Fast forward the last semester of my high school senior year. I felt the pressure with no realistic goal of what I wanted to do after graduating. I was a quiet art nerd, a crew member for theatre production, an amateur creative writer, and was a pretty speedy swimmer. Despite having these extracurricular interests, I knew they weren’t what I wanted to do the rest of my life. It was a last minute decision to take an intro Photoshop class that would setup my career path.
So I found myself in the graphic design. Two years into college, I came to a second realization. I was heading in the right direction, but I still didn’t know who I was or what I wanted to become. I was tired of being a waitress and wanted more real world experience to discover these answers. Knowing opportunities were slim against all the other designers in my class, I stumbled upon a design position that others were too afraid to apply for. Terrified as well, I bravely submitted my portfolio for a student position in a web development devision at UNO. To this day, it has been the greatest and most challenging adventure I have ever faced. Taking the leap brings great reward.
Among my friends and family, I am well known as an extreme recreational cat enthusiast. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and illustrating personal artwork. Last year, I moved to Omaha and am enjoying the city life. Despite hardship and financial struggles with my family, I completed my Bachelors from UNO with a full ride scholarship.
I strongly believe that not enough of graphic arts students are taking the leap to learn how to develop websites. I have taken it upon myself to help educate others to learn basic coding skills from a designer’s perspective. I am teaching part time at Metropolitan Community College to help better my cause.
Oct 2014 – Current
Design InstructorMetropolitan Community College
Jul 2014 – Current
Adjunct instructor for web design related courses. Created course curriculum for WordPress Design and Mobile App Design class which became part of the “Design and Interactive Media Arts” department.
Web Dev & DesignerUNO College of IS&T: The Attic
Feb 2013 – Sept 2014
Designed and built hand-coded websites with Bootstrap and HTML/CSS. Designed, built, and modified WordPress applications. Created interactive mobile applications and stylish graphics.
Advertisement DesignerAffiliated Foods Midwest
Aug 2011 – May 2012
Customer ServantFamous Dave’s – Omaha, Ne
Pizza Hut – Columbus, Ne
Starbucks – Columbus, Ne
2008 – 2013
Kristin SwordDinosaur Lover & Woo Embodiment
Ex. Performance Team Lead & Project Manager
Zac FowlerOutdoor Adventurous & Mentor
UNO College of IS&T
University of Nebraska at OmahaB.A.S.A. in Visual Technology
Magna cum laude
Aug 2012 – May 2014
Northeast Community CollegeA.A. in Graphic Design
Aug 2010 – May 2012
Columbus High SchoolClass of 2010
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UX/UI Designer, Instructor, &
Recreational Cat Enthusiast