I got the media bug early when I joined my high school’s student-Emmy-winning TV club. So, it was an easy decision to major in Television-Radio at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, one of the best communications programs in the country. While at Ithaca, I interned for various television productions, including Comedy Central’s "The Colbert Report."
Cookie Monster was a guest on “Colbert” one day during my internship, and I realized that I was more excited to meet him than I was to meet any other celebrity (including Stephen himself). I thought about all the work I had done with children throughout my life, and decided to combine my passions and work in children’s television.
I worked on the production of Nickelodeon’s "Team Umizoomi," a TV show that teaches math to preschool-aged children, for four years. Besides learning about animation production, I also learned that I loved working in educational media. After “Team Umizoomi,” I worked for an app company called PlaySquare, where I helped create apps based on PBS Kids’ preschool literacy show "WordWorld."
In 2014 I decided to go back to school so I could learn more about child development, educational psychology, learning technologies, and the tech design process. I earned my master's degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education in August 2015. At Stanford, I focused on technology use in early childhood education, and my master's project was creating an app that help parents cook with their preschoolers. (For more graduate work, check out my portfolio page.)
Now I'm looking for my next big career adventure, where I hope to combine my passions for educational content creation, learning design, user research, interaction design, and design thinking. Get in touch if you'd like to work with me!