about me

“When I was little, I always wanted to be an instructional designer…”

...says likely no instructional designer, because instructional design as a field is relatively new and unknown to most people! I actually wanted to be a pilot once upon a time, and in fact, initially pursued an aviation career path in college. Although I loved flying airplanes, the job market at the time was saturated with pilots. I then switched gears into an instructional design role earlier in my career when I discovered I could combine my love of learning new things, working with smart people (subject matter experts), and managing projects. This is where I first honed my instructional design skills in adult learning theory, eLearning and curriculum development, project management, and writing measurable learning objectives and assessments. 

I have built upon this base of instructional design by upskilling with eLearning authoring software tools and instructional design skills gained in Applied Instructional Design Academy to reignite my instructional design career after a planned career break for caregiving. As a lifelong learner, I continue to pursue the latest innovations in instructional design, learning design, and training development.

What I enjoy most about instructional design is collaborating with subject matter experts (SMEs), while learning about their areas of expertise, incorporating my love of learning to center the learner, and creating meaningful learning experiences that align with business purposes. I thrive in a team environment, whether remote or in-person, where I can develop connections and share ideas to achieve success, while also working independently to meet project timelines and produce quality deliverables.

Instructional Design Career Highlights

Instructional Design Credentials and Certificates

I earned the following badges as part of a 9-month Instructional Design Coaching / Mentorship program, Applied Instructional Design Academy (AIDA), after completing training and receiving extensive coaching from ID professional coaches. The program covers a rigorous set of activities and training that includes developing modules with extensive feedback, evaluating existing modules, and iterating multiple revisions to learn and practice the principles that make a module go from "good" to "great," increasing engagement among learners. 

Select each badge below to learn more.

The following certificates earned comprise a 4-course MicroMasters program in Instructional Design & Technology from University of Maryland Global Campus. Select each certificate icon to view the full certificate earned.

Just for fun...

I enjoy exploring the beautiful PNW, hiking, and paddling with my dragon boat team!

Select the thumbnail to view a quick video I created about dragon boating!

Tools: TechSmith Camtasia, SnagIt, Canva