Aleen Simms strives to provide voices for those often silenced. I had the honor to be a guest on her podcast Less Than Or Equal on Sept. 7th, 2015, chatting about the state of education, my transition from a female-dominated field (education) to a male-dominated field (tech), and a smattering of other things, like Doctor Who. A good digital visit all around.
Women in Leadership
Emily Heiss Moss from Dev Bootcamp and I have been in cahoots to shake up the bootcamp / accelerator space. I got to join on Women in Leadership panel together in June and chatted about women in tech, how our schools fit into the grander scheme of adult education, and a variety of other things. I had a blast and can't wait to do more for women in tech and for our style of training. You can read more from the great posts below:
All the stuff I've ever done related to my career. No one reads this but me, or those crazy enough to scroll down on my website.
2014 - present
Always interested in improving the field of education, I jumped on board with Mobile Makers Academy (now MobileMakersEdu) to help bring the educational expertise to the adult bootcamp and build a high school program.
I started at Director of Education in 2014 and became CEO in 2015 when the company was sold to Hack Reactor. The high school program blossomed into it's own amazing trajectory that better aligned with the mission of Mobile Makers, so I spearheaded the transaction of Mobile Makers Academy from Hack Reactor to INCubatorEdu, NFP. The team and I folded into INCubatorEdu, renaming the parent company to Uncharted Learning NFP, and switching Mobile Makers Academy to MobileMakersEdu - no longer a stand-alone company but a program within Uncharted Learning.
Now, I'm Director of Program Development (very similar to a Director of Product Development in a traditional company), overseeing the academic integrity, development, and enhancement of five distinct programs: freshINCedu, entrepreneurship for Elementary Schools; mxINCedu, entrepreneurship for Middle Schools; INCuabtorEdu and ACCELeratorEdu, both entrepreneurship for High Schools; and MobielMakersEdu, coding for High Schools.
2013 - 2014
Dove into online higher education as Director of Online Education at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago.
2010 - 2013
Wanted to get some higher education teaching and learning experience, so I worked as an Instructional Designer at Argosy University, then raised my hand to help launch their first competency-based degree program as Program Manager. In between, to keep augmenting my skillset...
Taught Communications 101 at Argosy University to better understand how what I was building was running on the ground.
Trained the Abbott pharmaceutical reps on their new software systems to get a feel for adult training.
2008 - 2010
Husband's job moved to Chicago
Taught at Huntington Learning Center in Buffalo Grove to get to know the surrounding schools
Hired in Spring to fill maternity leave at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, IL
Worked with Learning Seed to help write educational video scripts
2005 - 2008
Taught English at Legacy High School in Broomfield, CO
2007 - 2008, lead facilitator of Common Course Team for Multicultural Literature course
Student taught at Thornton High School in Thornton, CO in the Spring
Hired to teach English at Legacy High School in Broomfield, CO in the Fall
Moved to Denver and enrolled in University of Colorado at Denver's Masters of Arts in Secondary Education
Student taught at Smiley Middle School, Denver, CO
Graduated from Loyola Marymount University, BA in Screenwriting and English.