GERRY IRRIZARY, CTE 9/10 VISUAL/COMMERCIAL ARTS
Born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, Gerry was a student and documentarian of pop culture and eventually became a photographer for such urban publications as The Source, Spin and Vibe Magazines. His passion for design thinking became the throughline for his many work experiences including graphic designer for Fat Beats Record Distribution, Loud Records and Marvel Comics. Gerry moved to Brooklyn in 2000 to complete Graduate School at Pratt Institute and his NYC teaching certification.
When Gerry looks at his own childhood drawings from the 1980's & 90's, he can see that the culture of his youth and the era it was created in influenced his level of creativity. Cartoons and advertisements were his introduction to the world of art & design, as is the case with the majority of today’s youth. Reflecting upon this, he can say that popular culture is a lens through which children see the world. Everything they create is a direct outcome of a sound or image they might have just experienced.
JENNIFER WARD, CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Jennifer Ward is a passionate individual who taught Career Technical Education for five years. Her areas of expertise is in the field of graphic, animation and web design. She is prepared and capable to share her technical skills for design and programming with the students of UA Makers.
Jennifer is a graduate of the New York City College of Technology who received a Bachelors of Technology in Communication Design and a certification in Career and Technical Education. Jennifer is also a graduate of the Borough of Manhattan Community College where she received an associate degree in Multimedia Programming and Design. In her majors, she has learned and obtained many skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Quark, Flash, Microsoft office and many more.
Her goal is to prepare and teach our children of the future for a career in today’s many multimedia industries, companies and institutions.She is willing to pass on her knowledge and experience as an industry professional to students who share the same passion.
LEV FRUCHTER, CTE 9/10 PROGRAMMING/COMPUTER SCIENCE
Lev grew up in Brooklyn and is a graduate of New York City schools, in which he has now taught english language arts, math and computer science for over 15 years. Instead of using numbers, equations and other mathematical models to teach programming, Lev uses stories, characters and action to model digital principles and behaviors, opening up coding to all types of learners. He is looking forward to connecting technology learning with all other classes at UA Maker.
Lev graduated with honors in English from Oberlin College and holds a Master of Arts from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has taught in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and can be relied upon to play either frisbee (outside) or board games (inside) after school.
Mariam Balogun, CTE