Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons

Freelance Writer // Copy Editor // Blogger

Location
Austin, Texas Area
Industry
Writing and Editing

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Kate Simmons's Overview

Current
Past
  • Educational Writer at Whyzz
  • Teacher / Science Program Author at St. Matthew's Episcopal School
  • Film and Interior Decorating Writer at Suite101.com
  • Antique Dealer, Owner at Geometrics
  • Freelance Writer at FamilyWonder
  • Educational Writer at University of Texas Distance Education Center
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Kate Simmons' Summary

I'm a freelance writer, editor and blogger with experience covering a variety of industries, including education, film, mobile apps, consulting, and interior design. My background as a teacher and an antique dealer has made educational writing and interior design blogging a natural fit, while my strong attention to detail has led to to writing and editing in consulting and technology-related fields.

Specialties

writing, copy editing, blogging, WordPress, meeting deadlines, web content, copywriting

Kate Simmons' Experience

Co-Owner / Freelance Writer

GridSpark

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Writing and Editing industry

June 2011Present (3 years 4 months)

• Focus on writing, editing, and content marketing for a range of clients
• Regularly write feature articles for Decoist.com, an online magazine specializing in architecture and interior design
• Research and write blog posts on topics related to business and technology for clients like Acton MBA, MyEJ.org, and Appconomy
• Craft compelling, search engine-optimized web copy for various SEOhaus clients, such as property management companies
• Write and edit marketing materials (white papers and press releases) for clients including StudentPositive, StepForth, and Bridgepoint Consulting

Writer / Editor-In-Chief

Mirror80

Privately Held; Myself Only; Online Media industry

August 2010Present (4 years 2 months)

• Conceptualized the theme, design and content areas for Mirror80.com, a blog featuring posts on 1980s style as conveyed through fashion, interior design, film and music/video
• Develop original concepts for posts, then research, write and edit content
• Enter and edit material in WordPress
• Acquire found and original images for blog posts; edit/resize images and insert them into posts; embed video and images
• Promote Mirror80 on Facebook and Twitter; maintain Mirror80 Facebook page and Twitter account

Educational Writer

Whyzz

June 2010January 2013 (2 years 8 months)

• Wrote informative articles and educational activities for whyzz.com, a website aimed at parents, caregivers and educators seeking comprehensive answers to the questions of curious children
• Composed short stories that reinforced scientific topics and life lessons, such as penguin coloration, the nest-building habits of blue jays, and the importance of using good manners
• Created teaching courses that included discussion questions and talking points to reinforce educational concepts and promote active learning

Teacher / Science Program Author

St. Matthew's Episcopal School

August 2002May 2011 (8 years 10 months) Austin, Texas Area

• Began as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, then served as a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher for five years
• Researched, wrote and developed the comprehensive curriculum for the Discovery Club, a hands-on, after school enrichment program designed to foster a love of science in young children; served as the program’s Lead Teacher
• Curriculum includes 31 weekly units filled with educational games, child-friendly lessons/explanations of scientific concepts, projects, labs and experiments
• Prepared students for Kindergarten through age-appropriate math, letter/sound, writing , science and social studies lessons and activities
• Regularly researched, wrote and taught unit-specific lessons in such areas as children of the world, rocks and minerals, space and simple machines
• Routinely communicated with parents, providing feedback on topics from Kindergarten readiness to student conduct

Film and Interior Decorating Writer

Suite101.com

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Online Media industry

July 2009October 2010 (1 year 4 months)

• Researched and wrote original articles covering film and interior design
• Organized content with readability and SEO in mind
• Regularly conformed text and original images to Suite101 publishing format

Antique Dealer, Owner

Geometrics

20032009 (6 years) Austin, Texas

• Purchased and curated a collection of furniture and smalls reflecting 20th century modern flair
• Arranged displays, blending styles ranging from Art Deco to Mid-Century and '80s Modern
• Purchased, cleaned, repainted, stocked and sold merchandise
• Dated and priced pieces, noting their collectible status and current appeal

Freelance Writer

FamilyWonder

19992001 (2 years)

• Wrote articles, as well as film, television and music reviews for FamilyWonder.com, a website that sold entertainment products for children of all ages and provided parents with valuable media content information
• Wrote educational activities to accompany the site’s media products; Discussion ideas, extension activities and craft projects were among these “Wonderizers” used by educators and caregivers

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

19992000 (1 year)

• Wrote the academic content for two CD-ROMs used by high school students in search of career options
• Researched career fields, storyboarded computer screens, selected images and wrote extensive lessons and brief comprehension assessments for each CD-ROM

Kate Simmons' Skills & Expertise

  1. Writing
  2. Copy Editing
  3. Blogging
  4. Wordpress
  5. SEO copywriting
  6. Web Content
  7. Social Media
  8. Digital Copywriting
  9. Feature Articles
  10. Creative Writing
  11. SEO
  12. Facebook
  13. Press Releases
  14. Proofreading
  15. Editing
  16. Publications
  17. Education
  18. WordPress
  19. Magazines
  20. Film
  21. Publishing
  22. Video
  23. Copywriting

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Kate Simmons' Education

Trinity University

M.A., Teaching

19981999

Trinity University

BA, English and Communication

19941998

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Winner of the Young Texas Writers' Award in 1994

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