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Work experience

Jan 2014Present

Food Coach

My Ancestral Kitchen
  • Improved patients health by teaching cooking skills based on the anti-inflammatory and the ancestral diet for patients of Dr. Amy Bader
Oct 2012Present

Volunteer

Toyon Middle School

Teaching nutrition and cooking to the gardening students at Toyon Middle School using the produce they grow in their school garden.

Jan 2012Aug 2014

Director of Student Services

BodyMind Institute

Managed the student services department at BodyMind Institute which is an online school offering courses in the field of natural health

  • Enhanced the student services department through the development of systems for enrollment, support and graduation
  • Improved the student experience and reduced early withdrawal rates from 20 withdrawals a month to 1-2 a month through the development of a customer service department focused on developing positive student relationships and providing for students needs from enrollment to graduation
  • Increased monthly payment plan revenue by developing systems to manage students financial accounts
  •  Increased course sales from 1-2 a week to 5 per week through the development of a goal based admissions department and an alumni referral program
  • Strengthened student retention and satisfaction from 30% to 90% through the development of a student community based forum
  • Increased potential student conversion rates from 1 out of 10 to 1 out of 5 possible new students through focused lead generation and marketing strategies using social media
Oct 2010Apr 2012

Certified Holistic Health Coach

KitchenWitch Coaching
  • Reduced food allergies and increased healthy weight loss with private clients
  • Improved middle school student understanding and enjoyment of nutritious food by teaching cooking classes with school garden produce
  • Increased awareness around choosing healthy foods in the community through workshops, teleconferences, blogs, social media, articles for e-zines and health fairs
Dec 2009May 2010

Private Tutor

Private Contractor

Taught Algebra 1 to a home schooled 12th grader

Oct 2008Jan 2010

Institute Manager and Lead Teacher

Harp Learning Institute

Managed and taught at an after school tutoring center for children grades K-12 diagnosed with ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia using a program to improve students overall academic learning capabilities.

  • Increased students reading fluency and comprehension levels
  • Enhanced the student experience by creating a nurturing and positive learning environment using techniques such as Student of the Month, supportive feedback, daily rewards and certificates of achievement
  • Increased student retention rates from 2 month attendance to 3-4 months of attendance through positive parent relationships using parent/teacher conferences, monthly newsletter, and an open door policy
  • Increased monthly revenue 40% through the development of accounting systems
  • Increased new enrollments from 3-4 a month to 2-3 a week through focused marketing strategies that included attending city chamber events and local educational fairs
  • Expanded the centers student reach by hiring, training and managing new teachers to work with an ever increasing student load
  • Co-developed assessments to monitor and track student progress which supported further development of the program leading to greater student success
Mar 2009Apr 2009

Private Tutor

Private Contractor

Taught writing skills to a group of elementary students in preparation for the STAR test

Feb 2002Sep 2008

Food Cooperative Manager

Organic Fanatics

Created and managed a local food cooperative containing families, farmers and organic food vendors to deliver organic food to our community on a bi-weekly basis. 

  • Increased community access to local organic foods
  • Increased revenue for local farmers and small organic food companies by developing personal relationships and providing an outlet for their products
  • Created a nurturing positive community environment between farmers and customers expanding the local fiscal economy
Sep 2005May 2006

Science Workshop Teacher

Mountain Oaks School

Taught science workshops to K-6 home school students at Mountain Oaks Charter School

  • Increased students knowledge of scientific principles according to California Science Content Standards and National Science Education Standards using the Great Explorations in Math and Science curriculum developed by Lawrence Hall of Science
Jun 2004Aug 2004

Private Tutor

Private Contractor

Taught Pre-Algebra to two 7th graders

Aug 1999Oct 2003

Elementary School Teacher

Stockton Unified School District

Taught 4th and 6th grade including English language learners

  • Increased the Standardized Testing and Reporting Results (STAR) for 4th and 6th graders in all subject areas in at-risk schools from below and far below standard to at standard and above standard
  • Assisted first year teachers in the development of their teaching skills to increase student academic growth
  • Fostered parent/school relationships through the Parent Teacher Association to support student academic development
  • Cultivated positive staff relationships through School Site Council to support a productive and encouraging student community environment leading to higher test scores and higher attendance rates
  • Nurtured favorable classroom interactions among students through classroom meetings and peer coaching leading to increased academic involvement and higher test scores

Education

Certifications

Aug 20072070

Certificate in Nutritional Counseling

Trinity School of Natural Health
The Certificate in Nutritional Counseling studies the importance of proper nutrition in every area of life. The goal of this certificate is to enhance a basic understanding of traditional naturopathy. Students learn applications of specific nutritional components to support the body in any condition.
Jul 20112070

Certificate in Health Coaching

Institute for Integrative Nutrition
A Certificate in Health Coaching from IIN includes the study of over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. - See more at: http://www.myancestralkitchen.com/my-training-kitchen-witch-coaching#sthash.OQAWPWYd.dpuf
Mar 20122070

Immersion Program

Institute for Integrative Nutrition
A post-graduate program teaching business application skills such as marketing, advanced coaching skills, setting business goals, developing business programs, building multiple streams of income, business finance, time management, and organization.
Jan 20132070

David Wolfe Raw Nutrition Certification

BodyMind Institute
The David Wolfe Raw Nutrition Certification course focuses on adding in super foods and herbs to one's diet to support overall health and wellness.
Mar 2015May 2015

B School

Marie Forleo's B School

B-School is an 8 week, interactive video-based training program that teaches smart, effective online marketing strategies to business owners who want more sales and more impact from their online presence.

Skills

Management
Managed two classrooms, a learning center, a food cooperative, a customer support department and two self-created businesses
Relational
Natural talent for building community and developing relationships that connect client and company in a mutually beneficial partnership
Social Media
Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Google Plus
Computer and Software Systems
InfusionSoft, Kayako, ZenDesk, OnlyOffice (formerly TeamLab), Joomla LMS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Office, Windows, Google drive, Harvest Timesheets, iContact, Survey Monkey, Mail Chimp, QuickBooks and Dropbox