Joann Zilske

Freelance Editor & Children's Book Writer

Location:Syracuse, New York, United States
2 Skills
Jo Ann Zilske

Master of Arts: English/Literature 1999, Vermont College of Norwich University
Bachelor of Arts: English 1997, Southern Vermont College; GPA: 3.97; valedictorian
Licensure - Secondary English, 2003
Highly Qualified Status – Secondary English, 2005

Professional Skills and Experience

Teaching and Tutoring Skills
* Taught EN 100, 101, and 102 at Utica College
* Writing guide at Hamilton College
* Taught Effective Speaking, EN 101, and Study Skills at Southern Vermont College
* Taught Basic Reading and Interpersonal and Small Group Communication at
Community College Of Vermont
* Worked in the Writing Center at Southern Vermont College as an instructor/tutor
* Tutored college students involved in the learning disabilities program at Southern
Vermont College
* Worked with Life Experience Credit Program at SVC and was a member of the final
assessment committee
* Taught seventh grade English
* Taught English and a variety of courses full-time to at-risk high school students in
alternative high school setting
* Created course syllabi and taught IEP high school students courses such as
art history, poetry-writing, fiction-writing, and sociology.
* Created and taught basic English course for employee at manufacturing facility
* Created journal-writing and poetry-writing workshops and presented at the graduate
* Taught Verbal-SAT prep classes at Arlington Memorial High School

Management Skills
* Prepared and maintained necessary financial records for small business
* Developed and applied a management system to track vendor and customer accounts
* Researched and secured appropriate documents for business; including: permits and

Computer Literacy
* Excellent knowledge and understanding of: Windows, Works, WordPerfect, Print
Shop, E-mail and Internet

* Outstanding All-Around Student, President’s Award (1997)
* Highest Ranking Student, Dean’s Award (1994-1997)
* SVC Literary/Arts Award: poetry; fiction; color photography; drawing; mixed media
* Excellence in English Award (1994-1997)
* Outstanding Tutor of the Year (1997)
* National Dean’s List (1992-1997)
* Nominated for All-American Scholar (1996; 1997)

* Northern New England Review
* Southern Vermont College Review
* The Berkshire Review
* upstreet magazine

Completed Works Seeking Publication
* Jackson McDoo and Dunny, Too (with parent/teacher guide)
* Decent Dog to the Rescue
* The Saurus
*Dreaming in Color
* The Best Christmas Ever
* Living on the Diagonal: Poems from the Little Ease (chapbook)

Work History
* Utica College, adjunct: Fall 2007 to present
* Hamilton College, Writing Guide: Spring 2010 to present
* Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 7th grade English teacher, Sept. 2003 to June 2006
* Community College of Vermont, adjunct: Fall 2000 to Fall 2005
* Arlington Alternative Program, teacher: Fall 2000 to June 2003
* Southern Vermont College, adjunct: Fall 1999 to 2001
* Arlington School District, independent tutor: Fall 1999 - Spring 2001
* The Tutorial Center, instructor: March 1998 - June 2000
* Manchester Athletic Club, receptionist - 1996 - 1998
* Sparrow Designs, owner/designer: 1994 to present

References Available Upon Request
Skills (2) Rating
Children's Book Writing