When I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to be a writer. At the time, I didn’t know being a writer was a real thing – I couldn’t imagine that someone would pay me to write, or even read my words. I just knew I wanted to tell stories. Share ideas. Write.
I longed for a writing mentor. Someone who could help find my voice, strengthen my skills, teach me about the writing industry and show me how to recognize opportunities. I read every book on writing, reporting, journalism, freelancing and magazine editing that I could get my hands on. By the time I made it to high school, I was the newspaper editor and do-everything girl on the staff. I loved it. I finally found my “thing” and it was writing. I also found an incredible mentor and writing coach in a high school journalism teacher who had the patience of a saint and the heart to believe in me to be a great writer.
I studied Journalism at San Francisco State University and later spent 20+ years writing everything from magazine profiles to company brochures. Along the way, I learned how to develop websites, write/optimize web copy and craft marketing collateral for businesses of all sizes. I also launched several successful blogs and teach people how to start and grow their own blogs.
One of the things I love doing most is working with youth to teach writing, and mentoring young people to plan, set and achieve their goals – whether it’s writing-related or not!
In 2017, I returned to mentoring robotics students who compete in regional, state and national competitions through FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology).
I joined Team SPORK #3196, a FIRST Robotics Competition group based in Mooresville, NC. I primarily help students develop, edit and deliver writing projects and presentations that highlight the non-profit team’s outreach and engineering efforts.
In March, our team won the most prestigious award a robotics team can win. The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor given to recognize the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.