Career

Where It Started

As a 4th grade teacher in Long Beach, California, I was an inspired and hard-working educator, and had a one-computer classroom.  After several years of teaching, and wondering why teachers weren't "heard" so they could be more effective in their jobs, I returned to graduate school to begin my work on teacher empowerment and student engagement through innovation.  This has been my passion for over 20 years.    

Skills

Experience

 

Executive Director

Jacobs Institute for innovation in Education

Sept 2018 - Present

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Leading a team of professionals engaging in the R&D of educational innovation in partnership with educational organizations and companies. Founded EDInnovateLive conference and Pactful, a social good innovation app for teens. First patent application in USD history.

Director & 
Clinical Assoc. Professor,

M.A. in Educational Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship​

June 2017 - Dec 2018

Director of the new MEITE program in the UNC School of Education. In my first year, we achieved $1.2M in new revenue impact, relaunched the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence as a learning innovation design center, founded ImagineLab teen innovation camps, and created career pathways for learning innovation designers, leaders and edupreneurs. Enrollment growth of 800%. Hosted Innovations in Games-Based Learning webinar series.

CEO & Founder

May 2012 - May 2017​

vision & execution

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leader

entrepreneur

author

design researcher

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Stats

2 trademarks

2 software copyrights

2 patent applications

3 books

3 companies founded

4 book chapters
18 grants & contracts

29 courses authored

37 keynotes & talks

31 publications

41 presentations

$12M+ revenue generation





 

 

Creator of the Rezzly® brand of gamified learning technologies, training, and digital content. GoGo Labs served educators and students in more than 25 countries with the first quest-based learning platform that supported personalized learning.

Professor & Chair
Dept. of EdTech

​2002-2012

I began my career at Boise State as an adjunct, then Visiting Associate professor, and was eventually promoted to professor and tenured.  I served six years as a department chair and a director.  During this time, enrollments increased over 1,000%, and program self-support revenues were just over $2M per year.

Associate Professor
Dept. of C&I

1999-2001

Serving as the inagural coordinator of the EdTech program, I offered the college's first blended courses in 2000.  My co-authored text, Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom, was the first text to include chapters on use of internet by classroom teachers.

Assistant/Associate Professor
Dept. of ICL

1993-1999

Developed the first blended and lab-based courses in the College of Education.  Elementary Education program coordinator serving over 3,000 students.  Promoted and tenured in 1998.

Education

Ph.D. & M.A. Education: EdPsych - Teaching & Learning

​University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A. Liberal Studies: Psych Concentration
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

California State University, Long Beach

Certificate, Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies
University of Southern California

Invited Summer Scholar
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

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