Meet the Team
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Senior Instructional Designer
TPLD Founder & President | Programs Director | Content Developer | Mentor | Facilitator
After teaching for nine years, in February 2020 I decided it was time for a change-but when I first started my journey of leaving teaching, I didn't really know what that meant.
I felt lost, as teaching was the only professional experience I had ever had, and I didn't know if I could do something else. Turns out, there are a lot of options out there if you have the time to piece it all together. That's when I realized there were a lot of other teachers just like me...ready to make the switch, but maybe felt as I did-overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, and frustrated that all the roads out seemed to have expensive tolls.
I finally did find my way, and after job searching for four months, I was offered a position as a Sr. Instructional Designer with a major financial institution! I wake up every day and have the thought, "Is this real life?!"
This journey inspired me to start a new volunteer initiative-helping teachers make the jump to instructional design by providing free resources and webinars to help light the path.
For more information on my background and experience, please check out my LinkedIn Profile here.
Learning Experience Designer
TPLD Vice President and Lead Community Manager
I began my career in marketing but began teaching abroad due to the Great Recession. My main interest in teaching was always focused curriculum design -- I was that teacher who "made things" and got put on committees because I was interested in the new standards or tools. In addition to teaching duties, I held leadership roles as a PLC Lead (school and district level), grade-level lead, program coordinator, committee chair, and curriculum leader.
In my final year teaching, I finished a graduate degree in Educational Leadership that allowed me to do comprehensive staff training projects, but I never wanted to be an administrator. When I did a little soul searching, instructional design felt like the next step to continue to explore my interests in cognitive science, organizational leadership, technology, and human performance. I'm currently employed as a Learning Experience Designer with Landmark Healthcare, which is a part of Optum/United Healthcare Group. I live in Florida with my husband and two dogs and I love learning new technology, board and video games, D&D, and literature--really stories of all kinds! To connect with me, please find me on LinkedIn or my website. I enjoy helping teachers find their passions and upskill towards roles in L&D and Edtech.
TPLD Community Manager | Communications & Social Media Specialist
Senior Technical Instructional Designer
TPLD Community Manager
I am a Senior Technical Instructional Designer who creates digital learning experiences with purpose. After a decade of teaching in international schools around the world, I transitioned to an ID role in the financial services sector, before making the move to tech and joining a software company. My career has led me to diverse communities of learners from Antigua -> Quito -> Hong Kong -> United States.
I am an active advocate for DEI initiatives in the workplace, and I live those values by instilling authenticity and inclusivity into my work. Outside of L&D, I am a voracious bookworm and the member of a feminist community choir.
Meet the volunteers that contribute to our mission to help teachers and PAY IT FORWARD!
Senior Instructional Designer
Learning Experience Designer (LXD)
TPLD EdTech Liaison | Job Board Manager
eLearning Designer, Project Manager, and Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator
TPLD Content Contributor | Resource Specialist