About Us

Our Philosophy

At ACATestPrep and Brainbuffet, we believe firmly that great teachers and eager students want to be successful and learn. Teachers and students need to work together to make the most out of classroom time spent together. We’ve found that often times when a program is suffering, it is because one or both of these parts of the equation is taking a shortcut that seems like a good idea, but in the long run causes more problems than it solves.

Teachers and students need to work collaboratively to ensure that the most is gained from class.  This takes effort and energy, but not much more than the energy spent trying to cover tracks when it’s not happening! We know our strategies are unusual- but we count that as a credit to our programs! We are unique, like all excellent programs are! We do things differently, like every innovative company or team. And as Rob likes to say it…

“We’re weird, and that’s our secret ingredient. Apathy is average. Complacency is common. Ask hard questions, get self-critical, and NEVER settle for average. Average just means you also suck at being terrible! Real teaching and learning is hard work, but more fun than mediocrity, so it’s worth the effort.

Don’t make it easy. Make it challenging – challenging but fun. Always just make the learning worth the effort.”

We do things different because we feel it’s worth the time and effort to do something well, or not worth doing it at all. We believe teachers have great programs and they know their students’ needs better than we ever could. We don’t want to replace teachers or their amazing contributions… we just want to help share the load. We don’t replace a teachers’ curriculum, we come in to support it- to support the teacher and their unique contributions to the classroom and to their students.

One size never fits all. One size fits one. The rest of us just look sloppy in it. 

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Timely Updates

Targeted Training

Our tutorials cover what you need to know in a hands-on, content-rich set of tutorials that don’t beat around the bush. We cover what you need to know to get started for industry exams and workplace.

Connected Content

Context is key. Our tutorials are project based, teaching you the critical skills you need in a way that you can use them immediately. No fluff, no junk, and cool projects you’ll be stoked to show off.

On-Screen Delivery

Online training has the extra benefit of being quickly updated, always available, and easily modified. When the industry or exams change, so do we. This quick adjustment is key to adapting to changes in the industry.

Clear Communication

Our combination of video and hands-on projects is highly effective! Our users love our projects, they’re successful on industry exams, and they move quickly into advanced concepts and careers.

Recent News at ACATestPrep.com

March 2017 Updates

Ok… this one largely video. Check out the last update to get some tech details on what’s happening here, but there’s a lot of change to prep for some requested features and such that is largely invisible to you… details inside! Got 10 minutes?...

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State of the ACATP Address

Hey everyone! There has been a TON going on behind the scenes- here’s the scoop on what’s happening and what’s coming soon. Technical Additions/Changes: We have worked really hard to improve the user experience here lately. We’ve updated our...

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More Behind the Scenes.

Here’s a winter update! Photoshop CC15 is up and done. We’re adding quizzes and lesson plans- coming soon. I’m kinda spread thin as I’m also working on recording and editing the Illustrator tutorials. We are also working on helping increase...

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Our Team

Rob Schwartz

Rob Schwartz

Founder, Designer, Pedagogical Ninja, and Solver of Problems

Rob started this little venture as an outgrowth of his class website at brainbuffet.com. Rob is fluent in design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and photography, and loves speaking on creativity and innovative classroom ideas!

  • Photoshop 90%
  • Illustrator 80%
  • Design and Business 75%
Joe Dockery

Joe Dockery

VP - Video and Media, King of Apps, Skibum Extraordinaire

Joe Dockery is an award winning educator, a popular workshop speaker and trainer with a focus on video for education, but Joe is the ultimate creative! Joe is fluent is the entire creative suite and plays a mean game of Disc Golf as well.

  • Premiere 95%
  • InDesign 80%
  • Mobile Apps 90%
Joseph Labrecque

Joseph Labrecque

VP- App Development. Master Absintheur, Knower of Secret Things

Joseph Labrecque is the BrainBuffet King of all things Flash! He’s written a bunch of books, has a few Lynda.com titles, and is also an EXPERT ON UNDEAD AND NEWBORN SAFETY.

  • Adobe Animate (Flash) 95%
  • Web Development 85%
  • Systems Integration 90%
Kim Cavanaugh

Kim Cavanaugh

Trainer, Author, and King of the Interwebs

Kim is an award-winning educator, author, and web designer working in the design and web industry for over a decade. Author of multiple books and part-time beach-bum, Kim handles our web design courses and is the on-call site guru!

  • Dreamweaver 90%
  • Web Design 80%
  • E-learning and Event Web Integration 85%
Kelly Kermode

Kelly Kermode

Queen of Print Media, Thrower of Clay, and Amazing conference speaker!

Kelly is an amazing educator with years of experience in design, yearbook, newspaper, and is one HECK of a potter!!! She also has a great delivery style and is very active on twitter- be sure to check her out! Kelly also speaks often at conferences, often speaking on integrating technology into the classroom!

  • Premiere 95%
  • InDesign 80%
  • Mobile Apps 90%
Jackie Coll

Jackie Coll

Interim Kingpin, Keeper of the Reigns, Disney Queen and Nerd Mom, 2014

Jackie is the official Keeper of things Afloat when Rob is out of the scene. She’s an invaluable part of our team- and though busy with mommy-hood, we still love and value her as a critical part of what we do! She’s taking a bit of a Sabattical right now to spend time with her family… but hope to have her back soon to keep things organized!

  • Photoshop 85%
  • Industry Testing 95%
  • Curriculum Design 90%