Skills Resume



  • Master of Administration, Professional Writing and Editing, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

  • MS Education, Learning & Behavior Disorders, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

  • BA Psychology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

See Education Course Listing for full breadth of education.


  • 2005-2020 Writer, Editor, Publisher

  • 1995-2018 Teacher K-12: Special Education, Reading, Sub; Adults: Workshop Instructor

  • 1991-1994 Caseworker/Investigator Child Protection, Chautauqua County, NY


  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills. Examples: published articles, stories, and books; legal reports; educational assessments and individualized education plans; website design and maintenance; grant proposals.

  • Training and experience in adaptation of material for specific audiences. Examples: emphasis on stakeholders in professional writing courses; focus on audience in fiction; adapting course materials for special education students with various needs at various academic levels.

  • Experience in presentation of material in a required format. Examples: genre standards for books; academic citations per appropriate style guides; legal reports; individualized education plans; grant proposals.


  • Presentation skills highly developed through years of teaching and presenting workshops.

  • Co-ordination of stakeholders practiced as a special education teacher and grant writer.

  • Experienced in collaboration with other professionals as a caseworker, teacher, writer, and graduate student.


  • Developed, implemented, and managed specialized education programs including a credit-recovery for special education high school students and a reading program for junior high school students.

  • Demonstrated initiative and innovation in developing those programs as well as in pursuing independent publishing.


  • Time management and independent prioritization of tasks practiced in all employment and self-employment.

  • Deadlines routinely met.


  • Research skills honed through college work, employment, and writing activities. The ability to discover the means to do things was essential as a teacher and useful in other occupations as well.

  • Interviewing skills include: establishing rapport with hostile subjects, use of open-ended questioning, verification of understanding, evaluation, analysis, and documentation of information obtained.

  • Evaluation and analysis experience also includes: assessing student academic skills and behavioral issues through informal and formal observation, interviews, and testing; assessing child safety and family need for services through interviews and observation of immediate situation, behavior, and environment.

  • Innovation and creativity were then used to develop alternative solutions.

  • Developed, conducted, and documented research on the impact of music on student behavior as part of a team.

Detailed work history available on request. Contact link below.

Writing Credentials



  • 2018-2020 Prepare novels for 2020 publication: Peg's Story - Detours and Running Away - Maggie's Story

  • 2017 Writer credit on movie shown on Lifetime and European venues: Running Away

  • 2016 Short story in Best Short Stories from Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest 2016: "Maria Angelica's Baby"

  • 2011 Screenplay Finalist in Sacramento International Film Festival: Michael Dolan McCarthy

  • 2009 Novel Quarter-Finalist in Amazon Breakout Novel Awards: Michael Dolan McCarthy

  • 2008 Honorable Mention Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards: Running Away

  • 2008 Short story published in The Maverick: "The Development"

  • 2007 Short story published in The Maverick: "A Single Christmas Tale"

  • 2007 Honorable Mention Writer's Digest Short Story Writing Competition: "Bad Mommy!"

  • 2006 Miscellaneous Crew/Creative Consultant credit on movie for early script work: Eye of the Dolphin


  • 2012-2020 Publish my paperbacks and e-books as Durare Publishing

  • 2019 Editor, designer, and book shepherd for Suzanne Blaney's Impressionism: Inspiration & Evolution, Runner Up in San Francisco Book Festival Photography/Art category

  • 2019 Book shepherd for Betty Fulcomer's My Friend Doc

  • 2018 Teach Self-Publishing Workshops at Sierra Community College, Roseville, CA

  • 2017 Panelist at Women's National Book Association author event at the Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

  • 2015 Article published in July/August Literacy Today: "Publishing on Demand"

  • 2015 Panel member for Art Space, Show Low TV

  • 2014 Teach Self-Publishing Workshops at White Mountain Arts Alliance, Show Low, AZ

  • 2014 Poster presenter "Self-Publishing for Schools" at National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Washington, DC

  • 2014 Book shepherd for Kathryn J. Reed's picture book Freebie the Cat

  • 2013 & 2014 Teach Self-Publishing Workshops at Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ

  • 2013 Book shepherd for Phyllis Trella's picture book All Our Relations

  • 2012 Keynote speaker and workshop presenter for Women Who Write conference, Louisville, KY

  • 2012 Panel member for Connect at the Library, Show Low TV


  • 2015 Write/design promotional material for White Mountain Nature Center, Lakeside, AZ

  • 2015 Article published in GYMOAZ Get Your Mountain On Arizona: "Leave Them Wanting More"

  • 2014 Complete Masters of Administration: Emphasis Professional Writing and Editing

  • 2011 Producer on trailer Our Wild Coast

  • 1999 Author grant proposal for Colorado Technology Literacy Challenge Fund: $100,000 awarded to Moffat County Schools, Craig, CO

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