ababa University. Ethiopia.
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8 Reviews

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Heather Apr 29, 2019
WordPress · Online

Kristen is an excellent teacher and I have learned a lot from her. She really is fantastic and any lessons she puts her name to are worth taking!

Stephanie Apr 26, 2019
Graphic Design · In studio

Kristen is a person I totally recommend! She is not only a great Artist but an amazing professor. She gave me many useful tips. She is also one of the finalists of the Guggenheim fellowship! Go for her, you won’t regret it.

Helen Apr 26, 2019
Illustration · Online

I'm normally pretty good with tech but I've had several huge mental blocks around digital graphics and illustration. Kristen is the ONLY online tutor who has got me through these blocks. She's 100% the best at telling you exactly what you need to know at the right time - inspiring you with what's possible but without overwhelming you with how far you have left to go! Highly recommended.

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Stéphanie Apr 26, 2019
Graphic Design · In studio

Kristen is such a great Professor! She was patient and gave me so many great tips on graphic design. I loved her dedication, creativity and great sense of humour. She is a talented artist but also an amazing teacher. She is also a finalist to the Guggenheim Fellowship. Thank you Kristen! I totally recommend her.

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Anneke Apr 25, 2019
Animation · Online

I love the way Kristen uses Photoshop for animation. Images from her own life translated to painterly animation, my heart always melts a little when I see them. Kirsten is a great teacher, just try it out, no words needed.

Deb Apr 24, 2019
WordPress · Online

Wow - Kristen nailed it with this course by providing easy/useful fixes to optimize my website. As always - lots of free and inexpensive resources provided and the directions are clear and helpful. Great course - I highly recommend!

Dalveer Apr 24, 2019
Graphic Design · Online

Kristen has great in depth knowledge about graphic design and her teaching style is very nice. Students can not only learn basic design but also understand modren design styles.Course content is very well explained and easy to understand. Combination of theory and practice help mastering the subject. Useful tips from her are really helpful in real world. Short and sweet leassons are easy to digest and sufficent examples help more in deep understanding.
Thanks a lot for all your wonderful content and efforts to make learning so much fun. Always ready to learn more amazing stuff from you.

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Michael Apr 23, 2019
Web Design · Online

Kristen has a wonderful teaching style, informative, creative and inspiring! Well done and looking forward to more courses.

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