Instructional Design Support

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About Me

Hello! I am your Instructional Designer. I am a native Californian and have been faculty at West Valley College since 2004. Previously at WVC, I taught reading both in-person and online and also served as a Faculty Supervisor in the Writing Center. The challenge of designing online courses draws on my formal training, and I enjoy the creative aspect of figuring out how to best engage learners. One thing I absolutely love to do is dance, and in fact, a bucket list item of mine is to participate in a West Valley College flash mob! At home I have a husband who teaches Film/Theater at WVC (the other W. Clay), twin daughters who attend college, a cat who doesn't go to school, and a dog who could probably use a little more school. My cat's name is Miso, like the soup. My dog's name is Toshiro Mifune, after the actor of the same name.

Academic Service

Distance Education Committee

Professional Development Committee

TEACH Center

WVC Online Leadership Team

WVC Peer Online Course Review Lead

West Valley Mission District ADA Advisory Group


B.A. Comparative Literature
UC Santa Cruz

M.F.A. Film Production
Ohio University

M.A. English Composition
San Francisco State University

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading
San Francisco State University

M.A. Learning Design and Technology
University of Colorado Denver

Graduate Certificate in Learning Experience Design
University of Colorado Denver

Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Learning Design and Technology
University of Colorado Denver

Last Updated 7/8/24