Each One Teach One: Giving Back To The San Diego Creative Community
Over the weekend I taught a Squarespace website design class alongside Courtney Wall who taught UX design. This class was for the Each One Teach One program which is a series of classes and workshops taught by practicing artists and professionals for attendees of all expertise levels in a peer-to-peer, inclusive environment.
My good friends behind the program, Veeej & Andy, reached out to me a couple months back about the class and expressed interest in having me teach it. Having worked within the Squarespace platform for a few years now and wanting to be more involved in the San Diego creative community, I immediately said yes.
I've been a Squarespace Authorized Trainer for about a year and have hosted a lot of one-on-one classes and workshops, but haven't had the opportunity to teach in front of a big group of people before this past weekend. It was definitely nerve-wracking leading up to the class, but once we got started it went off better than I could have expected.
The class started off with Courtney Wall talking about UX design and fundamentals. UX is a hugely growing field and Courtney was able to provide an in-depth presentation with real-life examples of UX design and her experience so far in this industry. It was honestly great to sit in an listen to this portion because I learned a lot about UX best practices, key terms, etc.
After the UX portion, I led a guided Squarespace tutorial using the Bedford and Brine templates to showcase the various functionalities with the Squarespace platform. My plan was to cover the fundamentals and basics of creating a Squarespace website, and also to show more advanced features within the platform as far as adding custom CSS, adding e-commerce, etc.
The whole class lasted three hours with a breakdown at the end where Courtney and I showed further learning resources and also answered any questions that the students had. It was so awesome to see so many people take time out of their Sunday to come to learn and was great hearing feedback and thank yous from the students after the class.
I have been designing Squarespace websites for around three years now and one of the parts that I always felt was missing was my purpose in all of this, and what I was doing to give back. After doing some workshops and teaching this class, it really helped instill my love for teaching and I can't thank Each One Teach One, Andy, Veeej, and Travelers Club enough for the opportunity. Also, a special shout-out to my co-instructor Courtney as well!
Thank you to everyone who attended this class, it was an amazing turnout. I have been living in San Diego for a little over a year, and to be embraced by the creative community here is a great feeling. It's awesome to see the growth and I'm excited to keep playing my part.
If you would like to learn more about Each One Teach One, please check out their website to see which ways you can be involved. If you missed the class and wanted to have your own Squarespace training session, shoot me an email.
Check out the photos of the class below, courtesy of Veeej!