Sara has been involved with computers since the mid-1980â€™s when the principal at the parochial school at which she was the librarian decided he wanted the card catalog on computer and said, â€œThatâ€™s a computer. Look at that part. Type on that part.â€ Many stacks of 5-Â¼ â€œ floppies later, she had a basic understanding of the Apple-IIe, dot matrix printers, and the program Print Shop Companion, not to mention markers and crayons if the desired output was to be in color. This experience sparked an interest in computers and computer graphics that has continued to grow and expand far beyond what she ever could have imagined at the time.
Over the years, she became more and more interested in different programs and not only wanted to use them, but to learn them inside and out. This interest has lead to a full time job working from her home office sharing her skills with others by writing tutorials and teachng online classes. It gives her a chance to share her favorite things: graphics software, writing, and people. Currently she is teaching classes in Adobe Illustrator at LVS Online and Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, and Corel Photo-Paint at Eclectic Academy, and has written approximately 25 courses in various software. As well as the programs above, the list includes Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Freehand, and Macromedia Fireworks. Information about all of Saraâ€™s classes and how to enroll can be found at Northlite Designs. She is also a contributing writer for Photoshop Elements Techniques Newsletter, and writes Illustrator tutorials monthly for About.com.
She and her husband Tom have two daughters, two sons, and two grandsons, and live in the small town of Good Thunder in Minnesota with one son who still remains in the nest, and one bichon friese who actually runs the household.
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