Hello! Welcome to my professional portfolio blog, where you can learn more about my work as an instructional technologist, teacher, and lifelong learner.
I’ve created this portfolio both as an exercise to train other faculty members, but also as a showcase of my work over the years. This site is organized around the two very different aspects of my job: as a teacher and as an instructional technologist training other faculty members in the use of technology in their classes. The rest of the contents are individual posts of different lesson plans, workshops, presentations, and syllabi that I’ve developed over the years.
I originally earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Florida, but I quickly learned that I enjoyed taking a leadership role as the Vice President of the local GLBT club and founding member of the Northeast Florida Safe Schools Coalition. My interest in mentoring and teaching blossomed while earning a Master’s of Science in Mathematics at Texas Woman’s University. I was selected twice to be a presenter at the Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium and realized that I enjoyed both public speaking and sharing my ideas with others.
While I started work at Texas Woman’s University as a Technical Support Technician, I was eventually hired as an Instructional Coordinator where I was given the opportunity to develop and lead technical training sessions for faculty and staff. Additionally, I led a team that developed the university’s presence on the Second Life virtual world platform. Second Life enabled TWU to be the first university to host a student research symposium within Second Life. I also collaborated with faculty members on such innovative project as integrating video media into Blackboard to create a model for authentic assessments.
After completing my studies at Texas Woman’s University, I was recruited to teach Statistics and Quantitative Literacy courses for the Department of Mathematics. I eventually developed the first 100% online course for the department as an adjunct. At Tarrant County College, I taught several sections of a course on Business Analysis with Calculus.
As an instructional technologist at Texas Wesleyan University, I developed a unified standard for classroom technology on campus and oversaw the installation and upgrade of over 10 different classroom spaces. I developed training workshops and certification programs for the effective use of instructional technology such as SmartBoards. I designed and managed a team that renovated the old television and radio studio into an interactive MultiMedia Center and Classroom. I supported my fellow Title III team members as we developed the annual Learning Communities Institute, a 4-day program that offered outstanding professional development activities from practical pedagogical strategies to useful technology tools.
As the Coordinator of Faculty Media Training at American University, I was responsible for coordinating the Greenberg Seminars for Effective Teaching as well as New Adjunct Orientation. I developed and lead a series of Technology in the Classroom workshops to introduce faculty to innovative web tools that support them both in and out of the classroom. I was instrumental in deploying a new Lecture Capture solution on campus by developing a training and certification program for the new technology. I worked one-on-one with faculty to help them implement new technology into their teaching practices. I also provided expert teaching advice on topics such as active learning techniques, increasing classroom interaction, and learning space design by presenting at the Annual Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research, and Learning.
Now I work at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a Classroom Technology Analyst. I am responsible for all computers and technology installed in the classrooms and will be assisting faculty with pedagogically sound integration of technology into their teaching practices.