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Sam Salo

Sam Salo

sam.salo.studios@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Sam Salo and I am a digital artist and a video game development educator. Thanks to my parents, I grew up with a buffet of educational choices and topics, all of which I enjoyed to some medium or large degree. As the years progressed, loves and specialties developed. Some of those loves morphed into the topics that I teach now. Some of those loves also developed out of years of illness in high school which played a large part in transforming what I’d do, what I'd love, and the topics I’d later teach. After being bedridden in high school, I had a number of life choices and situations brought to a head. It was during these days that art and games, for obvious reasons, sparked interests for me. It was also during these days that different collegiate options forced their way into my life. I'll start with game development…

In addition to playing them (games), I wanted to look ‘behind the curtain.’ I also developed an eye for art which grew in tandem with my desire for philosophical and scientific endeavor. In other words, I enjoyed the ‘left brain’ and the ‘right brain’ parts of academic pursuit, and I wanted these worlds to collide. Photography and graphic arts became high school and college vacations, and fractals and video game development became offshoots from my video game play. Life was a bit of a tornado during these years, and I put all of these things together into the teaching topics that were to come.

There was also the important issue of my collegiate career, put into limbo due to my own health issues at the time. I'd had my eye on alternate means of achieving a degree, and I ended up doing so. I ‘tested out’ of college—my bachelors degree—using such tests as CLEPS and DSSTs. After doing routine high school tests such as the ACT, I also had a spark of interest in tests and developed that through the many collegiate credit tests I took. I would later turn this into an overall topic of test-taking which I teach to this day.

About six years ago, I decided to try my hand at tutoring, and I discovered a latent gift of teaching. Having taught after-school mentoring clubs for years prior to that point, it wasn't much of a surprise. However, teaching academic subjects was new to me, and it was a skill I embraced with joy. I now teach the topics close to my heart, such as graphic arts, video game development, test taking, and more.

I look forward to meeting your family and your child in the classroom!