Education & Professional Certifications

A brief overview of my education, certifications and academic accomplishments.

Educational History:

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Applied Economics | Florida State University

  • Completed a one-year Master's program graduating with a 3.9 GPA in August, 2010
  • Awarded and maintained a partial grant from the State of Florida covering one-third of my tuition costs
  • Thesis focused on forecasting net migration to Florida following 2008 economic recession
  • Member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics & International Affairs | Florida State University

  • Completed double major graduating Cum Laude with a 3.5 GPA in May, 2009
  • Earned and maintained GPA requirements for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship covering 75 percent of tuition costs through all four years
  • Served full (one-year) terms as Scribe and Treasurer for Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, as Treasurer lead financial management and budget for  our annual philanthropy donating over $10,000 to the American Heart Association
  • Founding member and Treasurer for the FSU chapter of the Sigma Alpha Lambda co-ed honors fraternity

High School Diploma | Countryside High School

  • Graduated Cum Laude in June, 2005
  • Extra-curricular activities included JV football, wrestling and cross-country track
  • Maintained part-time employment in customer service and restaurant industries all four years (since age 15) to earn and save money for college

Professional Certifications:

Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator | Microsoft (2021)

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  • Certification
  • Earned by completing two training courses on using Microsoft Teams as an educator:
      • Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams (Certification)
      • Crafting a Collaborative Learning Environment with Class Teams (Certification)

Block Chain Essentials V2 | IBM (2020)

Block Chain Essentials Certification
  • Certification
  • Developed an understanding of Blockchain principles and practices and how they can be applied within a business environment.
  • Validated an understanding of Blockchain and distributed ledger systems, the important concepts and key use cases of Blockchain and how assets can be transferred in a Blockchain network.

Certified eCommerce Fraud Professional | The Fraud Practice, Inc. (2011)

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  • Completed over 20 hours of professional training across 16 courses and exams, in addition to a cumulative final exam and meeting other prerequisites and requirements
  • More information on qualifications for this Certification
  • More information on this and other professional training programs I played a major role in developing