Published Author & Experienced Journalist
Author of Published Novel and Current Contributor as an Op-Ed Commentator to a widely published San Francisco based newspaper.
San Francisco Examier
From February 2010
Focusing specifically on the sub-cultures of the Bay Area, and issues pertinent to them, I function as a regular contributor and Journalist to the Examiner.
Instructor of English as a Second Language
Arab-American University of Jenin
September 2008 - June 2009
After assisting in the Instruction of English, and working as not only a one-on-one tutor but Assistant to both Instructors of English to non-native speakers, as well as Professors of English Literature, and those in Writing at the City College of San Francisco, subsequent to becoming Certified as an Instructor of ESL myself, I went on to acquire a temporary position at the Arab-American University that allowed for me to intensify my experience working with foreign students, but also allowed an opportunity for me to perfect my fluency in Arabic, and learn the primary dialects of the Levant area of the Middle East, (Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Jordan.)
Instructor of English as a Second Language
Arab-American University of Jenin, Department of English
August 2007 - June 2008
Functioning as an Instructor of ESL to foreign students at their final level of coursework before entering the educational program of English at the American Collegiate Level, I focused on not only Vocabulary, Semantics, Grammar, and Writing skills, but made attempts to develop materials that allowed for the student body to study cultural differences, regional dialects of the US, removal of accents, and issues personal to each student's pathway toward their own avenue of learning the language.
Teaching in the Levantinian area of the Middle East also allowed me to perfect my own fluency in Arabic and learn the varying dialects of that region, (Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Jordan.)
December 2002 - January 2003
Prior to continuing my education in going from receiving my Bachelors Degree into my doctoral work, I developed, wrote, edited, and marketed a novel based on my experience in the field working in Relief Aid which not only highlighted the experiences pertinent to the realm of functioning in an area of war, but the individual experiences of trauma, treatment, and personal affect that consequently developed.
Researching and verifying facts and insuring the legitimacy of the work as that based on true experiences of my own, I additionally explored my expertise in Creative Writing, Deconstruction of Trauma, and talent in Narration.
Approximately two years from its initial publication, I translated the book into Modern Standard Arabic, and worked alongside an individual who assisted in its promotion overseas to also translate the novel into Hebrew.
It has thus far sold over 600 copies and grossed over $15,000.00
Intern Assistant to the Adjunct Co-Ordinator of Relief Aid and Documentation of Urban Need, and the most serious threats to the civilian population.
United Nations Relief Works Agency
March 2000 - June 2001
Functioning to assist the Primary Adjunct Co-Ordinator in order to provide Relief Aid, Necessary Medical Care, and Documentation of the most serious of issues within the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, I was assigned the position to assist in distribution of food, medical care, and documentation of urban deficiencies.
I further was given frequent opportunities to develop my knowledge and skill in assistance to the MDs of the various Mental Health professions, and become trained and experienced in working within the Medical Field for the needs of those most seriously and psychologically affected by the conflict.
Providing translation, assisting in co-ordination of efforts, and acting to serve the efforts of the volunteer physicians, I was also provided opportunities to work in the field, using my education in Conflict Resolution, and improving my position and abilities in both Medical Care, and Emergency Relief Aid amidst the dangers of the ongoing war in the area.
Assistant to Volunteer Physicians and Administrator of Medicine and Medical Care
Medicines Sans Frontieres
February 1999 - December 1999
After Receipt of my BA, I took an academic sabbatical in order to become more acquainted with the Humans Rights issues within the conflict(s) of the Middle East and North Africa.
I functioned primarily as a Physician's Assistant, however, I also worked frequently with the MD personnel in Mental Health to highlight my personal training and skill in Social Welfare and the medical needs of those affected my ongoing war, torture, and ill-treatment.
Assistant to Instructors within the ESL Department, and Administrative Teaching Aide.
City College of San Francisco Department of English
September 1998 - December 1998
After acquiring my BA, I attended, graduated from, and became Certified as an Instructor of English as a Second Language. To gain experience in the actual task of being an effective instructor, and to train for meeting the challenges involved specific to this work, I assisted both CCSF based English Instructors in courses of ESL and those related to English Literature, Reading Comprehension Skills, and Writing.
I facilitated advancement in the students skills by acting as a one-on-one tutor, while also grading exams, collaborating with the Professors to develop Speech, Vocabulary, and Work related to the academic necessities of the discipline.
Being able to function in a secondary capacity allowed me to gain experience in my position as an Instructor, in addition to allowing me the opportunity to cultivate my own development and method as a teacher.
Glass Artisan and Stained Glass Artist
With instruction in multiple realms of Glass Art, I have over fifteen years of experience and more than seven years of work in Fused Glass, Glass Sculpture, and more than anything, both copper-foil smaller work and large lead based stained glass pieces.
I began exploration of this artistic domain while still in high school and have since continued to improve upon it with independent glass artistry courses, training with individual glass artists, taking advantage of instruction - when available - in all realms of the art. I have also, in relation, worked in several glass art museums and retail outlets set up to function as both a promotional foundation for the art, and supplier of its tools of the trade.
Given the vast changes in the field since initially beginning my instruction, time has also allowed me the experience of creative teamwork, networking opportunities at both the Artistic and Showcase levels, in addition to providing me with training in jewelry making, textile art, and design.
Student of Culture, Development and Linguistics related to indigenous tribes of the Arctic
Studying primarily the Inuktitut language, I additionally worked in the Northern Canadian areas, and on the reservations of British Columbia and Alaska. Helping on the educational, administrative and individual level, I also assisted in improving the overall Social Welfare needs of the various tribal populations, and assisted in the development of several programs geared toward advancement of professional skill, socioeconomic needs, and reduction of substance abuse.
Being given the advantage of acquiring otherwise very difficult and unique skills, I also worked to develop my own sense of identity as a Native American and combine it with my education and experience in Communications.
To increase my education and experience in the Mental Health field, I assisted two Mental Health physicians functioning to train and perfect my abilities and knowledge of Medicine, Therapeutic Technique, and Pharmacology.
In order to give back as needed to the MDs I gained experience with, I volunteered as Administrative Assistant, and provided Documentation and Written Work for professional purposes. Moreover, I worked to meet the needs of individual patients and fellow physicians.
Travel Writer Intern for Humboldt based Magazine
To gain field experience and advance my Journalistic skills, I volunteered for several months with an Arcata based magazine featuring Op-Ed, Educational Material, Creative Works, and Travel Writing, in general focusing on the Northern Californian coastal areas.
I provided the publication with works based on travel throughout the Humboldt County area, as well as, several locations of interest in Mendocino, Alameda County, and San Francisco. Given my position as a volunteer, I was further providing the opportunity to contribute photography and works of relevant art which I personally created and geared to fit the magazine's needs.
Qualifications & Certifications
PhD in Anthropology with a Focus in Communications/Writing
Johns Hopkins University
Accumulated more than enough credits and teaching experience to qualify for a Masters, however I was officially in their Anthropology Department to gain my Doctorate.
BA in Anthropology
University of California Berkeley
Transfer to UC Berkeley
City College of San Francisco