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Objective

To better aid schools, businesses and organizations in meeting goals more efficiently by using my experiences and knowledge in Education and Instructional Design and Development.

Education

Jan 2013May 2017

Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development

University of South Alabama

Student Organizations: IDDGA, CDPI

Graduation Honors:  GPA 3.64 - Cum Laude

Aug 2010Dec 2012

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development

University of South Alabama

Student Organizations: IDDGA, CDPI

Graduation Honors: GPA: 3.67 - Cum Laude

May 2003May 2007

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

University of Mobile

President - Kappa Delta Pi: Education Honor Society

Graduation Honors: GPA: 3.81 - Magna Cum Laude

Research Experience

  • University of South Alabama                                                                                                                                                     Mobile, AL

    PhD Researcher                                                                                                                                                              Jan 2013 - Feb 2017

  • Investigated, analyzed, and evaluated the implementation of project-based learning activities on academic achievement in schools.

      Research Assistant with Dr. James Van Haneghan                                                                                               Summer 2015

  •  Analyzed and evaluated data from the EYE Engineering Design Program – STEM modules for Mobile County Public Schools and the Mobile Area Education Foundation.
  • Created visual displays of the EYE Educating Young Engineers Design Program for students, teachers, and community leaders to see and monitor the STEM data for the school system.  

      Research Editor                                                                                                                                            Summer 2013 - Summer 2016

  •  Column and article review for the British Journal of Educational Research.

  • James Madison University                                                                                                                                                  Harrisburg, VA

       Research Intern for the School of Nursing with Dr. Julie Sanford                                                                Summer 2016

  • Revised, designed, and developed an online graduate level course for nurse leaders within the Clinical Nurse Leader Program at James Madison University, School of Nursing.

Work Experience

Aug 2010Present

Instructor - Advanced Prep/Regular/Inclusion students in Mathematics and Language Arts for 7th/8th

Semmes Middle School
  • Pre-Algebra/Algebra teacher to 7th/8th Grade students both advanced prep, regular education, and inclusion students.
  • KEYSTONE Teacher - Advanced Prep Language Arts teacher 7th/8th grade students
  • STEM/STEAM Teacher - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
  • Multiple time nominated Teacher of the Year for Semmes Middle School
  • AMSTI Trained
  • Grade level and Department Chairperson
  • Served on Leadership Committee for Semmes Middle School
  • Girls Soccer Coach/Co-ed Cross Country Coach
  • Sponsor of Running Club, Diamond Dolls, and the Junior Civitan Club
  • Community Liaison between school and community through community service projects. 
    • Business Partners worked with include: YMCA Boys and Girls Club, Mulherin Home, Port City Pacers, Semmes First Baptist Child Development Center, Salvation Army, Fox 10 News, USA Children's and Women's Hospital, US Department of Defense (Army, Marines), Mobile Bay Area Food Bank, University of Mobile, City of Mobile, KIA Automotive Plant, State of Alabama. 
Aug 2007Jul 2010

Instructor - 4th Grade

J.E. Turner Elementary School
  • Taught all subject areas
  • Served on multiple leadership committees
  • 4th Grade Level Chair
  • PST Team
Sep 2005Jun 2007

Accounts Adjuster/Representative

Computer Programming & Systems, Inc. (CPSI)
  • Reviewed accounts within a hospital billing system, had excellent customer contact and service ratings.
  • Implemented a system for tracking hospital billing and receipts for the companies associated with the hospitals of the company and trained others to do the same.

Certifications

Aug 2007Jun 2016

Professional Educator Certificate

State Department of Education : Lic # 386947 - Alabama
  • Class B, Early Childhood Education, Grades P-3
  • Class B, Elementary, Grades K-6
  • Language Arts, Grades 4-8
  • Mathematics, Grades 4-8
  • Highly Qualified in all certified areas

Professional Highlights

Experienced Instructional Designer/Technologist: Over 7 Years Faculty & Staff Support, Training, Services, Evaluation, Interventions, Deliverables.

e-Learning Experience: Reviewed courses and participated in a variety of LMSs (Blackboard, Canvas, eCollege, and Sakai)

Active in Professional Research:  2 Publications

Teaching Experience: Approximately 10 Years as a teacher in the Mobile County Public School System. 

Service:

  • Column Editor for British Journal of Educational Research.
  • Involved in several service projects, cooperative learning groups, historic community projects.
  • Team teaching development and mentorships with first year teachers. 
  • Been a part of numerous committees as a teacher that benefit the classroom and the community. 
  • Served as a Crewmate for the USS Alabama Battleship, and was named Miss USS Alabama 2005-2006.  Was a Community liaison for the USS Alabama Battleship and the City of Mobile in functions all across the state of Alabama. 
  • Connected business and community partners to the city through funds, business relationships, and speaking events. 
    • Such events included: Mardi Gras Celebrations in Mobile, AL, Dothan Peanut Festival in Dothan, AL, Corps of Engineers for the state of Alabama speaking engagement and social mixer at the USS Alabama Battleship.

Leadership:

  • Over 10 Years of leadership and management experience in dynamic team environments
  • Designed and led projects, advanced training in negotiation & conflict resolution
  • Nationally recognized teacher for nominating students into the National Youth Leadership Conference and People-to-People Program.  My students have attended conferences in Montgomery, AL and Washington, DC as youth leader ambassadors.  Through this opportunity, these students have obtained scholarships for their future career paths. 
  • 2005-2006 Miss USS Alabama Battleship: Lead a group of four other young women in a scholarship program being spokeswomen for the City of Mobile.
  • Served as Sponsor for the Running Club at Semmes Middle School.  This club promoted health and fitness within our students, and connected them into the community through races such as Azalea Trail Run, Senior Bowl Charity Run, and First Light Marathon.  Also acted as a liaison between the school and the local YMCA Boys and Girls Club branch through acts of community service. 
  • Wrote and was awarded a grant for fitness in schools for the Running Club at Semmes Middle School. 
  • Served as Sponsor for the Junior Civitan International Club, acting as a liaison between the school and the City of Mobile through community service projects. 
  • Girls soccer coach, and co-ed Cross Country coach. 

Media Skills: Social Media; Basic Web Development; Videography; Storyboarding; Video Editing and Production; Photo Editing; Graphics; Document Design; Office 365 application, and more. 

Technology Skills: Fluent Use of MS Office Suite, Office 365, Camtasia Studio / Relay, Mac OS, Smart Technology Software, Windows OS, Photoshop Adobe Premiere and Suite, video captioning.

  • E-learning for Educators in Alabama Technology in Classroom Courses
  • Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher’s Academy Participant
  • MEGA Conference
  • SITE Conference Presenter (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education)
  • Designed, developed, and implemented entire teaching system within the classroom making use of current technology.

Instructional Designer Strengths

Instructional Designer with the ability to assess needs, plan and implement appropriate strategies and evaluate organization-wide initiatives such as: employee/leadership development, employee engagement, continuous improvement, organizational design/structure/alignment, and culture enhancement programs.

Strengths include:

  • Ability to coordinate various components of the implementation and facilitation of integrated talent management programs including, but not limited to:  strategic workforce planning, talent assessment for selection and/or development, employee onboarding, performance management, high potential identification, and succession planning. 
  • Provide leadership for employee engagement and satisfaction surveys, feedback, action planning, and follow-up activities.
  • Ability to coordinate change management and continuous improvement initiatives, and apply expertise on a variety of company-wide projects and systems implementations. 
  • Demonstrate leadership in organizational activities through committee, task force and project participation.
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and benchmark data in order to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of organizational development solutions and processes. 
  • Anticipate and articulate emerging organizational needs and present recommendations.
  • Provide organization development and systems analysis.  Propose and implement organizational effectiveness interventions at departmental and organizational levels.
  • Identify, propose, and apply data collection tools, data sources, benchmarks, and performance targets to organizational development and talent management initiatives.
  • Integrate research into programs and strategies as appropriate.
  • Utilize adult learning principles to identify educational needs, develop training materials, and implement employee/leadership/high potential development programs in close collaboration with the professional and/or technical training team(s).
  • Ensure that all programs, processes, and initiatives are consistent with and embody the desired culture as well as coordinate initiatives to expand the knowledge and awareness of employees as it relates to the desired culture.

Instructor Strengths

Dedicated instructor, competent problem-solver.  I offer a proven track record of commended performance teaching, with a passion for education and a commitment to optimizing student and school success.

Core Competencies

  • STEM Math Teacher
  • Classroom Management
  • Community Liaison
  • Technology Innovator within Classrooms
  • Career Planning for Students
  • Creative Lesson Planning
  • Cooperative Learning Communities
  • Technology Integration
  • Instructional Best-Practices
  • Standardized Testing/Scoring
  • Learner Assessment
  • Experiential Learning
  • Students with Exceptionalities/IEPs

Key Contributions:

  • Taught at the elementary and middle school levels with experience in all subject areas. 
  • Ability to use formative assessments to guide instruction and make changes to my instructional approaches based on the results of that data. 
  • Ability to integrate technology to encourage the development of communication, collaboration, and other 21st century skills. 
  • Taught advanced prep courses, general education students,  and students with learning exceptionalities within a mainstreamed, inclusive classroom.
  • Consistently commended for ability to redirect students exhibiting behavior problems by replacing disruptive, unproductive patterns with positive behaviors and learning patterns.
  • Served on school committees and taskforces focused on curriculum development, textbook review, and fundraising efforts.

Vision Statement

Through my experience as a teacher, I realize that there is no formula to teaching.  In fact, teaching requires continuous research and planning.  It is a cyclical process in which the instructor has to keep thinking and rethinking the best practices and strategies to achieve desired goals and objectives for his/her course.  I believe that learners have autonomy of their knowledge; however, they need guidance.  This is the reason I think Instructional Design and Development is such an important field.  It is a blueprint for education, especially for an online environment. The instruction is planned in order to assist and support learners.  Since Instructional Design Systems provide the appropriate way to incorporate technology and education, this field is an opening to a new age of e-learning.  Combining a technologically innovative field such as Instructional Design with a foundational field such as Education, I am able to provide a solid foundation of learning through practices for our future, bridging the gaps for a brighter tomorrow. 

Publications

  • Mudrich, R. (2017). The effects of project-based learning activities on academic achievement and motivation in mathematics in eighth-grade students. The University of South Alabama, ProQuest Publishing, 2017. 10476.

  • Mudrich, R. (2013). Instructional strategies and teaching methods: Are they one and the same?.     In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 4513-4524). Chesapeake, VA: Association     for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Portfolio

These are examples of some of my recent work as an Instructional Designer and Instructor: