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 About Amanda Dean Dahlgren

I pride myself on being able to integrate my artistic, educational, and technological skills in my work. Below you will find my resume:

Skills and Interests

  • Highly computer literate—-advanced user of Apple Macintosh computers, Microsoft Windows-based PCs, digital cameras, photographic studio lighting, color scanners, inkjet and laser printers, and various software applications listed below
  • Advanced user of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Lightroom, and ImageReady
  • Teacher of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, and Flash; HTML; and digital SLR camera hardware and software
  • Publish and maintain various websites:
  • Bright, motivated, and extremely quick to learn
  • Polite and pleasant, with a positive and helpful attitude
  • Level-headed in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Mature, reliable, and responsible team player


Digital Art Teacher, Department Chair Person, Web Master, Technology Mentor, and Coordinator of the Envision Digital/Fine Arts Program
Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
June 2004 – February 2008

  • Served as program coordinator for digital/fine arts discipline in the Envision program, which included developing curriculum, sequencing, and programming for digital/fine arts portion of Envision program, interviewing and hiring teaching artists, evaluating potential incoming students, and evaluating current students' progress through the program
  • Planned and taught “Fine Art Digital Photography,” “Imaging,” and “Art for New Media” courses, which included planning and teaching daily lessons, developing and implementing classroom management strategies, grading portfolio projects, and contacting parents and guardians regarding student performance
  • Served as Department Chair Person for the Visual Arts, which includes budgeting for the department, creating the master schedule for the department, and assisting in the hiring and mentoring of new teachers
  • Wrote college-prep curriculum for “Fine Art Digital Photography” that was approved by the University of California as a “UC/CSU-Approved a-g Course
  • Developed and maintained website for Envision program: www.cca-envision.org during 04-06 school years
  • Developed and maintained website for school: www.canyoncrest.cc during 04-05 school year
  • Served as technology mentor for all staff at the school and served on San Dieguito Union High School District Technology Committee during 04-05 school year

Digital Art (Web Design and Digital Imaging) and Mathematics Teacher
Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA
August 2000 – June 2004

  • Planned and taught lessons for college-prep curriculum for courses called “HTML Design,” “Advanced Web Design,” and “Imaging”
  • Wrote and taught new course called “Imaging” using Photoshop, ImageReady, and Illustrator to create digital fine art for print
  • Wrote and taught new course called “Advanced Web Design” using Photoshop, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, and Flash to create advanced artistic content for the web
  • Wrote and taught new course called "Art for New Media," integrating fine art and digital art and using ImageReady, Dreamweaver, and Flash, that was approved by the University of California as a “UC/CSU-Approved a-g Course
  • Developed and implemented classroom management strategies
  • Participated in Special Education meetings for mainstreamed students
  • Graded homework, tests, and portfolio projects
  • Contacted parents and guardians regarding student performance
  • Taught Algebra II and Geometry lessons for college-prep curriculum during 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 school-years

Computer Consultant
The Reynolds Effect, San Luis Obispo, CA
March 1998 – August 2000

  • Provided training and troubleshooting assistance on Quark XPress, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and on the Macintosh Operating System

Teaching Assistant
Dr. Scheftic, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
January 1998 – December 1998

  • Served as resource for professor and students in course entitled “Education 480: Computer-Based Curriculum”

Week of Welcome Orientation Leader
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
March 1998 – September 1999

  • Actively participated in over 60 hours of leadership training for nationally renowned orientation program
  • Planned a week of fun and educational orientation activities for groups of 20 new students
  • Facilitated group discussions on sensitive issues such as date rape, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders

Graphic Designer
Education Products Production Group, Tandem Computers division of Compaq Computers (now Hewlett-Packard), Cupertino, CA
July 1993 – August 1997

  • Designed marketing and public affairs pieces including posters, newsletters, invitations, brochures, certificates, and lobby displays
  • Assumed project management duties including scheduling and supervision of contractors
  • Created black & white and color graphics and animations for use in print-based and video-based course materials
  • Served as division-wide technical expert for color scanning, Adobe Persuasion, and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Designed Adobe Persuasion and Microsoft PowerPoint templates and Microsoft Word style sheets


Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Online, In progress

  • Course work at the Academy of Art University: history of photography, studio and location lighting, and thesis preparatory course work

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics and Fine Art
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, March 2000

  • Course work at Cal Poly: mathematics, computers, secondary and elementary education
  • Supplementary authorizations to teach design and computer applications

Bachelor of Science Degree in Design
University of California, Davis, June 1994

  • Major course work at UC Davis: graphic design, typography, architecture, photography

Continuing education

  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Jewelry design
  • Ceramics
  • Computer software applications
  • Photography

Academic Achievements

  • Academy of Art University grade point average: 4.0
  • UC Davis graduation status: high honors (top four percent of college)
  • Cal Poly grade point average: 3.9
  • UC Davis overall grade point average: 3.67, grade point average in major: 3.8
  • Dean’s Honor List: Fall 1990, Winter 1991, Winter 1992, Spring 1992, Spring 1993
  • Scholarships:
    Edward Kraft (1990), Fulmore (1990 – 1991), Paulson (1991 and 1992), Luther and Marie Davis (1993)


Available upon request