Ron Smith has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for eighteen years, most recently at Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood, CA, teaching art, drawing, digital graphics and video. He has taught Photoshop, design, darkroom technique, & photography at Santa Monica College and California State University, Northridge. He currently teaches Educational Design, Digital Identity, Multi-user Authoring, & Image Manipulation at the Art Institute of California.
He came to teaching by way of photography, after being a commercial photographer and lab operator for 20 years. Indeed, he became a teacher by accident. Working in his photo lab before he had any interest in teaching, he was asked to fill in for a teacher at a local community college. Later, while working on his master's degree at California State University, Northridge, he taught himself Photoshop because he needed to create ultra-large panoramas for his one-man-show show. The art department chair learned of his experimentation, and asked him to teach a class in Photoshop that lasted more than three years.
He holds a Bachelor's in Art, and a Master's in Art Education, both from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.