Don Stell

Don Stell

You can do it. Don Stell , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

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

In Mrs. Spahn's eighth grade algebra class, she asked me to tutor some of my classmates. At that point, I essentially started teaching math. And I’ve never stopped.

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

I share my love of math with my students, and I teach them that if they don’t know how to use math, math will use them.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

My students work on a project/presentation that incorporates math with any of their creative skills. I stress that math impacts their everyday lives all the time. The more comfortable they are with math, the more approachable it’ll be for them in the future.

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

1. You can do it.

2. Decide you will do it.

3. Work toward your goal every day.