Digital Media Academy: About Us
|The Digital Media Academy (DMA) is a nationally-recognized organization offering hands-on learning experiences in a broad
range of digital media technologies. DMA offers summer camps for kids and teens and Pro-Series courses for adult-learners. Founded in 2001 by a group from Stanford University, DMA is best known for its premier summer programs hosted at prestigious destination campuses, such as Stanford University, Harvard University and the University of Texas. In addition to its summer programs, DMA provides on-site training to schools and companies and offers workshops throughout the year at its training facility in Los Gatos, CA.DMA’s teen and adult courses are accredited by Stanford University Continuing Studies and offered for optional Stanford Continuing Studies credit. Instructors include nationally-known industry experts, master teachers and award-winning creative professionals.
Digital Media Academy Staff Bios
Founder and President
In the 1990s, Phil led various efforts to integrate new media technologies while working for Stanford University’s Academic Computing Department, including pioneering a video streaming service and a UNIX-based authentication system in the Apple-based public computer labs on campus.
Phil founded the Academy for New Media at Stanford University in 1999; it offered summer workshops to K-12 educators, high school and college students taught by Stanford Academic Computing staff and industry professionals. With permission from Stanford, Phil left the university in 2002 to launch what became the Digital Media Academy, with courses accredited by Stanford University Continuing Studies. Through Phil’s leadership, the Digital Media Academy has grown to offer a wide variety of digital art and technology courses at prestigious university locations in the US and Canada, serving thousands of students and adult learners from around the world each summer.
Phil holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. He is an avid soccer player, playing for national contender Santa Clara University and top club team, Santa Clara Sporting, for years after. He lives with his wife and three kids in the Silicon Valley area, where he enjoys coaching soccer, running, hiking, and the occasional round of golf.
“Digital Media Academy was founded with the idea of providing the best possible training and making it accessible to all motivated learners, regardless of financial means. What inspires me is building an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives, young and old.”
Amy Gibson holds a B.A. from Stanford University, where she worked as a technology consultant as a student. After four years at a high-tech start-up company, she pursued a career in elementary education, earning both her Masters in Education and her CLAD (Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University. During her years as an elementary teacher, she focused on designing an authentically multicultural curriculum. She is passionate about creating lifelong learners, inspiring children to reach their full potential and make an impact on the world. Since leaving the classroom, Amy has written web-based curriculum for educational publisher Classroom Connect. Amy is now a children’s author, with three books forthcoming from major New York publishers Scholastic Press and Feiwel & Friends. Her first book, Around the World in 80 Legs, hits the shelves in March, 2011.
Director and Senior Instructor
Tom is a certified instructor in Final Cut Pro, Level and 2, which he teaches at DMA. Tom is the author of several Final Cut and video production instructional books as well as DVDs for FCP, Final Cut Studio, and Mac OS X for Class on Demand. He also trains teachers and students around the country for Apple Professional Development. He is an active presence on a number of online forums, including 2-pop, Creative Cow, and the Apple support forums.
Before teaching, Tom worked in the film and television industry for more than 40 years. He worked in London as a writer, producer and technician before joining ABC News, where he was an operations manager and producer. He later moved to ABC News in New York for Good Morning America and World News Now.
Director and Senior Instructor
Beth is an award-winning photojournalist. She has been a news photographer since she was 15, when she freelanced for her local newspaper. After majoring in communications, she went to work in local television, learning the craft of editing and camera work. Beth was hired by ABC News in New York in 1982 and has worked as a network news cameraperson ever since. Her award-winning work has been seen on PrimeTime Live, World News Tonight, Nightline, 48 Hours and other news programs.
In addition to teaching for Digital Media Academy, Beth works as a consultant to Apple Inc. (Education) and is co-owner with Tom Wolsky of a project production company, South Coast Productions.
Director of Instruction
Over the last decade, Dave has led numerous workshops, seminars and training courses on technology integration for educators, specializing in training and consulting on digital video and multimedia solutions. Along with teaching Final Cut Pro and multimedia integration workshops across the United States for Apple, Dave has taught digital media courses at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County and at schools throughout Northern California. Currently Dave spends his time as DMA’s Director of Instruction, building and promoting DMA’s programs in current and new locations as well as recruiting the best instructional staff possible. Dave is also in charge of DMA’s Apple Certified Training Center (AATC) Program.
Dave holds a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When he isn’t teaching or directing, he can be found outside, playing with his daughters or mountain biking around Santa Cruz, California.
Lia was born in San Jose, CA and grew up in Morgan Hill which at that time was a small farming community just south of San Jose. Lia graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. She worked at a local private CPA firm for 15 years, then at two small businesses as their bookkeeper/accountant for a combined total of 13 years. She has been with DMA since late 2007.