As an instructional designer for Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education, my primary responsibilities are evaluating curriculum and instruction intended for teacher education programming, suggesting ways to enhance that curriculum with 21st Century technology tools, and providing training and development to help faculty members integrate technology-enhanced instructional practices into face-to face, hybrid, and online environments.
I consider myself an educator, in every sense of the word. Graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in English Education, I spent the first three years of my career teaching high school. Upon completion of a master’s degree in Information Technology, I accepted the position of media specialist at a middle school. Finally, in my attempt to constantly learn and improve my practices as an educator, I started working on my Educational Specialist degree in instructional design (also at the University of Georgia). I realized very soon after I began this degree program that I had found my calling. When people ask me what I do (because most are not familiar with the term “instructional designer”), I proudly respond by saying, “I do curriculum and instruction wrapped in technology.” Finally, claiming that "educator" title once more, my passion still revolves around educational technologies- I recognize and embrace the role that web 2.0 tools play in education and whole-heartedly believe in the power of the web to provide meaningful learning experiences through low-cost or open-source software.