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I’ve been a graphic designer since 1998. In the beginning of my career, I spent seven years working as an art director for ad agencies and a magazine publisher. After those, I opened my own design studio and a stationary company called Ecosaurus, but neither survived the recession. While my businesses were dying, I was invited to submit an essay for a coffee table book that never got published. An editor friend read the essay and encouraged me to become a writer, so I enrolled in every creative writing class I could afford.
Later, I became the computer lab education support professional at a special education school where, for five years, I taught students and sometimes teachers how to use the computer and complete technology related assignments. During that time, I also became the unofficial IT for when the District IT was not available to come to our campus. In addition, I managed the school website; designed quarterly newsletters, awards, and graduation invites; photographed all school events; and edited the videos for the weekly announcements.
My experience at that school helped me realize how much I love teaching and enjoy interacting with people. So, I went back to college and got myself a B.A. in English Literature from Grand Canyon University. I am currently a substitute teacher for Paradise Valley Unified School District and Dear Valley Unified School District. I also work part time as the lead designer and photo editor at a photography and design studio. And, I tutor private students who need help writing their papers and those who want to learn how to use Apple devices and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and inDesign.
On my free time, I design products for my Zazzle stores and take photographs. I have a passion for learning, gathering inspiration and information from my surroundings and always consider how news, fashion, culture, and world events shape and influence graphic design.