Instructional Innovation and Support Staff

San Jacinto College Instructional Innovation and Support personnel work collaboratively to support all educational technology related projects. Any single individual in the group will provide support for your educational technology needs and questions.

Niki WhitesideNiki Whiteside, Assistant Vice Chancellor
South Student Center S-11.231
281-991-2660
niki.whiteside@sjcd.edu

I joined San Jacinto College in November 1998. My first job focused solely on distance learning. Since that time I have had the opportunity to work with other areas including instructional design, training, Blackboard support, multimedia development and even a brief stint with construction. Each role has given me the opportunity to learn more about San Jac and our faculty, staff, and students.

 

LaRae AlcidorLaRae Alcidor, Instructional Designer
Central ADM C-3.158
281-476-1501, ext. 7638
larae.alcidor@sjcd.edu

My name is LaRae Alcidor; I am an Instructional Designer at Central Campus. I have been an employee at San Jac since January 2014. My husband and I moved here from Orlando, FL; we are native Floridians. I have been in the e-learning field since 2011 first, as a student and then as a professional. I attained my Master’s Degree from Florida State University although my loyalty resided with my undergraduate Alma Mater, The University of Florida.

In my personal life, I enjoy staying active through exercise at the gym and competitive racing (run). I enjoy baking and exploring new plant-based culinary opportunities. I consider myself a foodie with a special taste for Asian and Caribbean Cuisine

 

Terri BubbDr. Terri Bubb, Instructional Designer
Central ADM C-3.158
281-476-1501, ext. 1058
terri.bubb@sjcd.edu

Hello. I am so happy to be here. I have heard (and seen) great things going on here at San Jacinto College, and I hope to help contribute. Most recently, I came from Houston Community College where I served as an instructional designer. My background includes working in the higher education and corporate sector as an instructional designer, as well as teaching K-12 and higher education. I received my doctorate from the University of Houston Central Campus in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology. Additionally, I am a certified faculty developer, earning my Certificate of Faculty Development in 2014. My research is focused on creating a comfortable physical presence in online environments for both faculty and students. My ultimate quest is to support instructors so they can work smarter and not harder in their courses. I look forward to working with the wonderful faculty here at San Jacinto College.

 

Leslie ChildressLeslie Childress, Instructional Designer
North ILC N-2.214
281-459-5419
leslie.childress@sjcd.edu

I started at San Jacinto College as an Instructional Designer upon graduating in August 09 from Texas A&M (WHOOP! c/o 2007) with my bachelor’s and master’s degree. As far as all my educational passions go, I have not been doing this long enough to know. I love learning new technologies and seeing how they can impact my educational and personal life. Experiential learning is an amazing concept. In my spare time, I shoot target archery and I also enjoy spending most of my time outdoors riding four-wheelers and camping (I’m a country girl, just listen to my accent).

Debbie Friermood, Sr. Administrative
Assistant

North Library N-14.114
281-998-6150, ext. 6272
debbie.friermood@sjcd.edu

 

 

 

Lisa KitchensLisa Kitchens, Learning Management Specialist
Central ILC C-1.218
281-542-2084
lisa.kitchens@sjcd.edu

I assist faculty, staff, and students with questions or issues related to Blackboard. I enjoy troubleshooting issues and figuring out the best way to resolve them. I also enjoy exploring new technologies and finding ways to utilize it in my work, but I haven’t had much time to explore in the last few years as I have been working on my B.S. degree. Recently, I have been working on building my personal learning network, and I have stumbled upon some resourceful blogs that have been very educational.

 

Huff MannDr. Huff Mann, LMS (Blackboard) Manager
Central ILC C-1.218
281-542-2084
huff.mann@sjcd.edu

In my former life, I taught junior high school where I discovered the vital role that distance learning, combined with sound teaching practices, played in changing the lives of students. While my teaching colleagues were pursuing degrees in administration I concentrated my efforts on helping those students who could not come to class. The result was that I discovered the field of instructional design/instructional technology and recognized the potential that it has to change the community for the better. I am now immersed in a field of like-minded professionals, and no two days are ever the same. New opportunities are created to solve age-old problems as the technology and theory evolves on a consistent basis.

 

Katie McGuireKatie McGuire, Instructional Designer
North ILC N-2.214
281- 458-4050, ext 7793
kaitlyn.mcguire@sjcd.edu

I joined San Jacinto College in April 2018 as an Instructional Designer for the North Campus. Most recently, I came from Sam Houston State University as an Instructional Designer working with faculty in the College of Science. My background includes working in higher education as an Instructional Designer since 2011. I received my Bachelors of Mass Communications and a Master’s of Education from Sam Houston State University as well. I guess you could say that I was a bearkat through and through. But I am ecstatic to now be part of the San Jac family! I love Houston and I want to be a part of making a change for our future Houstonians. My husband and I have seen this area transform in our upbringing, so my ultimate goal is to not just suggest change but to be a part of it alongside the faculty here at San Jacinto College. In my personal time I love to run, stay fit through an exercise community, garden, and spend time with my husband as we chase our dogs and one-year-old son around, they alone are a great workout!

 

Sherry RansdellSherry Ransdell, Director, Instructional Design Services
South Student Center S-11.231
281-998-6150, ext 3962
sherry.ransdell@sjcd.edu

I am a self-proclaimed geek and enjoy exploring new technologies and collaborating with faculty on innovative instructional approaches. When I’m not spending time with my family or reading, I make time to feed my passion for creating stained glass.

 

Thomas ReynoldsThomas Reynolds, Multimedia Support Specialist
North Library N-14.114
281-484-1900, ext. 3493
thomas.reynolds@sjcd.edu

I joined San Jacinto College as a Multimedia Support Specialist in August 2015. Born and raised here in Houston, Texas, I had a passion for media.  I pursued my collegiate education at the University of Houston, obtaining my B.A. in Communications – Media Productions in 2012.  Prior to San Jac, I worked with the University of Houston Athletic Dept. as a media specialist. I had also created a social media platform for my former high school athletic program. While I’m not at work, I spend a lot of time exercising at the gym.  I am also a sports fanatic, movie junkie, video game nerd, and I love to listen to a variety of music.

 

Sedrick SextonSedrick Sexton, Instructional Designer
South ILC S.12-218
281-484-1900, ext. 3275
sedrick.sexton@sjcd.edu

I happened into the Instructional Design field by chance. I earned my masters in Educational Technology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, never really intending to practice design. However, I found that I really enjoyed the process and that making sure the online learning environment, whether it’s web-assisted, hybrid or fully online, is a pleasant one for students is something of which I am passionate. I am originally from Arkansas and prior to coming to San Jacinto, I served as an Instructional Designer at Florida International University in Miami on the University Park (MMC) campus. I look forward to meeting with and serving the faculty, staff, and students of San Jacinto College.

 

Tilly SlatenTilly Slaten, Instructional Innovation and Support Coordinator
South Student Center S-11.231
281-991-6370
tilly.slaten@sjcd.edu

I joined San Jacinto College in September of 1996. During this time I’ve had the opportunity to work in several areas which has allowed me to grow professionally within the college. Just recently I returned to Distance Learning as a program coordinator. I enjoy technology and sharing what I learn with others. When not working I can be found with my husband and two boys or shopping. I love purses, shoes and the Houston Texans.

 

Patricia WeiszPatricia Weisz, Instructional Designer
South ILC S.12-218
281-484-1900, ext. 6189
patricia.weisz@sjcd.edu

I joined the Educational Technology Department in February 2015. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, a Graduate Teaching Certificate (UHCL), and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from UHCL. My career in Education includes both experience in K-12 (I survived teaching middle school!) and higher education. I have taught in Clear Creek ISD and, prior to coming to San Jacinto College, was an Instructional Designer with Houston Community College. I have a strong passion for helping faculty attain the ultimate goal of having students who are successful and grow in their courses. When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking and distance running (marathons and half marathons are my passion), and I love to spend time with my family. My husband and I have 3 daughters in college right now and a beautiful little baby granddaughter, who, of course, has us wrapped around her little finger.

 

LaVena WilderLaVena Wilder, Multimedia Support Specialist
North Library N-14.114
281-459-5416
lavena.wilder@sjcd.edu

I joined San Jacinto College in January of 1992 as a newly transplanted Michigander.  Fast forward several years and Texas has become my home and I haven’t looked back.   I attended Western Michigan University, for my undergraduate degree to pursue a career in television/video production.  After spending a brief moment working in television news, I decided to move to Houston and since that time, I have spent the majority of my working career here at San Jacinto College.  Not many people can say they love what they do, but this is one field I can say I truly love.  Video production or multimedia is a creative and time-intensive career, but the satisfaction of seeing one’s final product and knowing how it will help enhance the delivery of a given topic or concept makes it well worth it.  On a personal level, I’m a technology/computer geek, who loves cooking (and eating), photography, spending time outdoors, traveling and spending quality time with my family.