My interest in the education field emerged after my third trip to East Africa. I came home from five months of working on an international development project in Mozambique and decided that I wanted to get a masters degree in health education, which I did at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since then everything I have done professionally has had education at the center. I was the founding manager of a hospital-based women’s health education center and spent my time organizing educational events, developing and delivering trainings and managing a women’s health website. I developed a continuing education program for health professionals at a specialty hospital in Botswana and came back to North Carolina to a new job coordinating a continuing education program for oncology professionals through a statewide telehealth network.
My transition into the world of online training happened when I was approached to take over the project management and instructional design of an unfinished online course for medical students. I worked with a physician and completely re-wrote the storyboard, creating a scenario-based narrative for the training. That project was a defining moment, as I discovered a passion for online education. Since then, I have had instructional design contracts to develop courses for accountants, law students, new employees and health professionals.
I use adult learning principles,as well as instructional design and behavior change theories to create training that will lead to performance improvement and knowledge retention. My goal in creating eLearning is to inspire learner engagement, provide context-appropriate challenges and help to close the knowledge and skills gap.
My technical skills include: elearning course development in Articulate 360, audio and video editing in Camtasia, as well as Microsoft Office Suite.
My education & other training includes: Masters of Public Health, specializing in health behavior and education, ATD Advanced eLearning and Instructional Design certificate, and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.