Media/Tech Learning Specialist
As a Media and Learning Specialist I oversee Engage the Brain’s social media profiles, company website, and other related technology projects. In addition, I offer one-on-one sessions and group classes in the subject areas of media literacy, video editing, filmmaking, and history. Though I have taken a non-traditional approach to entering the field of education, I am extremely passionate about enriching the lives of young learners. I use media sources students experience every day to help them gain skills that enable them to be active instead of passive media consumers. In my classes, I aim to foster creative introspection which I believe builds the foundation for a lifetime of critical thinking. I truly believe that we can harness technology to provide a multi-faceted creative outlet where my students will learn many methods of exploring and demonstrating interests and ideas.
When it comes to my own education, I graduated from New York University in the winter of 2009 with a degree in history, education, and dramatic literature. After college, I served as a lead teacher at a daycare center and became the Electronic Recruitment Coordinator at Siena College where I created engaging videos, e-mail campaigns, and website content for the Admissions office. In March 2011 I moved back to New York City to pursue a graduate degree in Media Studies at The New School where I focused on documentary filmmaking and media education. For my graduate thesis, I produced, shot and edited a 40 minute experimental documentary about an elusive and talented musician named Connie Converse and created an online museum displaying my research. The documentary premiered at the Sensoria Film and Music Festival in Sheffield, England in the fall of 2014 and won the “Life and Legacy” award at the 2014 Orlando Urban Film Festival.