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Fall 2017 – Present

M.A. Journalism (Reporting the Nation & New York)

  • Execelled in project-based classes in Media Law and Ethics, Multimedia Reporting, and Photography
  • Reported on deadline on a seasonal trip to Washington D.C.





Fall 2015 – 2016

Introduction to Journalism | News Writing & Reporting | Specialized Reporting

  • Enrolled in three non-credited journalism courses to develop and explore a growing interest in the field of journalism
  • Learned AP style writing guidelines, copy editing, inverted pyramid format, and multimedia production techniques





August 2008 – May 2012

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education K-12

  • Achieved mastery in trumpet performance techniques with Dr. James Stokes, Jr.
  • Developed teaching methods for all standard symphonic band and orchestral instruments

Reporting Experience






September 2017 – Present

Pavement Pieces Reporter & Web Design 








October 2017 – Present

BKLYNER Freelance Contributor

  • Photographed fatal shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood 
  • Interviewed and photographed tenants during apartment building fire in Greenpoint neighborhood
  • Producing feature piece on fires in Brooklyn






November 2016

Jeremiah Ross’ Vanishing New York 







November 2016

Watauga Democrat Freelance Contributor 


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May 2015 – Present

YES Appalachia Program Founder & Director

  • Established program in partnership with Young Eisner Scholars, Appalachian State University, GEAR UP, and Watauga County Schools
  • Expanded within one year to serve students in Ashe County and field requests from other neighboring school systems
  • Created and led curriculum development in logic, journalism, philosophy, mathematics, and coding
  • Hired and managed program staff, assistants, and volunteers


July 2013 – May 2015

YES New York City Program Manager

  • Managed organizational relationships with Columbia University, New York City Department of Education, and seven distinct public schools
  • Taught and developed YES curriculum in literate thinking
  • Curated guest speakers and volunteers to deliver content to middle school scholars interested in medicine, technology, science, and architecture


August 2012 – July 2013

Episcopal Service Corps Member & Program Intern

  • Immersed for a full calendar year in an AmeriCorps-style intentional community in Los Angeles, CA
  • Volunteered at least 40 hours per week in social justice focused non-profits in fields of education, community gardening, and facility maintenance

Boards and Affiliations

August 2016 – Present

School Leadership Committee Chair & Academic Standards Member

  • Participate in school-wide decisions on finances, curriculum, and facilities
  • Interpret school data to identify strengths and weakness in current academic model and make alterations to ensure student success



July 2015 – Present

Steering Committee Vice-Chair 

  • Organize and host monthly contra dances in the Boone area
  • Manage dance volunteers, financial decisions, and shuttles to and from dance venues


Professional Development


December 2015 – October 2016

Coding in the Classroom | Gravity Games Primer | Coding for Circuits

  • Utilized new technologies including Makey Makeys, Arudinos, and 3D printers to develop innovation ideas for teaching across curriculums
  • Collaborated with local teachers to share ideas and strategies for creating makerspace installations in schools

January 2016 – March 2016

Introduction to Arduino

  • Programmed and built onto micro-controllers to operate LEDs and small servo motors
  • Employed electrical engineering concepts in circuitry, currents, and resistance

May 2014 – August 2014

Front-End Web Development Course

  • Learned HTML, CSS, jQuery, and Javascript languages
  • Worked 1:1 with mentor in a professional web development firm


Additional Teaching Experience



Columbia Secondary School

Music Director



Central Davidson Middle School

Student Teaching




Summer Counselor


Head Summer Counselor


Tutor of the Year

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