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Brenda Shafer

Freelance Editor & Resume Writer

Location:Davidson, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
I excel in editing any kind of nonfiction: personal essays, academic publications, journalism, resume writing, proposals, and blogging. Let me help you communicate in a clear and concise way!


UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, May 2014
Master of Arts in Global History, Middle East Concentration
Thesis: “Memoirs of Inclusion: Arab Jews and Twentieth-Century Nationalisms”
Cashman Award for Best M.A. Thesis, 2013-2014

Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, May 2011
Bachelor of Arts, History

Work Experience:

Tutor, July 2014-Present
Davidson Center for Learning, Davidson, NC
• Develop specialized curriculum for each student’s needs, including an AP English recovery course
• Work with middle and high school students on study skills and subject tutoring
• Prepare high school students to take the SAT and ACT

Tutor, March 2013-June 2014
Huntington Learning Center, Wilmington, NC
• Prepared high school students to take the SAT and ACT
• Tutored elementary and middle school students in math and reading
• Instructed homeschooled high school student in Civics and Art I

Certified Writing Tutor, August 2012-May 2014
UNCW Writing Center and Lab, Wilmington, NC
• Provided face-to-face and online writing consultations on all academic subjects
• Attended workshops on ESL tutoring

Teaching Assistant, August 2011-May 2013
UNCW History Department, Wilmington, NC
• Responsible for grading students’ coursework
• Held office hours for tutoring
• Lectured and held review sessions when necessary
• Classes Assisted: Introduction to Global History: 1500-1848, Introduction to Global History since 1848, United States History: 1865-Present
• Graduate Teaching Award 2011-2012

Personal Assistant, May 2005-August 2011
Hope Parks, Public Speaker, Gastonia, NC
• Responsible for maintaining organization of residence, purchasing, and all financials
• Utilized Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word to create reports, summaries and presentations
• Developed ability to anticipate and provide for needs with the goal of enabling supervisor to maximize productivity

Resident Assistant, August 2008-May 2010
Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA
• Ensured compliance with college policies and procedures in the dormitory
• Initiated and planned events and service projects designed to promote interaction among residents
• Accountable for the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the women living on the residence hall
• Successfully served as mediator between administration and students as well as between students themselves
• Connected freshmen to student resources on campus

Math Lab Tutor, August 2007-May 2008
Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA

Community Involvement:

Volunteer, August 2014-Present
Refugee Support Services, Charlotte, NC
• Assist refugees by helping them read their mail, fill out job and insurance applications, and make doctors’ appointments

Volunteer, August 2012-October 2013
Interfaith Refugee Ministry, Wilmington, NC
• Helped a refugee family from Burma become culturally oriented and self-sufficient
• Took them shopping, helped father obtain a driver’s license and a bank account
• Obtained an English tutor for them
• Certified in ESL teaching by Cape Fear Literacy Council

Volunteer, May 2012-January 2014
WHQR Public Radio 91.3FM, Wilmington, NC
• Sifted through community commentary email submissions and forwarded potential commentaries on to staff
• Greeted visitors, answered the phone, and helped with mailings

Orientation Team Leader, August 2010-December 2010
Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA
• Led a group of freshmen through Orientation week activities
• Met weekly with them throughout their first semester

Intern, June 2009-August 2009
Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL
• Intentionally interacted with students while assisting the children’s director and youth director with kids camp and Sunday school
• Served as chaperone on several summer youth trips

Summer Staff, June 2008-August 2008
Son Servants Mission Organization, Chattanooga, TN
• Facilitated service projects in Jamaica, Belize, New Orleans, Texas, and Mexico
• Led work teams on and off construction sites which also included organizing large meetings and counseling youth volunteers
• Gained the ability to navigate other cultures and interact with people from various socioeconomic backgrounds and ages
Skills (2) Rating
Resume Writing