Interests: writing, coffee, and design, in no particular order
In elementary school I used to sell the best damn lemonade on the block--now I just sell the best damn design, period. I own Scrawl Design, a web and print design firm in Southern Maryland. I also teach and consult micro business owners. My designs have earned recognition from the likes of Wordpress and the Associated Collegiate Press. I'm interested in many other topics as well, including responsible journalism and educational theory.
I'm constantly amazed by the level of talent I get to work with every day. I'm fortunate enough to be side-by-side with people that can do and think of things far beyond my own abilities. However, I do have some talents up my sleeve.
Web Design & Development
Expert, 9 years
Expert, 10 years
Adobe Creative Suite
Expert, 6 years
Educational Theory & Curriculum Construction
Advanced, 4 years
Beyond the featured skills above, I have experience and knowledge in a number of other subjects as well.
Google Analytics & SEO
Social Media Marketing
Editing and Copywriting
Video Editing & Creation
Micro Business Mentoring
Awards & Recognition
American Scholastic Press Association
Most Outstanding Service to Community
Awarded with my journalism students for our revitalization of the journalism programs in Charles County and for their stories pertinent to the La Plata community.
Maryland Dept. of Education
College & Career Readiness Task Force
2014 - 2015
Served as a member of the College & Career Readiness Task Force, representing southern Maryland on a panel to assess the effectiveness of the new PARCC assessment.
Associated Collegiate Press
ACP Pacemaker Award
Awarded as one of the top academic newspapers in the United States.
College Media Association
Top Newspaper in the United States
Recognized as the most outstanding newspaper in the United States for our coverage, design, and mission for colleges under 10,000 students.
Over 10 Years of Experience
Admittedly, I've been a tech geek before it was cool, and I have been fascinated by why and how designs and websites were created a certain way. Starting in a minimal, freelance capacity in high school, I have been fortunate enough to start a successful career doing what I love.
Launching a blog focused on helping freelance designers and micro business owners succeed. New Whippersketcher podcast premiering in 2016.
2010 - Present
Scrawl Design was born out of a need to provide professional, modern design and wallet-friendly prices for self-starters and micro businesses around the U.S.
La Plata High School
2012 - 2015
Worked as a curriculum designer and journalism teacher for a class titled "Newspaper Publications." Named to Maryland State College & Career Readiness Task Force.
2009 - 2012
Our small college and community newspaper saw a monthly increase in readership by 550 percent and an ad revenue increase of over 400 percent under my direction. After completing a print and web overhaul, we were named Most Outstanding College Newspaper in America in 2012.
I Can't Believe They Let Me In...
Being a formally trained teacher, I truly value my education and owe much of what I currently have and do to a lot of great teachers along the way. If it wasn't for choosing the right school and the right activities, I never would have accomplished what I have.
2008 - 2012
I added a minor in entrepreneurship when I began Scrawl Design, and it has helped me not only run my own business, but also help other micro business owners.
2008 - 2012
My primary major, professional writing, allowed me to explore the one thing I've loved for as long as I can remember. Being an avid writer has helped me in the business world, and it's what I often suggest to clients to get their voice across.
2008 - 2012
Studying secondary education with the intention of becoming an English teacher gave me fantastic training in mentorship and coaching. I am certified to teach English & business in PA & MD.
A very small sampling of my work
Although not exhaustive in the least, the items below will give a glimpse into some of the projects I have done in the past. If interested in work for your company, please visit Scrawl Design's portfolio to see our latest projects.
Feel Free to Reach Out
I absolutely love talking with people about anything you may be interested in, so please contact me below. Whether you are an aspiring business owner, looking for a designer for an upcoming project, or just like to chat, I'd love to speak with you.
511 Charles Street
La Plata, MD 20646