I am passionate about learning technology! It is my core belief that learning is natural, collaborative, rewarding, and has been reshaped by web and computer technology. My career goal is to use digital multimedia technology to improve learning and training. Let this site introduce me to you. Use the menu above to view my resume and some of my projects.
A Brief Autobiography
I am a Florida Native, raised on a farm in “the middle of nowhere” Alabama. I attended a small Christian college in Montgomery, then Alabama Christian College, now Faulkner University, thanks to a local Church of Christ minister, Curtis Posey. Mr. Posey, cobbled together support to get me through my first two years of higher education. I earned a music scholarship and transferred to a very small Christian college in Villanova, Pa. The college, Northeastern Christian Junior College was housed in a mansion formerly owned by Pat Boone. There I lived in a closet, a real closet, with my Japanese, non-english speaking roommate. Upon graduation, I earned an additional scholarship for music at Freed-Hardeman College near “Carl Perkins”, Tennessee where I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical studies and minored in psychology. I then moved to Tuscaloosa and completed a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama, graduating top of my class with honors and voted the most outstanding student in the field. I enjoyed graduate school!
After I graduated, I worked teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders in Tuscaloosa and then in Gwinnett County, Georgia. My years in Gwinnett county was divided between teaching, technology support, and staff training. In 2012, I began to feel uneasy about the role of testing and teaching technology in public schools – too much testing and not enough teaching technology. I became determined to put myself on the cutting edge of learning multimedia technology for learner-centered learning. I enrolled in an award winning online program in educational technology at Full Sail University.
In 2013, I completed a Master of Science degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University in a year – on time. I graduated top of my class receiving additional academic honors for many of my courses. My experience at Full Sail was nothing short of amazing and underscored my passion for educational multimedia technology, photography, video, and using technology to promote student and adult learning in a digital context. Since graduation, I have discovered new and exciting ways to design and inform through digital multimedia, to develop online learning programs that result in learning and enhancing the lives of others.
After Full Sail I began looking for instructional design opportunities. I freelanced for small businesses, making product, trade show, and other informational videos. I eventually landed a job with Catmedia and was assigned to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. I worked with a team of developers, artists, and subject matter experts, designing what became award winning laboratory safety training programs! I work with the CDC for just over 4 years when my term of employment ended. The current political climate has made budgeting and funding at CDC and other federal agencies a bit unpredictable – I am told. So I am currently looking for other opportunities in instructional design and multimedia development.
Until such opportunity comes along, I am working as a freelance video developer and event photographer for various companies. The video assets I create hinge on great image capture, thoughtful scripting, and collaboration – lots of collaboration!! I continue to seek opportunities to develop these web-based multimedia training programs that inform and promote learning.