Jerry is disruptive.
As a young musician turned audio professional, Jerry cut his teeth playing in an award-winning band that harnessed the power of social media and video in the nascent days of Facebook and YouTube. This led to a freelance career in audio production which included working with tech startups like Madefire Studios where he helped create immersive motion book soundscapes for the comic book industry (DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, Valiant), entertainment titans (Blizzard, Disney, Netflix), and Fortune 500 companies (Apple, 21st Century Fox).
He is now bringing his passion for innovation and technology to the world of education. As the Instructional Technologist for Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools, a Sacramento-based agency serving over 4,000 adult learners, he is responsible for developing agency wide educational technology policy and supporting the Highlands mission by increasing access to technology, promoting digital citizenship, and incorporating choice, ownership, and student voice through authentic learning opportunities to empower today’s digital learners to be tomorrow’s digital leaders.
Jerry is currently a doctoral student in Educational Technology at Boise State University where his research interests include Blended Learning for Adult Learners; Constructivist Theory and ICT; Online Project-Based Learning; and Community of Inquiry. He earned an Ed.S. in Educational Technology from Boise State, an M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading from Lamar University and a B.A. in Digital Media from Sacramento State. He holds an Adult Education Teaching Credential (Designated Subjects & Career Technical Education) and a Supervision and Coordination Credential from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and is an Advanced Certified Digital Educator, an Apple Teacher, a Google Certified Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and a Technology Integration Specialist.
Jerry is a firm believer in giving back to the community and is proud to currently serve as a member of the Cultural Advisory Council for Cal Expo and the California State Fair and the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee to the Board of Supervisors for Sacramento County.
When he's not working on campus or in his home studio, you can usually find Jerry reading something by Oscar Wilde, experimenting with film photography, or in the kitchen trying new recipes and listening to Morrissey on repeat.
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