Resume

Professional Profile

Eagerly seeking a working environment in which I can utilize my robust experience and skills in both education and counseling to provide leadership in the educational and social service fields. I offer well-connected support and education charisma that nurtures positive life-long learning and resiliency opportunities for others. Self-directed and motivated, I am dedicated to facilitating a positive learning environment that elevates client interest and involvement, and I highly value team collaboration and participation as part of the learning and support process.

  •  Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling: Marriage & Family / Bachelor of Science in Education, English, Art Minor
  • 20+ Years Teaching Experience: 10 years in Post-Secondary Education, 12 years in Elementary
  • Innovative expertise and skilled trainer in use of the Internet, web technologies, and educational software
  • 10 Year Business Owner: Entrepreneurial natured, handling all aspects of business development and services: Computer Angel (10 years) as Technology Consultant & Webskinz (8 years) in Web Development, Project Management, Marketing, & Consulting
  • 2 years management of technology & media division of an elementary school, including grant writing, budget management, donation attainment, procurement, and technology training of instructors.
  • Practiced Program Director of General Education with experience in: program development and implementation, personnel management and supervision, scheduling, evaluations, maintaining accreditation standards, syllabus development, innovative problem solving, student services, and administrative tasks
  • Experienced in planning and instruction that attends to multiple learning styles. Well versed in utilizing motivational techniques, teaching aids, technology, and implementation strategies to engage students in an active learning process.
  • Dynamic communicator, successfully teaching numerous professional seminars and workshops to further professional development of adult educators, which included use of software, educational portals, and technology in the classroom.
  • Fluency in Spanish, bilingual skills, and completion of Spanish Proficiency exam (AZ)

Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. 2007 – Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (N-9), Specializing in English, Minor in Art State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz, New Paltz, NY. 1992 – Graduated Cum Laude
  • Continuing Education, Networking and Basic Computer Concepts (Non-Degree Training) Seminole Community College, Altamonte Springs, FL. 2000

Provisional Certifications

  • Reg. Marriage & Family Therapist Intern: Lic # IMT-1030
  • INCAF Certified Parent Educator: Redirecting Children’s Behavior
  • National Board Certified Counselor: Cert # 225399
  • State of Florida Dept. of Education Professional Educator #804985

Employment

Program Director of General Education/ Post-Secondary

ATA Career Education, Largo/Spring Hill, FL Aug. 2011 to Present

  • Plan, coordinate, implement, and administrate programs that are compliant with accreditation bodies as well as the organization’s mission and purpose within General Education for Allied Health professionals
  • Strong supervisory skills, managing and evaluating a faculty of 7-12 individuals; providing direction, support, and resources
  • Administered student surveys, analyzing data and reviewing feedback with faculty
  • Singlehandedly organized, implemented & trained faculty with online resources that encouraged collaboration, assessment, & student progress management within programs, with students, and other campuses; Engrade.com, Edmodo.com
  • Forward-thinking and strong problem-solving skills critical to implementation, development, and planning for new associate’s programs, providing expanded perspectives helpful in anticipating needs and planning for growing programs.
  • Lead Coordinator for seven unique programs, working closely with Registrar and Program Directors to handle the scheduling of courses, instructors, and students.
  • Implemented branding and consistency between all programs and documents
  • Creatively developed advertising & promotional materials for currently running programs in Admissions and Career Services
  • Administrator & manager for college Facebook page, coordinating communication with students in fun, interactive ways

Adjunct Instructor/ Post-Secondary Education

International Academy of Design & Technology, Orlando, FL Jan. 2003 to Aug. 2011

  • Key Courses: Cultural Diversity, Interpersonal Communications, College Success, Web Fundamentals
  • Provided and maintained an effective and dynamic learning environment for students
  • Prepared presentations; organized course outlines, relevant assignments, and fair holistic assessments
  • Organized and facilitated curriculum for an online portal training for instructors
  • Wrote course content for an online Psychology class (Fall 2008)

 My Computer Angel

Self Employed, Apopka, FL May 2003 to Present

  • Personal Computer Consultant & Trainer: Developed and maintained good business relationships
  • Constructed customized lessons based on client need & software specialization * Developed innovative guides & support materials to promote client learning

Redirecting Children’s Behavior Certified Parent Educator

Aug. 2007 to Present – International Network for Children and Families (INCAF)

  • Trained in Adlerian based parent education, melding trainings with mental health knowledge of family systems

Creative Soulcare, Independent “Artist Way” Facilitator

Self Employed, Orlando, FL Jan. 2010 – Aug. 2011

  • Managed, scheduled, marketed and facilitated psycho-educational groups to support self-awareness and creative growth
  • Single-handedly developed and nurtured a self-sustaining community of workshops
  • Trained other instructors in the “Artist Way” curriculum, developing a set of plans and potential projects
  • Facilitated “Art Journalism” class to encourage self-expression, creativity, and healing

Webskinz, Consultant & Administrator

Self Employed, Apopka, FL April 2003 to Dec. 2009

  • Proficient at bookkeeping, client relations, business & domain/hosting administration
  • Key Project Manager: Identifying client needs and integrating client communication with all aspects of development
  • Design and implementation of websites, social media, marketing materials, & graphics

Academic Student Advisor, Education Dept.

International Academy of Design and Technology, Orlando, FL 2004

  • Worked closely with students to manage academic success, retention, and scheduling

Compu-Ease of Florida, Inc.

Owner Cindy Moors, Oviedo, FL Jan. 2002 to May 2003

  • Provided personalized computer coaching and training to individuals & businesses

Technology Coordinator, Media/Literacy Specialist, Educator

Zellwood Elementary School, FL Aug. 2000 – May 2002

  • Authored two successful grants earning over $40,000 for use in technology and reading
  • Implemented and managed school network, setting up the school’s first fully networked campus and services
  • Organized and expanded school’s reading program with Accelerated Reader and library optimization and labeling
  • Facilitated training for Instructors in technology, classroom implementation, and uses
  • Developed (FileMaker Pro) databases for use in implementing electronic report cards, following student reading progress and awards, and both coordinating and tracking volunteer hours and skill sets Elementary Educator

Educator Experience

  • Zellwood Elementary School, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), Zellwood, FL 1999-2002 – Taught 2nd grade students, integrating Florida standards and grade level objectives with a dynamic, engaging curriculum
  • Jefferson Park Elementary, Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), Tucson, AZ 1991-1999 
  • Internships in both elementary and middle schools in Ulster county 1990-1991

Highlights: Challenged and motivated a diverse population which included a pilot Multi-Age classroom, ongoing intercommunity experiences, and a Township atmosphere integrating “real life” experiences into daily curriculum

Counseling Work

  • Personal Power & Prosperity Therapist Volunteer (450+ Hours) May 2007 – Present
  • Creative Soulcare Group Facilitator, Orlando, FL Jan. 2010 – Aug. 2011 – The Artist Way curriculum development and implementation
  • Group Facilitator, Rollins College Graduate Studies in Counseling Sept. – Dec. 2008 & 2009
  • Mental Health Counselor, Marriage & Family Intern: The House Next Door, Deltona, FL Aug. 2006 to July 2007 – The Green House – Children’s Home Society, Orlando, FL Jan. 2006 to April 2006
  • Presenter for Central Florida Association of Marriage & Family Therapists May 2007 – “Morning Quickies: Sexuality Counseling for Couples”
  • Panel Speaker, Filmed Teaching Tape June 2007 – Rollins College of Graduate Studies in Counseling, Winter Park, FL

Highlights: Work with children, families, and individuals to improve relationships, re-frame experiences, and explore new possibilities in participant’s lives with a positive, attachment and systemic based theoretical perspective. Experienced in documentation, diagnosis, assessment, and preparation of notes for use in maintaining client files. Facilitated personal empowerment group workshops to improve individual’s self awareness and creative energy, inspiring growth and expression.

Achievements & Teaching Recognition 

  • Artwork in St. Petersburg, FL “2nd Saturday Art Walk” April 2013
  • Artwork in Tampa, FL “Nude Nite” National Art show March 2012
  • “Teacher of the Year” at Zellwood Elementary – OCPS 2003
  • Authored two successful grants, accumulating $44,000 in funding (Superintendent’s Comprehensive Grant) 2001-2003 for school-wide literacy program A.R.I.S.E. (Achieving Reading in Student Education)
  • Superintendents Award for Excellence in Education – TUSD 1998
  • Integrated unique Township culture, engaging students in hands-on real-life learning experiences 1992-1993
  • Crafted an outstanding after-school Art/Mural Program involving all ages (1994): Four murals were drafted and painted by 2nd-5th grade students with team efforts shown on local TV program: At the Park
  • Engaged students in numerous learning experiences through field explorations:
    – Pioneer Experience at Tubac, AZ with 57 Multi-age students (1st – 5th) (1995)
    – Archaeological Experience at Camp Cooper, AZ (1994)
    – Two day Oceanography Study with 5th Grade in San Diego, CA (1993-1994)

Other Areas of Training

  • HIV/Blood Bourne Pathogens Trained (6-hr)
  • CPR/BLS Certified (2013)
  • Institute for Brian Potential: “Memory: A Seminar for Health Professionals” (6 hr)
  • Institute for Brian Potential: “Noxious People: Living & Working with High-Conflict Individuals” (6 hr)
  • Grant Preparation
  • Ethics Training
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • John Gottman Seminars: Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Non-Violent Communication (6 hr course)
  • Collaborative Divorce: Systemic Family Deconstruction at Its Best
  • Ericksonian Approaches to Help Couples & Families
  • Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (Conference) Relationships, Addictions & Trauma
  • Spotting Self-Harm Behaviors in Children
  • CFARS: Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale Training & Certification
  • FARS: Functional Assessment Rating Scale Training & Certification
  • Addiction Update: The Latest Fix
  • Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Instructor
  • ESOL 60-Hour Strategies Course
  • Key Role of Instructional Implementation Strategies
  • National Computer Science Academy Certification in MS Office; Word, PowerPoint, Windows 2000

Professional Skills

  • Training & knowledge specialties: Dreamweaver, Quicken, Smartphone Technologies
  • Microsoft: Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • System Support, Internet, & Peripherals
  • Creation of network-friendly educational & business databases: FileMaker Pro
  • Artistic strengths: painting, mural design, ceramics, drawing, and photography (http://spiritedsisterhood.com)
  • Creative designer, thinker, organizer, and planner
  • Served as President of Home Owner Association (2 years) serving a total of 4 years
    – Managed budgets and organized contract work
    – Participated in planning, discussion, and decision-making with regards to repairs as part of hurricane relief
    – Facilitated board meetings
    – Worked closely with community lawyer and management company to ensure compliance with state laws and provisions for home owners association and condominium communities
    – Maintained and developed community website (4 years)

Volunteer Experience & Affiliations 

  • Over 450 hours as a volunteer Therapist at Personal Power & Prosperity Workshops (Love Your Life Foundation) Maitland, FL
  • School Volunteer – Orange County Public Schools, FL- 11 yrs
  • Assisted in development of self-calculating management tools (Excel) as well as coordinating and setting up internet and networking services for the non-profit nature preserve; Jug Handle Creek Farm & Nature Center, Caspar, CA
  • Lake Francis Village Home Owner Association (4 years)
  • Junior Achievement, Orlando FL (1 year)
  • MEMBER OF: American Counseling Association (ACA)