Teaching, Training and Development
My teaching philosophy aligns to one of my favorite Toni Morrison quotes in which she stated, “If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” Early in life, I was privileged both socio-culturally and economically by being born to educator-activist parents who also did well for themselves as technologists and entrepreneurs. They taught me to use my privilege in service of others and were role-models that influenced my trajectory as an educator, technologist, and entrepreneur.
Today, I am obsessed with knowledge construction and sharing processes, whether in formal or informal settings. I have spent several decades actively engaged in learning communities with some of our nation’s foremost educators, technologists, and grassroots change-makers. Along the way, I’ve witnessed how teaching and learning experiences often shift based on factors such as race, gender, class, culture, language, and physical environment. My experiences have made me empathetic and versatile in facilitating learning for diverse people across institutional contexts; from primary classrooms and college lecture halls to neighborhood coffee shops and executive boardrooms.
I have deep interest in the ways that people engage with digital and social technologies for learning and collaboration to bring forth new ideas, products, and services. I directly work with technology and social entrepreneurs, along with heavy mentoring and coaching of aspiring and experienced technology professionals. I support them in learning how to develop better value-propositions and stronger organizations (i.e., companies) to realize their goals and visions. Ultimately, I want people to walk away from learning experiences with both surface and deep insights that can support critical analyses, problem-solving, decision-making, and shifts in behaviors. In teaching, I leverage an assortment of learning theories, digital technologies, as well as analog tools to create multimedia-rich, transformative learning experiences.
COURSES TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Information Ethics (INFO 350)
Gender, Equity and Information Technology (INF0 402)
Undergraduate Informatics Capstone I & II, Commercialization (INFO 490, 491)
Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (LIS 534)
Management of Information Organizations (LIS 580)
TRAINING & INSTRUCTION AT TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOUNDATION (TAF)
Project Based Learning and Assessment, Teachers and Administrators
Logic Models and Program Evaluation, Program Managers
Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW), Teachers and Administrators
6 +1 Writing Traits, Teachers and Administrators
Intro to Programming (Grades 6 - 12)
Computer Basics (Grades K - 12)