Mackenzie Tamayo

Freelance Writer & Article Writer

Location:Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
2 Skills
Mackenzie Maltby Tamayo

1216 West Colorado Avenue Suite 10
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 Phone: 719-337-3189


To obtain a freelance writing position


2011 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
Bachelors English

African American Literature (Upper Division): I spent the semester reading and writing about the Harlem Renaissance as well as many of the more prolific contemporary African American writers like. I worked closely with my professor to better understand the psychology of race and gender that is prevalent in our culture. I wrote a research paper on Ntosake
Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls and Gloria Naylor’s novel The Women of Brewster Place and posed the question: How do black women survive the oppressive violence demonstrated to them by black men? What is the psychology behind it? I argue by deconstructing the stereotype of the “strong black woman” and clinging to other black women for support, the black woman is able to regain her voice and dignity. I proved this trough close reading Naylor and Shange’s pieces of literature. I received an A in the course and was encouraged by my professor to submit my paper for publication.

Grant and Proposal Writing (Upper Division): I learned the art of making and perfecting a grant specifically geared for non-profit groups. For my final project, I interviewed Colorado Springs local Julie Abel of Family Life Services, which is a residential community for single moms and their children designed to help families build a foundation for a new start in life. By working with her and understanding the psychology of these women better, I was able to craft a unique grant proposal that could be potentially beneficial to their organization. I received an A in the course.

2009 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
Partial Associates English

2007 Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
Some Bachelors English Secondary Education


David C. Cook Publishers Colorado Springs,
Freelance Writer

Biblical curriculum writing for 9-11 year old children in India. Original content and self-motivated/self-taught writing.

Serranos Coffee Company Monument/Colorado Springs,
Retail Manager

I was promoted to manage not only the Monument store location but also the store located in
Colorado Springs. The duties were the same as the manager position but now I was in

Serranos Coffee Company Monument, CO

After the current manager stepped down, I was promoted to manager of the Monument retail store.

In addition to my supervisor duties, I also:
Hired/fired/trained the staff, worked with all vendors to ensure quality product, increased store sales in a recession, placed and adjusted orders to meet customer needs, created mutual respect between the employees and myself, performed inventory monthly, responsible for all store funds and sales, gave performance reviews continually to all staff, explained all the coffees and their descriptions and also how to brew them, ultimately took care of the customer continually without problems

Serranos Coffee Company Monument, CO

As my son grew older, I was able to leave him for longer periods of time. The owners promoted me to Supervisor of their Monument retail store.

In addition to my barista duties I also:
Assisted the manager with training and hiring, was sales driven and increased our sales in a recession, took large bean orders, had to multitask and direct other staff members

Serranos Coffee Company Monument, CO
Office Assistant

Contacted and took orders from wholesale clients, utilized QuickBooks, wrote out invoices, answered phone calls for the owner, worked on and edited store's website, worked with owner to create new wholesale accounts, worked with wholesale spreadsheets, deposited wholesale checks

Serranos Coffee Company Monument, CO

Greeted and cared for customers, kept a clean area, multi-tasked proficiently, made a myriad of coffee drinks, worked as a team player, a self-starter and adhered to all policies, trained new staff members, delivered amazing customer service to all customers and maintained a calm presence in a fast-paced, challenging environment

References Available Upon Request
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing