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Stephanie Podue

Stephanie Podue

Writer • Coordinator

Freelance

Baltimore, MD

Passionate about stories and their ability to connect people and create empathy, Stephanie's goal is to bridge gaps and create understanding and clarity in a messy world. With a degree in English and extensive study outside her field, she blends analytical thinking and artform to stimulate and inspire.

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Writer & Documenter

Freelance

Stories are my passion; they hold great power in their ability to build empathy and understanding, creating stronger more meaningful connections.

In my essays, I investigate tough issues through an analytical and conversational style of writing that calls on lived experience, academic studies, and gut-checks. When writing profiles, on people or places, I attempt to unearth the driving force and meaning that will leave my reader inspired and informed. My goal is alway to illuminate and empower.

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Early in 2016, I bought an SLR film camera to further explore forms of documentation and storytelling. I find the medium enjoyable as well as frustrating, and always rewarding. All the photos on this page are my own.

Career

Clay Pots Community Center

ESL Tutor

At Clay Pots, I work with ESL students seeking their GED. The language arts portion of the test requires a series of essay answers. I help students to identify where they need to improve their written English language skills and help them get there through standardized workbooks and personalized exercises, as well as guidance on daily study habits.

GIS Planning

Office Manager

GIS Planning is a tech company based in San Francisco, producing the lead GIS software for EDOs in the nation. I was the sole administrator for the company, working directly with executives and ED leadership. In addition to OM, I edited marketing copy, assisted in client services and conference coordination, and planned teambuilding events.

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts, English

I spent quite a bit of time in night school before heading to Berkeley. I didn't know what I wanted to study, but after taking everything from poli-sci to anthropology to French, I realized that my passion is in human connection. English offered a place to analyze stories and refine my process of breaking down and sharing information.

At Berkeley, I met excellent people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and was able to participate in coursework and discussion reflective of that diversity. It expanded my range and depth of thinking and fed my curiosity and desire to problem-solve. I left Berkeley finding my favorite form of writing - narrative nonfiction - and a toolkit to find the answers to my questions and say what I need to say.

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Education

Chapter 510 - A Youth Literacy Non-Profit

Outreach, Engagement, and Education

At Chapter 510's monthly open house, I was often running our donation-based bar while telling folks about the work we did or taking photos and video and encouraging participation in the month's community activity, and actively posting to the organization's Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, I participated as a teacher's aid for field trips and helped prep supplies for events.

There are many that I know and they know it. They are all of them repeating and I hear it. More and more I understand it. I love it and I tell it. I love it and always will I tell it. - Gertrude Stein

Rowan Electric

Project Coordinator

Beginning as part-time admin for the San Diego-based electrical contractor, I quickly moved my way up in the company and established the Project Coordinator position.

As PC, I kept our clients and project managers connected and managed contracts, documents, and financials through the life of the project. I worked directly with all four PMs, and 30+ projects at a time.

Palomar Community College

AA, Humanities

While working full-time, I went to PCC by night and made an attempt to figure out what it was that I wanted to do, specifically. The issue was that I wanted to do everything... I studied English, French, Anthropology, and Interior Design on top of the required courses. I loved school, studying, writing, having conversations and hearing alternative perspectives.