Profiling Foundations Department Faculty Members Sarah Haley and Rachael Gorchov
The Foundations department at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division offers introductory courses in areas such as art, design, business and audio and digital technology. Two Foundations faculty members, Sarah Haley and Rachael Gorchov, have recently begun organizing boot camps for students to help them sharpen their skills in software programs essential to their success.
In this blog post, we’ll learn more about how these two women found their way to online learning.
Originally pursuing pre-med studies at Duke University, Sarah Haley recalls that she used to think of painting as a hobby. “I was even interning at a cancer research lab,” she says. “But when I took a break from science and math one semester, I took some art classes and never looked back. Two of my professors really inspired me; I looked at their lives and was instantly hit with a realization, ‘That’s the life I want. I want to teach college art and paint.’ So I changed my major and started interning at an art museum.”
For Ms. Haley, the progression to an online instructor seemed a natural one. Once she finished graduate school, she knew she wanted to teach. When exploring her options, she realized that she didn’t want to have to move far away from her family in order to secure a position that might be temporary, and teaching online seemed like the ideal solution.
For prospective or new online students, Ms. Haley has the following advice, “Come to school ready to be actively involved in learning. Be sure to make time for your education.”
Like Sarah Haley, Rachael Gorchov’s desire to create led her to study art. “I suppose I had always liked making things, so I decided to go to school for painting,” she says. Ms. Gorchov has been teaching in various programs for 7 years, and became involved with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division through an acquaintance who was teaching as an adjunct. “I had just started getting involved in teaching on the college level, I wanted to develop my experience and this seemed like an interesting area to pursue,” she remembers.
Ms. Gorchov offers the following advice to her students, “Seek out professionals in your field, ask them and your faculty lots of questions about the sorts of skills and experiences you need to develop. Cultivate these skills and seek out experience through internships and work related to your field of study.”