I’ve been a professional English-language writer, editor, proofreader, and curriculum/learning designer for over 20 years, and I never get tired of it. Truth be told, I write, edit, and think about novel learning opportunities when I’m off-duty, and I love improving written English every chance I get.
I don’t just work with language, I work with people. I love collaborating, and I naturally empathize with my audience, getting to know and understand what they need and feel. (My studies in psychology and cultural geography and my work as a teacher and counselor helped develop these skills.)
Of course, I’m also a business owner. My professional values include clear and prompt communication, careful listening, active collaboration, and conscientious attention to detail. I offer my clients a down-to-earth, no-nonsense experience.
How did I end up here?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with language and intensely curious to learn new things.
When I was 8, I bought Berlitz Swedish for Travelers and taught myself some phrases to practice on my Swedish-speaking grandparents. I tried to teach myself Spanish from the American TV show Sesame Street. And teachers noticed that I was really good at my own language. I even enjoyed grammar exercises in school.
I’ve always loved learning and have spent much of my career helping people develop their knowledge and skills. I knew at a young age that intrinsic motivation is key to making learning enjoyable and long-lasting — I read all I could about marine mammals, black holes, and far-off countries. It was natural that I’d become a teacher and then a writer motivating people through educational and instructional content. Since I also love to work with language by editing other people’s writing, I expanded to include editing and proofreading in my professional toolbox.
That’s only part of my story, of course…from my photo you can tell I love to travel and explore. My travel experiences help bring context and perspective when I write for global audiences. And I always love a good adventure!