Marie Snyder

Freelance Article Writer & Creative Writer

Location:Peoria, Arizona, United States
2 Skills

Seek an opportunity to utilize my education, skills & passion to effectively and creativly write articles, non-fiction and poetry OR teach these skills to others

Highlights of Qualifications

• Multi-disciplinary teaching experience with students K-12, and Freshman-Junior College
• Merit in proofreading large numbers of essays in a short period of time
• Strength in creative writing, poetry, and non-fiction writing
• Proficient in reading quickly and effectively broad diversity of writing
• Extensive experience using and editing on computer software with Microsoft Word and Excel


Northern Arizona University Graduate Student M.A. Sustainable Communities. Flagstaff, AZ.
Projected graduation date: May 2012
Emphasis in Creative Writing, Botany and Community Development GPA: 3.82 in core curriculum to date

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Graduated, May 2008
B. A. in English Literature & minor in Writing
GPA: 3.64

Naropa University, Boulder, CO: Jack Kerouac Summer Writing Program. Summer 2007

Relavant NAU Coursework:
Elements of Communities SUS 695
Place and the Personal Essay SUS 599
Environmental Research and Reporting JLS 440
Oral Ecological Histories of Colorado Plateau SUS 599
Visions of Good and Sustainable Communities SUS 601
Environmental Sociology SOC 633
Community, Technology and Values SUS 602
Prospectus Development SUS 599

*official transcript available upon request

Scholarships/ Awards
Tuition Waiver Scholarship Spring 2011
Burkowski Academic Scholarship Recipient 2004-2008
Aquinas Women’s Golf Scholarship 2004-2006
Lambda Iota Tau, English Literature Honors Society 2008
M.E.A.P Scholarship Recipient 2004-2006
Aquinas College Deans List 2004-2008
Northern Arizona University Deans List 2009-2012

Volunteer/ Educational Experiences

• Greenbuild Conference presenter/volunteer, Phoenix, AZ November 2006
• Water Braiding Conference volunteer, (Hopi Science vs.: Western Sciences) April 6 & 7, 2009
• Grand Canyon National Park volunteer, October-November 2009
• Willow Bend Environmental Education Center volunteer, September 2010- May 2011
• The Nature Conservancy volunteer, Block Island, RI, November 2011
• English Literature and Irish History study in rural Connemara, Ireland in winter/spring 2007

Experiences and Work History
Work Experience:

Flagstaff Unified School District. Flagstaff, AZ, January 5, 2011- present
Substitute Teacher
Supervisor: Madelyn Trillo, Substitute Teacher Supervisor and Human Resources Administration (928) 527-6075
• Supervision of classroom activities, presentation of lesson plans, assisting in homework or class work and provide aid to struggling students. Includes recess duty, lunchroom duty, and afterschool supervision.
• Ability to work with students K-12 in a variety of classroom environments. Inclusive of special needs students of all ages.

GreenM2. Megchelen, Netherlands.
July 12, 2012- August 30, 2012
Native Plant and Design Apprenticeship
Supervisors: Nico Wissing, Owner, Landscape designer and plant specialist (088)-100-1800 must dial 00 + 1 and Margriet Los, Design Team and Administrative Assistant e-mail:
• Native Plant Consultant: Created extensive plant lists of native European plants for use in regional garden designs.
• Botanical Researcher: Data collection, data entry, data summary and report writing: Compiled data in excel spread sheets for plants of region: height, sun aspect, associated plants, color, and bloom time.
• Design Apprentice: Researched garden design techniques inclusive of shape, color, life processes of non-native plantings, and did extensive research into cultural significance of specialized plantings.
• Photo documenter. Photographed hundreds of native and non-native species for documentation in Netherlands and Eastern Germany. Extensive experience utilizing digital camera and computer programs that work with digital camera.
• Writer: Rewrote existing English documents and reports to be grammatically correct for international publication.
• Presentation: Presentation to moderate size groups of ideas with PowerPoint, multi-media, and diverse computer programs
• Gardening World Cup 2011, Nagasaki, Japan. Helped design team with floral selection, media publication and written philosophical statement. GreenM2 won Bronze medal in competition.

Island Landscape and Maintenance. Block Island, RI.
Landscape Maintenance and Design Assistant, Native and Non-native Plants.
May 20, 2011- July 5, 2011 and September 25, 2012- November 2, 2011
Supervisor- Judith Fucci, Owner, Landscaper (401) 399-2588
• Landscape crew: Hand or mechanical weed removal, hedge and tree pruning, raking, delicate floral trimming, mulch application, and manual edging of a wide variety of gardens.
• Design assistant: Assisted manager/owner in creating effective planting schemes suited for individual clients based on geographical location, light exposure, and other environmental factors.
• Plant Identification: Helped identify unknown native and non-native species in clients yards

Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed. Flagstaff, AZ, May 7, 2009- April 15, 2011
Plant Sales and Care Technician, Native Plants.
Supervisor- Nigel Sparks, Owner, Native Plant Specialist (928) 853-8333
• Plant Sales Technician: Broad knowledge of native and non-native plants on the Colorado Plateau, assist customers in making floristic assessment for home location. Provide friendly, prompt and educated responses to customer questions.
• Able to make educated predictions about pest or disease problems, soil conditions, canopy conditions, vegetation type based on customers description of issue or location.
• Go to person for unknown plant identification inclusive of native and non-native species, often brought unknown plant species from people across Northern Arizona for identification
• Grower/caretaker
• Grounds maintenance
• Knowledge of agricultural plants, seeds, proper planting times, soil types and overall care for high altitude gardening.
• Working knowledge of plant databases, web resources and literature appropriate for identification
• Often worked independently on projects and solo management of daily operations.

The Orme School. Mayer, AZ. September 10, 2009-December 5, 2010
Plant Intern. Native and ornamental identification
Supervisor- Bruce Quinn, Director of Sustainability (now former director) (928)-713-0320
• Created an arboretum walk on the Orme School campus.
• Made voucher specimens for documentation and collected extensive material for identification
• Organized a joint effort between Orme and NAU students to create cold frames/hot beds and compost bins for the Orme School
• Collaborate with David Hutchens, former Director of Sustainability and Bruce Quinn, current Director of Sustainability to create more sustainable curriculum i.e. seed collection, land use, water use, local plant material collections etcetera.

Northern Arizona University - Geography, Planning and Recreation Department, Flagstaff, AZ.
August 18, 2009-May 10, 2010
Teaching Assistant/ Grader
Salary: Tuition Waiver and $15/hr, 10 hrs/wk
Supervisors: Dr. Pam Foti Ph.D (928) 523-6196 and/or M.A. Rosanna Marieke Taney (928) 523-3435
• Teaching Assistant/Grader, first appointment: First semester, assist Pam Foti, Ph.D. in grading papers and aid students in Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) 346W, junior level writing course for Parks and Recreation majors at NAU.
• Teaching Assistant/Grader, second appointment: Second semester assist Rosanna Marieke Taney in grading papers and attending and grading in class presentations in PRM 252 and grading papers for PRM 360 and PRM 452.

National Park Service North Rim GRCA in conjunction with Environmental Monitoring Association (EMA). Flagstaff, AZ
May 20, 2009-October 25, 2009
Native Seed and Plant Technician
Supervisor: Patricia West, Landsward Institute Program Coordinator (Formally EMA) (928)-523-0736 and Janice Busco, GRCA Park Horticulturist,
• Native seed and plant collection: Collected native plant material for current and future restoration projects within Grand Canyon National Park
• Outreach: assistance and leadership with volunteer groups,
• Education and presentation: to large group of GRCA Supervisors and staff with PowerPoint presentation
• Presentation at the Greenbuild Conference in Phoenix, AZ to large group of diversified leaders in the Green movement
• Endangered species work: contributed to the preservation of the federally endangered Sentry Milk-vetch at the South Rim
• Recreational site monitoring
• GPS/ Map reading and data recording in field
• Composed extensive scientific report on project now documented in the Grand Canyon Museum as well as the Landsward Institute archive

Masonpro, Inc. Northville, MI, August 2, 2000-December 10, 2008
Truck Driver, Forklift Operator, Grounds Maintenance and Administrative Assistant
Salary: $11/hr, 10-40hrs/wk
Supervisor: Tony DeCia, Sales Consultant and Driver Manager (248) 347-3824
• Administrative Assistant/ Merchandising: Greeting customers, answering phones, filing and prepping advertisement for distribution.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Creative Writing