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Derek Spalla

He/him


About Me

#ADHD#INFP-T#Neurodivergent#amwriting

I'm creative and have played video games since the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 days. I'm an avid console player (Xbox and PlayStation) with mobile and PC gaming experience. I play video games daily, have a social media presence, and have been a streamer. Ultimately, I would like to start at an appropriate learning level in a growth-minded gaming studio and be mentored to be a director eventually creating and releasing my content. My interests have always revolved around sci-fi and fantasy. As a child, for hobbies, I drew, read voraciously, made movies/videos with my friends, and wrote stories and poetry. In school, I was a nerd and AV kid and participated in drama club. Later in high school, I played soccer and worked on the school newspaper and the technical crew for school musicals and other performances. One of my first jobs was as a radio broadcaster and I have done other voice-related work over the years. I started a professional career as an educator, and have expertise in information technology, instructional design, and project management. Over the years I taught myself to code different computer languages, developed microlearning programs and was a technology consultant. I have a background training, teaching, and building learning experiences at every level from birth through adulthood. As a teacher, my favorite grade level and subjects are 5th-grade reading and writing. I created a young authors club and taught students how to write novels and video game writing concepts like non-linear storytelling. Throughout my life gaming, writing, technology, and teaching others have been constant pursuits.

Ideal Workplace Values

Activism, advocacy, diversity, and inclusion are important professional and personal ideals. I am a lifelong learner that believes in being kind and having a growth mindset.


Location

Tallahassee, Florida, US

Open to Relocation

Open To

Full Time JobFreelance/Contract WorkFull Time InternshipCo-op

Work Settings

RemoteHybrid

Career Interests

Computer Science and ITEducation and InstructionWriting & Language Services

Inclusion Essentials

Preferences

1 on 1 CommunicationEmail / Calendar Organizationtask managementWritten ChecklistsWritten InstructionsHybrid Work EnvironmentFlexible scheduleStanding DesksErgonomic SeatingQuiet / Individual WorkspacesMentoringTherapy

Sensory Sensitivities

Bright, blinking, or fluorescent lights
Variable temperatures

Certifications & Training

Trauma and Resilience: Level One

Florida State University
Issued 2023 | No Expiration Date
Certificate

Lastinger Early Learning Certified Coach

Lastinger Center for Learning - University of Florida
Issued 2022 | Expires 2025
Certificate

Georgia Educator Certificate

Georgia Professional Standards Comission
Issued 1996 | Expires 2024
Certificate