The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
My commitment extends beyond the classroom and on to continuously supporting graduates as they move forward and pursue their dreams of entrepreneurial success and the sharing of their creativity with others. Sabre Tyler , Culinary/Hospitality Instructor , The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
At a very early age, my mother began to assign me the duty of making a dessert every Sunday for dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed the response I received from my family and felt that I might want to cook so that I could continuously make people happy. As I got older, I would always cook and host small parties for family and friends which, in turn, confirmed this would be the thing that I would like to do most.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I discuss and also demonstrate much of what I have experienced in my professional life with students during both practical and lecture classes. No matter if it relates to managerial, culinary or hospitality fields of work, I find that it makes better sense to the student when real-life situations are included with course content. I also think it helps students to know that I am an alum of Ai. They see me now, as a successful professional in my current position, trying to bestow positive messages and energy to them. My commitment extends beyond the classroom and on to continuously supporting graduates as they move forward and pursue their dreams of entrepreneurial success and the sharing of their creativity with others.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
Allowing the students to engage with others currently working in the industry has proven to be one of the most effective means of exposing students to what options they have in our industry. Therefore, I am a huge advocate of field trips and guest speakers. Many of the trips and speakers I expose my students to are thanks to fellow Ai alums and Ai connections. It is my belief that students should understand and feel that I am there to support them as a student and will continue to do so after graduating.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
I find it important that our students learn to network and encourage each other’s creativity by establishing relationships with those in other programs. It allows them to learn and understand how to maintain business relationships, which is especially important early on in their careers. Students also gain new perspectives, materials and knowledge which all helps to evolve their portfolio.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Focus and time management are key. Continuously push yourself to learn. Make networking a priority.