Degrees and Certifications:
BS Journalism Technology Education Certification Journalism Certification
Mrs. Chrissie Robertson
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Chrissie Robertson started her teaching career in 2003, and spent the next 14 years advising high school publications, as well as teaching photography, journalism, and graphic design. In 2017, she accepted the position of Graphic Design & Illustration Teacher at TECC-East. She describes it as "winning the teaching lottery" and "it feels like I came home." She feels honored to guide and collaborate with the talented young designers that come to the graphic design studio.
She started playing around with graphic design as a high school student to help her father with his printing and promotional products business. Over the years, she has worked as a freelance graphic designer, and she was also a graphic designer for a little newspaper in the mountains of Colorado, the Estes Park Trail Gazette.
Chrissie currently has two professional goals. First, she seeks to build a community for Texas secondary graphic design and illustration programs. Second, she wants to grow as a coach and mentor as she guides creative high school students to become creative young professionals. She has created two annual events to support these goals. She organizes and hosts both at TECC-East.
MERGED: A GRAPHIC DESIGN TEACHER WORKSHOP
‘Merged: A Graphic Design Teacher Workshop’ aims to create a community for graphic design teachers and offers a source of revitalization and energy over the summer break. The workshop provides relevant professional development and the opportunity to collaborate with other graphic design educators. Chrissie plans the workshop itinerary, including professional development opportunities, and guides the branding of each event as a student competition. Merged attracts teachers from across the state, where they have the opportunity to learn from industry and collegiate professionals.
CREATIVE CAREERS COLLEGE FAIR
The ‘Creative Careers College Fair’ connects high school students with the programs and courses they need to pursue a career in the creative industries. This specialized college fair focuses on the visual arts. It is open to all school districts and creates another opportunity to build community and support. High school students find the next steps along their creative path, and high school teachers connect and network with college admissions and professors.
MRS. ROBERTSON'S CLASS PHILOSOPHY
Mrs. Robertson takes great pride in growing young professionals. Her studio is a safe space to take creative risks with unconditional support. We collaborate and challenge ourselves to make mindful choices, to communicate specific messages, and to cause intentional emotional reactions in our audience. Mrs. Robertson believes that working on actual products changes the level of buy-in, and it also provides more authentic and practical learning opportunities. She tries to have actual clients for all major projects that require application of graphic design & illustration knowledge and skills. Everything is centered around becoming a successful young professional.