Hi, I'm Samantha! I recently published my debut novel Barricades in eBook and Softcover. It is available at most online retailers.
I have a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor's in Psychology with a Minor in Journalism from Michigan Technological University.
I'm proud to say, that while pursuing my Master's, I perfected my skills as a multi-tasker. During that time I: maintained a perfect 4.0 in every class, and for every semester; moved twice; adopted two dogs; got engaged; planned my wedding; worked two jobs; and best of all, kept my daughet alive. Yeah, that's right. Go me!
Write instructional courses and create content (quizzes, study guides, etc.) on various topics within the study of Psychology. Adhere to a strict 500-word limit for each lesson. Work closely with other content creators to design an ideal course for each prescribed audience.
I took my own wild idea and created a captivating novel, Barricades. A Contemporary New Adult Romance. From start to finish I do it all.
Fetch was a Tech start-up, that gained traction too fast. Unfortunately, they went under. However, while I was there I worked in conjunction with peers and supervisory staff to locate items and services online per customers provided specifications. I can find you the cheapest flight, or locate that ridiculously expensive, obscure wine you found at the one place, in the one town, that one time.
Being a substitute teacher meant being prepared for anything. For the day, you ARE the teacher in every capacity. It could mean encountering any host of issues. On a good day, the teacher left a lesson plan, and advice for handling their students, but when I filled in for emergency absences, I developed lesson plans and curriculum. I also had to adhere to strict federal and state standards.
The PAWS Clinic is a high volume, high quality spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats. I hired in temporarily to cover for the, then current, assistant's maternity leave. They kept me for awhile, but then they stopped calling. Now it's super awkward. Are we still dating? Do I stop putting it on my resume?
When we were still talking, I designed a Veterinary Assistant training program from the ground up. When I arrived they had no formal training for a postion that I considered highly specialized. Under the wary, but watchful eye of the Lead Veterinary Assistant I designed curriculum, examinations, and instructional materials. Which I artfully displayed on an easily accessible website.
Didn't get invited to the 80's party, though. Twice.
*apparently I'm bitter.*
Worked with my two cohorts to support professor. I led study sessions before exams, and I led the class, of about 100 plus students, in the professor's absence! On occasion, I even wrote test questions.
Mostly, I sat by alone in the conference room grading papers or entering grades on Blackboard.
Cold called prospective students.
Me: You should come to Michigan Tech!
Student: Why? Doesn't it just snow a bunch up there.
Me: Yeah, but once a year we build giant snow forts.
Student: Cool. I'm in.
Visit their website and check it out. It's called Winter Carnival.
Hands down, my favorite job before I started writing books!
I worked with students both foreign and domestic, from first years to PhDs.
I mostly worked with technical documents, as engineering (in all it's forms) is the most common pursuit of study at Michigan Tech.
We had a walk-in program where students could bring in anything they wanted and we'd help them for fifteen minutes. Lots of grad students felt like that was a good time to bring in their 100-page-long dissertation. I can read pretty fast now.
I led study teams for the World Cultures class, where I taught students (mostly first years) study skills.
I held a lot of conversations about why English is weird.
You: "No tomato on my sandwich, please."
*puts tomato on it anyway.*
Woke up at 8 A.M. on the weekends to clean the bathrooms in the dorms.
Called my supervisor often to say, "I don't get paid enough to clean this up."
Would've been a lot of fun if we had Snapchat.
Cassie Sinclair has lived in Mammoth, Minnesota all her life. A tiny town full of small people with small dreams. Growing up she'd entertained the idea of becoming an artist, but these days she feels, well... uninspired. Instead of sketching her days are full of her best friend Kelsey’s drama, other people’s pets, and her aloof parents. The only place she finds solace is when she is listening ... read more
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