Vicky Ardaya

Being part of The Art Institute of Dallas family has allowed me to grow as a professional and an educator. Vicky Ardaya , Culinary Instructor
, The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University

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

When I became a Culinary instructor, teaching diverse students from different countries, I was able to combine two careers and to grow both as a culinary professional and as an educator.

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

Having worked in many different countries, I’m able to share with students not just my professional experience, but insights about diverse people and cultures.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

More than any one single assignment, I’d say that my students know me as an instructor who’s always there for them, always ready to mentor them if they need me. My views on education have evolved a great deal. I try to infuse all of my experiences, ideas, values, and perspectives into everything I teach.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

I believe that two essential components for success are teamwork and good communication.

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

Set your goals for the short and long term, and revise them as you accomplish them.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Be realistic and optimistic, believe in yourself, and have faith.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Being part of the Ai family has allowed me to grow as a professional and an educator.