I am a process engineer and adult education practitioner who uses research-based practices to design and facilitate active learning experiences that motivate all employees/learners to think critically and collaborate as multi-functional, diverse teams in order to adapt and solve problems in an increasingly complex and interdependent society.
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I was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma, and completed my Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 2011. I worked in the oil and gas industry in Texas and Oklahoma for seven years before moving to Colorado to pursue a career change to adult education and training. My consistent hobbies are trail running, playing piano, and gaining new knowledge from a variety of podcasts. I really love the idea of lifelong learning and have recently enjoyed throwing pottery, learning to play the banjo, and taking a small engine repair class.
Looking back, I realize that my interest in adult education and training began in college, where I pursued several opportunities to be a tutor, mentor, and teaching assistant. When I began working full-time, I always gravitated toward assignments that had some sort of teaching aspect to them, such as creating calculation spreadsheets for operators, developing software tutorials for new engineers, and giving refinery tours to local business employees and students. While I enjoy troubleshooting and learning new technical skills, I've realized that my strengths lie more in designing systems that make it easier for operations personnel to do their work.