Amy Potthast | Instructional Coach & Designer | Learning Design Studios

Teacher + trainer

My motivation in going to graduate school to study adult education has been to think more deeply about my instructional methods, to become more grounded in research and theory about how adults learn, and to find out all that I didn’t know from experience.

Since 1998, I’ve been lucky to have many opportunities to teach and train people — mainly adults. Experience includes:

  • Instructional designer at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
  • Instructional designer and trainer at St. Johns Village Project
  • Trainer of national service members and staff through my work at
  • Trainer of college and university career advisers through the Institute of Public Service Careers (a program of and NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service)
  • Graduate teaching assistant at University of Massachusetts, Amherst—Chinese language and literature
  • ESL and citizenship instructor at St. Julie Asian Center in Lowell MA
  • Instructional designer and trainer at J + L International Institute in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Peace Corps Volunteer and College English instructor at Fuling Teachers College in Fuling, Chongqing, China
  • K-2 teacher of a charter school in Central Florida

Included in this portfolio are my personal philosophy of adult education as well as reflection on professional roles:

Other professional roles that I’ll address later (check back later this year) include action researcher, instructional system designer, and instructional technology leader.



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