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EDUCATION

M. A. English, Professional Writing 
Old Dominion University | May 2012 | Norfolk, VA
Accelerated Master’s Program

B. A. English, Journalism
Old Dominion University | August 2011 | Norfolk, VA
Summa Cum Laude

Private Pilot’s License
Ocala Aviation | August 2006 | Ocala, FL
Full scholarship

AICE Diploma
Belleview High School | May 2006 | Belleview, FL
High Honors

SKILLS

Design | InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
Web | WordPress, SEO strategies, Google Drive, Google Sites
Production | Final Cut Express, iMovie, Audacity
Social Media | TwitterFacebook, PinterestLinkedInFlickr, Google+Diigo, Foursquare, SoundCloud, LiveJournal, Tumblr, Instagram
Other | Blackboard, Microsoft Office, Prezi, Adobe Acrobat Pro

EXPERIENCE

English Composition Instructor
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2013 – Present
• Instructed undergraduate composition courses with a focus on new media, popular culture, and academic research.
• Employed an active learning teaching style involving class discussion, group activities, and interactive writing exercises to engage students to participate in a collaborative learning environment.
• Developed syllabi, essay prompts, daily lectures, grading rubrics, engaging classroom activities, and discussion topics.
• Emphasized use of technology throughout all of my courses.

Adjunct Journalism Instructor
Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC
2013 – Present
• Instructed online and face-to-face undergraduate courses in journalism and composition.
• Gained experience in the technical college classroom setting.

Adjunct English Instructor
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
2012 – 2013
• Instructed undergraduate English courses in literature, first and second year composition, and technical writing.
• Integrated technology through use of electronic portfolios and grading using Google Sites, Google Docs, and Blackboard.

Website Content Manager
Teen AIDS PeerCorps, Norfolk, VA
2012 – 2013
• Organized, created, and uploaded website content for non-profit organization including written and multimedia components.
• Created new WordPress theme and organized content to display information in a more visually-appealing manner.
• Assisted in dissemination of information about AIDS to teens and other interested parties via e-mail and in-person.
• Gained experience with HTML, WordPress theme building, SEO strategies, and special event promotion and online registration.

Substitute Teacher
Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, VA
2008 – 2013
• Instructed students in grades Pre-K through 12th in grammar, social studies, math, literature, art, library services and other subjects.
• Instructed and assisted in special needs classrooms including hearing impaired, autistic, learning disabled, emotionally disabled, and developmentally disabled classrooms.
• Maintained a composed classroom environment through an open yet rigorous teaching style.

Assistant News Editor/Senior Staff Writer
Mace & Crown, Norfolk, VA
2010 – 2011
• Published weekly news articles and editorials pertaining to local and university events for campus newspaper.
• Conducted interviews for articles via e-mail, telephone, and in-person.
• Edited news articles electronically per AP Style guidelines.
• Prepared and disseminated weekly story ideas to staff writers.
• Initiated and organized online polling information featured on the newspaper’s website.
• Took photographs using Canon Rebel T3 Digital SLR.

Personal Tutor
Family home, Norfolk, VA
2010 –  2011
• Assisted high school girl with learning disability to complete assigned work in English, science, and history.
• Employed many different teaching techniques to help student successfully accomplish her homework and study for exams.
• Recommended for position by previous journalism professor.

Server/Waitress
Cracker Barrel, Ocala, FL
2007 – 2009
• Provided exceptional customer service to patrons.
• Took orders, bussed tables, and prepared food items.

Usher
Fine Arts Center at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
2006 – 2007
• Greeted and seated patrons according to ticket information.
• Familiarized patrons with the facilities and amenities of the Fine Arts Center.

Hostess/Server
Phil’s Pizzeria and Fine Foods, Belleview, FL
2006
• Provided exceptional customer service to patrons.
• Took orders (in-person & on phone), bussed tables, and prepared food items.

Cashier/Sales Representative
ACE Hardware, Belleview, FL
2005 – 2006
• Responsible for completing sales transactions with cash, credit, check, and gift cards.
• Assisted customers with plumbing, hardware, and other home improvement needs.
• Provided exceptional customer service to patrons.
• Assembled floor models of various merchandise (including grills, wagons, and furniture).

RELEVANT COURSES

AWARDS

Bright Future’s Scholar | May 2006
The state of Florida offers scholarships to high school graduates who meet certain criteria including GPA, SAT scores, and community service. I was awarded the highest level, a scholarship that paid 100% of my tuition, fees, and books to attend any public college or university in the state of Florida.

Private pilot’s license | August 2006
When I was 18 years old I won a scholarship to complete training to receive a private pilot’s license from Ocala Aviation by writing an essay about why I wanted to earn my wings. Although I do not fly anymore, the process was daunting and taught me much about perseverance. Throughout my journey a journalist kept notes on my progress.

First Generation Matching Grant Program | January 2007
I was awarded this grant because I was (and still am) the first person in my family to attend college.

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