About Professional Me

Career Objective:
Experienced professional journalist and educator seeking a position that will allow me to apply my writing, researching, editing and clerical skills.

Educational and Professional Qualifications:

  • Medical Transcription Training from CareerStep.com
  • M.A. in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary
  • Arkansas Teacher Licensing requirements from Harding University/State of Arkansas
  • B.A. in Communications from Lyon College
  • Certified Journalism Educator via Journalism Educators Association

Professional Experience:
Freelance/Personal Assistant

  • Tutor three elementary-aged home-schooled students
  • Provide clerical assistance for household and business to professional midwife
  • Multiple freelance writing, copy editing and proofreading jobs of varying scope and length
  • Multiple clerical jobs (typing, data entry, email, etc.) of varying scope and length
  • Multiple virtual assistant jobs involving planning, scheduling, web updates, social networking, and other clerical tasks

Hotel Management

  • Directed all facets of day-to-day operations of two mid-scale, limited-service properties (Holiday Inn Express general manager), including managing human resources, payroll, purchasing, guest relations, brand and health standards compliance, etc.
  • Directed guest and concierge services for upscale, full-service property (Crowne Plaza director of guest services)

Secondary Language Arts Teacher

  • Taught high school English, speech and journalism
  • Advised award-winning scholastic newspaper and yearbook publications
  • Coached state champion academic quiz bowl team

Professional Journalist

  • Editor-in-Chief of weekly broadsheet
  • Reporter/Writer for weekly and daily broadsheets
  • Creative consultant to advertising department of daily broadsheet

Achievements and Volunteer Work:

  • Walter J. Lempke Award from Arkansas Scholastic Press Association
  • Former board member/regular moderator for Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association, Arkansas Journalism Advisers Association, and Arkansas Scholastic Press Association
  • Member of Arkansas Journalism Advisers Association