Work History

Work History

Writer

Nov 2015 - Present
NextGen MilSpouse

Create unique content with a military viewpoint. Use experience as a military spouse to write about current events, pop culture, life, health, motherhood, education, and other topics as assigned. Research assignments, vet sources, synthesize information, produce 100% unique content. Meet deadlines as assigned. Edit own work prior to submission. Use Wordpress platform to upload and manage content. Communicate with editorial staff, other writers, about work, content, editorial direction. 

Guest Blogger/Ghostwriter

Jul 2015 - Present
Various

Using connections forged through networking, writing targeted blogs for others in a variety of fields. Topics covered include: personal narrative, opinion, legal, education, special education, real estate and tutorials. Blogs have been published, or are scheduled to be published, by nationally known and popular blogs, including: National Military Family Association, Homefront United Network, Tutors by Base, and Families on the Homefront. Blogs required extensive research in multinational laws, best practices in each field, and compliance with style guides. Blogs were thoroughly checked for grammatical correctness, spelling, and ease of reading, as well as factual correctness. All blogs were attributed as necessary and complied with all copyright laws.

Education and Military Family Blogger

Jun 2015 - Present
MilKids Education Consulting

Create unique content focused on education and military families. Review, edit, and publish several blogs per week. Edit guest posts by other writers for publication. Provide feedback and suggestions for improvement and to fit MilKids mission and standards. Research education laws and best practices, translate into non-technical language for audience. Market blog and services using social media. Create a professional learning network comprised of other bloggers and education professionals to maintain knowledge and build skills. 

Fourth Grade Teacher

2013 - 2015
Falls Church City Public Schools

Independent classroom teacher in top public school district in highly competitive Virginia. Adhered to state standards, district lesson planning guides, and International Baccalaureate best practices. Collaborated with colleagues to create unified grade-level wide standards of practice and symmetry in teaching. Provided feedback to colleagues on lesson plans and curriculum design. Edited writing submitted by colleagues for grammatical correctness and adherence to team vision, as requested. Provided style guide and standards to students. Coached students to write according to those standards. Provided guidance and personal help to move students towards those standards. Corrected student work for grammar, spelling, punctuation, factual correctness, syntax, and ease of reading. Created lesson plans in all core subjects, adjusted for needs of individual learners and education plans. Instructed students using those plans. Taught all core subjects using inquiry based learning methods and best practices. Reflected on student learning and assessed student progress. Using this method, over 90% of all students in the class passed all Virginia state standards of learning exams in June 2015

Travel Blogger

Nov 2012 - Jun 2015
Discover DC living

Created, wrote, edited, published, and marketed a DC-based travel blog based on person experiences. Blog posts were checked for grammar, spelling, and factual correctness. Blogs were linked to relevant sources. Engaged with public through comments and social media. Created travel itineraries throughout DC, then wrote about experiences. Focused on wineries, breweries, sporting events, family-friendly locations, and complete trips. 

Education

Education

Master's in Education: Special Education

2005 - 2009
Bridgewater State College

Completed as one part of an intensive BA/BS/M.Ed program. Used research methods, education best practices, and legal requirements. Wrote extensive research papers based on education theory, best practice, and laws. Collaborated with peers on research, writing, and editing to complete program. Successfully completed a special education placement in an inner-city school.

Bachelor's of Science: Elementary Education

2005 - 2009
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Completed as one part of an intensive BA/BS/M.Ed program. Researched education laws, evaluated student needs, created lesson plans, wrote research papers based on education theory, practice, and law. Successfully completed challenging student teaching in an inner-city school.

Bachelor's of Arts: History

2005 - 2009
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Under a rigorous program of study, with intensives investigating the Vietnam War, Civil War, and European History. Completed many heavily researched positively reviewed peer and professor evaluated papers

Skills

Skills

Writing/Editing

Able to create unique original work based on thorough research and review. Cites all sources. Able to switch between styles based on audience and publication requirements. Able to receive the writing of others and correct it for: spelling, facts, syntax, ease of reading, punctuation, grammar. Able to effectively communicate suggestions and reasons for changes to writers via email or social media. Able to coach writers to meet highest standards of writing.

Research

Able to complete accurate research on subjects both familiar and new. Able to seek out reputable sources, critique reputation of sources based on industry best practice standards. Able to take information from a variety of sources, synthesize information into a focused article that maintains the intended themes and message. 

Independence

Independently started a successful tutoring business. Created two blogs with targeted audiences. Able to create or seek out opportunities in new locations frequently. Able to network to leverage opportunities and create professional opportunities. Willing to go above and beyond to succeed in career.

Time Management

Able to balance a variety of projects, assignments, and personal obligations seamlessly. Able to manage work duties effectively. Able to juggle multiple assignments with a variety of deadlines at one time. Able to prioritize assignments based on direction from superiors and deadline needs.