is hard to believe that I have been living in Denver for
over six years now. It seems like it was just yesterday
when I moved across country to go to graduate school.
I was pursuing a Masters in Religious Studies at the time.
There was no question in my mind that I would spend the
rest of my life studying religion. 
However, what I failed to realize is that there are no
constants. I never expected to find myself a few years
later pursuing a masters in Information and Learning Technologies
(ILT). But life sometimes takes you in a different direction
than you had ever planned.
I am grateful for the University of Colorado
for putting up with me during this time of transition.
This institution, both in Boulder and Denver, has helped
give meaning and direction to my life. In many ways, I
am where I am today in a large part because of the University
of Colorado. I began the ILT program on a whim--simply
in an effort to possibly get a degree in training and
development--however two years later I am walking away
with not only a degree but a career; and not simply a
career in training and development, but rather I have
developed the skills needed to pursue a career as an instructional
designer, trainer, training manager, web developer, distance
learning specialist, or performance support professional.
But skills are only one side of the story.
My academic and professional experience has helped me
develop a theoretical foundation and framework to guide
my work. The following are just a few tenets that come
to mind when I think about education, instruction, and
believe first and foremost that education should be relevant
in some way, shape, or form to the learner.
believe we learn better by doing and by collaborating
believe each and everyone of us must be life long learners.
In this day and age, it is impossible to be an expert
on everything and much of what we learn we forget or becomes
believe we must learn concepts as opposed to facts.
believe in critical thinking, creativity, and yes--"thinking
outside of the box."
believe that everything is not meant to be on the web.
believe technology is simply a tool that can aid instruction
believe in public education, the humanities, and the arts.
The bottom line is, I
am passionate about education, innovation, and technology.
And I believe that everything begins from within. Something
happened to me years ago—I started believing that
there wasn’t anything I could not do if I set my mind
to it. I do not know what triggered this mind set but from
out of nowhere it was there. If I was passionate about anything,
I could actualize it; not because I was somehow more talented
or gifted than the next person but simply because my passion
would drive me to work harder than the next person and to
never give up
tried a few years back to make a career in the restaurant
business. I began working with a startup company that lured
me in with the possibility of making 6 figures before I
was thirty. Financial and familial reasons kept me in the
business for a few years but eventually the lack of passion
I felt for my job began to eat away at me. I realized that
it didn’t matter so much where or what I was doing,
but that I needed to be passionate about it.
believe passion alone, though, isn't enough. Therefore,
I am continuing my education at the University of Colorado
in their doctoral program in Education Leadership and Innovation
because there is still so much to learn. As I move forward,
I hope to study the intersection of education and technology
both at the K-12 and post secondary levels--specifically,
I am interested in how distance learning fits into all of
cannot predict where I will be six years from now; because
if history has taught me anything, it has taught me that
"the times they are a-changin'"--but I am confident
that whatever I will be doing it will be related to education,
innovation, technology and the University of Colorado.