Education

2011-2013

  • 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.

Courses:

  • 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
    Bradley University
    Studied Communications with a focus on Design and Interactive Media.

Courses:

  • Advanced Interactive Media Authoring

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Designing for the World Wide Web

  • Digital Photography

  • Digital Photo Safari:

  • Graphic Design

  • Intermediate Interactive Media Authoring

  • Introduction to Audio and Video

  • Introduction to Interactive Media

  • Issues in New Media Theory

Work

 

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.

2014-2016

  • Instructional Designer
    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.

2013

  • Research Analyst
    NYU CREATE

    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

  • Web Team
    NYU Steinhardt

    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

  • Graphic Designer
    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.

2002

  • Computer Programmer
    Dreyfous & Associates

    Designed and maintained various online education and technology portals. Assisted with the educational professional training center.

2000

  • Multimedia Instructor
    Bradley University

    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.
    (MA Thesis)

2012

  • 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)

  • Talk Nepal!
    Fostering social justice and promoting social capital.
    (Educational Technology in Global Contexts Group Project)

  • Oxford University
    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)

2011

  • Kidtrix!
    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.

2012

  • 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.

Teaching Experience

2000

  • Taught Introductory Multimedia at Bradley University.

1997 - 1998

  • Taught Basic HTML and Dreamweaver to students Grade 1 – 12.

Professional Development

2012

  • 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).

2004

  • Training and certification in Adobe Creative Suite 1 for the enhancement of graphic design and desktop publishing.

Internship

2012

  • 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.

Interests

  • 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.

Technical Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Acrobat Pro
    • Captivate 9
    • Dreamweaver
    • Fireworks
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • Premiere
  • Audacity
  • Cornerstone
  • Final Cut Pro
  • HTML
  • Inkling Habitat
  • Keynote
  • Microsoft Office
  • OS X
  • Quicktime Pro
  • Smartsheet
  • Windows

Professional Skills

  • Content Media Production
  • Course Building, Metadata Tagging and Publishing
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Educational Technology
  • Engrade (LMS)
  • Graphic Design
  • Instructional Design
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • User Centered Design
  • User Testing
  • Web Design

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish