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During the last decade I have worked as a reporter (main staff and freelance), a teacher, and even a security guard. In the end, though, they were all about communication. I want to move my research and writing skills online so I can help others translate their words to general readers. That might be in business, education, or back into news reporting. The thing that's really important to me is sharing valuable knowledge. We all deserve to have our curiosity about the world rewarded.

Work experience

Aug 2008May 2010

ESL (English as a Second Language) Resource Teacher

Schwegler Elementary School (USD 497: Lawrence Public Schools)
• Instructing more than 20 students in grades 3-6 to develop and enhance reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills for grade-level content • Editing student work, administering assessments, and utilizing online system to determine progress/needs • Creating new lessons, adapting materials, and developing action plans for individual student needs • Assisting students and collaborating with teachers and administrators to efficiently utilize software and hardware to creatively address specific educational goals
Sep 2005Jul 2008

Security Officer

Mercy Regional Health Center
• Securing building during overnight shift and monitoring or interacting with patients and visitors
Jun 2002May 2005


The Garden City Telegram
• Proposing, researching, and writing news and feature stories for business and health beats; flexibly reporting as needed for additional beats such as education, government, and police • Collaborating with editors, photographers, and page designers to prepare Southwest Life and Neighbors sections • Following up on editorial and reader questions/concerns in person and electronically
Oct 2001Jun 2002

Customer Service Representative

Western Wireless Inc
Assisting customers calling in to solve billing and technical difficulties Using in-house software to access appropriate accounts, review relevant information, make changes in accordance with company policy, and detail changes for future access
Sep 2001May 2002

Freelance Writer

Photonics Spectra Magazine
• Reviewing scientific literature and collaborating with authors • Developing concise, reader-friendly features on the literature for Technology World section
May 2000Aug 2000

Editorial intern

R&D Magazine Writing and proofreading material for departments such as R&D Bulletin, R&D Home Page, and Software for Scientists Designing, writing, and proofreading approximately 50 profiles for annual R&D Award winners; also acted as R&D liaison between those 2000 Award winners and R&D editorial staff



Bachelor's Degree

Kansas State University

Bachelor's Degree

Kansas State University