My Resume

Here is information about my education, my teaching experience, and everything I've done over the last 20-some-odd years of my previous career in advertising.

J, contact information, please download the PDF version of my resume.

Stephen Watkins

History / Social Science Teacher


Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education & Psychology

Master of Arts, Teaching - Graduation December 2018

California State University, Northridge

Bachelor of Arts, History - June 1993


Single Subject (Social Science) Teaching Credential with ELL Authorization

  • Credential Expected December 2019

30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit

  • Valid through September 1, 2019

Teaching Experience

Guest (Substitute) Teacher, Middle and High School

Oak Park Unified School District | Oak Park, CA | May 2018–Present

Long Term Substitute Teacher, History/Social Science

Westlake High School | Westlake Village, CA | February 2018–May 2018

  • Teaching Grade 10 World History and Grade 11 US History.

Student Teacher, History/Social Science, Grades 10 and 11

Westlake High School | Westlake Village, CA | September 2017–December 2017

  • Served as a student teacher in Grade 10 World History and Grade 11 US History.

  • Completed a full five-week takeover unit covering The French Revolution & Age of Napoleon.

  • Designed and implemented lesson plans and assessments for takeover unit.

  • Taught additional lessons covering elements of The Enlightenment, The American Revolution & Development of American Democracy, The Industrial Revolution, and Imperialism.

  • Worked with individual students and small groups to provide differentiated instruction and support.

  • Provided classroom support for mentor teacher.

Student Teacher, Social Science, Grade 12

Moorpark High School | Moorpark, CA | September 2016–June 2017

  • Served as a student teacher in Grade 12 US Government and Economics classes for two semesters.

  • Completed a two-week teaching takeover of all classes.

  • Successfully taught mentor teacher’s lesson plans and adapted curriculum when needed.

  • Designed and implemented lesson/unit plans and assessments (formative and summative) based on California State Standards.

  • Effectively taught course material using student-centered, inquiry-based techniques.

  • Worked with individual students and small groups to provide differentiated instruction and support.

  • Evaluated student progress and addressed individual learning issues.

  • Integrated educational technology to enhance students' learning experience, increase student engagement, and improve classroom management. These include: Google Classroom, Kahoot, EdPuzzle, Flipgrid, and Nearpod.

Previous Career Experience

Freelance Project Manager, Digital Consultant

Full Fathom V | Thousand Oaks, CA | 2014–2016

  • Freelance senior project manager and digital consultant with over 20 years of development, project management and client relations experience. I've been around the block more than a few times so I'm able to deliver experienced and engaged project guidance with an unflappable style.

Program Manager

BLITZ | Santa Monica, CA | January 2014–October 2014

Clients: American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Mattel, and Continental Tire

  • Led multi-disciplinary teams in the successful implementation of large-scale, highly complex digital and technology programs. Responsible for managing the program project pipeline, defining project scope and schedules, resource planning, budgeting, staffing and financial forecasting, team management and mentoring, and facilitating agency to client communication.

Program Manager

Team One | El Segundo, CA | 2010–2014

Clients: Lexus USA, Lexus Dealers Association, and Ritz-Carlton.

  • Led highly complex, multi-project integrated advertising campaigns (digital, broadcast, print). Primary client contact for Lexus and LDA digital maintenance efforts for over three years. Managed and mentored a team of Project Managers and Associate Project Managers. Led project management process and workflow improvements.

Freelance Project Manager, Digital Consultant

Freelance | Thousand Oaks, CA | 2009–2010

  • Managed web design/development projects and social media implementations as well as provided ecommerce and digital marketing consulting to clients in a variety of industries.

Account Supervisor/Project Manager

Studiocom | Santa Monica, CA | 2007–2009

Client: Activision

  • Provided strategic digital account management on the Activision account while simultaneously leading a dedicated technical, creative and strategy team.

Program Manager

United Online | Woodland Hills, CA | 2001–2007

  • Managed the design, development, testing, and implementation of digital marketing projects, consumer software products and large-scale IT infrastructure projects. Collaborated with Product Management, Development Teams and Business Owners to define new product requirements, and worked with internal clients to manage expectations and develop cost effective solutions to strategic business challenges. 

Senior Project Manager/Producer/Web Developer

iXL | Los Angeles, CA | 1996–2000

Clients: Frito-Lay, Mattel, Franklin Templeton Investments, Franklin Covey, Capitol Records, Sony Music, A&M Records, Sony Pictures, Fox Sports, and Warner Bros.

Senior Project Manager from 1999–2000

  • Promoted to lead multiple high level client engagements. Led development teams, and mentored project managers in PM skills and iXL processes/procedures. Tracked project financials including budget estimation, tracking, revenue forecasting, and profitability.

Producer from 1997–1999

  • Served as primary interface between iXL and clients. Directed all aspects of multiple large-scale projects involving implementation of innovative interactive solutions. Worked closely with client leadership to determine requirements and clearly align needs with design and development process. Defined project strategy and developed / managed project plans, budgets, and resource allocation. Managed client expectations during all stages of the project life cycle. Key contributor to major sales initiatives.

Web Developer from 1996–1997

  • Worked closely with clients to determine and implement website needs. Performed extensive HTML coding, PERL scripting, graphics production and multimedia development. Directed quality assurance testing for assigned sites.

Web Designer & Developer

Generator | Santa Monica, CA | 1994–1996

Clients:  Capitol Records, Sony Music

  • Old school jack-of-all-trades. Performed extensive HTML coding, multimedia development (Director) and graphic design and production.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing, but what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."

—Alan Alda, Actor, Director, Writer