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HELLO, I'M

Kris Watterson

Professional Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Instructional Designer

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Kris Watterson

BS in Graphic Design
MS in Instructional Design

22 years of experience

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About

MY BACKGROUND

I taught school early on in my career and was certified in secondary art and biology. At the time, I taught junior high art, eighth grade physical science, tenth grade biology, high school graphic design and high school yearbook. Throughout my professional career as a graphic designer and illustrator, I’ve always passed on my knowledge and experience to my peers and even clients by educating them on the design process so they could better understand how their changes would affect the timing of project delivery. I have worked as an instructional designer in the corporate world at Cerner creating training for the VA to help them understand how to use their new electronic health record. I am passionate about health! As a former biology teacher and working at Cerner, a Healthcare IT company, for the past 6 years, I read all I can on the topic. I am a teacher at heart which is why I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in instructional design and planning to graduate in December of 2022.

Over my 22 year career, I’ve become an expert in Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro. I’ve not only taught these software products to secondary students, but I’ve also taught adults (my peers at work) to successfully use them during my time at Cerner. I have real-world experience producing a wide variety of design and instructional deliverables using Adobe and online software. If it can be visualized, I can design it!

As an instructional designer, I’m a big proponent of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and ensuring all materials are accessible. Not only do I focus on delivering content in a variety of ways to appeal to the strengths of individual learners (the core of UDL), but I also understand the importance of each piece of content (no matter how it’s delivered) being 508 compliant and meeting certain accessibility standards.

 

 

Education

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

2004

Oral Roberts University

Bachelor of Science; Graphic Design - Video

December 2022

Emporia State University

Masters of Science; Instructional Design & Technology

Experience

WHERE I’VE WORKED

2021–Present

Cerner Corporation,

Senior Grapghic Designer, Creative Services Team

2019-2021

Cerner Corporation

Senior Graphic Designer, Instructional Design Team

2016-2019

Cerner Corporation

Manager, Population Health Marketing

2004-2008

Secondary Teacher

Certified in Secondary Art and Biology. Taught Art, Biology, Physical Science, Graphic Design and Yearbook

2000-2016

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Freelance and various graphic design roles
See CV for more detail

Skills

WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE

Graphic Design / Adobe Software

Illustration

Instructional Design & Facilitation

Video Creation & Editing

Content Writing & Editing

Email Marketing

Social Media Management

Website Creation

 
 

Awards & Certificates

WHERE I SHINE

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

Certified SalesForce Email Marketing Specialist

Print Design Awards

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Interests

OUT OF OFFICE

Creative Writing

Painting & Murals

Calligraphy

Cycling & Yoga

Reading

Digital Storytelling

Knitting & Crochet

Drawing