I am a creative writer who enjoys teaching all types of writing to students of all ages. I have taught students as young as 11 and as old as in their 50s. My lessons and structure varies depending on the level of the student, what they need to learn, and how they learn best. My goal is to make learning useful and fun, and to help students improve their lives and future with their skills.
I am a PhD candidate in Poetry at Georgia State University. I have a Master's in Creative Writing from the Florida State University and a Bachelor's of English from Penn State University. I have taught English at Florida State University, Georgia Military College, several Atlanta area high schools, and Notre Dame Academy Middle School.
Rates will vary from $30 - $60 depending on length of session and level of student.
Jillian Smith née Koopman
3734 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Apt A, Atlanta, GA, 30319
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To obtain a position where I can use a diverse range of skills including creativity, communication, and critical thinking to effect positive change in people’s lives.
Summary of Qualifications:
I am an enthusiastic and diligent writer and teacher with a passion for literature, the arts, and critical thinking. While working as a teacher, I have continued to develop my creative writing skills; I am a committed poet with a love of language and its ability to explore the depths of being human. I have over ten years of instructional experience that includes teaching college, high school and middle school students. I am trained in critical thinking, creative and professional writing, and learner-centered instruction. My wide range of experience and energetic, empathetic attitude allow me to engage diverse learners and aid in their development of new skills.
M.F.A., Creative Writing with Emphasis in Fiction Writing, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2011
B.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2006
AWARDS, HONORS AND GRANTS
Educator of the Year, Georgia Military College, all campuses, 2017
Five Year Service Award, Georgia Military College, 2016
West Chester Poetry Conference Applicant Grant, 2016
Educator of the Year, Georgia Military College, Fairburn Campus, 2015
Moore Family Foundation Award, Georgia Military College, 2014
Third Place Winner, Fugue Magazine’s Tenth Annual Prose Contest, 2011
Best New Short Story Award finalist for Glimmer Train, 2010
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors, 2006
Mathew Mihelcic Poetry Award, 2006
Schreyer Honors College Academic Scholarship, 2002-2006
Dean’s List 8 of 8 semesters, 2002 to 2006
Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Notre Dame Academy, Duluth, GA, 2017 to present
Teach five to six classes per semester; participate in faculty committees and organize school-wide events; implement the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program; develop learner-centered and inquiry-driven course content; deliver a Marist-centered education.
Assistant Professor of English, Georgia Military College, Fairburn, GA, 2011 to 2017
Taught four to five classes per eight-week quarter; participated in faculty committees and founded/advised student clubs.
Adjunct Professor of English, ITT Technical Institute, Duluth, GA, 2011
Taught one to two classes per twelve-week quarter.
Tutor, Mega Education, Duluth, GA, 2011
Tutored students in reading, writing and SAT prep.
Teaching Assistant, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2007 to 2010
Taught 1-2 classes per semester; tutored graduate and undergraduate students in The Writing Center.
6th Grade Language Arts
6th Grade Social Studies
8th Grade Language Arts
7th Grade Design
Freshman Composition 1
Freshman Composition 2
World Literature 1 and 2
British Literature 1 and 2
American Literature 1 and 2
Special Topics in Composition: Blurring the Boundaries: Writing Poetry and Prose in Non-Traditional Forms
Spelling Bee Coordinator, Notre Dame Academy, 2018-2019
Planned and coordinated school-wide Spelling and Vocabulary Bee.
Service Learning Coordinator, Notre Dame Academy, 2018
Planned and coordinated school-wide Service Learning Project, Socks for Legs, in partnership with the organization We Help Two.
Critical Thinking Expert, Georgia Military College, 2016 to 2017
Received and designed faculty training in critical thinking.
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee Member, Georgia Military College, 2015 to 2017
Researched, designed, and implemented faculty training and course content in critical thinking.
Faculty Advisor for Essayons, student literary magazine, Georgia Military College, 2015 to 2017
Recruited and managed staff; planned and held weekly meetings; managed and edited submissions; directed and assisted with layout, production and publication of magazine.
Faculty Advisor for Drama Club, Georgia Military College, 2011 to 2015
Recruited members and led weekly meetings; helped students write, direct, produce and perform original and previously published plays, including Trouble at Liberty Bank, an adaption of Henrick Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, performed at The Southside Theatre Guild in Atlanta, 2011.
Additional activities included developing, planning and hosting performances on campus that included comedy showcases, open-mic events and spoken word performances.
First Year Experience Coordinator, Georgia Military College, 2012 to 2014
Designed and implemented coursework for two courses: College Success and Critical Thinking & Character Development; trained new teachers; managed budget; scheduled courses; interviewed, trained and hired student ambassadors; mentored and evaluated teachers within department.
Planned and hosted campus events on topics such as sexual health, stress management and studying.
Additional activities included writing and overseeing production of a student recruitment commercial filmed by Comcast.
Reader and Editor for The Southeast Review, The Florida State University, 2008 to 2010
Read and selected fiction submissions for publication.
Developed and edited content for “30-Day Adult Writing Regimens” and “30-Day Young Adult Writing Regimens,” online creative writing workshops.
Intern for Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
Fact-checked and wrote content for magazine.
Intern for MasOMenos, Seville, Spain, 2005
Interviewed subjects and wrote English and Spanish-language articles for magazine.
Intern for Research Penn State, University Park, PA, 2004 to 2005
Interviewed subjects and wrote articles for magazine.
“First Date,” “Thirst,” and “New for Luke,” Rat’s Ass Review, 2016
“An Abortion, Not Mine,” Barking Sycamores: Year One Anthology, 2016
“An Abortion, Not Mine,” Barking Sycamores Magazine, 2014
“Happy,” Anderbo Magazine, 2012
“Envelope Yellowed,” Bluestem Magazine, 2012
“Walking Home from Tony Luke’s,” and “Greed on a Spoon,” Ditch Magazine, 2011
“These Things Can Matter,” “Division,” Dreaming of Bombs,” Kalliope, 2006
“Bite Down, Hard,” Crow’s Nest Magazine, 2010
Interview with Erin McGraw, fiction writer, The Southeast Review, 2009
Interview with Matthew Zapruder, poetry writer, The Southeast Review, 2007
“Mystic Paradise,” Boston Magazine, 2006
“Education Against AIDS,” Research Penn State, 2005
“Eva Florencia/Novillera/Bullfighter,” Ma’OMeno, 2005
“Angela Molina/Educadora Infantil/Preschool Teacher,” Ma’OMeno, 2005
“Can Animals Really Smell Fear?” Research Penn State, 2005
“Boys of the Streets,” Research Penn State, 2005
“How much hotter with Pennsylvania be in 100 years?” Research Penn State, 2005
“Research Unplugged,” Research Penn State, 2005
Association of Writers and Writing Programs, member
National Council of English Teachers, member
Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, member
Mindful Me, Mindful Nest, Atlanta, GA, 2018, 2016
Narrative Poetry, Emory University, 2016
How a Poem Happens, Emory University, 2015
Poetry and Mythology, Emory University, 2015
Drawing Beyond the Basics, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 2013
Modernist American Poetry, Princeton University, 2007
Red Clay Writers Conference, Kennesaw, GA, 2018
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference, Columbus, GA, 2018
Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults, Kennesaw State University, 2018
West Chester University Poetry Conference, West Chester, PA, 2016
Georgia Women’s Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2014 and 2016
Gulf Coast Association for Creative Writing Teachers Conferences, 2009 and 2012
Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2011
Ekphrastic and Persona Poetry Workshop, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA 2019
IB Middle Years Programme Workshop, Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education, Atlanta, GA, 2018
Emotional Intelligence/Critical Thinking Workshop, National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Chattanooga, TN, 2017
Reading Horizons Online Workshop, 2011 and 2015
Vicious Writers Workshops, Atlanta, GA 2015
Grady College of Journalism Teaching Workshop, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2014
Student Ambassador Leadership Retreat, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA, 2012
Great Books Reading Workshop, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA, 2011
“Writing Engaging Learner-Centered Summatives,” presented at the Georgia Independent School Association Conference, Atlanta, 2018
“Creative Writing Across the Curriculum: The Interdisciplinary Benefits of Creating Writing,” presented at GMC Faculty Assembly, Milledgeville, GA, 2015
“Teaching Experimental Writing,” presented for a panel entitled “Creative Non-fiction: The Dangerous Genre” at Gulf Coast Writers Conference, 2009
Poetry at the Gulf Coast Writers Conference, 2012
Short story entitled “Seasonal Help” on radio WVFS 89.7 FM, 2009
Short story entitled “Autopilot” for Florida State Creative Writing Program’s Warehouse Reading Series, 2009
Short story entitled “La Sedia Del Papa” at the Gulf Coast Writers Conference, 2009
Volunteer at PetSmart, Buckhead, 2018
Volunteer at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2017
References available on request.
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