How do you do? I’m Simone—like a sea monster, just without the “ster”.
I’m an internationally experienced writer and English teacher currently based in New York.
Born into a South African family, I left the US when I was just a tot. Home was Jo’burg, then Grahamstown, where I read for a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University (UCKAR).
After graduating, I decided to get certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) while I looked for my first writing job. I completed the course with distinction and an offer to return as an instructor.
I taught Business English to adults on the weekends while working full-time as a features writer for a leading trade publication until 2013, when I was offered a job in Japan.
For the next four years, I taught English to high school students in the small agricultural town of Takanabe on the island Kyushu.
I also continued to write, first blogging about my own personal adventures and later, for an English travel website in Tokyo.
When my teaching contract came to an end in 2017, I decided to head back to where it all started for me.
Since returning to New York, I’ve had the pleasure of writing for several renowned brands in the fashion, art and philanthropic spaces, while also teaching English to adult students.
With 8 years of experience, I’m confident in offering my skills to you. Whether you’re looking for a personal tutor, an experienced proofreader, or someone to craft creative copy for your next marketing project, I look forward to working with you.