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Summary of Skills

Over 3 years of experience copyediting science–technical–medical (STM) manuscripts written by medical professionals and researchers. Revise and format text to assure that the writing quality and layout is suitable for high impact factor journals.

Apply complicated instructions from style guides, including the Associated Press Style Book, to ensure manuscripts adhere to strict specifications. Adept at using MS Word functions, including tracking and commenting.

Over 7 years of experience leading and supporting teams in developing English as a foreign language (EFL) textbooks. Managed in-house and outsource editors, designers, illustrators, and voice artists. Liaised with stakeholders. Communicated challenges to stakeholders and provided solutions for overcoming them. Achieved project milestones.

Exceptional editorial judgment. Outstanding line-editing and development skills. Adapt to changing priorities while maintaining project integrity and keeping sight of larger goals. Work efficiently, independently or on teams, to meet strict deadlines.

Editing and Publishing Experience

Freelance Writer and Editor – (5/2014 to present) – Self-employed

Three long-term clients. Provide quality control and copy editing for an editing agency with a worldwide reach. Write and edit for one of Japan’s largest educational materials producers. Adapted over 300 traditional folktales from around the world into easily understandable storybooks for young learners.

Development Editor, Assistant Chief – (8/2001 to 3/2009) – AEON Institute of Language Education

Supervised or assisted in developing EFL textbooks and ancillary materials during all stages of production, from outlining project goals to printing the bound products. Led teams of three to six in-house and outsource writers, up to ten graphic designers and illustrators, and from two to six voice actors per project. Applied project management techniques to assure smooth, steady progress.


  • Developed a proofreading method that allowed editors to more efficiently revise manuscripts.

  • Identified shortcomings in production procedures and recommended corrective measures.

  • Granted a meritorious salary increase in 2006. Earned promotions in 2007 and 2008.

Freelance Proofreader – (12/2006 to 5/2014) – Benesse Corporation

Proofread products for one of Japan’s largest publishers of educational and testing materials. Answered editor inquiries regarding grammar, natural language, and cultural awareness. Communicated with editors to discuss issues and provide constructive feedback.

Proofreader Team Leader – (2007 to 2008) – Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)

Led and assisted teams as a volunteer off-site editor and proofreader for The Language Teacher, JALT’s mainstay publication. Ensured articles met the standards of a professional journal. Assisted and instructed team members. Reliably met tight deadlines.

Additional Relevant Experience

Teacher – (4/2009 to 5/2014) – NEO English Language School

Prepared, analyzed, and revised lesson plans and materials. Created innovative activities that allowed students to apply and adapt various problem-solving skills. Developed and assigned homework.


  • Increased the size of the school’s library by developing, editing, and formatting original materials.

  • Researched information from multiple sources and wrote understandable guidelines, which contributed greatly to the smooth implementation of a major revision to the school’s study guidebooks for students.

Area Leader Teacher – (12/1997 to 8/2001) – AEON West Japan

Created versatile teaching materials. Worked continuously to improve the quality of presentation. Promoted to Area Leader Teacher in 1999. Served as the liaison between the Education Department and more than 35 Western and Japanese teachers. Organized and conducted professional development workshops.


  • Directly contributed to Okayama Omotecho school’s period of most rapid growth (1999 to 2001).

  • Implemented and managed peer-supervised lesson planning teams.

  • Established systems for sharing experience and materials via a monthly newsletter and e-mail.

Imagery Analysis Specialist, Staff Sergeant (E6) – (5/1987 to 9/1996) – United States Marine Corps

Maintained a Top Secret/SCI security clearance for 7 years. Received extensive leadership and motivational training. Collaborated closely with Korean analysts and translators to assist in developing and editing detailed intelligence reports. Rapidly advanced through positions of steadily increasing responsibility.


  • Identified an inefficient report production process and implemented an alternative method, saving the organization more than $31,500.00 over a 2-year period.

  • Selected by the organization’s commander to assume partial duties of Deputy Commander, a captain (O3) post, during a lapse in staffing.

  • Oversaw the activation and supervised initial operations of the seven-member Special Projects Branch.

  • Multiple awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Southwest Asia Service Medal.


Certificate, Executive Leadership – (2008) – Cornell University (eCornell), New York

Postgraduate Certificate, Applied Linguistics – (2006) – University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Graduated with Merit.

Bachelor of Arts, English – (1996) – University of Maryland University College, Republic of Korea

GPA 3.9 of 4.0 – Magna Cum Laude