Merisenda Alatorre

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  • Real-Life Magical Unicorn
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  • Las Vegas, NV
My life mantra: be the magic you want to see in the world.

I’m an innovative leader who is passionate about solving problems through technology, digital media, and human-centered design.
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Positions

Manager, Digital Learning and Instructional Design

  • National Math and Science Initiative
  • Jun 2018 - Oct 2021

Project Facilitator

  • Clark County School Distrist
  • Jul 2017 - Jun 2018

Interactive Media Producer

  • KQED
  • Jun 2015 - May 2017

Elementary Educator

  • Alum Rock Union School District
  • Aug 2011 - Jun 2014

Collections

Writing

37 Highlights

Video

6 Highlights

2021

Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Completed my Halloween costume!
I'm so happy with how my Halloween costume turned out! If I had more time, I would have added more details. 

Aside from the shirt, pants, and gloves, I made everything myself. I crocheted the hat and used felt and a glue gun to make the shoes. 

I'm looking forward to this Halloween. My family and I are doing a group costume and will each be a character from Sonic the Hedgehog. I'm Knuckles. =)
Oct 01, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Left a role at National Math and Science Initiative
Ended my journey as Manager, Digital Learning and Instructional Design at National Math and Science Initiative!
Manager, Digital Learning and Instructional Design, National Math and Science Initiative
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Led a workshop
Received Product Feedback
I led a team training on the resources I've developed to support the adoption of inclusive design best practices. The resources included an online course on what inclusive design looks like at our organization, a style guide, user persona and journey map templates, UX checklists, and a curation of accessibility tools. 

It's exciting to receive positive feedback from my team about the work I'm leading:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the quality of resources you have curated/created for inclusive design and the ways in which you invited team members to reflect on how they might integrate with various workflows. It was exciting to hear that you’ll offer more learning opportunities and to see the reflections and self-awareness this was sparking from others in the meeting. Thank you for the work you do to continually push the quality and accessibility of our work.

Sep 19, 2021
Sep 19, 2021
Attended an event
I went to Life is Beautiful for the first time yesterday! 

It was an amazing time. It was impressive to see the level of work that goes into putting on an event of this size. I was blown away by all of the experiences. In addition to large music stages, there were also plenty quiet, chill open spaces where you could lounge. There were so many amazing art installations as well. I wish I had taken some more pictures but I was really working on living in the moment! 

Not going to lie though, after almost two years of living in a pandemic, doing this type of stuff feels very weird. I find myself even more anxious around people. I also feel some level of guilt, like I shouldn't be participating in events like this. 

They did require vaccination proof or a negative COVID test to enter, which gave me some reassurance that I was at least less likely to get sick or get others sick. 

Is this what people mean when they say we all have to adjust to a "new normal"?
Sep 08, 2021
Sep 08, 2021
Read Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee
This book was incredibly illuminating for me! I'm going to track how I spend my time over the next two weeks, and think about how I can be more purposeful with what I do. Life's too short to always be working - rest is important, too!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52668196-do-nothing
Aug 31, 2021
Aug 31, 2021
Designed a style guide
I'm currently developing a style guide to support my team in understanding and implementing inclusive design!

https://nmsi.styleguide.com/
Manager, Digital Learning and Instructional Design, National Math and Science Initiative
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