Tamara (Tammy) Parks BS MEd
eLearning Instructional Designer
Welcome to my page!
Here are 5 TOP things to know about me
1. My Education
Master of Education-Learning and Technology
Western Governors University- January 2021
Master's Research Capstone:
“Impacts on Online Adult Learning: Supplementing Instruction of Survey Design Skills Using Play and Gamification Elements”
Candidate for Master of Science-Data Analytics
Western Governors University
Expected graduation in 2022
Bachelor of Science-Psychology
Michigan State University
2. My Visions
To always look for goodness in everything
To find the best ways to understand and then teach the world we live in, virtually and non-virtually, while promoting and celebrating that goodness.
To capture knowledge and honor it in ways which care for ourselves and others
3. My Passions, Inspirations and Challenges
Traveling the world by ship or by shore, to continue a journey of lifelong learning
Being one who CREATES whether by art, craft, web or the stroke of a pen
Promoting a whole food plant based lifestyle for health of ourselves, animals, and the planet Earth
Supporting people who turn their gifts of speech and guidance into actions which lift people up instead of tear them down
Taking remnants of the past and turning them into valued treasures and new learning
4. My Subject Matter Expertise
Behavioral Research- 5 years collecting observational and survey data from middle school students, educators, parents and young children. Coding and cleaning data for analysis
Certified Pharmacy Technician Compounding-7 years for 3 different compounding pharmacies in California, Oregon and Michigan. Led compounding labs and computerized inventory systems, designed company websites, and implemented computer databases for organization and access to prescription formulas.
Computer, movie video, and electronics sales & service- 10 years of retail management experience, with opportunities for training and support of sales and operations staff.
Software training- 3 years engaging with the consumer public instructing software skills in:
Basic computer operation and internet navigation
Digital Video Editing
Microsoft Office Applications ( Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access )
Travel Professional- 5+ years working with consumers and travel agents with air, tours, cruises, car rentals and travel insurance reservations & servicing.
Management- 10 years supervising and managing environments in retail sales, operations, behavioral research and staff computer software training
Technical training instruction/consultation- 5+ years designing, developing and implementing classroom and virtual elearning in:
Online survey design and administration
Web conferencing setup and recording
Employee orientation and staff development
Nursing Assistant- 2 years caring for nursing home residents.
Plasma Donor Center Technician- conducting medical pre-screenings for potential plasma center donors. Facilitating donor floor production tasks and phlebotomy.
Behavioral Health Professional- facilitating the care and well-being of adult mentally ill clients
Professional Associations and Memberships
eLearning Industry-Member and AUTHOR (see this LINK)
Association for Talent Development (td.org)
Project Management Institute (PMI) - Member
5. About the Rest of Me
Born in Newport, Rhode Island--grew up in Michigan, lived in 7 states across the US before settling down and getting married in Springfield, Oregon. We are staff to our 3 feline fur-babies Ivy, Max, and Squeak.
When sports are available, you can find me in the crowd at the University of Oregon, during Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Softball and Track & Field seasons. At the historic Hayward field, I was honored to be a volunteer track and field official in the throwing events for 10 years.
Clocks and clockmaking are a new adventure I hope to indulge in when I retire ( if not before), as my dream is to see real cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest of Germany
After working at Blockbuster Video, I have discovered that I have a particular love of movies made in the 1940's and in my down time, Turner Classic Movies is my friend.
Favorite movie you ask?
1948- I Remember Mama
Starring Irene Dunne and a very young Barbara Bel Geddes ( who went on to become more famous in the 1980s as the matriarchal character Miss Ellie Ewing in television's "Dallas")