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Summary

Profile: Writer, Digital Storyteller, Face-to-Face & Online Educator, Curriculum Designer, Technology & Learning Troubleshooter

Whether troubleshooting the first fiber-optic cables in Southern California in the mid-1980s, teaching sixth-grade second language learners in the mid-1990s, or teaching educators how to leverage technology in their classrooms in the late 2000s, I used my listening skills to help find a way to achieve what was needed. My expertise is in assessing complex circumstances and finding the words or media to make the data more readily understandable.

Skills

Writing - News/Editorial

Proficiency: 4-Advanced: Can perform actions associated with this skill without assistance.
When I earned my BA in journalism I wrote for the entertainment section of the student paper and became comfortable encapsulating the gist of the media I was reviewing, communicating what worked without giving away the story. Over the years I've employed this skill continuing to review media, but more often than not commenting on technology products or trends.

Writing - Creative Writing

Proficiency: 4-Advanced: Can perform actions associated with this skill without assistance.
I've been writing short stories, poems and songs since my teenage years. I am actively working on several longer writing projects.

Writing - Blogging
Presentation Skills
instructional Design
Educator/Teacher
Educational Technology
Teaching - Assessments
Teaching - Collaboration
Teaching - Curriculum Development
Teaching - Multiple Intelligences
Teaching - Online and Distance Learning
Photography
Editing - Video/Film
Proficiency: 3-Intermediate: Can successfully complete tasks as requested with little to no assistance.
I have been producing video projects since my undergraduate journalism degree in the late 1980s. I began teaching video-journalism in my student-teacher training in 1994 and used video-journalism PSA teams to promote literacy with my second-language learners from 1995 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001 I taught, supervised and edited videos produced as part of Furgeson Academy of Communication and Technology's video journalism program. I have continued to created videos as part of my learning and personal projects.
Troubleshooting

Proficiency: 4-Advanced: Can perform actions associated with this skill without assistance.
Technology, learning challenges, communicating complex ideas---my years as a communications technician, growing up experiencing different cultural expectations has afforded me the opportunity to develop a problem-solving/analytical approach to any situation.

Computer ­ Hardware & Maintenance

Proficiency: 3-Intermediate: Can successfully complete tasks as requested with little to no assistance.

Designed, assisted installation and maintained Macintosh computers for 30- classrooms, computer lab, video-studio and school site network, 1998-2001 Assisted installation and maintained 30-seat PC computer lab, created and maintained Novell folder/file student population shares, 2001-2005
Maintained 30-seat Macintosh computer lab, created and maintained Appleshare folder/file for lab, 2005-2008

Assisted peer technology troubleshooting and technology purchase recommendations, 2008-2014.

Operating System - Windows/Apps/Networking

Proficiency: 4-Advanced: Can perform actions associated with this skill without assistance.

Operating System - Macintosh/iOS/Apps/Networking

Proficiency: 4-Advanced: Can perform actions associated with this skill without assistance.

I've been working with Mac OS since OS9 and iOS since before it was given it's own designation. Whether it's software installation, networking, purchasing recommendations or basic troubleshooting, I've been the go to person before the official technicians were called.

Work experience

August 2016Present

STEAM Lab Teacher/Certificated

HP Fitzgerald Elementary School - Clark County School District, Las Vegas NV
  • Duties: (Summary): Created and adjusted curriculum, taught all grades (K-5) in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math using zSpace Windows-based 3D workstations and a classroom set (18) iPads. Collaborated with zSpace to improve curriculum offerings.
  • Detailed:
    • Setup, organized and maintained 12 zSpace Windows-based 3D workstations, including installing, organizing and maintaining software applications. Organizing, troubleshooting and manage associated styluses for zSpace workstations, Active 3D glasses, passive 3D glasses, mice, and headphones. 
    • Setup, create and maintain classroom LMS (Schoology) to best share, supervise and maintain evidence of student work.
    • Teach technology using CODE.ORG, blockly-games.appspot.com/, scratch.mit.edu and pbskids.org/scratchjr
    • Teach engineering/robotics using LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo and associated applications
    • Teach science using zSpace proprietary applications: zSpace Studio, zSpace Newton's Park, zSpace Franklin's Lab
    • Teach art using iPads and notes.app (drawing), Animation Desk™ Premium by Kdan Mobile Software and Plastic Animation Studio by Digital Video S.p.A. (animation),  and zSpace Studio (sculpting).
    • Organize and manage Fitzgerald's First Robotics after-school team (4th & 5th graders). 
May 2015August 2016

Full Sail Labs Facilitator

Full Sail University - Orlando FL
Helped create and implement week-long theme-based instruction & exploration in video-making, game programming, recording arts & robotics with 7 to 12 year olds, & Challenge-Based Learning with high school students, and After-School instruction.
Jun 2008Oct 2014

Professor/Course Director - Education Media Design Technology & Instructional Design Technology Online Masters Degree Programs

Full Sail University - Orlando FL
  • Duties (Summary): Created and taught online Masters’ courses on principles of graphic design & instructional design, media, online collaboration, leadership, blogging, and copyright to educators, corporate trainers, & content creators.
  • Detailed:
    • Course Creation, Design and Implementation of EDM613: Media Asset Creation
    • Facilitate Online Instruction and management for EDM613: Media Asset Creation
    • Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for EDM532: Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture
    • Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for DGL: Digital Literacy (Undergrad Month 1 University Intro Course)
    • Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for MDL: Mastery (Graduate Month 1 University Intro Course)
    • Assist EMDTMS Program Director, Course Directors and Course Directors for other EMDTMS with Mac OS, blogging platforms, online media posting and other course responsibilities.
Sep 2005Jun 2008

Computer Lab Teacher/Certificated

DeMille Middle School - Long Beach Unified School District - Long Beach CA
  • Duties (summary): Taught journalism, yearbook and technology to 6th-8th graders.
  • Detailed:
    • Set-up, managed, and maintained 38-station computer lab running Apple Macintosh OS9 and assisted with school site technology running OS9, Windows 98/XP
    • Implemented and continued to develop Introductory Computer & Print Media Computer curriculum, coordinated with a fellow computer lab teacher, to support student projects using AppleWorks, MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Typing Tutor (keyboarding) and Internet research.
    • Technology Coordinator: Assisted the department head and helped represent the school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
Sep 2001Jun 2005

Computer Lab Teacher/Certificated/Site Technology Coordinator

Twain Elementary School - Long Beach Unified School District - Long Beach CA
  • Duties (summary): Taught all students (K-5th grade) technology units integrated with their classroom curriculum. Maintained school website/online PTA publication with monthly updates.
  • Detailed:
    • Set-up, managed, and maintained 42-station computer lab and school site technology (one to five networked computers per 40 classrooms), running Windows 98/XP and Novell network operating system
    • Developed computer lab curriculum, coordinated with classroom teachers, to support student projects using MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), MS Paint, KidPix, Hyperstudio, Type- to-Learn (keyboarding) and Internet research.
    • Conducted staff development on using Groupwise (district e-mail), word processing basics, MS PowerPoint and using the Internet for student research.
    • Created, maintained and edited school website with new school news every month for parents, access to resources for student projects and plans for easy access to tech training and support for teachers: TwainTalkOnline
    • Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
Nov 1998Jul 2001

Technology Teacher/Certificated/Teacher in Special Assignment/Site Tech Coordinator/Magnet Grant Co-Coordinator

Furgeson Elementary School - ABC Unified School District - Hawaiian Gardens CA
  • Duties (summary): Designed and implemented Federal Magnet Grant to teach video journalism to 5th and 6th grade students and integrated technology and curriculum with the rest of the school. Furgeson Academy of Communication & Technology (FACT)
  • Detailed:
    • Researched, directed purchasing, installation, & maintenance of all educational technology: computer hardware, software, networking, and video studio technologies for Magnet program Coordinated with district staff, contractors, and Furgeson staff in the installation and maintenance of data/video network, electrical facilities upgrade, phones, and library circulation network
    • Trained & supported Furgeson staff and students in the usage of computer and video technologies:
    • Developed training strategies for video journalism teams (5th grade)
    • Developed procedures for studio production groups (6th grade)
    • Developed resource management system to handle flow of cameras, tapes, teams, editing resources, story assignments and tape archival
    • Developed coordination system to facilitate teacher usage of the studio and video coverage in the classroom
    • Conducted Staff Development in the areas of hardware, software, Internet and basic computer skills
    • Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
Sep 1995Nov 1998

6th Grade Teacher/Certificated

Furgeson Elementary School - ABC Unified School District - Hawaiian Gardens CA
  • Duties (summary): Created multimedia social studies/ancient history units & video- journalism/language arts to tech and teamwork to address the needs of low-performing second-language students.
  • Detail:
    • Language Arts: Developed Writers’ Workshop program using classroom computer time with Newspaper, Literary Magazine & Video Magazine publication models.
    • Social Studies: Developed curriculum using group literature exploration, individual booklets, video interaction, library & computer research projects.
    • Technology Accessibility: Developed classroom computer rotation which gave a class of thirty students one-hour a week individual computer time.
    • Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings when the district was creating its technology plan
Mar 1995Jun 1995

6th Grade Teacher/Certificated

Juarez Elementary School - ABC Unified School District - Cerritos CA

Spring Semester Temporary Assignment worked with multi-cultural students.

19791994

Communications Technician

Pacific Telephone/Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis - Orange County CA

Frame-Technician, El Toro - June - Sept 1979. Sept 1979 - October 1994, FMAC/DNAC-group. Tested installations and maintained voice, data, T-CXR, and fiber-optic systems in local switch centers (Anaheim-Irvine-South Orange County).

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Education

20042009

Doctoral Studies - Educational Technology

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Doctoral studies in Educational Research, Educational Technology and Online Education. Study discontinued due to expense and failure to maintain GPA after a leave-of-absence.

20012002

Master of Arts, Educational Technology (OMAET)

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Worked in Educational Research, Educational Technology and Online Education.

19931995

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development Certificate

Chapman University

Student-Teaching, elementary education multiple-subjects and CLAD California teaching certificate studies.

19871992

Bachelor of Arts, Communications/News-Editorial

California State University, Fullerton

Studied history of journalism, mass media, photography and photo-journalism, several semesters as entertainment reporter with student newspaper - The Daily Titan's Back Pages, internship at the LA Weekly. Continued at CSUF post­baccalaureate studies Teacher Training/Credential in the Fall 1992, until transferring to Chapman University

19841985

Master of Arts Studies in Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary

Loved the academic endeavor and exploration of Theology. Study discontinued due to expense and personal life changes.

19781981

Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies

Biola University

Taking personal devotional studies and applying academic university level research to the study of the Bible, ancient civilizations and ancient literature.

19761978

Loyola Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts studies, Religious Studies

Excellent introduction to research, the Humanities and university education. Transferred to Biola University before earning B.A.

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