Skip to main content

OPWL Success Stories

We love to read the success stories our students have shared with us and their professional community. Below are just some of the stories from our OPWL students and graduates!



Teachers transitioning into professional practice in Instructional Design

If you are considering leaving the classroom and transitioning to the private sector in an organization’s learning and development capacity, then we have experience helping those professionals make that career switch.

Below are links to ATD blog series articles that were written by graduates of the MS and Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design.  Each of the below individuals were teachers when they started their OPWL studies and have since transitioned into professional practice in the field. See what others from a similar background were able to accomplish!


Lauren Weisberg

Lauren Weisberg

Transitioning from K-12 Teaching to Instructional Design and Training


Leah Yeatts

Leah Yeatts

Transitioning from Teaching to Talent Development: Lessons Learned


Matt Sustaita

Matt Sustaita

From Classroom to Corporate Office

Transitioning Teachers

Testimonials from teachers that have used OPWL credentials to accomplish their goals

Job transitions and promotions!

  • becah-jubon

    Becah Jubon

    Manager of Education and Public Programs

    Computer Museum of America
  • aaron-jacobsen

    Aaron Jacobsen

    Instructional Designer

    Mackin Talent
  • lenz-bayas

    Lenz Bayas

    Learning Management System Administrator

    Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
  • john-oconnor

    John O'Connor

    Program Manager

    US Air Force
  • misty-minna

    Misty Minna

    Lead Instructional Designer

  • Erin Bove

    Design and Development Specialist

    State of Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Venus Camargo

    HR / PR

    Kinkaid Civil Construction
  • Caleb Hartman

    Senior Business Analyst / Instructional Designer

  • Ryan Mays

    Senior Learning & Development Consultant

    Change 4 Growth Consulting
  • Alejandro-Maya

    Alejandro Mayas

    Learning Design Consultant

  • nani-hazard

    Nani Hazard

    Instructional Designer

  • Mary Nunn

    Teacher Trainer Consultant for E-learning

  • Sharnice Christine Yates

    Instructional Designer

  • Jacob Connley

    Jacob Connley

    Learning & Development Manager

  • jodi-mammenga

    Jodi Mammenga

    Change Management Team

    Office of Continuous Improvement at Boise State
  • DJeane-Peters

    D'Jeane Peters

    Instructional Designer

    Toastmasters International
  • Justin Beaudry

    Justin Beaudry

    E-learning Developer

  • Samantha Cribari-Starr

    Samantha Cribari-Starr

    Professional Development

    American Society
  • Jill Pearson

    Project Management Consultant

    Judge Learning Solutions
  • LaCresha Harrison

    LaCresha Harrison

    Instructional Designer

  • Stephanie Webber

    Stephanie Webber

    Instructional Project Specialist

    Grand Valley State University
  • Debi Bearden

    Debi Bearden

    Instructional Designer

    Seattle Pacific University
  • William Grove Fanning

    William Grove Fanning

    Director of Learning and Organizational Development