I am a writer/editor/educator working as an Academic Programs Specialist and adjunct instructor for Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. At Palo Alto College, I teach developmental English courses—known as Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW)—and direct a tutoring lab for these students. I also direct the campus student literary and arts journal—Eleven Rivers Review, serve as President of Staff Council, and keep engaged with the college in many other ways.
As a journalist I focus on subjects closest to my heart: sports, music, and education. In June 2014 I had the unforgettable opportunity to cover the 2014 NBA Finals and see my hometown Spurs win their fifth title. My favorite stories are features and profiles; I’m fascinated by people and have a penchant for going in-depth and 360 degrees on my subject matter. Two of my stories written over a two-week period reached a combined 1,717 shares over social media.
My previous experience includes tutoring writing and other subjects for students at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the nonprofit Austin Bat Cave. From 2012-2014 I tutored writing, literature, and philosophy to student-athletes with The University of Texas Intercollegiate Athletics. From 2011-2012 I tutored I tutored business, technical, and research-based writing to non-traditional students at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus Writing Center. I graduated cum laude from Texas State University with a BA in English, and I completed additional baccalaureate work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I studied Russian language at the International University in Moscow. My undergraduate intensive studies included Kierkegaard and Russian literature.
I am a lifelong learner who feels most connected with centuries-old literature. The primary motive underlying my academic interests isn’t “academic” at all: I want to know how to live well. I read classic literature to gain insight on the human condition and how best to conduct my life. I’m also interested in aesthetics, the history of ideas, existential philosophy, and language.