I am a designer, educator, researcher, and strategist working at the intersection of project based learning, user experience, wellness, and workforce development.
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Drawing from careers in community mental health, design education, interior architecture, and research, I work with teachers and students across k-12 and Higher Ed leveraging user-experience and design processes for curriculum design grounded in lived experiences. Over the last 8 years, I've worked with Title One schools and HSI's co-creating and implementing tools and methods for development, delivery and assessment of project-based learning and career and technical education in STEM/STEAM including:
- Drew Charter School, and Centennial Academy Atlanta, GA
- San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, California
- Austin ISD, Texas
- The Southern Regional Education Board
- Texas State University
How I Work
- Use design-based research to look, listen, learn, and improve learning experiences.
- Engage with teachers and learners from a trauma-informed approach.
- Find ways to co-create and work collaboratively across disciplines, with clients, and end-users and spend a lot of time coaching and facilitating.
- Share design thinking and user-experience tools so clients are empowered to unpack difficult problems.
- Make stuff, whether prototypes, art or games, to explore and test out ideas.
- Develop manipulatives that make complicated processes easier to implement.
Methods I Use
I utilize a number of mix methods and UX research methods in a design-based implementation research framework when designing a new product, service, curriculum or environment. I select appropriate methods based on stakeholder input, the research questions being investigated and the opportunities or issues that arise during the project.
The case studies below highlight the research and development process, findings and outcomes for curriculum design and educational product design projects. All three projects were funded through various grants including from the National Science Foundation, the California Strong Workforce Program, and the US Fulbright Program/Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.