Owner/Operator at WHISTLE PIG LLC (Jan 2018- Present)
Current projects include: Website Copywriting for African Entrepreneurs Collective; Web Development for Center for Community Transitions; Copywriting for AfriCare.
Completed projects include: Web Development and Copywriting for CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator; Web Development, SEO writing and Google Analytics management for CARE Switzerland (attracted 90.4% new users over 2 month period)
Writer and Developer (Fellowship Program) at CARE (Aug 2017- May 2018)
Wrote and edited human interest stories, NGO program briefs, and technical documentation; periodically updating online content using WordPress and Drupal.
Developed content strategy, information architecture, and built-out web pages for three of CARE’s micro-sites; made back-end edits to CARE affiliated sites using WordPress, Drupal, and other CMS
Creating and making edits to logos, images, and other content according to brand standards using PhotoShop and InDesign
Writing Instructor at Georgia State University (Jan 2017- Dec 2017)
Developed course curriculum based on departmental standards, including assignments, materials, and in-class activities
Arranged teaching portfolio and met with department supervisors for review; underwent in-class scrutiny and received great feedback for being “confident” and “engaging.” Received excellent student feedback: “Great teacher,” “He is awesome,” “Awesome instructor, would definitely take another class of his again,” “I really enjoyed his English class!”
Writing Consultant at GSU's Writing Studio (Aug 2016- Aug 2017)
Read and provided feedback for student papers
Assisted in brainstorming ideas and arranging essays, adhering to MLA and APA guidelines, and directed students to resources for conducting secondary research
Worked with many genres of writing, including cover letters and other application materials, research proposals, conference proposals, essays across many disciplines, and creative writing
English Teacher for English for Internationals (Apr 2015- Aug 2016): Developed course curriculum based on company standards, including assignments, materials, and in-class activities. Taught classes with long hours in TOEFL preparation; English Grammar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced); Reading and Writing; and Speaking and Listening. Arranged teaching portfolio and met with department supervisors for review; underwent in-class scrutiny and received great feedback
English Teacher at WEB International in Nanjing, China (Aug 2014- Apr 2015): Taught 25 classes a week at a private company in Nanjing, China. Prepared presentations and class activities on topics ranging from Dinosaurs to Economics to Super Heroes for our daily, hour-long “social clubs.” Underwent in-class scrutiny and received constructive feedback. Received excellent student feedback
English Tutor at Literacy Council of Buncombe County, Asheville, NC (Jan 2014- Aug 2014)
Line/Prep Cook at Various Establishments (Atlanta, Boone, Asheville) (May 2008- Jan 2014)
Writing/Research Skills: Writing and editing web copy and content; content strategy; SEO Writing; grant proposal writing; conducting interviews; creative script writing
Applications: Adobe Creative Suite (esp. PhotoShop, InDesign, and Acrobat Pro); Microsoft Office; FinalCut; Audacity/Pro Tools; Collaborative apps (Slack/Teams/Asana/Trello/Google Docs and Forms/etc.)
Languages: German (intermediate); Spanish (beginner); Chinese (familiar)
Georgia State University (2018)
MA in English, Rhetoric and Composition
In this program I took courses in classical Greek rhetoric, composition theory, digital user experience, digital production, computer programming, grant and proposal writing, writing and research methodology, global rhetoric and German.
Appalachian State University (2012)
BA in English, Creative Writing
Kennesaw State University (2014)
Certified in Teaching English as Second or Other Language
La Amistad English Teacher (September-December 2013)
Catholic Charities of Atlanta English Teaching Assistant (August 2013- December 2013)
Creative Writing Club for Kids writing mentor (January 2012- May 2012)
Fiction committee member for PEEL Literary Arts Magazine, Appalachian State University (January 2011-May 2012)
Trail Crew, Appalachian State University (January 2009-May 2012)
Turtle Island Preserve summer intern (May 2009-August 2009)
Outward Bound Wilderness Expedition (June 2008)
Thru-hiking: Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, and hiked 1400 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail conducting interviews for my MA Thesis.
Arts: Created and ran a liteary arts magazine (The BEET) in Boone, NC, planned events, collected and edited submissions, etc.