Hi! I'm Sierra,
I'm Sierra and I'm a chemistry teacher turned instructional designer.
I absolutely love designing learning solutions that are engaging and interactive. I have found myself taking part in countless workplace trainings throughout my career and walking away from them wondering "what did I just learn?" and the educator in me has always struggled with leaving a training feeling like I haven't learned anything. What's the point of a training when the participants don't change their actions or behaviors afterward?
This has sparked inspiration in me to design training solutions that are interactive, memorable, and ACTUALLY help employees learn something to make relevant changes in their workplace behavior.
I have a deep desire to learn and grow within my career, along with the drive to make sure that I reach any goal I set my mind to. I have a master's degree in chemistry and during my time in graduate school I was awarded the Graduate Student Association's Excellence in Teaching Award. I received this campus-wide TA award due to my ability to make chemistry lab experiences that were exciting and allowed the learners to believe that they could do what was being asked of them. While deciding to transition away from education, I enrolled in the IDOL courses academy, ensuring that I would gain the skills necessary to succeed in my new field.
I recently put the skills I learned in IDOL courses academy to use in diving into a freelance instructional design project for a growing startup. After meeting with the founders and discussing their need for a functional and built out training program for their new employees, I helped get them started with a few onboarding resources. You can learn more about those resources here.
When I'm not creating learning experiences, I'm combining my love of design and creation with my love of science by making soaps from oils and lye. I'm also spending way too much time with my dog - who may just be a cat in disguise. The jury's still out on that one. But above all, I'm patiently waiting for the right time to travel again.