Intrepid professional tutor and learning technologist with a background in secondary education. Experienced working in an industry that brings together learning and technology. Has worked with students of all ages and grade levels, as well as adult learners and professionals. In addition to succeeding in employment with a national online tutoring agency, has utilized skills and experience to provide face-to-face tutoring and coaching to community members.
GAMESALAD INC. Austin, TX | March 2014 – Present
Creating instructional materials for GameSalad online certification courses. Researching best examination-writing practices while coordinating with a remote team of co-workers. Creating and updating GameSalad University website using Moodle.
DJZ.com San Francisco, CA | November 2012 – March 2014
Writer, Copyeditor, and Consultant
Composed and edited articles for popular electronic music site. Topics covered include: music news; album and artist reviews; and music culture lists and compilations. Created static content such as artist biographies. Conducted research on and interviews with electronic music producers and performers. Designed instructional material for mobile applications.
BRAINFUSE New York, NY | November 2011 – September 2013
Tutor & Content Coordinator
Taught lessons and provided homework help for students via a web-based whiteboard client. Reviewed user documents such as essays, applications, grants and resumes. Coached adult learners through the job search and interview process while providing advice for increasing professionalism. Provided feedback to administrators with regard to technology issues and content development.
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL Portland, OR | April – June 2011
Visited classrooms to assist students who struggled with English. Eased students into class-wide and small group conversations, which encouraged more bonding with classmates. Worked one-on-one with pupils in the library, building skills such as reading comprehension and grammar.
Attended university full-time between 2005 and 2006 and between 2008 and 2011.
MLB.COM New York, NY | August 2005 – January 2007
Monitored live game content (audio and video) across a variety of leagues and sports. Created highlight clips in Soundforge and uploaded to the web via FTP and our content management system. Wrote copy for highlight pages. Solved tech issues with content providers such as radio and television stations.
SUMMER ON THE HILL Bronx, NY | June – August 2003, 2004
Oversaw a class-sized group of young students in a hybrid summer school and summer camp program. Worked individually and in small groups of second and third graders to improve math and reading skills. Organized students together for a musical performance. Motivated children to reach their potential and find joy in school.
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY | Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts, June 2011
Minor: Secondary Education
Honors: President’s List; Dean’s List; American Academy of Poets Award (2010)
Conducted interviews with community members as part of a partnership between Portland State University and Journey Koinonia Catholic community. Led meetings with church leaders for the creation of promotional materials. Oversaw the creation of a written history of the church for their website. Used web resources to research the city’s ecumenical background.
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY | Malibu, CA
Master of Arts in Learning Technologies, July 2014
Working individually and in teams to utilize and design innovative educational tools. Created and designed prototype mobile app, “Semicolons Made Simple,” to assist English language learners. Currently conducting action research to solve learning problems in the workplace.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Microsoft Office Suite: Experienced using various versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also proficient with Open Office Suite.
Technical: Basic graphic and audio software knowledge (Photoshop, GIMP, Audacity, Ableton Live, Soundforge); web editing and blogging (WordPress, Webs, Google Docs); and familiarity with learning management systems such as the moodle, Sakai, Blackboard, and Joomla platforms.
Writing: Ability to compose and edit (technical, non-fiction, prose fiction and poetry); arranging and conducting strong interviews.
Languages: Intermediate writing and conversation in French.