Cheryl Cabrera is an Autodesk Certified Instructor in Maya and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. She has also taught as Professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2001 to 2009. She has a background in education and acting, as well as directing theatre for several years. In addition to her work in 3D, she is an exhibiting painter and has participated is numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and her works are featured is several private collections. Her award-winning students have been featured in animation festivals worldwide, many of whom are now working within the feature film industry.