Amanda B

Freelance Creative Writer, Proofreader, & More

Location:West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
5 Skills

Former secondary teacher with 7+ years of experience in the field of education. I am looking to transition into a full-time work from home career as a freelance writer. I have experience and skill in several areas of professional writing services including but not limited to: creative writing, ghost writing, academic writing, blogging, research, and cover letter and resume writing.

Awards and Certifications

Outstanding Graduate Student Award May 2015
Southern New Hampshire University—MA in Creative Writing Program

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education April 2013
Initial Teaching License—Secondary English (5-8) (8-12)

Rhode Island Department of Education
Initial Teaching License—Secondary English (7-12) May 2013

College Reading and Learning Association May 2011
International Tutor Certification

Educational Information

Southern New Hampshire University
Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and English Graduated: August 2015
GPA: 4.0

Worcester State University
Post-Baccalaureate Educator Preparation Program Graduated: December 2012
GPA: 3.96

Fitchburg State University
Teacher Preparation Coursework—English Education September 2010-December 2011
GPA: 3.98

Bridgewater State College
Bachelors of Science—Criminal Justice Graduated: May 2007
GPA: 3.23

Teaching and Tutoring Experience

English Teacher August 2016-June 2017

Monitoring students who are completing credit recovery courses in English grades 9-11 using the Edgenuity online course program, creating credit recovery curriculum for students wishing to take grade 9-12 English courses in paper format, modifying credit recovery curriculum for both the Edgenuity course site and book work curriculum, providing individualized instruction for students on a variety of English concepts, modifying course instruction for students with IEP needs, attending IEP meetings for students with disability services, reviewing course notes and unlocking assessments for students completing Edgenuity courses, monitoring and providing instruction for students in the Interim Alternative Education Setting program.

English Teacher August 2013-June 2014

Evaluating student progress on a formative and summative basis in the English Language Arts classroom, designing lessons to meet the needs of individual student learners, implementing tiered instruction for each lesson taught in the English classroom, preparing classroom and coursework materials, homework assignments, and handouts, maintaining accurate student attendance records and grades, contacting parents and guardians to request support for student or conferences, development lesson plans in accordance with Common Core standards and the Worcester Public Schools Curriculum Map, attending weekly professional learning community, department and team meetings, organizing field trips for 8th grade students, chaperoning school dances, nominating student quarterly for achievement awards and the student success breakfast, and creating an engaging and dynamic classroom environment while encouraging students to work to the very best of their abilities.

Teaching Fellow/ Building Substitute March 2013-June 2013

Assisting the classroom teacher in four 7th grade ELA classes each day, conducting small group pull out sessions and providing in class support to students at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, co-planning lessons with other ELA teachers in accordance with the Rhode Island state standards and Common Core Curriculum standards, administering achievement tests, contacting parents to update them on the progress their student has made weekly, conducting after school extra help sessions, attending IEP meetings for students who have been referred, and differentiating tests and quizzes for students with IEP and 504 plans, covering academic classes and duties for teachers who are absent, and implementing the provided lesson plans.

Writing Consultant
January 2012-December 2012

Introducing clients to the stages of the writing process, working one on one with clients to plan for writing projects, organizing information into graphic organizers, assisting clients to accurately record sources using MLA or APA documentation style, expanding client’s knowledge about proper grammar/mechanical usage and effective techniques for writing.

Writing Tutor
January 2011-December 2011

Reviewed the stages of the writing process with tutees, utilized graphic organizers to assist students with the writing process, attended training and professional development seminar sessions for International Tutor Certification, taught MTEL preparation seminar for pre-service teachers, administered practice MTEL Communication and Literacy reading and writing exams to students in the beginning stages of the Education program, scored and evaluated practice MTEL exams, met regularly with tutees to review proper citation methods, assisted students with dissertation papers, and thesis papers as well as a variety of other writing assignments.

Long-Term Substitute English Teacher March 2010-June 2010

Teaching 8th and 12th grade English Language Arts and Academic Literacy classes during a maternity leave, implementing a variety of reading strategies to assist struggling readers with comprehension, and enabling proficient readers to more effectively analyze the reading material including making text to text, text to world, and text to self connections, summarizing and creating a timeline of the important events for each chapter, creating dialectical journal entries, illustrating scenes from the text, assigned a newspaper project on the non-fiction text such as Ji-Li Jiang’s Red Scarf Girl, developing final senior essays, analyzing the poetry of John Donne, and reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth. At the end of the maternity leave, I returned to my substitute duties at South High Community School.

Long-Term Substitute English Teacher September 2008-December 2010

Taught two 10th grade English Language Arts classes during back to back extended sick leaves, covered a Short Story Unit and a Unit on Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War during this time, utilized the double entry journaling method for homework assignments, QUAD cards for vocabulary related to the reading material, and literary terms, discussion questions and the Socratic Seminar method for in class discussion, and open response questions. When the teacher returned to their daily duties, I continued to substitute teaching in other classrooms at the school.

Student Teaching Experience

Student Teacher August 2012-December 2012

Teaching two sections of 9th grade honors English Language Arts and two sections of 10th grade college preparatory English Language Arts, using technology such as SMART response remotes, SMART board review games, music and YouTube clips into lesson plans to engage 21st century learners, engaging students in a variety of cooperative learning activities in addition to teacher led classroom discussions, utilizing reading and writing strategies such as Socratic Seminar discussions and Literature Circle discussions, think-pair-share activities, debate forum activities, and student-driven presentations over the course of the semester, contacting parents regularly about student progress, conducting after school extra help sessions frequently with students in need of assistance, differentiating learning activities and modifying tests, quizzes and other class assignments for students with IEP and 504 plans.

Interactive Field Experience

Co-teacher and Observer September 2011-December 2011

Observing in 10th and 12th grade English Language Arts classes, teaching several lessons to 10th grade students including a writing lesson on how to support claims with information from a text, reading and writing instruction for three short stories: “Marigolds,” “Through the Tunnel,” and “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket.” As well as a prior knowledge lesson on To **** a Mockingbird and a Socratic Seminar discussion on censorship in society and Fahrenheit 451.

Co-teacher and Observer September 2010-December 2010

Observing 9th, 10th and 11th grade English Language Arts classes, co-teaching and assisting the classroom teacher in instructing students about short stories including developing lessons for “The Monkey’s Paw,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Lamb to the Slaughter,” supervising and monitoring group work on a school wide project related to Hunger Awareness, teaching mini-lessons to introduce students to the expectations and procedures for literature circles and Socratic seminars.