M.S. LEARNING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Up Close & Personal
My name is Erica Allen-Jamison. I am currently a graduated student at the University of South Florida seeking a M.S. Instructional Design and Technology degree. My expected graduation is December 2022.
My journey to graduate school was anything but typical. I graduate with my B.A. in English and Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with plans on working in the corporate world. Well- this plan came ot a halt when the recession hit in 2008 (the year I graduated) and as a recent college graduate it was nearly impossible for me to find a job in my field. This was when I took a job as a Traffic Coordinator and Children's Radio Host at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
I decided that I wanted to tap back into my artistic side that I fostered while going to Boston Arts Academy as a Dance major for High School and become a professional Ballroom Dance Instructor for the Fred Astaire School of Dance. It was great to get back into the arts, but I still felt that something was missing. This is when I made a complete career change and decided I wanted to make a difference in young learners lives by joining Teach for America.
In 2010 I joined Teach for America in Memphis, TN where I earned my teaching certification while simultaneously helping start a new charter school in the region as a founding Kindergarten teacher. This lead me to a 10 year career in education where I taught in the states of Tennessee, Massachusettes, and Florida.
Then Covid 19 happened. I was one of the teachers who was forced to move my classroom teaching to an online platform overnight. With little guidance and a lack of resources I realized the importance of making sure that students, teachers, and organizations alike are prepared for the digital world. This sparked my interest in Instructional design. I decided to go back to school after 13 years to help transition into the career of Instructional Design so that I could help organizations change from paper-based teaching/training to a fully-online platform.
I am so excited to be starting my career in Instructional Design and am even more excited to be graduating with my Masters degree this December!
AECT STANDARDS (2012)
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop"