I am a Columbia University master's graduate with extensive teaching experience. For two years I taught the Advanced Journalism and Nonfiction summer course at Columbia's pre-college program for high school students, during which my students completed personal essays, reported features, Op-Eds and profiles. Many came in without any background in journalism, but by the end of the course, they were excited about the new reporting, interviewing and writing techniques they had learned.
I currently work as a tutor in the Writing Center of Borough of Manhattan Community College, where I guide students through every aspect of the writing process — from brainstorming, to drafting, to revising, to proofreading and editing. Together, we break down the task at hand — whether it's a research paper or creative prose — and figure out how to build an idea on the page, using sentences as building blocks. I also work with many students on their college essays, and surveys show that my students feel that they leave with tangible revising and editing skills they can take with them to other assignments. One of my students recently was accepted into Columbia after receiving weekly tutoring sessions to work on her personal statement.
I help my students develop their ideas into engaging, accessible prose by asking questions, staying committed to the assignment, and encouraging students to push the limits of their intellectual thinking. I often tell my students that writing is re-writing — we rarely get it perfect the first time, but we can shape a piece of writing so that it conveys meaning to a reader.
I recently completed my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where I currently teach an undergraduate writing class. I also work in the Writing Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where I have been for the past year. My background is in journalism — I received my Bachelor's from Northwestern University, and I worked for a daily newspaper, where I learned to write accurately and on deadline, for about 5 years.
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Columbia University, New York, New York
School of the Arts March 2019
Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing, Fiction Concentration
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Medill School of Journalism June 2010
Bachelor’s of Science, Journalism; Concentration in Spanish
Major GPA: 3.7 | GPA: 3.5
Writing Center Consultant, Borough of Manhattan Community College Sept. 2018-present
Guide students through the writing process, assisting them with brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing of academic essays, personal statements, creative assignments, résumés, cover letters and scholarship applications.
Instructor, Columbia University Summer HS Program, New York, NY June 2018-July 2018
Taught an Advanced Nonfiction & Journalism Workshop to juniors and seniors. Students submitted final portfolios comprising a profile, personal essay, Op-Ed and reported feature.
Instructor, Marian House, Baltimore, MD Sept. 2017-Dec. 2017
Selected by Nonfiction Director Leslie Jamison as one of five students to lead monthly creative writing sessions at a transitional housing and recovery program for women. Introduced a survey of poetry, memoir and narrative nonfiction writing.
Creative Writing Instructor, Rikers Island, Bronx, NY May 2017-Aug. 2017
Led a weekly class of Rikers inmates ages 18-21 in a survey of poetry, fiction and nonfiction as part of the prison’s Youth Arts Program. Built prompts and free-write exercises around readings under themes designed collaboratively with feedback and input from participants.
Instructor, Columbia University Summer HS Program, New York, NY June 2017-Aug. 2017
Taught Journalism Elective to two sections of high school students. Created interactive, hands-on activities around ledes, breaking news, features, profile writing, interviewing, Op-Eds, criticism and personal essays.
Instructor, Upward Bound, New York, NY Oct. 2016-May 2017
Instructed a class of ten high school students in Feature Journalism; developed lesson plans with special attention to close reading and discussion of profiles, Q&As, human-interest stories and investigations.
Writing & Critical Thinking Adviser, Minds Matter, New York, NY Oct. 2011–May 2012
Conducted one-on-one sessions with high school students, helping them draft personal essays for pre-college summer programs. Students were admitted to Brown University and Outward Bound programs.
Fiction Reader Sept. 2017-Apr. 2018
Columbia Journal, New York, NY
Read unsolicited submissions and flagged promising manuscripts for the Fiction Editor. My selection was chosen as the winner of the Journal’s Winter Contest.
Education Reporter Jan. 2015-Aug. 2016
Scoop News Group, Washington, DC
Created and wrote for national education news website EdScoop, focused on how technology is changing classrooms. Released a weekly newsletter read by education stakeholders and decision makers.
Staff Reporter June 2010-Nov. 2014
New York Daily News, New York, NY
Reported on breaking news, metro education and City Hall, among other beats.
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship, Beginning Fiction Workshop, Columbia University, Spring 2019
Finalist, Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Story & Poetry Contest, 2017
Columbia University School of the Arts News Fellow, 2017-2018
Featured as Writer of the Month for short fiction by the Inner Loop Literary Series, July 2016
National Silver Award for Enterprise News Story, “Virginia school district sees hope in virtual mental health program after string of suicides,” American Society of Business Publication Editors, 2016
Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, National Press Foundation, 2015-2016
Diving Into Data Workshop Fellow, Education Writers Association, June 2015
Front Page Award for Beat Reporting, “School of Horror,” Newswomen’s Club of New York, 2013
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellow, “Crime in America,” 2013
National Headliner Award, member of Hurricane Sandy reporting team, 2013
John Jay/Tow Reporting Fellow, “Where’s the Justice in America’s Juvenile Justice System?” 2012
Arts Letters & Numbers Artist Residency, Averill Park, NY, August 2018
Langston Hughes House, New York, NY, April 2018
Columbia Writing Program Gallery, New York, NY, October 2017
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