About Me

BIOGRAPHY

I was born around the Corpus Christi Bay area and remained there until the end of my middle school education. My family—consisting of my mother and sister—and I moved to Victoria, TX when I was 14, and I lived there for my freshman year of high school through my undergraduate and graduate college schooling.

It was during my graduate studies when I first became a published writer. I was also a research assistant to Dr. Jeffery Di Leo during the organization and writing of his book From Socrates to Cinema, a textbook introducing philosophy through film. Additionally, on select issues, I acted as an editorial assistant for the UHV publication symplokē, a journal of contemporary critical theory. I also worked as a writing consultant for the UHV Academic Center and wrote for The Flame, the university’s student newspaper.

During the latter part of my graduate education, I began teaching high school English and professional communication. For excellence in teaching at the Cuero High School, I was granted the honorary bell award for two consecutive years. I stayed in this profession for five years, while writing short stories and screenplays during my free time and educating myself on proper narrative construction. Oddly, on the side, I also worked as a contracted model, working with various photographers and local clothing companies around the Austin area.

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I left teaching secondary English to teach at the university level, while also working as a writing consultant and pursuing my creative writing endeavors. I moved to Houston in 2011 to begin a doctoral program in cultural theory with the University of Houston. After completing some preliminary course work, I took some time off from my studies to work more on other creative activities.

I am currently a lecturer of English at the University of Houston-Victoria, teaching a variety of English and humanities courses (UHV Faculty Profile). I also work as a writing consultant and routinely hold workshops on business communications. Please email me to discuss how I can be of service to you and your writing.

INTERESTS

My personal interests vary a great deal. I enjoy listening to music: from Gregorian chants and Mozart to contemporary rock and punk. I also enjoy writing music, mainly folk/indie-like acoustic arrangements. My original musical compositions can be heard on my YouTube page, along with a few music videos I produced for some local bands.

I also enjoy reading cultural theory, namely the works Jacques Lacan, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Slavoj Zizek. To me, the study of cultural theory is of great value to our understanding of meaning. It is a field where many disciplines—psychology, anthropology, theology, philosophy, and so forth—all merge to provide humanity with greater insight into the nature of being and the hidden mechanics of culture.

PERSONAL WEBSITE LINKS

PUBLICATIONS

Essays and Short Works:

Book Reviews:

  • Rev. of Death and Dying in the Working Class, 1865-1920, by Michael K. Rosenow. WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society.  Summer. 2016. Print
  • Rev. of Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party, by Dianne Feeley, Paul Le Blank, and Thomas Twiss. WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society.  Forthcoming
  • Rev. of The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s, by Mariah Adin. Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.  Summer. 2016. Print

Informative Articles Published through the UHV Academic Center:

  • “When to Use: Cite, Site, and Sight”
  • “When to Use: Continual or Continuous”
  • “Recognize and fix a run-on or fused sentence”
  • “When to use: All Together and Altogether”
  • “When to Use Ascent and Assent”
  • “When to Use Disinterested and Uninterested”
  • “When to Use Good and Well”
  • “When to Use Like or As”
  • “Parallelism: Balancing Words, Clauses and Phrases”
  • “Using Inclusive Language to Avoid Stereotypes”
  • “Using Conscience and Conscious Correctly”
  • “When to Use Especially and Specially”
  • “Differences between Adjectives and Adverbs”
  • “Using Pronouns to Establish Links between Sentences”
  • “When to Use: Your and You’re”
  • “Exam Writing”
  • “Keeping Your Cool During Exams”
  • “How to Write Letters of Intent”
  • “Staying Focused While Reading”
  • “Steeping Up Your Reading Rate”
  • “Textbook Reading Strategies”
  • “Tips for Developing Better Concentration While Studying”
  • “Using Journalist Questions for Note Taking

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Windows and Mac operating systems
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Blackboard 9
  • Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Connect
  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Final Draft
  • InDesign
  • FL Studio
  • Soundbooth
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  • Toon Boom
  • Manga Studio
  • Anime Studio Pro

EDITING SKILLS

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • Associated Press
  • Proofreader’s marks
  • and Several house styles specific to various university presses

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • New Jersey Writing Workshop
  • Continued Online Teaching Training
  • Certified Secondary English Teaching
  • Texas Performance Standards Project Advisor
  • Region III English Teacher Certification Tutor
  • STAAR Literary and Expository Exam Writing
  • President and Founder of the Rosebud Film Society
  • Coordinator of the San Antonio Child Soldier Rescue
  • Contributor to the UHV Student Newspaper, The Flame
  • Juror for the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival (2017)
  • Region III Continuing Education in Leadership Proficiencies
  • TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) Certified
  • Delegation Leader of People to People Student Ambassadors (2007, 2013, 2014)
  • Research Assistant for From Socrates to Cinema: An Introduction to Philosophy

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Two Secondary Teaching Bell Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2009; 2010)
  • 2006–2007 UHV School of Arts & Science Most Outstanding Graduate Student (2007)
  • Who’s Who among America’s Top Students? (1999)
  • National Honor Society (1999)
  • World Scholars (1998)