Maria Koegel

General

The single most important thing I try to impart on my students is that you have to work hard to achieve your goals. Maria Koegel , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession

Personal experience allows the students to get a glimpse of how theory is implemented in actual corporations. Further, business theories can be applied across different industries from culinary to fashion.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

One assignment that exemplifies my teaching and mentoring is creating a business plan for a potential business. Students go through the process of looking at every aspect of creating a business from merchandising, operating, financing and staffing.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?    

The marketing class is one where students from different programs collaborate on projects and the different perspectives always add value to the project. Other times, students are surprised how the same theory applies to their industry.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

The single most important thing I try to impart on my students is that you have to work hard to achieve your goals.