A Bay Area Original
I was born and raised in Concord, CA, just a 40-minute drive from picturesque San Francisco. Growing up in the Bay Area was the greatest experiences I could have asked for. One of the most diverse places on the planet, the Bay Area has forged me into the person I am today: an innovative learner and educator with a eye for design and a mind honed for problem solving and efficiency.
My Educational Struggles
Education and I were not always friends, at least not in the traditional sense. I was not a hyperactive child so my attention deficit disorder was not diagnosed until I was an adult. I loved learning, but traditional classroom settings were like torture for me; as a child I could read an entire book on oceanic ecosystems, but textbooks drove me to tears. I learned to work around my ADD in later years and became a successful and driven student and a passionate learner. These experiences are what drove me to instructional design and influence my dynamic design & development style.
I have always been passionate about culture. Historic civilizations were one of my favorite subjects as a child; this lead me, in later life to obtain my degree in Anthropology and Archaeology.
I completed my archaeological field school in 2013, excavating an ancient Thracian trading post in Septemvri, Bulgaria. Although I did not pursue a career in archaeology, I still volunteer many weekends as an Archaeologist and Docent at the Presidio of San Francisco.
I LOVE to travel! From roadtrips to international excursions; travel is both the boon and bane of my existence. I spend every moment I can experiencing life on the road and learning about new areas and cultures. Travel is my door to enlightenment and awareness.
I am an obsessive learner. I have never outgrown my childhood curiosity and I take every opportunity I can to learn. I have a variety of tools that I use to fill my brain with knowledge. Audio books, physical books, videos, documentaries, experiences, and Googling are just a few of the tools I use to chase this rush.