Knowledge Transfer, Mentorship and Learning Facilitator.

Educational Sherpa

In my mind, my role as an instructor, is more akin to an educational sherpa.  I guide my students through a curriculum, ensuring they pass through figurative learning gates on route to some final summit. I treat them as peers on a learning journey with my role being a north star when conditions change. I may have only walked a certain specific path once, but I know when to gracefully get out of the way so the student surpasses me. Teachable moments, become the springboards for a lifetime of skills.

Hours Instructing

Total # of Students Under my care

Instuctors onboarded


Graphic Design

UX Design

Tom was an amazing instructor for the UX Design course at Red Academy. As his student, I really enjoyed his teaching style that he asked us thought-provoking questions instead of giving away the answers. Throughout the course, he guided students on their community projects and provided insightful feedback. Outside of class, he’s a great mentor to me and always open to share knowledge and experience that would support students to succeed in the industry. He was engaging, open-minded, articulate, and personable. I appreciate all your support, thank you, Tom!

Joyce Xiao

Master’s Student, Centre for Digital Media

I had the pleasure of working alongside Tom teaching the UX full-time program at RED Academy together. He is a thoughtful caring human with a big heart and tons of great ideas. Not only does he have a great mind for strategy and design he really cares about the success of the people around him.

I felt lucky and continuously impressed watching him mentor and teach our students. I learned a lot working with him.

One thing that always impressed me with Tom was that his knowledge of the UX process was so deep that he was always able to apply the UX process to real-life and not just design outcomes. He is super talented, incredibly knowledgeable, and would be an amazing mentor, coach, or addition to any team.

Scott Bell

Senior UX/UI Designer

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I’ve got a solid and practical understanding of adult learning principles and always on the look out for opportunities where I can be a conduit for knowledge.