A proud native of Kentucky who graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University, I hold a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Creative Writing. I've had both academic essays and poems published and encourage anyone interested in writing to speak to me about opportunities. I am currently in my first year at VCU's Master of Social Work program with concentrations in immigration and refugee issues and sexual assault. I have experience working in these fields both domestically and internationally.
During my free time I like to...
In 2015-2016 I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malta where I taught at both the secondary and collegiate levels in English, Professional Writing, Poetry, CV Writing, Job Interviewing Skills and Public Speaking. I also freelance as a copyeditor with clients ranging from professors to attorneys. I also have spent the last four years tutoring refugees in English and job skills both domestically and abroad. Due to my education, I am additionally proficient in MLA and APA formatting.
Freelance, Copy Editor
2014 - Present
Experience working with individuals submitting articles to academic journals in Architecture, English Literature, Psychology, Creative Writing and Library Services. I have also worked with law firms on legal documents such as wills and leases.
University of Malta, Visiting Lecturer
2015 - 2016
I taught two semesters at the University of Malta as a visiting lecturer through the Fulbright Program.
The first semester I taught CV Writing and Job Interviewing Skills. The areas covered included CV formatting, organization and visual presentation. Additionally, we spent a good portion focusing on nonverbal communication including body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions. I also spent a great deal working with my students on pinpointing their various strengths and positive personality traits, and how to emphasize them on a CV...
Department of Education Malta, English Teaching Assistant
2015 - 2016
Through the Fulbright Program and the US Embassy in Malta, I was placed as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at two schools. My duties ranged from teaching grammar and sentence structure to creative writing.
During my time teaching at these two schools I also designed poetry lessons to encourage creativity, free thinking and self expression. The lessons were adopted by the English Language Resource Centre in Malta and are available for teachers in the country to use as a resource for teaching poetry.
Integra, English Tutor with Migrants and Refugees
2015 - 2016
I taught English, life skills and job interviewing skills to migrants at Integra's drop-in center in Malta four hours a week.
Suicide Prevention Lab, Western Kentucky University, Undergraduate Research Assistant
2014 - 2015
I studied suicide ideation and interpersonal theory of suicide of U.S. military and veterans as well as intervention techniques on at risk suicide survivors. My duties included data entry in SPSS and REDCap, research of the topic in literature and writing literature reviews.
Cumberland Trace Elementary, English as Secondary Language Tutor
2012 - 2014
I tutored English to children ages 8 - 12 for four hours a week.
Western Kentucky University Libraries, Student Library Worker
2012 - 2014
Duties included charging/discharging books, processing late fees, providing help to students, faculty and staff and answering phones. I am familiar with the Library of Congress Classification System, the inter-library loan process and the various methods for locating research articles in online databases.