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Alison Sharkey


Currently living in

Sacramento, California, US

Willing to relocate

Work Preferences


Open to roles

InternshipShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

I'm a project management consultant specializing in instructional design, looking to make the pivot from in-person service based work to more collaborative tech team-based assignments and contracts. In addition to being a fully credentialed public school teacher and experienced middle school administrator, I'm also a conservatory trained classical cellist, and a member of the American Federation of Musicians. The intellectual discipline, relationship building, and complex nonverbal communication skills I've honed over a lifetime of professional symphony performances and classroom teaching make me an excellent team player, active listener and creative problem solver. Although I'm CompTIA A+ certified in IT support, analysis, and troubleshooting, my learning path is on track to becoming a full stack software engineer by the end of 2022. I'm currently proficient in entry level JavaScript, completing short coding projects incorporating foundations of HTML and CSS, and feel confident researching and fact-checking on MDN, Slack, Discord, and Stack Overflow. I aspire to someday contribute to the creation of future educational and training apps, but will enjoy any development work intentionally designing solutions that help people in need.

Ideal Workplace Values

To me, the ideal workplace values safety, equality, democracy, inclusion and transparency. I support efforts to advance anti-racism, civil rights, justice, and dignity for all people. Ideally, I would love for all my work to empower and give a voice to the voiceless, innovating new ways to champion empathy, whether for humans, our shared natural environment, or any sentient being currently experiencing neglect, threats, exclusion, or exploitation.

My Badges

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I am able to quickly simplify complex problems and topics into easily digestible, organized instructional materials (including assessments, policies, and press) for business and academic audiences. I have ultra sensitive hearing capabilities, perfect relative pitch, and some professional experiences editing raw audio recordings of classical string music concerts and voiceover narration for CD and film production. During the pandemic, I moved my consulting business online and concurrently upskilled myself in tech, specifically IT support and full stack web development, earning several new certifications across multiple vendors (CompTIA, Odin Project, 100 Devs, Google, Coursera, IBM) and ultimately dedicating over 500 hours of focused study and targeted industry research in just under two years.

Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceWritten interview instructionsEmail / Calendar OrganizationCommunication PlanWritten InstructionsFlexible ScheduleUninterrupted Work TimeStanding DesksEnhanced Lighting OptionsErgonomic SeatingNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual WorkspacesEmployee Resource Group

Environments I'm comfortable with

Heavy lifting
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Bright or blinking lights
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)

I would prefer to perform work that can be completed remotely and asynchronously, but am open to unscheduled phone and video communications throughout typical work days. I'm very comfortable with delivering prepared live or virtual solo AV presentations and proposals, including training, reporting, and leading workshops. I'm also willing to consider relocation, as well as hybrid or onsite roles.


Check out my work

Worked for 22 years, 8 months from Sep 1997 to Jan 2020

Technical Writers - Multiple

I was a writer and editorial assistant for several businesses and publishing houses (Ingram's, Sosland), and later, worked as a grant writer, project researcher, and social media paid content writer (Quora). Working as a technical writer for clients ranging from agribusiness companies to insurance agencies, I became confident in my abilities to define and scale scopes of problems and their resolutions using my own investigative abilities, and open collaboration with colleagues and coworkers. I enjoy writing, because it's an interesting way to come up with creative solutions to problems. I find it fun to systematically research, refine, and experiment to find the most elegant and helpful answers, and often in the process, come up with more and more interesting questions along the way. My passions for subjects like education access naturally led me into grant writing, and I have written several dozen successful grant proposals for clients and myself - including business plans - garnering more than $150K total value over the course of my writing career.

Apple macOSMobile application softwareMicrosoft OfficeAdobe Systems Adobe Creative SuiteCommand LineCollaborationResearchEmpathyEffective communicatorCurious about people

Education and Credentials

Attended for 3 years from 2022 to 2025

A+ - CompTIA


Attended for 1 years from 2021 to 2022

CompTIA Tech Career Academy

Workforce Training

Attended for 20 years from 2010 to 2030

CA School Administrative Services Credential - CCTC


Attended for 25 years from 2005 to 2030

CA Teaching Credentials in ELA and Music - CCTC


Attended for 3 years from 1999 to 2002

California State University Sacramento

Master's degree - Music Performance

Attended for 4 years from 1993 to 1997

DePaul University

Bachelor's degree - English and Music