Joleen received her master's degree in teaching English as a second language, earning a perfect 4.0 and passing her Comps with honors.
Joleen completed her undergraduate degree in English with a Spanish minor. She was a member of national Philosophy, English, and Spanish honor societies.
Joleen worked with Berlitz languages in six countries for several years. She taught English to college students along with business, medical, and government professionals. Joleen worked in a hiring, training, and supervisory capacity for several years. She created training guides, lesson plans, and presentations, and collaborated on national and regional training guides with multinational management and training teams.
Joleen worked in educational publishing for twelve years. She researched, collaborated on, revised, and wrote numerous English-as-a-Second-Language assessments, technical manuals, and training guidelines over twelve years as in roles from research analyst to content specialist to senior assessment specialist.
She has also completed a few online curriculum projects as an independent contractor with StudySync. She works occasionally as a passage and item writer for Pearson. She also was contracted to write marketing copy for GameSalad online curriculum.
Joleen has written about restaurants, bars, food and drink manufacturers, online tastings, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and festivals for a top ranked, hyperlocal Austin blog.
She has tested and covered food, beverages, and spirits festivals, as well as food/beverage fundraising events for social media and blogs.
She has written about corporate food topics, especially corruption in industries such as third party food delivery apps and price fixing.
Joleen covered SXSW Film and wrote about musicians, artists, festivals, fundraisers, distillery openings, and nightclubs for a top ranked blog. She has written dozens of popular articles about food, drinks, outdoor activities, and day trips.
Joleen writes about business (marketing, entrepreneurship, social media, marketing, real estate, and culture) for a large, well-respected online publication.
She has also written about numerous entrepreneurs in blogs and print magazines. For twelve years in educational publishing, she contributed to technical and training manuals and sales presentations.
Joleen writes regular social media and public relations content for her clients in various industries including bars, restaurants, wellness, and travel.
Joleen has written for a top-ranked Austin blog with an average of 1.5 million annual pageviews, since 2016. Several of my 90+ articles have earned the top pageviews for the month in which they were published, and some had thousands of pageviews and shares.
She has written several blog posts for an RV Park in San Marcos on attractions and interests in the area. She also wrote the top-ranked article for years in the (now defunct) online publication Invasive Thoughts.