Nova Southeastern University, 2013 – 2016
Doctor of Education – Curriculum Development
Dissertation: Understanding Teachers’ Perceptions of the Instructional Implementation of Plan 2020 and Beliefs that Impact Middle School Student Achievement
San Francisco State University, 2010 – 2012
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Creative Writing with coursework in Professional Editing and Teaching Creative Writing Grade 4.0
University of South Africa
Bachelor of Arts , Anthropology, English, African Politics, 1999 - 2001
Freelance Editor, 2012 - present
Primary Role: Drawing on a thorough knowledge of the elements of craft, advise clients on all aspects of project development, from initiation through creative and technical processes to finished product.
Writer, 2004 - present
GRAVE OF HUMMINGBIRDS, winner of the CLARK GROSS AWARD IN THE NOVEL, San Francisco State University 2011.
TIN CAN SHRAPNEL, nonfiction, personal account of the xenophobic violence that spread through South African cities in 2008. Published 2013. An ERIC HOFFER AWARD FINALIST 2014.
BREATHING THROUGH BUTTONHOLES, ghost written autobiography of Madeleine Lopato, a Jewish woman who survived Nazi occupied Belgium. Published 2003.
NATIONAL ARTS INITIATIVE report on the challenges facing visual artists in the emerging South African democracy. Findings presented as part of a larger study to government in 2001.
Campus Academic Resource Program - San Francisco State University, Feb 2010 – Nov 2011
Primary Role: Worked with undergraduate and graduate students to clarify course work and build writing, reading and study skills. Additional responsibilities included:
• Designed and delivered a variety of training sessions/workshops on several topics, including grammar, writing, cultural diversity, Junior English Proficiency Essay Test, the scholarship application process and the role of culture in teaching and learning. Received positive feedback from students and university professionals.
• Provided feedback to university staff concerning student assessment and growth. Prepared resource material on grammar and use of language.