Qualifications and Awards


  • BA in English, Writing, and Rhetoric
  • MA in English Language and Literature
  • PhD in English Language and Literature, with specialties in children’s literature and environmental literature
  • Professional Certificate in Editing from the University of Denver Publishing Institute
  • Licensed educator in the state of Maryland for teaching English Language Arts to grades 7-12
  • Five+ years of full-time experience writing direct mail fundraising letters for nonprofits for a national direct mail agency
  • More than a decade of teaching and leadership roles in informal education, higher education, volunteer management, and visitor services
  • More than a decade of experience teaching writing, literature, and composition, and teaching about wildlife conservation in the traditional classroom, online, and with informal education/interpretation
  • 2018 May Freelancer of the Month: Hayneedle.com
  • 2003 MAXI Award: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
  • 2005 MAXI Bronze Award: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 2004 Photo Album package