Jane Healey
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Jane Healey

Jane H.

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High School, College
I have been teaching writing in college and high school for 25 years. I study the best ways to learn to write effectively in many genres. I have a tool box full of strategies for emerging writers to try out. My students report that I am honest and fair with my feedback, motivating them to take risks and make changes. They report that they finally understand writing as a process with steps that strung together seamlessly form a practice that they can make a routine. I love to teach writing, because I want people to communicate effectively.

About Jane H.

I'm a life-long teacher and learner who enjoys working with other people to help them write and read more effectively. I earned a Ph.D. and taught composition to college freshmen for 4 years, even training other graduate students about best practices. In this role, I definitely mastered the art of an argumentative essay.

But after a brief stint in college, I landed at Walt Disney Feature Animation, pitching ideas and managing the script-writing process. My bosses loved that I knew how to research, create proposals and outlines, and could articulate complex ideas in simple language. I worked with the most creative people in the movie business, and I picked up many strategies from them about the process that creates the best results. In this role, I became an edutainment expert.

I missed the classroom and ended up in a premier high school in Silicon Valley where I consulted beyond the classroom, coaching management professionals to develop better writing practices and products. For example, I tutored one young start-up CEO to craft emails that earned him goodwill amongst his burgenoning staff. I wrote blogs for C-level executives and white papers that featured their names as authors. In this role, I was a silent mentor and ghostwriter.

In short, I have experience with brief text all the way to dissertations. I also read the research into teaching writing most effectively. I also practice yoga, and many of the lessons from that passion apply to learning to write well.

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Experience

Humanities Faculty
Aug 2015 - Jun 2019

La Jolla Country Day School

Taught four classes, including 9th-grade English.

Humanities Faculty
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015

University Liggett School

I taught an upper-division Creative Writing elective.

Creative Consultant
Jun 2009 - Jul 2011

Essential Entertainment

I read scripts, wrote notes, and met with writers about revisions.

English Teacher
Aug 1998 - Jun 2009

Menlo School

I designed the 9th-grade English course.

Creative Director
Jun 1993 - Jun 1998

Walt Disney Feature Animation

I pitched movie ideas, created outline, wrote treatments, hired and managed writers, and communicated with studio "brass" consistently and constantly.

Education

Ph.D. in American Studies
Aug 1986 - Jun 1991

University of Minnesota

M.A. in American Studies
Aug 1984 - Jun 1986

Baylor University

B.A. in American Studies
Aug 1980 - Jun 1984

University of Notre Dame

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