Wichita State University (Sociology)
English, especially grammar, is my passion, and for over 20 years I have performed technical writing services in the southeastern US. My focus has been writing instructional materials for software programs for library software, factory line management for large engine remanufacture, public safety dispatching, decision support tools for missile defense systems, and hospital office management. I also wrote the script, auditioned actors, and performed in an interactive video training course for the Department of Corrections.
I serve as an instructor for all three levels of MS Word at the University of Alabama at Huntsville's Continuing Education department. I home schooled our two youngest children in elementary school; in addition, I have tutored high school and college students in English literature, writing, economics, and government.
I have worked in many different environments and one thread seems consistent throughout. Writing has been adapted and become prohibitive to understanding instead of serving its primary purpose, which is to make things easy to understand. Because of that, I seek to use the principles of the Plain Language Initiative, signed into law in 2010. The Initiative's goal is to help people escape from obtuse language in written materials; for instance, why use the word "aggregate" when you can say "combine," or "acting in concert with others" when "with others" means the same thing?
Through my career path I have mastered MS Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook and maintain a working knowledge of Excel and Project as well. I look forward to tutoring opportunities in the Madison area. English, especially grammar, is my passion, and for over 20 years I have performed technical writing services in the southeastern US. My focus has been writing instructional materials for software programs for library software, factory line management for large engine remanufacture, public safety dispatching, decision support tools for missile
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In 1972, I became the first uniformed policewoman on the Topeka Police Department. Over the course of ten years, I was promoted through the ranks from Traffic Accident Investigator, to Patrol Officer, to Juvenile Detective, to Homicide Detective, and finally to command the Forgery and Fraud unit. When I left the department, I learned polygraph and became an independent Polygraph Examiner. Those two factions of law enforcement taught me interrogation, interviewing, and investigative skills, and my ease before audiences also resulted in a position in which I addressed audiences about law enforcement topics.
I was an American Sign Language interpreter for a municipal Police Department, as well as doing a few interpretations in a local church. On the PD, I interpreted in both police activities involving the deaf/hard of hearing community and court appearances as well. During college, I tutored a deaf student in economics. I understand the difficulties of the deaf/hard of hearing community and consider the primary challenges of instructing this disability is to assist with understanding the materials. To do that, an interpretation or translation is helpful, which I can do, as well as assistance with English syntax when written assignments must be submitted.