Senior Instructional Engineer
Andrea began her career in 2005 as a U.S. Army linguist, where she learned to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese. After enduring one of the most grueling and demanding educational curricula in the world, she discovered a passion for developing engaging and easy-to-use learning methodologies. Focused on language learning, she assisted in editing Chinese learning texts in 2007 and offering instruction in the language.
After she had separated from the military, she began working at Disneyland as a joke-telling skipper on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, where she delighted in being able to make people smile, and being able to help guests from all over the world with her understanding of Spanish, Chinese, American Sign Language, and French.
While working in this role, her father’s company had a need for Chinese language content. In 2010, she offered to help with this task, but soon began assisting with other projects. It wasn’t long before she stood out on her own merits as a script writer, copy editor, and curriculum developer. Her skills developed in rapid language learning translated into rapid cultural learning, allowing her to create quality and nuanced content for a wide variety of markets, from call center training to cosmetics sales, from banking to bartenders, from insurance to horology.
Currently, Andrea works developing content for ProPractice, focusing on creating embedded, natural speech patterns for people learning to communicate. Her twelve years of experience has shown how much she loves the field of professional education and curriculum development. Her current passion project for ProPractice is using the methodology to teach people recovering from addiction how to talk themselves out of relapse and into a successful, clean life.