A short story about me

Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, I was like any other middle-class child that played in the backyard, studied for school, and watched too much television. I was fortunate to be raised by two loving parents that remain married to this day and provided for my every wish.

I lived in only 2 homes, one till the age of 5, until leaving for college in St. Louis, Missouri. Washington University was a tremendous experience for me and combined with my upbringing made me the man I am today. I was exposed to ideas and cultures that my suburban upbringing had not.

As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, I learned the importance of education and lifelong learning. I earned two Bachelor's Degrees in 4 years, one in Biology and one in Psychology. From there I moved on to the University of South Carolina were I earned a Master's Degree in Marine Science. I learned a great deal about the marine environment, but I also learned that there were not many career opportunities in the field. I worked for a while as an Instructor at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia were I taught Anatomy & Physiology and Biology.

The burgeoning revolution of the Internet peaked my interest in how we teach students with technology. I discovered that the University of Georgia had a nationally recognized Instructional Technology program and being interested in earning a Doctorate I applied for acceptance into the program.

The IT Program in the School of Education was a tremendously rewarding experience for me and my assistantship in the Learning and Performance Support Laboratory was a large part of that. In the LPSL I worked on cutting edge projects in education and learning using the latest technologies in software and hardware. After 4 years and struggling to find a focus for a dissertation, I decided to take an opportunity to work in the field and finished with another Master's Degree. I was honored by my graduate committee and members of the IT Department with the highest honor a Masters student can receive from the program. 

Today I work as an Instructional Designer for the Univerity of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. My job duties include developing courses online for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the USG Independent Learning Department, and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Certificate Programs Office. In addition to XHTML Programming, I develop animations, interactives, and simulations with Macromedia Flash and Actionscript.  

Explore the other links in the menu to learn more about me and see examples of my work, and thank you for visiting!