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Photography Department

The Photography Department of Piedmont Hills is dedicated to providing meaningful engaging lessons that are standards based. 

Throughout every lesson students will learn about photographers and the art of photography (Artistic Perception), create photographs that are meaningful to them and reflective of their lives (Creative Expression), discuss and evaluate their photographs, the photographs of their peers, and recognized photographers (Asthetic Valuing), learn about the history of a particular photographer or group, techniques; as well as, social concerns of the times (Historical Connections), and finally students will learn to relate their understanding of the medium and concepts to their own lives (Connections). 

It is through these standards that specific goals and objectives are set for students and then evaluated to further improve student performance, understanding, success, and teaching methodology.

Donate to Photography

If you would like to make a monetary donation or an equipment donation please contact Mr. Tippetts at  All donations go directly to students.


Mr. Tippetts grew up in San Jose, CA and has been teaching since 2000 .  He is a graduate of James Lick High School in East Side Union High School District, and attended San Jose State University, where he earned a BFA with an emphasis in Photography.  After working as a full time photographer, Ian returned to San Jose State, where he recieved a BA in art Education; as well as, a CLAD Single Subject Teaching Credential. 


Today, Ian continues growing his sucessful photography business, and is happy to be at the home of the Pirates where he teaches Photography 1, 2, and 3, and advises for several clubs. 

Ian comes from a large family of educators, and views teaching as his way of positively impacting his community. When he's not in the classroom he enjoys training for and racing in triathlons, mountain biking, surfing, and relaxing with friends, and spending time with his wife and two children.



BFA Photography SJSU

BA Art Education SJSU

Minors: Photographic Journalism, Graphic, & Industrial Design

CLAD Teaching Credential SJSU