I live to use my gifts, talents, and knowledge of learning, design, and technology in the spheres of education and religion to encourage others to achieve their dreams by designing educational tools, creatively presenting ideas, and creating lessons people will not forget.
To help learner’s believe in their own potential, connect new information to what they already know, and create learning experiences that appeal to multiple intelligences.
I believe that each individual has a purpose and spends their life making connections to the world around them in effort to manifest what they believe about themselves. I value the process of making those connections or learning.
What I do
I create ways to expound upon what a learner already knows by combining design principles, learning theory, and multimedia.
I want to help teachers create self-directed learners.
I believe that teachers who know the learner create better instruction. A good teacher wants to know how their learners perceive the content and what connections they are making to the information they already know. I believe understanding is represented through a web of associations a learner makes to content. A good teacher knows how to build and strengthen connections within the learner’s web of understanding.
The content a teacher provides should be clear and relevant. I believe it should connect and expound upon what the learner already knows. Good teachers remember what it’s like to be a learner. I believe it’s important to create a learning environment that allows learners to step outside their comfort zone and work with new tools and approaches. When a teacher is passionate and skilled at what they do, the learner will follow their example. Good teachers invest time to continue exploring their passion and master their craft to keep their learners on the cutting edge of education.
I believe that teachers that know how to communicate their vast amounts of wisdom to diverse audiences with various skill sets and intelligence types in the simplest terms. Good teachers know what their learners can do on their own and where they need guidance and direction. Good teachers respect the experience learners bring to the table, recognize areas of growth, and provide guidance when in error. Good teachers adapt their instructions to connect with a learner’s specific need or question. I believe that as learners mature and become more competent, the teacher’s role changes; they offer less direction and give more responsibility as they progress from dependent learners to independent producers. I believe the teacher’s goal is to shape a self-directed learner, point them in the right direction, and provide them an opportunity to share what they have learned in a unique way. I believe that if a learner is passionate, they will do or learn whatever it takes to achieve their goal.
I want to create a learning environment that promotes creativity and reduces the fear of failure in effort to spark an intrinsic motivation toward self-actualization. I want to encourage learners to take risks and try that idea they hold dear in their heart. I believe that a true sign of learner achievement is being able to produce a product or service that benefits others. Good teachers see him or herself as a learner and invite others to engage in a collaborative exploration. I believe that a learner’s present a circumstance does not define future success and my goal is to encourage them to press beyond their excuses and view their capabilities from a new perspective.
Before graduating from Full Sail University, I worked as the sole graphic designer at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. I was responsible for creating flyers, poster, advertisements and web graphics for approximately ten plays per year. Since graduating from Full Sail University, I have obtained a Media and Technology Specialist position at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. I was responsible for managing the school’s website and integrating technology into daily operations. and creating corporate training material.
In 2010, I was honored with an opportunity to return my alma mater and serve as an Associate Course Director for the Education Media Design and Technology Master of Science program. Since then, I’ve served as a Multimedia Design Specialist and Project Manager for the Vice President of the Academic Innovation department within the university’s Education division.
I currently serve as the Senior Director of Academic Learning Systems and Design, where I lead the visual representation, design, and instructional design methodologies of all Academic Innovation projects. It is an amazing opportunity to explore how multimedia, entertainment, technology, game theory, and learning theory improve students’ learning experiences and integrate these design principles into educational software.
- George Washington Carver, Scientist, Educator, and Inventor
- Eric Jensen, Brain Based Learning Theory
- Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligence Theory
- Richard Mayer, Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning
- John Hope Bryant III, Entrepreneur
- Bill Strickland, Social Innovator
- Sir Ken Robinson, Education Reformer
The following quote captures the essence of my theory of learning:
“Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe.” -A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
The Brain Based Learning Theory provides a clear picture of how the brain physically works and what learning looks like. Jensen builds upon the natural processes of the brain and connects them with a variety of instructional methods that uniquely match the way the brain works. Through this theory, I was able to see the connections between the Multiple Intelligence Theory, Constructivism, and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning. The Multiple Intelligence Theory provides an entry point for all learners to see themselves as valuable contributors to an educational environment instead deficient. I agree with Gardner’s definition of intelligence, which is measure by ones ability to produce a product that is useful to society or one’s culture. In the 21st century education, teachers need to teach learners how to be producers of content rather than consumers. I value creativity and I am inspired by Sir Ken Robinson’s perspective on the future of education.
- Master of Science Degree in Educational Media Design & Technology from Full Sail University
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communication from Atlanta Intercontinental University
- Associates of Arts Degree in Computer Animation from Art Institute of Atlanta
- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
- Sublime Text
- Mindnode Pro
- iA Writer
- Microsoft Excel
- HTML & CSS
- iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro