Freelance writer/editor and English teacher
With 10 years of experience as a journalist and communications specialist in New York City, Chicago, and France, I write about work/life issues, health, and travel and offer communication services, including website writing, media materials, and other branded content, for organizations. (View my work also by past projects).
As a writer, my aim is to weave together people’s stories with research to help shed light on our modern challenges, and offer ways forward. My articles have appeared in Chicago Magazine, Doist, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Forbes, Law360, and News 21.
As a former health communications specialist at NYU Langone Health and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, I have experience making health research accessible to lay audiences using a variety of media.
As an English teacher in southwest France in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, I pass on my love of my native language to French primary and middle school students. I am currently in the process of earning a TEFL certificate.
Having my foot in two different worlds infuses my writing with a unique perspective, as I explore how people make career and life changes. Follow my experiences abroad on my blog. And learn more about me on LinkedIn, Contently, Instagram or Twitter.
*including, what am I doing in France??
I was born and grew up in Chicago and its near north suburbs and stayed in the area for college, earning a bachelor of arts in history at Northwestern University. During that time, I had my first immersive experience in French, in a semester study abroad program in Paris.
After graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C., for a job with the Federal Trade Commission. I loved the mission of protecting consumers but decided I wanted to be a writer, not a lawyer. So I moved to New York City to get a journalism degree at Columbia University. I worked as a reporter for Law 360, a legal news website, and then in communications for Columbia University’s School of Public Health and NYU Langone Health, promoting public health research and action. When I came up on my tenth year in New York (nine living in Brooklyn), I decided, to paraphrase Joan Didion, I didn’t want to stay too long at the fair.
In 2018, I left my job to start freelancing and move to France to teach English. There, I discovered a very different work culture: eight weeks of vacation, email kept to a minimum, and no eating lunch in front of a computer. Far from NYC’s brownstones and 24-hour bodegas, I enjoyed working with kids, improving my French, discovering the region, surfing a bit, visiting my grandma’s childhood home in Germany, and earning a WSET 2 in wine and spirits.
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