I grew up in a VERY small town in Nebraska. First, I had the dream as a lot of others do from Nebraska and that was to be a teacher and I did just that.
While I was teaching, I invested more and more time to make my lessons engaging and valuable for my students. I worked in a low-income school district and we were fortunate enough to have funding for a SMARTboard and a MacBook for my classroom. Throughout teaching, I realized I was spending an hour if not more to create this very interactive lesson for my students that only lasted about 5 to 10 minutes. That is when I took a step back and asked myself... what am I really enjoying here? Now, don't get me wrong, first-grader smiles can be the sunshine to your day, but utilizing technology was mine.
That is when I moved to Texas and decided to pop into the University close to me. I don't know what it is about being in the right place at the right time, but I was. I met with the amazing people within the Education department and they led me to the Instructional Design program. From there I took off. Not only did I hold a 4.0 throughout my Master's Degree, but I also worked as an adjunct instructor and I revamped any professor's content on Blackboard that I could partner with.
I knew from then on out I wanted to move from the school districts and work with companies to help make content better for the end-user. I also was so intrigued by courses that were hosted online and knew I wanted to become an expert in the field. So, I spent all the time I could learning different software products, how to make effective learning depending on the content, and really anything I could get my hands on to develop the skills I have today.
Now, I have worked in various roles creating an abundance of learning design materials. I am incredibly proud with the support of my family, previous colleagues, and friends, to now be working as a freelancer in the world of Learning Design. I have a passion for making Learning Design materials that work in all types of businesses and now I can help anyone instead of just one company. Having conversations surrounding the topic is a great fuel for what I do and I cannot wait to get started with each person I get to meet.
I do have a trusty sidekick in the photo there and his name is Maize. He is a Great Dane and he will probably make an appearance or more while we meet because let's face it, he is bigger than me and nosey from time to time.
He will be 5 years old and will maybe talk from time to time, I mean I can't blame him he thinks he has the most valuable input. Right now he is saying "schedule a call to meet with us".