Dana P. Richardson

General

I love working here because it's small enough to reach individual needs, yet big enough to experience the reality of dreams coming true! Dana P. Richardson , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I love being able to teach a subject that I feared as a child and young adult.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I use examples from personal and professional experiences that students can easily understand.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Assign impromptu speeches to help students develop their public speaking skills from ground zero.

In what way do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I use students’ fears or weaknesses to build confidence, as each speech assignment helps them gain more ease and self-control.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

I tailor group activities to promote a peer-to-peer interaction, which builds teamwork and collaboration.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Have the confidence to overcome the smallest defeat.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m glad I can help guide students, both professionally and personally.