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OneSparkDayVaultWelcome! This site highlights some of my projects & activities from the last 10+ years. I’m originally from the west coast of Washington state; I’ve also lived in Seattle, Spokane, Chicago, and Miami.

In mid November 2014 I moved to Columbus, Ohio. I’ll update this site to reflect my pursuits and activities in the Midwest as they unfold. Stay tuned!

Jacksonville, Jan 2013 – Nov 2014. Worked as a compliance training specialist with McKesson Medical Surgical (MMS). I arrived at MMS through PSS World Medical, which was bought out by McKesson in early 2013. At PSS / MMS I developed, facilitated, and project managed compliance training, resources, and processes.

Jacksonville, 2007 – 2013. Taught as an adjunct faculty member at FSCJ, JU, and UNF, and for several other schools online; also taught as a professional development and continuing education instructor for FSCJ.

Jacksonville, 2005 – 2007. Left Miami in 2005 to be a graduate student at the University of North Florida (UNF), in the Philosophy department. Two years later I earned an M.A. in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics.

Miami, 2000 – 2005. Attended Florida International University (FIU) in Miami; completed a B.A. in Humanities and a Philosophy minor. I encountered my first philosophy class at FIU; it was love at first sight– especially informal logic and applied ethics. All my life I’d been told I “think too much”; philosophy showed me that can be an asset.

Before 2000. Lived in Spokane, Seattle, and Chicago; took courses for personal enrichment at community colleges in all three cities. Backpacked solo through Europe and North Africa for 6 months; when not crashing on new friends’ couches, I stayed in youth hostels. See Experience(s) for pictures.

Miscellaneous. Before teaching, before corporate, I worked in the hospitality industry– always for small, independently-owned “mom and pop” venues, including a Haitian restaurant in South Florida. In fact in grad school at UNF I focused on studying intersections between hospitality and ethics.

In my free time I develop and facilitate public workshops that promote critical thinking, questioning, and active learning; and explore parks and trails, volunteer for local organizations, hang out at used bookstores, explore nearby cities on day trips, attend trivia and improv, and more.

5 Responses to Home

  1. Gary George from FSCJ Kent Campus

    I think to much too. Hi Karla. Miss you at Florida State College and tech small talks with you. Words can and do change worlds. I don’t tweet or do face; I just am.

  2. Aw, thanks Gary! I miss you guys too. :(. It was very strange to not take part in the first day of classes this semester. I hope to return to the classroom, and especially FSCJ, Kent campus, someday, if only to teach one class. I love that place! Thanks for taking the time to write me. I hope you have a good semester! Karla

  3. Gary George from FSCJ Kent

    Will visit this blog every so often to see what’s up on your side of the planet. The nerd in me does that. I have no choice. You take care too. :) Gary

  4. That sounds good Gary, I plan on stopping by Kent one day soon to say hi to everyone as well. Have a great semester! Karla

  5. Greetings Ms.Pierce.. Hope all is well with you in North Dixieland-Florida. Travels have taken me far west and north.. Berlin, UK, France, Spain etc.. Stay in touch… un abrazo. -w.c.

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