Alyssa has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida. While completing these degrees, Alyssa has learned to write, film, and edit video projects; to write analytical as well as creative prose; and, to use social media for advertising, promotions, and career advancement.
She also has experience working in customer service in a fast-paced, event driven environment. As a Workforce Advisor and a Workforce Supervisor at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center she has worked directly with customers, clients, and staff to provide the best service possible before, during, and after events held in the building. She has worked on various and diverse events such as sporting events (Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, and Gymnastics), concerts (Rascal Flatts, Florida/Georgia Line, Kendrick Lamar, and others), expo events (Career Showcase, Craft Festival, and others), and many other events held within the building. She has also been very involved in giving tours of the building to children and adults. She has been deeply involved with the training of newly promoted supervisors in order to ensure the safety, reputation, and success of the O’Connell Center.
She has written satirical articles and ideas about college life for The Black Sheep, an online humor newspaper. While at The Black Sheep, she also worked briefly as the Interim Social Media Manager, and as such, she updated and maintained the Twitter account for the UF Chapter of The Black Sheep. She has also written for another online medium called GainesvilleScene, run by the start-up media corporation College Vox. It provides content appealing to both locals as well as non-locals. In addition, she currently works as an independent freelance writer for various companies writing on a variety of topics.
Recently, Alyssa has begun to expand her career focus to working in the field of education. Most recently, she worked as an activity leader for the after school program at Mebane Middle School in Alachua, FL. She assisted students in learning and accomplishing their goals by providing enrichment activities for them in a safe, non-threatening environment. She also counseled them on issues and personal matters that may affect their ability to learn. She has discovered patience and adaptability through her work with adolescents.
Since 2015, Alyssa has been working as an English teacher at Jensen Beach High School. She has taught 9th, 11th, and 12th grade and is certified to teach both English 6-12 and Social Science 6-12. She has participated in various professional development courses including Kagan engagement structures and Marzano implementation in the classroom. In addition, she has co-taught a professional development about effectively using Socratic seminar in the classroom across multiple subject areas.
She believes her leadership experience, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate both verbally and through the written word are her best attributes for accomplishing her goals as well as the goals of those with whom she works.