About Me

Only the educated are free


Professional Summary

My greatest passion in life is learning. Working in education is a natural choice, and not surprisingly I have been involved in education most of my adult life. Rather than embrace a single learning theory, I think of them as tools I can use as needed for creating learning material or solving learning problems. Information that seems important to teach is not necessarily interesting to learn and addressing learner engagement is my greatest interest.

The technological tools in our collective toolkit expand the possibilities for learner engagement, comprehension, and knowledge transfer; using these tools to create effective learning materials and experiences is an exciting part of studying and working in Instructional Design & Technology. I am especially interested in exploring the benefits of leveraging virtual learning tools and environments such as simulations and games. There is a wealth of opportunity to use principles of games and simulations to enhance learning, as well as a enormous learning potential in guided exploration of recreationally-designed games and simulations.

Learning should be a hard fun. Failing to challenge learners is failing to teach; failing to have fun is a missed opportunity.

Every maker of video games knows something that the makers of curriculum don’t seem to understand. You’ll never see a video game being advertised as being easy. Kids who do not like school will tell you it’s not because it’s too hard. It’s because it’s–boring

-Seymour Papert


Associate Instructional Consultant

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM May 2020 – Present

  • Support SMEs in learner-oriented course design and application of Quality Matters Rubric
  • LMS (D2L Brightspace) expertise, coaching, consultation
  • Create multimedia tutorials and training for SMEs for course design
  • Daily interaction with SMEs and administrators to ensure timely delivery of quality courses
  • Create student onboarding and LMS training materials

Preschool Gymnastics Program Director

​Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy,  Albuquerque, NM​ May 2010 – March 2020
  • Preschool Program Director
  • Create and implement curriculum
  • Train staff in preschool and recreational levels of gymnastics instruction
  • Shift Leader: supervise and support coaches; assist students, parents, and office personnel
  • Participate in educational clinics as student and presenter. Summarize and present clinic training to staff via multimodal means

Research Assistant

Leah Buechley, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM October 2019 – March 2020
  • Hands on application of fundamental electronics and computer programming
  • Lab set-up and organization, general assistance


Elizabeth Starr Harden, LLC -Personal Money Coach, Lakewood CO 2017 – current​
  • Editing & Proofreading
  • Evaluate and refine content creation (Moodle, WordPress, Acrobat)
  • Instructional consulting

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 

-Mark Twain


University of New Mexico

  • Master of Arts in Organization, Information & Learning Sciences, Instructional Design and Technology Concentration, Expected Graduation Date: May, 2021

University of New Mexico 1992

  • Bachelor of University Studies, with Distinction
  • General Honors magna cum laude


“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.

-John Holt


Photoshop composite image: Wright Brothers Memorial and Duke University

Katherine Starr Resume


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