Experience

A snapshot of my 11 years in the U.S. Army, journalism background, time as a teacher and special education assistant, and social media analyst can be viewed in the Experience toolbar above. Click here to view or download my resume.


Education

Jan. 2007 – May 2009

Florida State University           Tallahassee, FL

  • B.A. in English Literature; minor in Italian
  • GPA: 3.5
  • Awards: Dean’s List
  • International program in Florence, Italy (2 semesters)

Aug. 2011 –  April 2012

Chipola College                         Marianna, FL

  • Educator Preparation Institute, Florida Department of Education

Jan. 2013 – May 2013

Lipscomb University                Nashville, TN

  • Graduate education coursework specializing in literacy and language acquisition strategies and techniques
  • PRAXIS scores: English Language Literacy Composition Content Knowledge: 181; Middle School Subjects Content Knowledge: 185; Principles of Learning and Teaching: 183; Reading Across the Curriculum: 181

Military Education

U.S. Army Intelligence Center & School, Honor Graduate

  • Assessed at the top of the class; received Intelligence Analyst certification; granted Top Secret – SCI clearance.
  • Prepared all-source intelligence products to support the combat operations, determined the significance and reliability of incoming information, and conducted analysis and evaluation of intelligence holdings to determine changes in enemy capabilities, vulnerabilities, and probable courses of action
  • Analyzed current intelligence holdings to identify gaps, and subsequent intelligence collection requirements.

Camp Grafton Engineering Training Center, Distinguished Honor Graduate

  • Assessed as top of the class; received Technical Engineer certification
  • Performed field and laboratory tests on construction materials, drew topographic maps and charts using Computer Aided Drafting systems and software, and conducted geodetic and construction surveys and results utilizing Automated Integrated Survey Instruments and Global Positioning Survey Technology
  • Diagrammed wiring and plumbing structures, provided technical support for vertical and horizontal construction projects, and built scale models of land areas

Warrior Leader Course, Honor Graduate

  • Rated in the top percentile in a class of 250 Soldiers
  • Supervised 10 Soldiers throughout the course
  • Completed hard-hitting and intensive training phases, with an emphasis on leadership skills, training, management, map reading, land navigation, survival techniques, and war-fighting

Awards

U.S. Army

Medals

  • Five Army Commendation Medals
  • Six Army Achievement Medals
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon

Honors

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Awardee
    • Leadership achievements and performance merited special recognition
    • Recognized for exemplary ability to: handle the needs, training, development, and welfare of soldiers; build relationships with families of soldiers
    • Passed rigorous board examination and selection process
  • Four-time Noncommissioned Officer of the Year recipient
    • Successfully completed board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams
    • Received highest test scores on military tasks and battle drills relevant to the present-day operating environment, i.e. urban warfare simulations

Skills

Technical 

data analysis, typing: 90 wpm; Microsoft Office Suite, AppleWorks, WordPress, ActiveGrade, Mastery Connect, Kickboard, Prezi, CoverItLive, Adobe Pagemaker, AutoCAD Lite, QuickBooks, CPOF, ArcGIS, FalconView, TIGRNet, ASAS-L

Personal 

writing, public speaking, researching, editing, project management, record organization, counseling


Interests

In my spare time, I can be found reading, playing the violin, discussing politics, running, playing tennis, rock climbing, spending time with my dog and my cat and cooking.