Professional Experience

    Freelance writer, copyeditor and proofreader at JB Communications, LLC

    Small business owner

    One of four founders of Satori, Inc., a non-profit, community-based organization on the northwest side of Milwaukee

    Language Arts teacher, grant writer & curriculum specialist for Satori School, a school serving at-risk youth

    Former High school teacher and curriculum writer for literature & writing courses for inner-city youth at N.O.V.A. School

    Former High School Coordinator for teaching staff & curriculum at N.O.V.A. School

    Instructor of college writing and humanities classes at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

    Teacher of reading to children, high school students, and adults

    Teacher of poetry to youths at Boys and Girls Club, N.O.V.A. & Woodland Pattern Book Center

    Former Title I teacher and tutor of reading for NESI student services


    Secondary Teaching Certificate for English, Grades 9-12, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2000

    Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee,
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1997

    Bachelor of Arts, English and Anthropology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 1994, Magna cum Laude

    Studied literature and sociolinguistics at Queen Mary and Westfield College,
    London, England, January-June 1993.

Professional Associations

    The Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators and the Wisconsin Regional Writers' Association



ACT WorkKeys
Writer of reading passages and test questions for ACT Reading for Information tests.

APEX Learning
Writer for online United States history courses for ELL and literacy advantage students.

Compass Media
Writer of a three-book series on speaking skills for middle school English Language Learners.

Go Teach It
Author of The Epic of Gilgamesh curriculum book.

Measured Progress
Writer of poetry, fiction & nonfiction reading passages for standardized tests. Writer of multiple passages for ELL students and students with special needs.

Satori, Inc.
Grant & proposal writer for non-profit organization and school.

Victory Productions
Item writer using the Common Core Standards for informational reading and literature passages, grades 9-12.