BRANDON HADNOT-WALKER

INSTRUCTOR – GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT

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brandon.hadnot-walker@first.edu

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407 316-8310 ext 1503

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Brandon Hadnot-Walker is a professional Graphic Designer and Motion Graphics Artist, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts & Game Development from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His strong passion for digital media drives his growth as a creative individual, which has granted him an array of skills and knowledge within today’s industry-standard design and production software. He has created motion graphics and 2D assets for game developer Human Head Studios, served as a Motion Graphics Artist for GameZombie.TV, and completed several commercial projects as a Freelance Artist for clients across the nation within the past decade. He believes that passion is the fuel required to get to the destination of your dreams. His favorite quote for any aspiring creative is this: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

IAN CARROLL

INSTRUCTOR – GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT

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ian.carroll@first.edu

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407 316-8310 ext 1503

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Ian is a passionate visual storyteller with over 10 years of experience writing, shooting, editing, and teaching graphic design and the video production process. He is a proficient camera operator that uses light, lenses, movement and framing to tell a compelling story with imagery and empathy. Ian was buried in books and movies for his entire childhood. Given to writing fiction and poetry he was encouraged by teachers and family to pursue his passion for storytelling. In 1998, at the age of 13, Ian bought his first camera from ebay. He would often be found filming around his neighborhood as it stood in for fantastic locations. Ian pursued a degree in film history and theory from the University of Georgia, during this time he began working as a freelance filmmaker and graphic designer. He has been lucky enough to have his work seen in galleries across the U.S. and film festivals around the world.  He has even seen some of the locations he used to imagine; he has flown drones off the Spanish Coast and shot video throughout the Italian countryside, he even got the chance to film a movie in Morocco. While the cameras have gotten better and the locations more fantastic. Ian is still doing the thing he’s loved since he was a child, finding an interesting way to tell a story.

MARIANNE CATANGAY

INSTRUCTOR – GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT

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marianne.catangay@first.edu

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407 316-8310 ext 1503

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“The question is not what you look at but you see.” 

-Henry David Thoreau

This quote describes my experience both professionally in the industry and growing up with a creative mind. As early as age 6, I came across the hard skill of sequential drawing after being disappointed with movie endings. My passion for telling a different story drove me to work hard at drawing correctly to make stories believable for audiences—which at the time were my 3rd grade classmates. But because of school challenges, I was pushed to apply this skill for seeing differently apart from drawing. I was failing in the areas of mathematics and reading comprehension. In order to gain any kind of education diploma, I had to learn how to use my creative mind in areas that weren’t natural for me. From struggling with failing grades and discouragement to learning how to talk to teachers, study with classmates, and read independently, I learned how to succeed and eventually work in education. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Design and graduated with honors. The professional world was a different story. When I had reached the professional world, I had been so immersed in understanding the school system that learning how to succeed in the creative industry was another challenge. Once again, I needed to be creative about how I saw things. I learned how to network, freelance, and market myself. I had to learn to transform emotions around discouragement, rejection, fears of inadequacy, and failing into encouragement, positivity, and receptivity to constructive criticism. How far I could extend my vision was how I far I was able to see. My vision has guided me to freelance with Elev8 Brands, OneUtopia, Valencia College, and TOLS Multimedia. If there is one thing I can share with students, it is this gift of seeing things differently in order to change the reality of the situation, whether it be improving their design skills or reinventing their outlook on life’s challenges as they pave their way to success in their field.

TSHELA GREEN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR – GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT

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tshela.green@first.edu

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407 316-8310 ext 1503

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With a background in fine arts and fashion, and a degree in graphic design, Tshela Green has worked as a graphic designer in print and digital media for more than 15 years. She has a certification in full-stack web development from the University of Central Florida. She loves the career path she has chosen and believes strongly that in life “we should always be on a path of learning” and “the opportunity for growth comes with being inspired, challenged and taken outside of your comfort zone.” She is currently teaching this philosophy as a Graphic Design and Web Development instructor at F.I.R.S.T. Institute.