"Say what you do and do what you say!"
Roel Ligterink teaches video and animation to high school students in the Graphisch Lyceum K-12 division that serves 500 secondary-level students. He is head teacher in the Technical, Graphic, Design, and Printing section and also a career adviser who tries to help students make deliberate choices for their vocational profiles.
He began his career as a drafter and soon rose to become manager of a silkscreen firm. In 1988,, Ligterink began teaching at a graphic school in Roosendaal. Four years later, he joined the teaching staff at Grafisch Lyceum in Rotterdam. For many years he taught evening classes for adults and corporate students.
He became acquainted with the Macintosh computer and its programs early on, including early incarnations of Adobe® PageMaker® and Adobe Photoshop® software, but then turned to QuarkXPress. In 2001, he switched to Adobe InDesign® software and began using and teaching Adobe Director® software. He now teaches Adobe Flash® software.
One of his current challenges is developing a new multimedia curriculum and technology plan for the junior forms. He also plays a leading role in the Dutch Graphic Schools network and serves on the institute that controls technical graphics exams in the Netherlands.
Ligterink lives in Schiedam, a town near Rotterdam known for its Dutch gin and the world’s tallest old windmills. He spends his evenings enjoying the company of his young daughter.