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Cheri B.

Scared to speak in public? Struggling to use Adobe Creative Suite?

Schoolcraft, MI (49087)

Travel radius
40 miles
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$60.00
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I have been a part-time faculty member for 11 years at Western Michigan University School of Communication, Haworth College of Business, and at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for seven years. My teaching assignments include public speaking, desktop publishing and graphic design, public relations and marketing, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, business and communication writing, and social media.

I am proficient in Adobe Creative Suite InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat Pro and incorporate AP Style writing and editing, typography, graphic elements, text manipulation, image and photo manipulation, content organization and readability, color selection and prepress packaging, and print and electronic distribution into my teaching. With newer software versions I have added relevant content in electronic publishing interactivity, photobook, distribution, e-readers, and digital printing processes.

I am elearning certified and have used various learning portals, computer-based training, and course management systems such as Moodle, Desire2Learn, elearning/Blackboard, and currently use a shared-course curriculum through Cengage Learning’s Aplia.

I personally developed a social media audience for more than 1000 alumni at Western Michigan University on LinkedIn, and am a proficient user of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, and other online communication sources.

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Cheri’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, Reading, Writing
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Adobe InDesign

I developed and taught a 3000-level course in publication design using InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. The course included: writing and editing, typography, graphic elements, layers, color conversion, text manipulation, image and photo manipulation, actions and templates, interactivity, prepress packaging, and print and electronic distribution.

Career Development

I have been a career adviser and liaison to hundreds of college students and business professionals both formally and informally. I managed a job bank for a local communicators organization for five years, and built a LinkedIn network of career resources and alumni mentors for Western Michigan University. Each semester, I evaluate student resumes and cover letters for effective writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and layout. I often serve as a guest speaker for resume and job search functions on WMU's campus. I subscribe to more than 10 online job search engines and distribute job postings to current and former students. I have experience in FOCUS and other career-directing tools.

Desktop Publishing

I provided graphic design for Western Michigan University’s largest academic sector. I managed print and electronic publications from project concept to graphic design and final print or electronic distribution. Designed and distributed an average of 68 print and electronic publications annually.


Elementary (K-6th)

I am an authorized K-12 substitute teacher with the state of Michigan, specifically for Berrien County. I regularly sub for classes in English/language arts, computers and PowerPoint/Word; reading; and gym classes. I am friendly and likable and students often ask when I will be coming back. I enjoy reaching out to "nontraditional" students and finding a special, personal bond with them by helping them feel more confident and positive about themselves and their work.

Macintosh

I have been a Mac user since 1991. Competent with hardware and software installation, networking, software troubleshooting, and systems and preferences. I use Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite—including InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro. I have created wireless networks and assisted students with uploading files; sharing, saving, exporting and sending documents and can work between the Mac and PC platforms with the above.

Marketing

As the coordinator marketing at Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences, I was responsible for branding print and electronic media to match the University's standard guidelines. I have developed, marketed, and managed multiple special events for groups from five to 4,000 by targeting specific audiences with specific messages. I teach public relations, including the use of social media and its applications to marketing and advertising, and personally run more than seven social media sites for various clients to assist in their marketing outreach efforts.

Microsoft Excel

Each semester I teach, I use Excel to execute a grade book with itemized grading records for each student for each assignment. I also create charts and graphs using Excel and am able to merge fields and export files to mailing lists in MS Word.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Each semester, I use PowerPoint slides for my students as a note-taking device. Within these slides are clickable links to graphics, videos, websites, and music. I have taught the basics of PowerPoint to more than 20 classes required to use a visual aid in presentations. I advise them to follow the 6x6 rule; maintain control over fonts, colors, images, and transitions; and address how to save, export, and upload files to the internet or Googledocs.

Microsoft Word

I am an advanced MS Word user. I create syllabi for courses I teach, including tables, hotlinks to web sites or other online resources, track changes for valid feedback, and document set up and execution. MS Word is a staple for most middle and high school students, and crucial for college students. I have a solid grasp of the MS tools which can assist with or automate routine tasks to produce a polished finished document.

Public Speaking

I am an accomplished public speaker and have taught the subject professionally and academically for more than 20 years. I help students overcome speaker anxiety and assist them in developing a purpose, introduction and conclusion, key points, transitions and nonverbal presentation skills. I work with students from multiple countries on ESL issues in speaking and strive to eliminate the vocal fillers (um, like, you know) so popular in today's American culture. Students who take my class report a reduction in speaker anxiety, better organizational and time management skills, and cultural awareness. I create learning rubrics for informative, demonstrative, persuasive, and special occasion presentations and evaluate students on a strict list of skills to accomplish.

Volleyball

I am a recreational player who would love to help other volleyballers. I have an accurate serve, strong setting skills, and the ability to receive serves with confidence. I know the rules of the game, proper stance and positioning, and can help learners to anticipate movement of the other team through coaching in nonverbal communications-like intention movements and eye direction.

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Education

Nazareth College at Kalamazoo

Western Michigan University (Master's)

No problems. I have had no problems with my tutor. She is very knowledgeable and patient. I would recommend her to anyone else who wants to learn how to do PhotoShop or InDesign. ...

— Louise from Saint Joseph, MI on 12/17/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Cheri will travel within 40 miles of Schoolcraft, MI 49087.

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