Hi! I’m Tiffany Hightower. Thanks for stopping by.
I have been an educator in a variety of capacities throughout my career. I began a rewarding and successful career as an elementary school teacher and instructional leader for ten years. After that, I decided to explore other career options in the fields of adult education and online learning. As a result, I was a corporate instructional designer and developed blended learning solutions for a children’s dentistry franchise. I then went on to become a trainer and content developer for a large eCommerce restaurant supply company. I also gained educational technology experience as an online elementary instructor and lesson writer for Study.com. I am currently an Instructional Designer for a government agency.
Some of the highlights of my career in education include being Teacher of the Year in 2007-2008, creating a training video for educators regarding Dan and Jeff’s 26 Best Instructional Practices, and being a recipient of a Fund for Teachers Fellowship to complete educational research in Brazil and incorporate the research into instruction. In addition, presenting educational technology research regarding motivating young adult online learners at the Teaching and Learning Forum (TL Forum) virtually in Australia was a significant highlight of my Doctoral studies. Furthermore, my successful blended learning solutions as an instructional designer and trainer have led to companies receiving substantial returns on their investments.
I have a B.A. in English from Spelman College, an Elementary Education Certificate from Georgia State University and an M.A. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan University. I am currently completing my dissertation to earn a Doctorate of Educational Technology from Central Michigan University. My pursuit of this degree has increased my knowledge, expertise and marketability in the educational technology field. Technology is a necessary and integral part to a variety of educational settings, and I look forward to continuing to facilitate and maximize educational technology in diverse settings. This blog will provide you with scholarly educational technology information from my Doctoral program. I aim to contribute insightful views and best practices that will improve the fields of education and educational technology.