I hade helped hundreds of writers and aspriing authors to reflect on and fine-tune their stories and articles. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to give you a fresh perspective and put an end to writor's block. I'm sure my experience with both students and as a scholar of literature will be invaluable to you.
I am also the Owner and Designer of Captivatim Marketing & Design where I help businesses and organizations develop their online presence and promote their services.
Previously, I taught online courses using the OdysseyWare Learning Management System. As the school’s Web Master, I implemented and installed Google Apps at Patriot High School. I engaged students by having them build on the Google platform. Students collaborated on digital projects, created their own web sites, and practiced making projects using the latest in Flash design tools.
I served as a High School English teacher at Patriot from 2007-2012. My courses included British Literature, American Literature, and English Language Arts. Many of my lectures were recorded during this time and are now archived on YouTube, where students from around the world continue to view my lectures on both literature and technology. The channel has garnered over 70,000 views.
Before teaching High School students, I taught literacy to both 1st grade and 5th grade in schools from impoverished neighborhoods. I fielded and trained teachers in the use of SmartBoards and was the school's Technology Coordinator.
I hold a Master's of Science in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University (2011), graduated with a 4.0 GPA and is a recipient of the Course Director's Award for my skills and leadership in regards to Multiple Learning Theories and Applications. I conducted a year-long research project that evaluated the benefits of implementing Web 2.0 technologies in otherwise traditional classrooms. I have formal training in Digital Design and Theory and is trained in Adobe Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Captivate.
In 2005, I received a Master's in Education from the UC Riverside Graduate School of Education with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and Education. I graduated at the top of my class (Summa Cum Laude) with a 4.0 GPA and is a recipient of the Chancellor's Student of the Year Award (2005) for Excellence in the Education Department of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. My senior project involved an interactive story about blood-thirsty pirates and featured 30 different endings. My screenplay, "Fall of the Angels" received numerous accolades. I have been trained by National Book Award winners and wrote short stories such as "A Cry in the Park" and "The Sword Malkavia".
I hold a Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Secondary School English Subject Authorization and am certified to teach GATE (Gifted and Talented) students.
I served as an Army Sergeant for the US Army from 1998-2002. During that time I served as a Communications Specialist and Multimedia Supervisor for the Public Affairs Office with the 16th Signal Battalion. I am a recipient of the prestigious US Army Commendation Medal for my work in portraying the lives of soldiers and building unit espirit de corps through his films. I single-handedly shot, edited, and produced these videos while also keeping the soldiers under me battle-ready and also provided personal transportation and armed protection for the unit's commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton.
I hold an Associate's Degree in the Administration of Justice from Irvine Valley College and was a Media/Film major at Saddleback Community College.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, working out to P90X, and playing PC games involving strategy and mayhem; such as Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Warhammer 40k. Sometimes, you might even find me online as either a barbarian, a soldier, a vampire, or even a demon-hunter...