Professional Development Manager of STEM | Museum of Science, Boston
Values: Integrity, Diversity, Innovation
Goals: To collaborate, innovate, and create solutions exceeding anticipated educational outcomes, provide research-based teaching tools and strategies for high-quality learning, and increasing access to diverse, equitable STEM education.
What I do
- User Experience Design
- Instructional Design
- eLearning Development
- Curriculum Development
- User Interface Design
- Professional Learning Manager
- Social Media Marketing
- Educational Technology
2004 – 2008
Bachelor’s Degree | University of South Florida | Elementary Education
Elementary Educator | Polk County School District
2009 – 2020
Elementary Educator | Hillsborough County Public Schools
STEM School Coordinator
Technology Lead Contact
Teacher of Gifted
2013 – 2016
Educational Consulting | Independent Tutor
2016 – 2018
Curriculum Development | Hillsborough County Public School
Trained and wrote curricula with Hillsborough/Polk MSP 3-8 Science Grant
Science and Math Lessons are published on CPALMS
Professional Learning Specialist | NCCE
Social Media & Community Management | Legends of Learning
2016 – 2020
Professional Development | Hillsborough County Public School
Department of Elementary Science
Department of Instructional Technology
2017 – 2019
Master’s Degree| University of South Florida | Instructional Design & Technology
Instructional Designer Contractor | Massive U, Inc.
User Experience & User Interface Designer| Learnics, LLC.
Social Media & Community Management | Learnics, LLC.
2020 – current
Professional Development Manager & Social Media Marketing | EiE – Museum of Science, Boston
As the oldest of three siblings, not attending college was never presented as an option to me; not because holding a degree was a tradition in my family, in fact it was quite the opposite – only one of my family members, held a college degree. My parents instilled in me that pursuing higher education was going to lead to a more stable, comfortable, and empowering life than they were afforded. What I didn’t fully realize at the time was my parents could not afford to pay for my schooling and desperately wanted me to graduate without debt (especially since I wanted to be an educator). They knew how difficult it was raising a family on government assistance and high school diplomas. Their relentless mission and model of hard-work pushed me to obtain a four-year academic scholarship which allowed my family and I to shoulder the weight of tuition.
After high school graduation, I was proudly off to Polk Community College where I earned my AA after two years of working full-time and being a full time student. I then transferred to USF where I had the privilege to worked closely with a wonderful cohort of like-minded students to earn my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and ESOL Endorsement, again while working full time. It was then that my hard work and dedication to learning paid off- I got my first teaching job.
I could finally work ONE JOB, right? I quickly learned I was NOT prepared for what laid in store for me as a new 5th grade teacher at a socio-economically disadvantaged school. It was here that I learned how diverse student’s adversities can be. I was not prepared for how hard I was willing to fight for my students to earn a fair and equal education. I was not prepared for bringing my students food as rewards because they wanted to earn them to take them home for their families. I was not prepared to attend football games, BBQs, and become a part of a community and their family! I was not prepared for the love and tears we would share together as I became someone to trust and confide in. I was also not prepared for someone amazing to come into my life to share all these beautiful and transformational moments with.
Twelve years later, I am working harder than ever to help others become their best selves whether it be through mentorship, as an educator, or as an instructional designer- hoping to elevate others to fulfill their own destinies through recognition of their adversity and of those around them.
Through out my career as an educator, I have had some amazing opportunities both at my school site, and within my Professional Learning Network (PLN). I have attended some of the best learning experiences at conferences such as International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Superior Tech 4 Teachers (ST4T), and Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), while also having the privilege to present various sessions at ST4T, for Microsoft at FETC, and on the big stage at ISTE. Within my district, I have been invited to create and present content for the STEM, Technology, and Library Media Departments. Through the facilitation of various professional learning opportunities, I found my passion for adult education which was supported by my studies at USF while earning my master’s degree. At my school sites, I was not only a 4th and 5th grade teacher of gifted students, I was also the STEM lead teacher. With these responsibilities, I worked closely with the District’s STEM Director, Larry Plank, and STEM Coordinator, Joseph Simmons in order to support our local STEM Ecosystem and Innovation Hub schools to inspire our students and teachers to innovate education to best prepare our students for life.
As I glanced toward the future, I wish to
- continue to collaborate with like-minded disruptors,
- to share and ignite passion in others, and
- to empower and inspire others to be lifelong learners as we all work toward bettering ourselves in our chosen path.
Our adversities do not define us. Building a supportive community is not about relating challenges or comparing skills and interests. Connect with others who have similar value, missions, and motivation in this ever-changing world and surround yourself with disruptor of the status quo.