My road in life took a while to figure out.
I went to college, the first in my family to do so. A military academy choice made it free!
I served in the US Coast Guard on active duty for many years.
I continued my education, taking advantage of every opportunity the military provided.
I realized my passion was really in education and leaving the USCG was the way to pursue this.
I took a deep breath and gave up the great pay and benefits of the military to teach part time.
I earned my doctorate and found my way into the educational leadership role.
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Executive Instructional Designer

I lead teams that design and develop online courses.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

The best days at work involve collaborating with faculty, listening to their vision for students in their courses. Our teams of academic experts, designers, and instructional technology experts come together to help bring that vision to life in the online classroom. Getting to see the end product, when it all comes together for a great student experience is the icing on the cake!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Teaching a class was the important first step I took. I transitioned to this career after military service and already had a degree in another field. This allowed me the chance to teach some college classes part time and (not surprisingly), I was hooked on the whole educational environment. I was back in school myself soon after, on my way to a degree in education.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You'd be crazy to give up a great paycheck to start over in a new field. You're already successful there... be happy with it! There will be time later for that!"

Challenges I Overcame

Military Service