Wordsmith and Teacher
I’m a global nomad and a word nerd. I’ve lived, studied and worked in the U.S., Asia and Europe. I work across time zones and across cultures every day.
My philosophy – Make learning fun, make communications effective.
I teach high school students in the U.S. and Asia who are aiming for selective colleges in the U.S.
- I work directly with private students in Asia and the U.S. I take the stress out of the college essay process for families. I show students how to develop their essays and keep them on track for submitting their applications on deadline.
- I tutor high-achieving students who want to improve their written English, including students throughout Asia.
- I also partner with college counselors in the U.S. and Hong Kong, adding my expertise to the wide range of services that college counselors provide.
I specialize in writing, editing and communications training for higher education and business.
I’ve always worked in the overlap between communications and technology. For 20 years, I worked as a multi-media journalist in the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2007, I began teaching others to write well. I have led dozens of communications trainings, both online and face-to-face, always with a sense of fun and a spirit of supporting the students’ own goals.
For 10 years, I was online communications and learning manager for the University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development. I developed online learning modules for university staff, student workers and teenagers in our youth program. I also wrote and edited curricula, journal articles, video scripts, grant proposals, reports and hundreds of faculty blog posts.
Now I am a wordsmith and teacher. I divide my time between St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and the Philippines. My spouse and I have two children, both of them recent college graduates. I love cycling, yoga and jazz music.
Qualifications and Memberships
BS, Journalism. MA, Media Studies. Post-graduate certificates in Online Learning and Teaching English Online. For full professional details, see my Linkedin page.