Stanford University | Stanford, CA | Sept. 2014-Aug. 2015
M.A. in Learning, Design and Technology at the Graduate School of Education
Vincent M. Boland Fellow
Master's Thesis: "Nomster Chef- helping preschoolers and their parents learn healthy eating habits through cooking"
Ithaca College | Ithaca, NY | Aug. 2005-May 2009
B.S. in Television-Radio with a concentration in Video Production
Park Scholar: Full tuition merit scholarship for creating media with a purpose
Interned with “The Colbert Report,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and the casting department of “The Real World”
Duck Duck Moose | San Mateo, CA | Jun.-Aug. 2015
Content Intern at an award-winning kids' educational app studio
Created 18 learning challenges for WonderBox, a new app for elementary kids (challenge topic examples: sand, Japan, Thanksgiving)
Curated YouTube videos to support learning around the challenge topics
Assessed alignment of content to national curriculum standards
AltSchool | San Francisco, CA | April-June 2015
Intern at a new network of microschools that uses an innovative approach to personalized learning
Conducted a qualitative research project in AltSchool elementary classrooms
Observed in 4 classrooms, interviewed 4 educators, and presented my findings
Art in Action | Menlo Park, CA | Sept.-Dec. 2014
Curriculum Design Intern at an Art Education non-profit that reaches 45,000 students nationwide
Designed a curriculum unit for K-2 students about street art and murals
Established a curriculum development pipeline
Created formative testing procedures for new lesson plans
PlaySquare | New York, NY | Sept. 2013-Jun. 2014
Writer/Associate Producer for apps based on the PBS Kids preschool literacy TV show "WordWorld"
Wrote dialogue and game design documents for 4 iPad apps
Designed age-appropriate interaction and game play mechanics for apps
Provided art and interaction design notes
Created pitch materials for television networks and investors
Managed research, social media, and game design interns
Nickelodeon's "Team Umizoomi" | New York, NY | Aug. 2009-Jul. 2013
Production/Storyboard Coordinator (and various other positions) for a hit preschool math TV show
Managed props, wardrobe, casting, storyboards and scripts for 7 live action shoots
Tracked storyboard changes for Storyboard, Edit, Design, and Animation departments. Revised scripts based on changes.
Scheduled 150 voiceover sessions with talent agents and recording studios. Assisted with casting. Prepared talent contracts, talent payment paperwork, scripts, and pickup lists for sessions. Kept script notes at records. Tracked talent and studio fees.
Research assistant for 20 research sessions including formative, summative, and character testing research.
things I'm good at
Educational content creation (writing for kids and their grown-ups, TV and digital media production)
Learning design (curriculum design, designing media to meet learning goals
User research (UXR, playtesting, focus groups, qualitative observation)