- Master of the Arts Degree: Digital Media Design for Learning
New York University
Studied Instructional and Interaction Design for Learning Environments
with a focus on research and global perspectives in higher education.
- Architecture of Learning Environments
- Cognitive Science and Educational Technology
- Educational and Social Reform in South Africa:
- Field-Based Project
- International Perspectives
- Educational Design for Media Environments
- Educational Technology in a Global Context
- Interaction Design for Learning Environments
- Media Practicum: Field Internship:
- Professional Applications of Educational Media in New York City
Research and Evaluation Methods in Behavioral Sciences
Research in Educational Communication and Technology
Special Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies:
Semiotics of Media, Art and Performance
Video Games and Play in Education
1994 - 1999
- Bachelor of Science Degree: Radio and Television
Minors: Creative Writing and Multimedia
Studied Communications with a focus on Design and Interactive Media.
Advanced Interactive Media Authoring
Designing for the World Wide Web
Digital Photo Safari:
Intermediate Interactive Media Authoring
Introduction to Audio and Video
Introduction to Interactive Media
Issues in New Media Theory
2016 to Present
International Instructional Designer
McGraw-Hill Education International (MHEI)
Lead Instructional Designer for MHE International.
Leading, managing, building and delivering modular content for the grades 7-12 ELLevate project.
Developing interactive templates for student self-assessment.
Training vendors to author digital content items for all 24 ELLevate projects.
Supervising and updating all assessments generated in the Engrade LMS.
Publishing and updating metadata tags for the 4 ELLevate pilot projects.
McGraw-Hill Education (MHE)
Instructional Designer for Middle School Science.
Responsible for concepting, designing and building CCSS modular content for Next Gen Physical, Life and Earth Science.
Trained Academic Designers and SMEs with authoring templates, widgets and layouts.
Did weekly user testing sessions at Washington Middle School.
Created instructional videos and on-boarded new Instructional Designers.
Analyzed, Designed, Developed, Implemented and Executed a functional specification document for an online music learning community. Identified needs assessment, human centered design, challenges, frameworks, research goals, learning goals and future goals.
2011 - 2012
Made regular updates to the NYU Steinhardt web content management system. Managed student email subscriber databases in Bronto, Mail Chimp and Lyrics (Email marketing). Built and deployed web-based forms in Survey Gizmo and Qualtrics. Maintained and updated large school wide databases. Assisted with Steinhardt’s social media channels (Facebook, Vimeo and Youtube). Updated and migrated NYU Steinhardt blogs to Word Press.
2002 - 2009
Axesa Information Services
Designed and edited print advertisements for Yellow Pages and other information directories and publications. Designed and migrated websites for SuperPagesPR.com and BusinessRegisterPR.com.
Dreyfous & Associates
Designed and maintained various online education and technology portals. Assisted with the educational professional training center.
Taught four sections of Introductory Level Multimedia. Assisted students in learning the necessary tools and aesthetics of media production: digital images, sound editing, motion video and multimedia packaging and delivery.
Research (Projects and Educational Experience)
2012 - 2013
Improving Literacy Outcomes for Indigenous Australians
An investigative look at improving literacy outcomes for Indigenous Australian primary students through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs): A case study on the importance of past, present and future E-nitiatives in teaching and learning for Aboriginal students.
Indigenous Australians and ICTs
A Mixed Methods Approach at Assessing Educational Technology
(Research and Evaluation Methods in Behavioral Science)
Achieving Equality in the Struggle for the Liberation of the Mind through the Vehicle of Education
Documenting, exposing and exploring issues, technological resources and possible solutions for the educational system in South Africa.
(Educational and Social Reform in South Africa Field-based Project)
Fostering social justice and promoting social capital.
(Educational Technology in Global Contexts Group Project)
Field Internship – http://jjs574.wordpress.com
(English Language Teaching Media Production Team Internship)
eBooks vs. Apps
Digital textbooks for the modern classroom
(Cognitive Science Project)
The Human Circulatory System
Delivering o2 and Nutrients: Exploring science through games and play for learning
(Video Games and Play in Education Group Project)
Look What I Did!
(Cognitive Science Group Project)
Detailed Research Experience
2012 - 2013
Researched literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous Australian primary students in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Interviewed higher education faculty members, scholars and community leader experts in the Australian educational system.
Interviewed and observed technology educators in the classroom, Science and Technology centres managers and creators of informal learning programs, as well as conversations and interviews with township students and underprivileged schools in the Western Cape, North West and Gauteng provinces in South Africa.
Worked in a group project in Designing for Playful Learning experience that simulated the Human Circulatory System for Grade 6 students at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Performed evaluative social and behavioral research on children’s cognitive skills for informal learning environments.
- Taught Introductory Multimedia at Bradley University.
1997 - 1998
- Taught Basic HTML and Dreamweaver to students Grade 1 – 12.
Passed The University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS) tutorial to engage in behavioral research for my Improving Literacy Outcomes for Indigenous Australians MA thesis.
Passed The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) tutorial to engage in Human Subjects Training at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).
Training and certification in Adobe Creative Suite 1 for the enhancement of graphic design and desktop publishing.
- Media Production Team Assistant, Oxford University Press
Responsible for research and development of English Language Teaching (ELT) digital media content. Experience in the K-12 market, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learning (ELL) global market.
Field Internship Journal.
- Educational research on the impact of Information Communication Technology on Indigenous cultures.
- Languages – Native Spanish Speaker. Fully bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish
- Technological innovations in design, education, training and management.
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Acrobat Pro
- Captivate 9
- Final Cut Pro
- Inkling Habitat
- Microsoft Office
- OS X
- Quicktime Pro
- Content Media Production
- Course Building, Metadata Tagging and Publishing
- Curriculum Design and Development
- Desktop Publishing
- Educational Technology
- Engrade (LMS)
- Graphic Design
- Instructional Design
- User Centered Design
- User Testing
- Web Design
- Fluent in Spanish