SUMMARY

Tea Educator and “foodie” seeks opportunity to learn and serve with an exciting, innovative company

WORK HISTORY

Work History
Oct 2011 - Present

Tea Researcher and Reviewer

Teaviews.com
I taste tea, read about its production and history, and then write about it so other people can learn too. I've even learned a little bit of Mandarin, because I specialize in Chinese and Taiwanese Oolong tea.
Jan 1991 - Present

Freelance Writer

VARIOUS MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS
I have researched and written pieces on everything from beauty pageants and frog jumping contests to municipal budgets and murder trials. Currently, I specialize in self-development and health.
Jan 1988 - 1999

Customer Service

Various
I worked for restaurants, airlines, banks, American Express during the late 1980's through the 1990's. In each of these positions, I either served food and beverages, dealt with money or credit cards, or both.

EDUCATION

Education
Jun 1986

Bachelor's Degree, Journalism

Arizona State University

CERTIFICATIONS

Certifications
May 2015

Certified Personal Growth Coach

Lifeforming Leadership Coaching
Sep 2013

Tea Master

International Tea Master's Association

I WOULD BE A GREAT FIT...

...for Southern Season's tea and coffee department, or for serving Afternoon Tea at Southerly. But, if you need help elsewhere, I am also fascinated by things like cheese straws, exotic mustard, and chocolate - basically everything that Southern Season purveys.

As a self-employed freelancer for the past fifteen years, I have learned to balance my tea-tasting, writing, speaking, and researching with business tasks like finding clients, invoicing, advertising, and billing. 

I also studied to become a Life Coach, not because I wanted to be a coach necessarily, but because I wanted to improve my ability to listen to and encourage others. These so-called “soft skills” apply to any work environment. I am as passionate about building vibrant relationships with clients and co-workers as I am about friends and family. In my experience, good relationships are what makes work meaningful.

OFF DUTY..

I enjoy cooking, baking, singing classical music in choir, taking photographs, and writing poetry. On lazy days I watch lots of British television!