Design

Since 2012, I have been living and working abroad as a writer and teacher. Prior to this, I worked for several years in Graphic Design and Digital Content Management. During my time as a designer, my expertise in copywriting and developing WordPress websites, combined with fine art and print design, allowed me to excel at a multitude of services

If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time. 
– Louise Nevelson, American Sculptor, 1900-1988

From 2004 to 2009, I worked as a freelance graphic and web designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, collaborating with businesses and organizations such as the Glide Foundation and First Kick Scooters/SF Moto. I also worked as a full-time sub-contractor with Lullaby Lane Baby and Kids Superstore in San Bruno, CA. 

Glide Foundation
Freelance work for Glide Foundation, San Francisco

Working with Lullaby Lane, I matured from a junior designer creating signs and flyers to a senior designer developing web advertisements and banners, managing a mailing list of over 6,000  subscribers, as well as printing large-format graphics for sales and events.  After more than 60 years, the business closed their doors in 2011. It was a fortunate event to learn and grow in marketing and design with this great company.

Example mail piece for Lullaby Lane
Mail piece for Lullaby Lane featuring Matrix children’s furniture

From 2007 to 2012, I worked with the State of California, supporting more than 1,000 employees with technical issues and IT solutions. I also wrote informative articles for the statewide employee newspaper.  After 5 years of State service, I relocated to Guadalajara, Jalsico, México to study Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

www.katedanateaches.com
From my 2012 teaching website http://www.katedanateaches.com

After receiving my TEFL certificate, I spent a few months as English teacher before becoming a teacher of computers, or Maestra de Informática. My SEP curriculum included the instruction of graphic and web design to preparatory-level (high school) students.  

Informática BAS
WordPress website created while teaching Informática in México

In 2014, I moved to Barranquilla, Colombia, where I began as a volunteer English teacher, and later became the Area Director of the Information Communications Technology program, as well as a teacher of English Literature and Creative Writing in Cartagena de Indias. In 2017, I returned to Barranquilla, where I currently teach Business English to adults in multinational corporations.

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