Meet Our Instructors

Oval shaped headshot of Mrs. Fernandez


Professional Organizations

BPA Lead and Computer Programming Advisor

Industry Experience / Background

East Grand Rapids Public Schools – Computer Technician and Video Game Programming Teacher

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science – Computer Teacher

Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. – Computer Programmer


Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/Mathematics
Secondary Education Certification

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Master’s Program Learning Disabilities

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Computer Classes in Graphics Design

Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Occupational Certification

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Master's in Educational Technology


Married 36 years to Larry Fernandez, Data Systems Engineer, Amway

Daughter, Theresa Fernandez, Valdosta, Georgia, Graphics Designer

Son, Nicholas Fernandez, Chicago, Illinois, Chemical Engineer at ERM

Hello! I'm Mr. Petz the 3D Modeling and Animation 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 in addition to the IT industry for a railroad company. 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. 3616

Industry Experience

My background industry experience includes:

Freelance artist
Adjunct Instructor at Ferris State University in digital animation and game design
Adjunct Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College
3D animation and VFX artist
Work with Yeti CGI
Owner of Kid Tales digital media company
Published work accepted into Siggraph
Published illustrator
Communication/IT (railroad)


I also hold several degrees, certifications and licenses:

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
Autodesk Certified 3ds Max User certificate
Comptia A+ certificate
Nuke (FXPHD) certificate
FCC General Operators License
Class A CDL License

About Information

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 skills and potential. My true passion is guiding the students to use their newfound abilities to make a difference in the community.

My wonderful 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!

Favorite Vacation
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 the University of Michigan because of our daughter Ava
who spent time at the hospital with her congenital heart defects (CHD).
Of course the Red Wings!

Interesting fact
2005 Pro Jetski 1200 stock national champion and a 6th place at the World Finals.
On Good Morning America
I had lunch with Prince William