Michael Y
Writer #8577
Joined 1/17/2014
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26 Projects
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Experience – Overview
• Utah-licensed teacher with experience in both secondary and post-secondary classrooms
• Online course development and teaching experience in LMSs such as Blackboard, Canvas, PGLMS, Moodle, and Brainhoney
• Video, audio, and image editing experience using Audacity, Camtasia, Photoshop and Captivate, PowerPoint, Keynote, and iMovie
• Project and team management experience in an instructional design and customer service setting.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools and their Mac equivalents
• Published author of novels, short stories, textbooks, and articles
• German fluency

Western Governor’s University, Salt Lake City, UT, 2013
Master of Education Degree in Instructional Design

Brigham Young University, Provo Utah, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Education
Major: German Teaching Minor: Music

Non-Teaching Work Experience
Jan 2011 – Jan 2015 Instructional Designer, Middlebury Interactive Languages
• Designed three online language learning courses
• Utilized ADDIE Methodology
• Courses are SCORM and 508 Compliant
• Courses aligned to National and State Educational Standards
• Courses were built in a proprietary course builder
• Utilized Audacity, Camtasia, iMovie, PowerPoint and Keynote

Teaching Experience
Aug 2015 – Present German Dual Immersion Teacher, West Elementary, Tooele, UT

Nov 2012 – Sept 2013 Online Music Teacher, Open High School of Utah
• Taught music theory, music appreciation, and music connections courses
• Responded to student concerns through phone and email

Aug 2010 - Jan 2011 Substitute Teacher, Alpine and Provo Districts

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011 Substitute Teacher, Davis and Weber Districts

Aug 2009 - Present Online Teacher, The American Academy
• Taught online German, Music, and Web Design courses

Aug 2008 - May 2009 German Teacher, Mountain View High School
• Teach three levels of German to students in grades 10-12
• Developed a new German curriculum for three skill levels
• Attended regular professional development

Sept 2007 - Dec 2008 Instructor of German, Brigham Young University
• Taught semester-long German 101 and 102 classes
• Held weekly office hours for tutoring students
• Attended weekly staff meetings focused on teacher improvement


German-English or English-German translation, music, creative writing, theater, history, copywriting


creative writing, music, drama, history, education, German


Brigham Young University

He studied German teaching with a minor in music and extensive coursework in history and computer science.

Western Governor's Univeristy

He studied instructional design and completed a large research project.


11 Projects Completed

• The Hunger, Novel, Future House Publishing, 2016
• Rook: Revenge, Novel, Trifecta Books, 2015
• Nemesis: Knight, Novel, Trifecta Books, 2015
• Paladin: Pawn, Novel, Trifecta Books, 2014
• Sing We Now of Christmas, Anthology, Klingenberg Press, 2012
• Angels from Their Realms of Story, Anthology, Klingenberg Press, 2014
• Carol of The Tales, Anthology, Klingenberg Press, 2013
• The Canticle Prelude, Fantasy novel, Big World Network, 2012
• The Canticle Kingdom, Fantasy novel, Bonneville Books, 2010
• The Frozen Globe, Fantasy novel, BigWorldNetwork, 2014
• The Last Archangel, Fantasy novel, Bonneville Books, 2011


5 Projects Completed

• Competency High School German 1, Middlebury Interactive Languages
• Competency High School German 2, Middlebury Interactive Languages
• Exposure Elementary German 3-5, Middlebury Interactive Languages
• German I, Lincoln Interactive
• Music Appreciation, Mountain Heights Academy
• Music Connections, Mountain Heights Academy
• Studying for the GED, Franz Amussen
• Studying for the U.S. Citizenship Exam, Franz Amussen


10 Projects Completed

He is the author of the novels in The Canticle Kingdom Series, The Last Archangel Series, the Chess Quest Series and the Penultimate Dawn Cycle. His also authors several web serials through BigWorldNetwork.com. He publishes anthologies for charity in his Advent Anthologies series. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mindflights, Meridian, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign. He has also won honorable mention three times in the Writers of the Future contest.

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