About Me

I am about to obtain my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design and Development (IDD) Technologies at George Mason University's (GMU) College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

I launched my career in the e-Learning industry when I accepted my previous position as the sole Instructional Designer for ManTech International Corporation's corporate training department, ManTech University (MTU). I was responsible for designing e-Learning solutions based on solid pedagogical strategies that addressed the demanding needs of ManTech's workforce.

In March 2011, I worked as an associate instructional designer at ICF International. My responsibilities included the design, development, and review of ILT and online curricula and training products for pedagogical soundness, technical accuracy, and adherence to Section 508 standards. Additional duties include mentoring and coaching of junior staff and actively contributing to business development efforts for the Human Capital Management and Consulting (HCMC) Group.

In December 2011 I was part of a mass layoff and though jobs are abundant in this area, I decided to take a risk and work as an independent contractor. Leveraging my network of friends and colleagues, I have successfully managed to obtain a solid stream of work. I am genuinely happy and enjoying my new career and it is all thanks to GMU's Instructional Design and Development program.

Prior to my career as an instructional designer, I enjoyed six successful years working with the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD), Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative at the ADL Co-Laboratory Hub in Alexandria, Virginia. From 2004 to 2010 I served ADL in a variety of capacities including: Office and Event Coordinator, Business Manager, and Project Manager of Operations and IT Infrastructure. It was during my time with ADL that I discovered the instructional design profession.

I have always had a passion for the arts and education and I am a self-taught graphics and web designer, former professional production stage manager, experienced event coordinator, project manager, and an up and coming instructional designer. I have been formally recognized by the NATO Working Group on Individual Training and Educational Development (NATO WG/IT&ED) and the Joint Forces Command for demonstrated my commitment to excellence. I have also been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute for my services as the lead stage manager of theatrics supporting Asian History Month in 2001.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Theater, Production Stage Management from Florida State University and will receive my M.Ed. this May. I am a member of the eLearning Guild, ASTD and Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity since 1996.

Goals

Short-term

  • Complete graduate studies at George Mason University (GMU) with an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Development

Mid-Range

  • Continue to refine an expand my instructional design capabilities and establish myself as an exceptional and innovative instructional designer and developer within my field
  • Continue my education by completing a certification in Web Design and Development, a complementary skillset to my career as an instructional designer

Long-Range

Become a major contributor to the distance learning industry by:

  • Educating clients about the benefits of incorporating accessibility and engaging in the most critical step of the ADDIE process, analysis!
  • Engage experts in my field so that I may learn from their mistakes and discoveries.
  • Sticking to my pedagogical roots and not allowing flashy new technologies to drive my designs but rather enhance the solutions I create.
  • Grow my one-man independent contractor status into an innovative small business based on excellence.

 

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