Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian Academy: K-12 private school accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission (a division of AdvanceEd), Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, and National Council for Private School Accreditation. Lead Teacher-Third Grade (August 2015-February 2017).
- Dedicated to meeting the academic needs to each student in a learning atmosphere that was individually challenging, engaging, and inspiring to achieve academic goals and standards.
- Students were stimulated and encouraged to explore social development skills, academic priorities, and autonomous behavior in a safe learning environment.
- Co-created curriculum based academic activities to individually meet student’s needs and preferred styles of learning.
- Assessed daily, weekly, and monthly academic activities and accomplishments to ensure students were achieving age appropriate academic, social, emotional, and psychosocial skills successfully.
- Collaborated with teachers and administrators to individually enhance our teaching styles and approaches to offer our students a high quality, inspiring, and stimulating learning environment and experience.
Kids R Kids Learning Academy: Private school accredited by AdvancEd, the world’s largest education community that specializes in early education. Lead Teacher (November 2013-January 2015)
- Implement social, behavioral, and psychological strategies to help ensure age-appropriate developmental milestones.
- Encouraged autonomous behavior through curriculum based learning activities.
- Instructed in large, small, and individual group settings.
- Produced and implemented weekly theme-based lesson plans.
- Completed weekly, monthly, and quarterly individual assessments to ensure learning goals were achieved.
Mesa Community College: Largest community college in the United States offering more than 200 degrees, transfer, career and certificate programs. Professor (August 2005 – August 2012, January 2013)
- Instructed Introduction to Psychology and Applied Sport Psychology to 150+ junior college students each semester, which included psychological theories regarding social, emotional, and developmental milestones in relation to adults and children, sport and exercise psychology mental skills training techniques, research, and methodologies.
- Encouraged and mentored students to build interest and enthusiasm in the methods, theories, and findings of Psychology.
- Created class guidelines and expectations in a detailed syllabus and curriculum.
- Produced weekly lesson plans and lecture material that highlights key course material.
- Generated exams, assignments, and class discussions that allow students to showcase their current knowledge on class objectives.
- Evaluated and assessed each individual’s academic performance throughout the entirety of the course.
Adler School of Professional Psychology: Oldest independent psychology school in North America offering degrees in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) and several master’s degree programs. Professor (August 2012 - January 2013)
- Instructed doctoral and graduate students Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology. Provided students with the philosophical underpinnings of the psychology of sport, practical applications for applying such theories to the psychological enhancement of performance, while maintaining a socially-informed and responsible attitude towards the theory and application of such techniques.
- Prepared lectures relevant to the evolving field of sport and exercise psychology and kept up to date with current advances in research and teaching techniques.
- Encouraged the development of innovative approaches to course design and delivery and ensured teaching design and delivery complied with the quality and educational standards and regulations of the department.
- Mentored students through their graduate and doctoral coursework and thesis.
Mesa Community College Men’s and Women’s Soccer Team: Mental Skills Consultant (January 2010 -May 2012)
- Presented mental skills training services at team meetings, such as goal setting, self-talk, concentration, mental toughness, arousal management, and leadership styles.
- Held individual counseling sessions with athletes.
- Offered resourceful ways for each athlete to achieve personal peak performance.
- Met with Men and Women’s head coach to co-create effective ways to communicate with the teams.
Mesa Community College Women’s Basketball Team: Practicum Student, Mental Skills Specialist (July 2008 - July 2009)
- Provided performance enhancement services individually and in team settings that included goal setting, imagery, team building, motivation, relaxation, focus, energy management, and self-confidence to the team and individual players. This is included at-risk athletes.
- Conferred with coaches about optimal communication strategies while working with the athletes before, during, and after competition.
- Observed athlete’s behavior throughout the season to assess their mental skills that have been taught and implemented into the team’s program.
- Provided mental skills training while traveling to away games with the team.
- Co-created season specific process, performance, and outcome goals with the team and individual athletes.
Golf Academy of America: Professor (September 2007 - July 2009)
- Instructed a specific population how to apply basic sport psychology theories, methods, and training to enable them to reach peak performance as students and athletes.
- Lectured students on the different theories and techniques of sport psychology and facilitated classroom discussions.
- Developed course objectives, prepared weekly lesson plans for maximum execution of course material over a 15-week course semester.
- Created exams and evaluations to assess the student’s understanding of the material, discussions, and applied knowledge presented in class.
Mesa Community College: Graduate Assistant, Introduction to Sport Psychology (January 2008 -December 2008)
- Provided class lectures on topics relevant to the discipline of sport psychology.
- Prepared chapter notes for the professor, graded exams, papers, and class exercises.
- Gave feedback to a diverse array of students regarding their grade in the class and progress as a student/athlete.
- Provided study-group sessions for students outside of class time.
Arizona State University
Research Assistant, Sport Psychology Lab (January 2006-May 2006)
- Coded, transcribed, and recorded data.
- Lab duties included providing guidance to study participants, informed the participants of their ethical rights, gathered the data from the experiment, and debriefed the participant upon completion of research study.
- Researched the correlation between the instructions of a specific task to the success of the given task.
- Organized and crosschecked data by examining graphs and findings using the programs Excel and SPSS, under the supervision of Dr. Nia Amazeen.
- Doctoral Candidate – Education (Fall 2009-Present)
Concentration in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Sport-Exercise Psychology (September 2007 to June 2009).
Arizona State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minor in family and human studies (September 2003-May 2007).
Related Credentials, Awards, and Skills
National Conference for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology: Poster Presenter (September 2009)
- Developed and presented a model that exemplified the detrimental side effects of taking sport-enhancing drugs.
- Researched the psychological consequences of using sport-enhancing drugs.
- Concluded presentation with theory and research based interventions that may deem influential for people using sport-enhancing drugs.
Regional Conference for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology: Presenter (February 2008)
- Presented to peers and colleagues the detrimental cycle of taking sport enhancing drugs.
Arizona State University
- Psi Chi-The National Honor Society in Psychology (May-2005-May 2007)
- Dean’s List recipient (Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005)
- Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (Spring 2004-December 2006)