I worked at The Seattle Times for 20 years, and, during that time, helped establish the nationally award winning NIE (Newspapers in Education) department in 1995, and in 1999, became the Program and Curriculum Manager. I negotiated with the educational divisions of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Pacific Science Center, the Museum of History and Industry, the Seattle Theater Group and many other local and national entities to establish curricula and programs. I wrote in-paper curricula and published guides to support the program. I set up an advisory board of local educators and administrators. I marketed to the 18,000 teachers in our delivery area for The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In 2001, we won an NAA (Newspaper Association of America) award as the most innovative program in the U.S.
After retiring from The Times, I set up my own company, and secured a regular client as a part-time news editor for a national publication headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. I accepted submissions from volunteer correspondents all over the U.S., and helped bureau chiefs in major metropolitan areas assign and edit stories for publication. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and help them get published in a national organ newspaper. At the same time, I taught Journalism at a local private middle school and at a local community college class for three years, 2006-2009. I designed a course curricula that focused on a different form of media each week. I taught Twitter before anyone heard of it, in fact, my students laughed hysterically when I first told them about it in the Fall, 2007.
After leaving that job and moving to California, I went to work at Soka University as a writing tutor in the Writing Center, and this year I added the Orange County School of the Arts to my resume, where I have been teaching Performance Poetry.
I have maintained my editing company and still work on book-length projects.
My work as a tutor for this company has been primarily with the Asian community, and I enjoy working with this community very much, since that is also my primary clientele at Soka University. I preview the lesson that the parent wants me to work on with their child ahead of time, meet with the student at a place that is convenient for them, and communicate afterward with the parent to make sure that I have successfully fulfilled what they are looking for in terms of helping their children succeed in school.
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