Brian Lai

Teacher/ Mentor

Brian loves stories –animated, written, televised, cinematic -  whether it be creating, analyzing, or just watching and listening, everyone has a story to tell.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UCLA and later received a Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University with a focus on School Social Work.  But this wasn’t enough.  His winding story continued with a Bachelor of Arts in Animation- Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University.  Along the way, he has worked with pre-school and elementary children with special needs and tutored elementary to high school kids.

 In his spare time, Brian writes poems, reads books, plays games, and watches movies.  When he does go outside, he loves hiking, camping and most sports.  He is slowly making a comeback at playing pickup basketball.   A kid at heart, Brian still holds onto his true love of Transformers, watching every cinematic and animated version because he believes for every person, there is more than meets the eye.