I have a degree in journalism and English from Kansas State University. I have worked in both full-time journalism positions and also in freelance positions, written two published books and a play that is performed in Branson, MO. I have also taught English and journalism in high schools. See resume below:
Experience working within, and reporting about, Kansas state government.
Published creative writer with extensive freelance writing experience.
Strong Spanish speaking and writing skills.
Four years of experience in administration and leadership at private school.
Journalism Sports Reporter
Experience August 2011 to present – Topeka Capitol-Journal, Topeka, KS
Covered local sports part-time in the Topeka area.
Feb. 2011 to May 2011 – Wichita Eagle, Wichita KS
Covered the events of the Kansas Statehouse from the Eagle’s Topeka capitol bureau during the legislative session. Reported on the lawmaking process, including covering committee hearings and meetings of the full House and Senate.
May 1993 to Dec. 1993 - Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan, KS Covered police and courts beat, handled daily layout of the community legal news page and the weekly religion page, wrote various news and feature articles and editorials.
Administrative Assistant to House Appropriations Committee
Jan. 1996 to May 1996 - State Capitol, Topeka, KS
Wrote press releases and constituent communication for the committee and members of the Kansas House of Representatives.
May 2010 to present
Published articles and press releases in newspapers, magazines and on the internet, including weekly articles for I-70 Baseball.com and articles for Performance Media publications. For the archive of Todd’s articles on I-70 Baseball.com, go to www.i70baseball.com/author/tfertig
Teaching Shelterwood School Principal
Experience 2006 to 2010 - Doulos Ministries, Branson, MO
Duties included overseeing all administrative responsibilities of private boarding school for at-risk teenagers, including records keeping, parent communication, facilities, curriculum, discipline, etc.
Teacher at Shelterwood School
2004 to 2010 - Doulos Ministries, Branson, MO
Taught U.S. History, World History, Government, Geography, P.E., Bible and various electives at Shelterwood.
Teacher at Hope Street Academy
2002 to 2004 - Topeka Public Schools, Topeka, KS
Taught Sophomore English, Newspaper and Yearbook at a senior high charter school.
Awarded Topeka Public Schools New Secondary Teacher of the Year.
BA in English and journalism (dual major) from Kansas State University (1993)
BA in secondary education from Kansas State University (2002)
Masters in school administration from Kansas State University (2003)
2010 Ozark ****** Mysteries - Branson, MO Performed the roles of Bruce Montgomery and Richard Starkey in the professional stage production, ‘Til Death Do We Part.
Co-authored Who Killed Mr. Scrooge? show currently performed in Branson.
2000 to 2002 Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS Coordinated educational programming, community building, and resident assistance at Jardine Apartments, a student housing complex.
Published Adolescent Fiction Book The Missionaries Daughter in 2010 (Tate Publishing)
Editor, I-70 Baseball.com
News Director, KANU Public Radio
Director of Communications, Colorado Association of School Boards