All About Me

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire Me:

  1. With English as my native language and experience writing AP style, clarity is a given in my work.
  2. As a Freelancer I have the time to devote to your projects, giving you all the attention you deserve.
  3. I have a Bona-fide M.S.ed in Counselor Education from, you guessed it, Saint Bonaventure University.
  4. My nearly 10 years of experience in the land of non-profit organizations and schools has given me the tools to work independently, frugally, and with a cast of characters covering all ages.
  5. Eternal optimism is my biggest weakness.

The Gist:

My name is Michele Meleen and I am a Freelance Writer specializing in web content, blogging, and ghostwriting.  Over the past year I have been published both in print and online with topics ranging from car safety to home decor.  With an M.S.ed in School Counseling, it should come as no surprise that I am in the business of helping people.  My style is best described as clear, concise, and relatable.  

The Professional:

After graduating High School in the top tier of my class, I attended Jamestown Community college where I earned an A.A.S. in Social Sciences.  During these early college years I worked in the restaurant and retail industries.

From there I attended Saint Bonaventure University, earning both a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S.ed in School Counseling.  Consistent with my educational training, I worked in a group home for adolescents with mental health diagnoses while earning these degrees.  In congruence with my degree requirements, I served as an intern in a local hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit and in two local schools with students of all ages.

 Following my graduate school completion, I was hired as an Integration Assistant at Heritage Centers, a non-profit agency school serving students with disabilities and severe medical conditions.  From there, I became the Advantage After School Program Coordinator for the YWCA of Westfield where I helped build the program for over 75 students per day ranging in age from elementary through high school.  In this position I also coordinated the Girls Summer Program and weekly Youth Center.  

After three years at the YWCA I made the difficult decision to become a play-at-home mom.  I am currently reprising my role at the YWCA of Westfield on a part-time basis, Freelancing, and navigating life with my 4-year-old.   

The Personal:

I am currently the proud play-at-home mom to a little boy, Odin, whose personality is as big as his name.  I have an insatiable hunger for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and reality t.v.  When I’m not play-fighting or exploring the world with my preschooler I enjoy girls’ night outs (as long as they include wine), camping, reading, board/card games, and watching movies with my husband.  

Some of my favorite books include:  My Side of the Mountain, the Harry Potter series, the Wheel of Time series, Watership Down, The Borrowers, Change or Die, A Child Called ‘It’ series, and Where the Heart Is.  In the world of children’s books, which currently makes up all of my reading list, I love:  The Pokey Little Puppy, The Day the Crayons Quit, SkippyJon Jones books, and anything by Sandra Boynton.  Aside from being a doting mom and writer, I am also an aspiring children’s author and active member of two writers’ groups.

The Credits:

  • Contributing Writer for LoveToKnow.com
  • Freelance Blogger for Imperial Textile (Buffalo, NY)
  • Monthly contributor to PG:  Parental Guidance Magazine (Jamestown, NY)
  • Kids Corner contributor for the Patterson Library Newsletter (Westfield, NY)
  • One and a half years as ghostwriter for various web content

Connect with Me:

On google + at google.com/+MicheleMeleen

On Linkedin at www.linkedin.com/in/michelemeleen

Via email:  michelemeleen(at)gmail(dot) com

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