In my long career, I’ve worked on countless projects, all involving content creation of some kind. After many years of working as a producer for instructional, promotional, and educational videos, and nearly all types of creative and visual content, I learned my real passion lies in Instructional Design. In fact, for many years I didn’t even know what an Instructional Designer was, but it turned out that I was performing many of the job functions already. And these were the parts of my work I liked best. It wasn’t a huge shift to make, and once I made it, I realized it fit like a really good pair of pants.
I’ve always loved learning and sharing knowledge, and combining my content creation skills and creativity with full instructional design responsibilities – was just the best combination. I dove into adult learning theories and learned them backwards and forwards. I learned the software required for the job, and honed my skills working on freelance projects. And I sought out any knowledge gaps I might be missing and dedicated to filling each of them, thoroughly and one by one. I also was lucky enough to do a 6-month apprenticeship with an experienced Learning Manager and Instructional Designer, who recognized all the overlap of skills from my producer years, and helped me to become a well rounded ID, with real value to offer my clients and teams.
I am experienced in the use of the ADDIE model, Mayer’s Principles of Multimedia Learning, and Kirkpatrick’s Model. And I’m always taking a new course, webinar, or training on the side to further my professional development. I love creating courses that are visually pleasing and provide measurable results for my clients – affecting learners behavior and my clients’ business goals and bottom lines. I really enjoy using gamification elements and scenario based learning to make learning more effective, long-lasting, and, well, fun, too! I’ve been studying the importance of play in our learning, health, and well being for years, have even interviewed the founder of the National Institute for Play, Dr. Stuart Brown, and have worked on several related projects, so having the opportunity to use it in my work now is just so rewarding.
I enjoy the analysis as much as the creative side. And I just love the process of creating content that has a meaningful impact every day. I’m passionate, work hard, love being part of a team, and consider my work a form of play.
My strongest skills are exceptional organization, problem solving, type-A work ethic, shepherding projects, compassion and emotional intelligence – and growing lasting relationships with my clients and teams.
Please find my portfolio for your perusal here, and please feel free to request a resume or references if you’d like as well. I will be quite happy to oblige. Thank you kindly for stopping by and for your time. (If you’re a glutton for punishment, or just curious about who I am outside of my work experience, you’ll find a few random facts below).
FEW RANDOM FACTS:
I’ve lived in many interesting places in my life so far, including Boston, a backpack in Europe, Cape Cod, the Gold Coast of Australia, French Louisiana, San Diego, the Hamlet of Thornwood in Mount Pleasant, NY (an hour north of NYC), and Los Angeles, CA. While I’m so grateful for my years of marvelous adventures, they’ve also helped me to see that California is truly my forever home.
My favorite places ever visited are Prague, New Zealand’s south island, the whole of Japan, Argentina and Patagonia, and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The only continent I’ve yet to visit is good ol’ Antarctica! Some day, maybe.
I care deeply about this planet of ours and all the humans that inhabit it, and am passionate about education and social justice the world over. I also believe that compassion and humanity are powerful tools, and free to give in excess.
In college, I worked a freelance gig where I wore a Dunkin Donuts cup costume, with huge orange shoes and 4-finger gloves, and danced and waved to passers-by. *Photo evidence avail.
Though I am left-handed, I (sort of) play guitar righty.
I secretly want to be an astronaut, and if given the chance to go to adult space camp – would totally take it.
I have sky-dived, snorkled reef, sang under waterfalls, swam in volcanic craters, and tried my hand at trapeze (albeit to the laughter of friends and bystanders).
I most value in another generous philanthropy, and hope to find more opportunities to give back, when my wildly successful career makes me loads of dough to share.
I love comedy and jokes, but will, no matter what, tell the punchline at the wrong place. (This includes knock-knock jokes).
At any given time of day, I will always be found craving chocolate and adventure.
Simplicity is one of my favorite words. I consider myself a minimalist, but am an avid collector of experiences. And laughs.
I once got lost on an island, in a rainforest, trying to make my way to a secluded beach I read about.
Among my minimal treasured possessions is a collection of different old keys. Since childhood (and still) I like to imagine the stories that might accompany each one.
My weaknesses are good food, lindy-hopping, rock-climbing, stand-up comedy, & fearlessly silly people. I also love a good safari (and, well, anything involving happy animals of any kind).
I adore being creative, but also secretly love lists.