Academy of Art & Technology   A Lighthouse California Partnership Academy



Art & Design


Donna Mercer

Co-Coordinator, design teacher, graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and recently earned her Masters Degree in Education from California State University Los Angeles. She brings to AOAT the experiences of a previous life in graphic design, where she created corporate identity and collateral materials, advertising and packaging. Her years at MCA Records as Advertising Art Director gave her a clear view of that one career path, and her expertise with commercial design and software are a rich resource for inspiring students.


Gabriela Rosillo

Co-Coordinator, design teacher, graduated with a degree in Art and Design, concentration in graphic design, from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Having worked as a freelance graphic designer and art director, she has experience in conceptual design, production, photography, photo retouching, and web design. She received her teaching credential from Cal State University, Northridge, and her CTE training at UCLA. She connects with students both in design classes and in her award-winning Yearbook program.


William Diebold

10th grade team leader, served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam as a combat photographer, and graduated cum Laude from The Art Center College of Design in 1974. Worked 25 years as an Advertising Photographer in Chicago and Dallas, before earning his teaching credential at CSUN. Mr. Diebold guides the youngest members of our Academy to take responsibility for their own success, and to start off their high school career on the right foot.


Paola Prato

photography teacher, received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and recently earned her Masters Degree in Education from California State University Los Angeles. Her previous experience includes working with Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Digital Arts Network (DAN) at Side Street Projects in developing and implementing an innovative project that linked 10 community-based arts organizations via the Internet and computer video teleconferencing systems in order to provide communication technologies and arts training programs to area youth.