I’m a course designer and instructional content writer. My background includes lesson and assessment development for distance learning (both print and online) and online education. As an online instructor, I facilitated asynchronous courses for teen and adult learners in introductory psychology, criminology, study strategies, writing and grammar, and life skills.
My focus in curriculum development is in the following areas:
- career exploration and planning
- academic integrity
- writing and critical thinking skills
- mental health topics
- internet literacy and evaluation, and
- basic technology skills.
I hold an MSEd in instructional design and technology and a BA in psychology from Purdue University Northwest.
Currently, I’m a freelancer working on curriculum writing and online course development projects. Since 2019 I’ve been working with the American Psychological Association designing college-level digital lessons and assessments for their PsycLearn products using Cambridge-owned CogBooks courseware authoring platform.
I’m also working on a series of children’s picture books and a novel and short stories for adults. One of my poems, “Soft Sol,” was published in Indiana University Northwest’s literary journal, Spirits Literary Magazine.
In the fall of 2017, I was awarded a Prairie Writers and Illustrator’s Day Conference Scholarship by KidLit Nation for one of my picture book manuscripts. KidLit Nation is an organization that helps serve underrepresented writers and illustrators of children’s books and promotes diversity in literature. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a SCBWI Illinois Membership Co-Chair.
The inspirations for my children’s stories come from my life in Chicagoland, from travels, and from my bright, lively nieces and nephews and goddaughter, who entertain me with their amusing observations and boundless energy.
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