Introduction

About Me

I am a retired educator and journalist who would like to use my skills and experience in the areas of writing, education, and research.

Business Description

My company offers creative copywriting services. Paying strict attention to best SEO practices, I write to personalize product experiences for my readership. In my copywriting, I seek to narrate a story of how products and services can impact and change lives. With 20 years experiences in journalism and education, I specialize in writing promotions about educational products, services, and events.

My Skills

microsoft-office
excel
word
customer-relations
powerpoint
english
copy-editing
photoshop
public-speaking
proofreading
journalism
blogging
teaching
books
newsletters
feature-articles
freelance-writing
fundraising
microsoft-word
microsoft-excel
editing
creative-writing
writing
social-networking
storytelling
social-media
web-content

Work/Experience

Blogger, Writer at Work From Home

August 2012 - Present
Self-employed writing professional seeking part-time freelance writing opportunities.

Media Specialist at Ware Shoals Elementary School

August 2007 - April 2010
Promoted library programs and taught library research skills. Wrote and received the 2009-2010 Barbara Bush Grant for improvement of school libraries.

Adjunct Professor at Piedmont Technical College

March 2007 - December 2007
Taught Early Childhood Development classes including Growth and Development 1 and 2 and Exceptional Children.

Literacy Reading Specialist at United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville

March 2006 - August 2007
Visited local daycare centers and served as a mentor demonstrating dialogic reading techniques to encourage emergent literacy skills in infants and toddlers. Prepared lessons for children based on the “Read Together, Talk Together,” literacy model. Tracked children’s progress as well as developed tip sheets for the daycare providers and parents about the importance of developing emergent literacy skills in children.

Writer and Book Editor at Greenhaven Press

January 2004 - July 2007
Compiled and edited articles and excerpts from books for anthologies. Completed book projects including Prisons and The Environment both part of Greenhaven Press Social Issues Firsthand Series, and Prohibition: American Social Movements.

News Reporter at Z-93, Oldies But Goodies Radio Station

May 2002 - March 2003
Coordinated news coverage for morning broadcasts and wrote and developed news stories.

Media Specialist at Gettys Middle School Easley, SC

August 2001 - June 2002
Promoted library programming and created an afternoon reading incentive program for students.

Media Specialist at Carolina High School & Academy

January 1999 - June 2001
Responsible for operation, promotion, and scheduling of library services. Served as school’s technology training coordinator. Designed and produced “Tech Notes” a quarterly newsletter with tips for using technology in the classroom. Worked with after school program. Developed parenting programs to encourage involvement in school activities.

Board of Directors member at Salvation Army Georgetown, SC

January 1994 - August 1996
Coordinated fundraising campaign, featuring “Circle of Faith,” painting of historic churches completed by local artist. Established an enrichment program for foster children and foster parents.

News Reporter at Georgetown Times

July 1990 - October 1995
Developed and wrote award-winning news and feature stories in areas of city and county government, business, and education. Produced award-winning photographs.

Education

Coursera

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Degree: Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)
Field of Study: School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field of Study: Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

Publications

MOTHERHOOD, PARENTING, AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Publication: The Center of on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies
Date: Mar 28, 2017
Hill, M. (n.d.). Mothers with disabilities [Online]. BabyZone.com. Retrieved March 16, 2005 from http://www.babyzone.com/features/content/display.asp?contentid=1537 Many mothers with disabilities are able to adapt and overcome the challenges of their disability to be successful, loving parents. Mary Hill writes this article from her perspective as a mother with a disability. “Our message: We are parents first and foremost, and despite our disability, we have the same concerns as all mothers as we raise and nurture our children.”

You Know You’re a Modern Mom or Dad When…

Publication: Great Moments in Parenting
Date: Jun 01, 2013
A funny, entertaining article about the life of a modern mom and her experience with the latest technology products.

Mary-andering Creatively

Publication: Personal Blog
Date: Feb 07, 2013
My personal lifestyle blog featuring my creative writing endeavors, parenting tip articles, and product reviews.

Social Issues Firsthand :The Environment

Publication: United States
Date: May 01, 2006
In this anthology, creative writers, scientists, politicians, and average citizens share their experiences with environmental issues. The personal narratives and creative essays address such topics as the environment's impact on culture; spiritual connections to nature; environmental justice; and environmental activism.

Social Issues Firsthand : Prisons

Publication: United States
Date: Feb 17, 2005
This anthology is a complilation of personal essays on the societal impacts of the prisons.

Location

Contact Information

116 Moore Street
Abbeville, SC
Phone: 864-366-9030

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