tEACHING PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

The late Dr. Elliott W. Eisner (2002), acclaimed author and distinguished Stanford professor, wrote, "The ultimate aim of education is to enable individuals to become the architects of their own education and through that process to continually reinvent themselves" (p. 239). It is this precise statement which inspires me and challenges me daily to help others achieve their academic goals.

The many personal responsibilities and demands on 21st century learners are oftentimes overwhelming without the support, caring communication and attention required during the learning process. What I offer as an educator are my experiences in education and administration, my strong communication skills and my technological aptitudes. I maintain these while striving to reach learners effectively, efficiently and, most importantly, with a sincere and caring disposition. When I teach and interact with others in education, I picture myself in the learner's position. I consider each learner's motivations, goals, skill levels, disabilities, backgrounds, and so on, and I work carefully to craft an honest response or a product that guides the learner towards a comfortable place where understanding, engagement, learning, achievement, reflection and continual reinvention flourish.

Reference: Eisner, E. W. (2002). The arts and the creation of mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Work History

Work History

Full Time Life Skills Faculty

Zenith Education Group
Mar 2014 - Present

Provide online instruction using eCollege for first term students in SLS1105 - Strategies for Success, SLS1321 - Career Skills , SLS1505 - Critical Thinking, and SLS3130 - Principles and Applications of Adult Learning courses. Encourage student participation and engagement through guidance and motivation, post weekly communication materials into the classroom, answer questions within 24 hours via email, grade weekly assignments within 72 hours while providing constructive feedback, and conduct ongoing outreach and retention responsibilities. Record all outreach in Talisma.  Provide two hour weekly tutoring sessions to students requiring additional assistance. Maintain confidentiality via FERPA laws.  Serve on the Faculty Development Focus Group and assisted in the development of the Faculty Mentoring Guide.

Online Instructor/Lead Instructor

Santa Barbara Business College
Aug 2008 - Nov 2015

Facilitate online instruction and academic guidance to college students in Early Childhood Education program. Coursework taught includes: ECE100 – Child Growth and Development, ECE110 – Infant and Toddler Development, ECE115 - Infant and Toddler Curriculum, ECE200 – Programs and Curriculum I, ECE205 – Programs and Curriculum II, ECE210 – Observation and Assessment, ECE 220 – Guiding Young Children, ECE230 - Administration in Early Childhood Education, and ECE240 – Adult Supervision and Mentoring. Previously taught BUS100A – College Success, a course focusing on goal setting, time management, study skills, and test taking strategies, and MTH105 – Pre-Algebra online. Maintain constant communication with students, colleagues, and college representatives via the LMS learning management system and email functions. Maintained availability for tutoring center. Working with campus faculty and academic staff, I also provided assistance on program specific issues related to maintaining academic standards including curriculum relevance and quality.

Associate Faculty

Kaplan University
Aug 2008 - Nov 2010

Provided online instruction and academic guidance to first term college students in CS115 – Academic Strategies, a course focusing on goal setting, time management, study skills, and test taking strategies. Curriculum also included units on developing writing skills, research techniques, editing, and academic integrity. Maintain constant communication with students, colleagues, and college representatives via eCollege learning management system and email functions with the mission to guide students to achieve their highest potentials.  Students are comprised of Administration of Justice, Education, Paralegal, Psychology, Business, and General Education majors.

Full Time Faculty

Virginia College Online
Jan 2007 - Apr 2010

Provided online instruction and academic guidance to first term college students in EDU1015 - Critical Thinking and EDU1010 - Learning Framework (College Success). Maintained constant communication with students, colleagues, and college representatives via eCollege learning management system and email functions with the goal of retention and attrition.  Students are comprised of Medical Office Systems, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, and Business Administration majors.

Associate Director of Academic Support

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
May 2008 - Nov 2009

Responsibilities included academic, admissions, administrative, financial, human resources, and enrollment management. Responsible for academic advisement of undergraduate and graduate students, works closely with the Director of Academics, monitors and reconciles student accounts receivable, and participates in the public relations and marketing efforts to provide the civilian and military sectors with relevant information regarding programs.  Students are comprised of Aeronautical Science, Technical Management, Management, Project Management, Professional Aeronautics, and Safety undergraduate and graduate degree majors and certificate candidates.  Member of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, the California Space Authority, and the National Management Association. 

Program Representative II

University of California, Irvine
Feb 2007 - Nov 2007

Implemented new and repeat graduate level education courses and certificate programs for educators’ professional development endeavors using the PowerCAMPUS database system. Recruited, screened, and approved instructors for classes and programs. Maintained liaison with the community and professional groups to determine the need and effectiveness of classes and programs, including adherence to state guidelines. Participated in the evaluation and assessment of programs and teachers, while working in accordance of budget parameters. Provided student advisement regarding course program completion and policies. Provided supervision of student assistants. Managed online coursework relating to the Spa and Hospitality Management certificate program. 

Administrative Secretary - Language Arts Department

Allan Hancock College
Aug 2005 - Jan 2007

Provided explanation of policies and procedures to students, faculty, staff, and the public within a community college setting. Provided support to the department chair, faculty, and the Dean of Academic Programs, while assisting with course scheduling process and using the database and the Intranet.  Organized meetings and workshops, supervised student workers, maintained budget and financial records through BiTech, purchased department supplies, maintained the department’s calendar, prepared correspondence and other print materials, maintained and established filing systems, edited materials, and processed meeting notes. 

Preschool Director

St. Mary's Preschool
Sep 2003 - Mar 2004

Worked directly under the school principal as supervisor of the overall operation of the preschool program. Duties included creating and maintaining an effective daily program, including academic goals and curriculum, serving as lead teacher and religious director, supervising and evaluating staff of ten, managing day to day program operation, including parent communication, administrative duties, and record keeping.

Police Training Coordinator

City of Santa Maria Police Department
Aug 2000 - Sep 2003

Coordinated peace officer professional development training according to state guidelines and mandates, developed training plan, matrix and courses, communicated with Command Staff regarding department training needs in accordance with mission statement, managed annual training budgets of up to $120,000, conducted physical agility testing and new employee orientations. Utilized and maintained the Training Management System database. Coordinated various course offerings for adult learners, including, but not limited to, Racial Profiling, Sexual Harassment, Cultural Diversity, and Drug Abuse Recognition courses. Facilitated and instructed the Citizens’ Police Academy and the Ride-Along Program. 

SPECIAL pROJECTS

Temporary Research Assistant

Center for Teaching Excellence, Zenith Education Group, February 2016 - ongoing

Research, develop, and present upcoming faculty development workshops according to the strategic development plan (as needed); find current articles related to teaching in higher education (online, blended, ground) and technology for the CTE site pages; find external, discipline-specific professional growth activities to share with faculty; and, track attendance from weekly workshop attendance reports on reporting spreadsheet.

Education

Education

Master's degree

Chapman University
Aug 2004 - Jan 2007
Education:  Curriculum & Instruction emphasis

Bachelor's degree

California Polytechnic State University
Aug 1994 - May 1997
Liberal Studies

Associate's degree

Allan Hancock College
Aug 1988 - Dec 1990
Liberal Arts

Skills

Skills
Typing 70+ wpm

Achievements

Santa Barbara Business College 5 Year Service Award 2013

Santa Maria Police Department 1999 Support Employee of the Year

SERVICE/LEADERSHIP

CSEA 2006-2007 Negotiations Team Member

Allan Hancock College Recruitment Team Member 2006

National Management Association Chapter President 2000

Affiliations

Online Learning Consortium
eLearning Guild
University Professional & Continuing Education Association
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Parent Teacher Association
Girl Scouts of the America

highly competent subject areas

  • Computer Experience
    • Microsoft Office 8 Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • SKYPE
    • Talisma
    • PowerCAMPUS
    • BiTech

 

  • Learning Management Systems
    • Blackboard
    • eCollege
    • Moodle
    • WebCT
    • ANGEL

 

  • Subject Matter Expert
    • College Success
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Education
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • Academic Strategies
    • Higher Education
    • Online Learning
    • Remedial English
    • Basic Writing

Presentations

"Audio Tools for the Online Classroom:  Vocaroo" - Zenith Education Group, February 2016

"Video Tools for the Online Classroom:  Biteable and Animoto" - Zenith Education Group, February 2016

"Creating Engaging Announcements: How to Include Images in Subject Lines" - Zenith Education Group, October 2015

"Job Application Presentation #3: How to Complete a Job Application Part 2" - Zenith Education Group, September 2015

“Furthering Your Education in Project Management” to The Los Padres Chapter of the Project Management Institute, June 2009



Professional Development Attended

  • Jing 101:  Screencasting in the Online Classroom, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. - August 2014
  • Email Communication and Organization - Corinthian Colleges, Inc. - July 2014
  • Engaging Students and Finding Relevance in Class Discussions - Corinthian Colleges, Inc. - June 2014
  • Connecting with Adult Learners 18 to 80 - Corinthian Colleges, Inc. - May 2014
  • Child Nutrition and Cooking - Coursera - February 2014
  • Getting Ready for the Hour of Code - BrainPOP Educators - December 2013
  • Fire Up Early Literacy with Award-Winning Books:  The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards - December 2013