Learning web design and mastering Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 can be a very complex and overwhelming task that Gabriel has managed to present in a very down-to-earth manner. He tailors each of his classes to meet the goals and interests of his students and creates projects that challenge his students to put their new skills to use instead of simply following along. Students have found that this approach gives them the opportunity to try completing tasks on their own in an environment where they have a chance to learn from their mistakes.
In addition to being an accomplished Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 instructor, Gabriel teaches Adobe Photoshop, XHTML, CSS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash and is a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert.
Gabriel founded Gecko Designs, a web design and marketing firm in 1996 where he continues to work to this day. He is passionate about his work and delights in teaching the trade to his students.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multimedia Design and has won awards in both graphic and interactive web design which he jokes, "I carry with me at all times."
Gabriel has received over 250 positive student testimonials (some of which appear on this page) and is personally requested by many of his students.
Outside of work Gabe races catamaran sailboats and plays on an ice hockey team. He loves traveling, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding and sports cars! He can do a Rubik's Cube in 90 seconds, enjoys making sushi and has a golden retriever named Hobie.
“ This course surpassed my expectations! I learned an invaluable amount of information in three days; more than I've learned on my own in the last 4 years! Gabriel was an excellent teacher. He explained everything so effortlessly, was extremely patient with everyone in class, and had enrichment exercises ready for those who were ahead of the rest of the group. ”
“ This course was great! I was so nervous my first day because I had never made a website before, but Gabriel was an incredibly helpful and patient teacher - I would recommend this course to anyone. ”
“ Gabriel was a wonderful instructor! Time flew by in this class, without making you feel overwhelmed. He also made you feel very comfortable when asking questions. I'm leaving here with a solid understanding of how to build web sites, which is incredible after three days. This class is worth every penny! Thank you! ”
“ This was awesome. Gabriel was patient, clear on what he taught, and best of all he was responsive to each student's questions and problems. He explained things in an organized, concise fashion that made pretty much everything easy to understand. The course was pretty much what I expected and more. It gave me a whole new outlook on how to approach building websites after 10 years of doing it my self-taught way. WOW! What an eye opener. Thanks for an informative and valuable 3 days! ”
“ Gabriel was the best instructor that I have had in all my years of training. I wish there were more like him. Very well organized and an overall excellent instructor. He should be the model for all instructors. ”
“ Gabriel is outstanding. I came in behind the eight ball, having taken another "beginner" class (through a different training center) that was clearly lacking in certain areas, and he worked quickly yet patiently to help me get to an appropriate level of comprehension. He knows his subject cold, expects you to follow along at a brisk pace, but gets to the heart of an explanation very efficiently, and in a way that help the student visualize WHY something is working, not just what to do. Some instructors expect students to follow along by rote, but this is not the same as teaching. Gabriel is a huge cut above. ”