Hello! I'm Mr. Petz, 3D Animation & Game Design Instructor. I was very excited to come to the Tech Center in the fall of 2016, after working in the field of 3D animation and visual effects for several years. I really like sharing my media knowledge and artistic passion with students. I love watching them grow and develop in this field that can do such incredible things.
Phone: 616-364-8421 ext. 2700
My background industry experience includes:
- Freelance artist
- Adjunct Instructor at Ferris State University in digital animation and game design
- 3D animation and VFX artist
- Work with Yeti CGI
- Owner of Kid Tales digital media company
I also hold several degrees:
- Master's in Business Administration from Cornerstone University
- Bachelor's in Digital Animation and Game Design from Ferris State University
- Associates from Grand Rapids Community College
There is often much excitement around 3D animation and game design, and it can be easy as a teacher to be passionate about helping the students discover their skill and potential. My true passion is guiding the students to use their newfound abilities to make a difference in the community.
My wonderul wife, Amy
Children: Ethan, Emma, Ava, and Samuel
Cats: Fuzz, Pedro, and Zoe.
Animation and Visual FX
Camping and traveling
Guitar and music
Running - Marathons and shorter distances
I play hockey!
Our favorite family spot each year is in Pentwater at the State Park
Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany for my Master's study
Favorite sports team
As a family we enjoy University of Michigan because of our daughter Ava
who spent time at the hospital with her congenital heart defect (CHD).
Of course the Red Wings!
2005 Pro Jetski 1200 stock national champion and a 6th place at the World Finals.