Manager, Professional Development | 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, inclusive learning experiences.
- Video Games
Future of Education Leaders Group
Association for Talent Development (ATD)
The Learning Guild
National Science Teacher Association
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Computer Science Teacher Association
300+ students reached
6000+ teachers supported
452 hours of professional learning offered
44 courses developed
26 conference presentations delivered
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
- Teacher of Gifted
- Curriculum Development
- Science and Math Lessons are published on CPALMS
- Team Lead
- District Trainer
2016 – 2018
In this role, I facilitated learning experiences for educators nationally with Microsoft, Makey, Makey, and SAM Labs from onboarding to continuous support models
- Facilitated blended learning solutions to improve learners’ skill sets in the use of Microsoft Cloud tools and instructional pedagogical practices and strategies
- Increase participant infusion of tools and pedagogical practices through customized content for educators across the United States
Social Media & Community Management | Legends of Learning
2017 – 2019
Instructional Designer Contractor | Massive U, Inc.
During this contract, I led the development eLearning content for MassiveU, Inc.
- Designed and developed eLearning solutions to increase learner engagement and proficiency by 50% upon completion of eLearning courses
- Collaborated with subject-matter experts and leadership team to conduct and analyze needs assessment & evaluation for virtual instructor-led & asynchronous curriculum development.
- In-depth knowledge of instructional design models (ADDIE, Agile, SAM, etc.)
User Experience & User Interface Designer| Learnics, LLC.
During this contract, I designed corporate website, resulting in a boost of visits by 132.5% for Learnics, LLC.
- Led company rebranding to include web design and user experience
- Managed multichannel social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram) and created engaging email campaigns to attain and support new users
2020 – current
Manager, Professional Development | EiE – Museum of Science, Boston
I lead the learning lifecycle of customers, internal teams, and strategic partnerships through Professional Development (PD) and Strategic Implementation management while collaborating with sales, marketing, and customer success teams.
- Lead the development and management of a team of contracted professional development providers and multitiered educator community programs to support internal initiatives and retention of consumers, STEM practitioners, educators, administrators.
- Develop and manage a portfolio of strategic accounts applying project methodologies and risk management processes, create and report data, and lead client-facing projects to ensure successful change management and implementation of products and programs.
- Manage the development and evaluation of exemplary on-site, online, and blended professional development to increase earned PD revenue and impact through the facilitation of +170 PD sessions annually.
- Lead development, facilitation, and scheduling of digital programming and resource development with team as a response to the COVID 19 pandemic that reached 6,600 educators and families globally from March 2020 to April 2020.
- Lead development and management for social media and community channels
- Direct social media and community strategic plan resulting in 112% more content on Facebook and 684% on Twitter, engagement of 88% existing contacts and 12% new contacts, and 31% conversions.
Episode 1: Learning to Teaching
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. They knew how difficult it was raising a family on assistance and high school diplomas. Their relentless model of hard-work pushed me to focus my energy on my academics.
Upon earning my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement, 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 “high-needs” school. I was discovered how hard I was willing to fight for my students to earn a fair and equal education. I was prepared to do whatever it took to support my students in and out of the classroom. But what I was not prepared for was the unconditional love back from my community; to attend football games, BBQs, and become a part of their families! I was not prepared for the laughter and tears we would share together as I began to learn just as much from them, as they were from me. I was also not prepared for someone amazing to enter my life to share all these beautiful and transformational moments with.
Thirteen years later, I am working harder than ever to support others become their best selves whether it be through mentorship, as an educator, or as an instructional designer. My mission is to elevate others to fulfill their own destinies through learning, leading, and making opportunities for change.
As an educator, I 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 as an attendee and speaker. 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.
Episode 2: Teaching to Training
Transitioning from education into training required some work- as expressed in my blog series, Teaching to Training- however, this was the path I was meant to following. Being a Manager of Professional Development (PD), STEM and Computer Science Education, with the Museum of Science, Boston has allowed me to marry my experiences as an educator with the passion for empowering PreK-12 educators to provide the best learning opportunities for all students.
In this role, I have the opportunities to:
- Led the development of and manages a multitiered educator community program to support initiatives across the Marketing, Sales, Product, and Customer Success Teams
- Lead liaison for strategic national and international partners such as Alabama Department of Education, Bermuda Department of Education, Oregon STEM Hub, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Plan and manage multi-year grant implementation and funding distribution with partners such as Dell Technologies, Overdeck Family Foundation, Oracle, Mathworks, and MA STEM Grant
- Develop, assess, and implement exemplary STEM professional development for on-site, online, and blended environments
- Lead development and implementation of various revenue models for PD leading towards an increase of contributing to PD revenue and +170 PD offerings
- Direct social media and community strategic plan resulting in 112% more content on Facebook and 684% on Twitter, engagement of 88% existing contacts and 12% new contacts, and 31% conversations.
Episode 3: Training and Beyond
As I glanced toward the future, I wish to grow in my reach and leadership capabilities to:
- Collaborate and lead teams of like-minded disruptors,
- Ignite passion and empowerment of others, and
- Provide others opportunities 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 only 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.