Curriculum Vitae

Instructional Competencies

Literary

Creative Writing | Scriptwriting for Animation | Composition | Medieval – Post-Modern Age Literature | European Myth & Folklore Traditions | Archetypes, Symbols & Heroism | Women’s┬áStudies | Various Schools of Literary Criticism

Film Studies

Animation History | Business & Ethics of Animation | Film Design & Production | Film Theory & Ethics |Film Analysis & Criticism | Writing for Animation | Film Criticism

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Teaching Experience

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design | Lakewood, CO

Core Faculty | Fall 2005 – Present

Courses Taught:

On Ground: Introduction to Animated Storytelling | The History of International Animation | Business, Ethics & Copyright for Animation | 2D Thesis 1 | 2D Thesis 2 | Scriptwriting for Animation | Honor’s Portfolio | 2D Computer Animation Techniques | Collective 2

Online: Introduction to Animated Storytelling | Scriptwriting for Animation | Fundamentals of Animation | Digital Image Making

Instructional experience includes curriculum, assignment, and rubric design for most courses taught.

Brighton Park Baptist School | Corpus Christi, TX

High School Instructor | Fall 2003-Spring 2005

Courses Taught: Jr/Sr Honors Literature | 10th-12th Literature | Rhetoric & Composition | Creative Writing | 9th-12th Art

Developed, authored and implemented curricula for Honors Literature, Creative Writing, and Art courses.

Middle School Instructor | Fall 2003 – Spring 2005

Delivered full curriculum instruction using the ABEKA system for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students.

K – High School | Fall 2003 – Spring 2005

Designed, developed and taught three age-targeted after-school art programs: K – 3rd grade, 4th – 7th grade, and 8th – 12th grade. Curriculum included Sketching & Drawing, Painting, Pen & Ink, and Holiday-themed projects.

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Presentations

2011 | Scriptwriting for Animation

Authored full text and curriculum, 200+pp. | Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO | Program: B.F.A. Animation, On Ground & Online

2010 | Introduction to Animated Storytelling

Co-Authored text and curriculum, 386 pp. Authored chapters on Story Structure, Story Psychology & Archetypes, Subtext, and Story Analysis | Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO | Program: B.F.A. Animation, On Ground and Online

2010 | Thesis: Mythopoeic Constructions – Symbolic Efficacy and the Evolution of Utopia, Paradise and the Heroic in Romantic to Postmodern Age Literature

Vermont College of Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT | Graduate Program

2008 | Thesis: The Heroine’s Journey – A Path for the Feminine in Literature & Film

Vermont College of Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT | B.A. Program

2007 | Book Review & Essay: “Euclid in the Rainforest – Understanding Universal Truth in Logic and Math”

Vermont College of Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT | B.A. Program

2006 | The Middle Ages: A Study of Medieval Life through the Practical Application of Period Art and Craftsmanship

Vermont College of Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT | B.A. Program

(Additional papers delivered during graduate studies may be viewed on this site.)

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Professional Training, Seminars, Related Workshops

Current | Online Instruction Workshops

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, CO

2010 | Robert McKee Story Seminar

Los Angeles, CA

1998 | ToonBoom Software Certification

Montreal, Quebec | Status: Current: ToonBoom Harmony

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Education

M.A. | Writing & Literature

Field of Study: European Myth, Folklore & Storytelling Traditions

Concentration: Story & Film

Vermont College of Union Institute & University | Montpelier, VT | 2010

B.A. | Writing & Literature

Areas of Specialization: Women’s┬áStudies | Jungian Psychology | Medieval Art & Practice

Vermont College of Union Institute & University | Montpelier, VT | 2008

A.A. | Graphic Design

Watterson College | Sherman Oaks, CA | 1990

Additional undergraduate study:

Austin Community College | Creative Writing | 1994-96

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | Majors: English Literature & Fine Art | 1984-86

East Texas Baptist College | Majors: English & Biology | 1982-84

Extracurricular

Poet’s Society

Science Club

Tennis Team

High School:

International School Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Graduated 1982

Extracurricular:

Editor – “The International,” HS Newspaper

Editor – “The Panther Pause,” HS Literary Magazine

Athletic – Track Team, National Medalist & Inter-varsity Field Hockey

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Community Involvement

2010 | Directed a writing group of RMCAD graduates in the development of a complete 2-season series, story bible and feature film for animation.

2009 | Founded the Blue Marmot Writer’s Group – a forum for continuing education for RMCAD animation students and graduates in the arts of creative writing, criticism, and scriptwriting.

2008 | Within the context of a Collective 2 course, organized and produced the 2008 RMCAD Animation Film Festival.

2005 | Organized a class of 13 middle school students to purchase, fill, and contribute over 80 shoe boxes of toys, books, toiletries, and clothing for “Operation Christmas Child,” a program that provides necessities and gifts to orphaned and impoverished children all over the world.

2004 | Organized a class of 12 middle school students to contribute 59 filled shoe boxes to “Operation Christmas Child.”

2003 | Designed and taught 3 after-school Art Programs for K – 12th grade students.

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References

Updated references are available upon request. Historical References may be viewed on this site.