Sarah Anne Perry
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Project Worker, January 2018 to Present
Assist the ESL Institute coordinator with computer-based tasks, orientation events and student information sessions. Research events for exchange students and oversee the student-run ESL blog. Contribute to social media strategy. Proofread and revise copy for promotional and accreditation purposes. Create TOEFL-based lesson plans for unexpected faculty absences. Take advantage of online and in-person professional development opportunities.
Substitute ESL Instructor/Adjunct Faculty, September 2017 to Present
Teach ESL to adult English language learners when faculty are unable to attend class. Work with students, staff and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds. Modify lessons to suit students’ needs, and lead immersive field trips. Prepare students for the TOEFL exam and English-language university-level studies. Assist students in adjusting to U.S. cultural norms.
Higher Education, Seattle, Wash.
Remote editor, January 2018 to Present
Proofread and edit copy for publication by U.S. News & World Report. Ensure that writing adheres to AP Style and meets the quality expectations of U.S. News & World Report. Thoroughly fact-check all content, reviewing citations and performing additional research as necessary. Maintain contact with Higher Education writers and U.S. News & World Report editors.
Contributor, September 2017 to Present
Write undergraduate and graduate degree program profiles for publication by U.S. News & World Report and Higher Education partner organizations. Compile information from various educational institutions, focusing research on distance learning programs. Procure and analyze data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale. Adhere to AP and Higher Education styles. Thoroughly fact-check all assertions of fact. Complete assignments under tight deadlines and maintain communication with Higher Education and U.S. News editors.
VIPKID, Beijing, China
English Teacher, September 2017 to Present
Teach ESL in one-on-one online sessions to Chinese children between the ages of 4 and 14. Tailor lessons to students’ needs, abilities and interests within the curriculum. Utilize total physical response, positive reinforcement, and the flipped classroom approach. Administer assessments and provide constructive feedback to students, parents, and Chinese lead teachers. Interact regularly with non-native English speakers regarding technical and administrative needs.
Freelance Writer/Photographer/Copy Editor, September 2012 to Present
Create content for various publications throughout the U.S. Past publications include Ampersand Magazine, RootsRated, Dead Point Magazine, Crux Crush, The Homeless Voice, Foodbeast, the Society of Professional Journalists, Lava Climbing Gear, Higher Education and US News & World Report. Write articles to inform readers about the arts, social justice, business, education, sports and the environment. Write features, columns, profiles and reviews. Propose stories, set deadlines and take photographs. Edit and fact-check copy for print, adhering to publication and AP styles.
The Climbing Academy, Bishop, Ca.; Hidalgo, México; El Salto, México; Las Vegas, Nev.
Secondary Teacher/Assistant Coach, January 2017 to May 2017
Taught Spanish and environmental science to students in a traveling high school for elite rock climbers. Co-taught media productions. Took an immersive and experiential approach to Spanish and media lessons, and a research approach to environmental science. Framed Spanish classes around target language music, film and literature. Focused environmental science on the intersections of ecological, social and economic issues. Mentored two students weekly, maintaining contact with their parents. Enforced climbing safety standards and aided in life skills development. Led team discussions about topics such as body image and growth mindset. Used Spanish to communicate with host communities in Mexico. Utilized mixed media in lessons when possible and improvised with more conventional lessons when internet was not available.
Liceo Internacional, Quito, Ecuador
Secondary Teacher, May 2016 to November 2016
Taught academic writing and philosophy to high school students. Advised seniors on the writing of their senior theses. Tailored lessons for non-native speakers of English, incorporating mixed media into class content and encouraging the development of critical thinking and creativity. Acted as a substitute and test proctor in preschool and elementary school classrooms. Used Spanish in day-to-day professional communications.
Flagpole Magazine, Athens, Ga. May 2013 to January 2016
Contributor, August 2013 to January 2016
Proposed and wrote news articles for the alternative newsweekly serving the Athens area. Focused on local business developments, LGBT issues and general interest features. Set deadlines and took photographs. Maintained contact with regular sources who offered story ideas and solicited articles.
News Intern, May 2013 to August 2013
Wrote about social, environmental, economic and business issues. Proposed stories and took photographs. Assisted news editor and other writers with reporting. Built on circle of regular sources created at The Red & Black.
The Red & Black, Athens, Ga. September 2012 to May 2013
Assistant Variety Editor, January 2013 to May 2013
Worked with variety editor to keep online content accurate and up to date for the independent student-run newspaper serving the University of Georgia community. Formatted stories for print. Edited and fact-checked copy. Compiled weekly event listings. Taught new writers the specifics of AP Style and educated them on basic reporting and writing skills.
Variety Writer, September 2012 to May 2013
Covered music, arts and culture. Wrote features, columns, profiles and reviews, as well as articles on local business developments and social and health issues. Created a circle of regular sources.
Online News Association, Athens, Ga.
Founding Member, January 2013 to January 2014
Met regularly with student and professional journalists to discuss the intersection of journalism and technology, learn new media skills and practice their application in reporting. Became proficient in using social media and search engine optimization strategies for audience development and engagement. Was chosen by the University of Georgia to attend the 2013 Online News Association National Conference.
Perry Sister Studios, Watkinsville, Ga.
Flute Teacher, May 2012 to July 2013
Taught flute and ukulele lessons to students from ages 9 to 16. Utilized a variety of teaching strategies to address the learning needs of various students. Created web site and maintained social media presence with partner.
Education & Qualifications
Global Language Training, London, United Kingdom
Master TEFL/TESOL Certificate, 150 Hours, April 2016
Young, Adolescent and Adult Learners
English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States
A.B. English, May 2015
Emphasis in Creative Writing
Minors in Music and Spanish
Cum Laude 3.69/4.0
Spanish, fluentVolunteer Experience
Clarke County Mentor Program, Athens, Ga.
Mentor, November 2011 to Present
Mentor an underserved Clarke County student weekly. Offer emotional and practical support in school and home life. Educate about healthy living; promote patience, perseverance and empathy; and emphasize the importance of education in achieving long-term goals.
Clarke County High School, Athens, Ga.
Classroom Assistant, September 2015 to December 2015
Worked one-on-one and in small groups of beginning and intermediate Spanish students learning grammar concepts, vocabulary and culture. Assisted lead teacher with lesson creation and execution, graded assignments and offered other support as needed.
Oasis Católico, Athens, Ga.
Tutor/Mentor, September 2014 to April 2015
Tutored native Spanish speakers ages 3 to 11 to increase their potential for achieving academic success in schools where all classes are taught in English. Utilized developmentally-appropriate teaching methods within established parameters to better students’ English and math skills. Used Spanish to communicate with children newly arrived from Mexico, or whose exposure to the English language was minimal.
Speak Out for Species, Athens, Ga.
Advocate, September 2013 to September 2014
Met with other students to discuss animal rights, learn advocacy skills and raise awareness about the health, ethical and environmental concerns of factory farming. Performed non-confrontational outreach activities and engaged community in civil discussion about the global impact of individual choices.
Project Performance, Watkinsville, Ga.
Founder/Director, August 2010 to May 2011
Created and directed a music mentoring partnership between high school and middle school students to address low band retention rates as students advanced in grade level. Worked with teachers and administrations from both schools to gain official sanction and arrange biweekly bus transportation for 20 to 40 middle school students. Recruited high school band students to mentor middle school participants in musical performance and technique. Delegated responsibilities and led each mentoring session. Created introductory music theory curriculum and monitored sessions, offering technical guidance to students of every instrument family. Created and adhered to disciplinary policy. As of the 2016-2017 school year, this program is still in existence.
Youth Apprenticeship Program, Watkinsville, Ga.
Classroom Assistant, August 2010 to December 2010
Assisted middle school band director and elementary school music teacher with lesson planning and execution. Helped students master music theory concepts and performance techniques, offering other support as needed.
Mexico, February 2017 to April 2017
Ecuador, February 2016 to January 2017
Europe, July 2015
Costa Rica, May 2014
DSLR photography, basic HTML, Adobe InCopy, AP Style, content management systems, Office 365, WordPress, Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, Audacity, social media, grade and attendance input systems