I'm a versatile writer and instructional designer with over 25 years of experience in creating engaging, meaningful learning opportunities for children, university students, and adults. From features to tutorials to interactive curricula and training to video scripts, tutorials, photos, storyboards, and books, my work is designed to engage audiences and make complex content meaningful. I'm a creative with strong organizational skills, curiosity, and experience in working with clients to create the right product for their needs.
I started my career as Grant Writer and then Senior Writer at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. There, I honed my skills in grant, stewardship, and development writing and I was fortunate enough to dip my professional toes into the development of such projects as planetarium scripts, exhibit labels, and Newspapers in Education Supplements.
I launched my own writing business in 1992, and quickly found opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills through educational projects such as National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week and the National Science Foundation's National Science and Technology Week. I've also written extensively for universities and schools, created courses, and, for ten years, was an Instructor at the University of Pennslyvania's College of General Studies.
In 2006, as the parent of a son on the autism spectrum, I became the About.com Autism Guide (currently DotDash Meredith). This experience led to extensive training in and experience in writing on the subject of autism and neurodiversity--and to opportunities for SEO training and writing online on topics ranging from health to conservation to financial fitness. I've written a book on the topic of inclusion, and consult with museums and other institutions on neurodiversity and inclusion.
Over the years, I've built my skills as the need and opportunity arose. I'm an advanced user of WordPress, Adobe, Google and Microsoft Suites, Storyline, Canva, and many project management and LMS systems. I'm a capable researcher, image sourcer, interviewer, and editor.
In 2022, I formalized my knowledge of educational technology, theory, and methodology with a full-year certification in Instructional Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Graduate School of Education. There I gained further skills in technology, ADDIE, SAM, Agile, and other related tools for project development.
Today, I live on Cape Cod with my husband, son, and two cats. My work is diverse to say the least! In addition to my writing, I am also a Master Photographer at the Cape Cod Art Association, a staff photographer for the Cape Cod News, an active member of the local theater and music communities, and a nascent world traveler.
- Certificate in Instructional Technology, University of MA, Boston 2022
- Masters in Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 1984
- B.A. in Humanities with Honors, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 1981