Freelance writer/editor and English teacher
With 10 years of experience as a journalist and communications specialist, I currently write about work/life issues and travel. I have written about health, education, law, and politics in the past. I have published articles in outlets including Chicago Magazine, Doist, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Forbes, Law360, and News 21. I've also worked on content projects for a variety of healthcare and public health organizations.
Currently I live in the Chicago area, where I grew up. I recently returned from seven months teaching English in a town in the southwest of France, and 12 years before that on the East Coast of the United States.
*including, what was I doing in France??
In 2018, I decided to make some big changes. I left full-time employment to pursue freelance writing. And I moved to France to teach English at three primary schools in the town of Biscarrosse on the Atlantic Coast.
Far from brownstones and 24-hour bodegas, I enjoyed working with kids, improving my French, getting eight weeks of vacation, surfing a bit, visiting my grandma’s childhood home, earning a WSET 2 in wine and spirits, and experiencing a different lifestyle and culture. Follow my experiences abroad on my blog France & Beyond.
I was born and grew up in Chicago and its near north suburbs and stayed in the area for college, earning a BA 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, realized I didn’t want to go to law school, moved to New York City to get a journalism degree at Columbia University, and stayed in the city for 10 years, just long enough to call myself a New Yorker.
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