Why I make an excellent instructional designer:
I work backwards from a target to design effective learning
I use the Universal Design for Learning framework to design accessible learning experiences
I use assessment data and learner profiles to design appropriate learning
I take complex learning theories and break them into practical instructional strategies
I have worked with a variety of Learning Management Systems
I learn new tech tools quickly
I communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in a professional manner
Read About My Journey to Instructional Design
University Teaching Experience
I actively denied my teaching fibers for a long time, instead pursuing my Masters degree in English, Creative Writing, where I also studied rhetorical theory and taught freshman composition. On my last day of teaching at the university, my whole body was vibrating with energy.
My experience teaching at the university taught me that I love designing learning and curriculum.
Masters in Teaching
When I applied for my Masters in Teaching program, I was shocked to discover how much experience I already had teaching:
Training new employees in the service industry
Volunteering in middle and high school tutoring and reading programs
Teaching at the university while receiving my MFA
My MIT solidified my ability to design learning and helped me understand learner diversity.
High School Teaching
Designed my own curriculum, applying new theories and frameworks based on research and best practice, becoming a point person for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at each school where I worked.
During the pandemic, I pivoted to a fully remote structure, re-designing all of my curriculum to be virtual.
Worked as an educational consultant for a new charter school, helping them design equitable assessment strategies and English curriculum, as well as onboarding new teachers and training them on the educational theories.
Coached other teachers on equitable grading practices and assessment design
Designed professional development for teachers around UDL
Teaching high school taught me how to impact learning on a system-level and how to design learning for adults