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Krista O'Connell

I was always the kid who loved school, so after completing my science degree in 2002, teaching seemed like the natural choice. I graduated in 2004 with my bachelor of education (secondary science and ELA). I spent some time as a substitute, all the while feeling that what I’d really like to be doing is developing the materials used in classrooms. With a little luck, I soon scored my first gig: writing sample TOEFL and TOEIC tests for ESL students. Another company hired me soon after, and I began to think that maybe I could actually make a living as a writer.

I officially began my full-time freelancing career in February of 2007, and I haven’t looked back since. With a background in both ELA and science, as well as course work in math, the list of projects I’ve worked on is long and diverse. I have written complex science passages to target the NGSS standards, developed SE and TE pages to teach vocabulary, and created math items. In recent years, much of my work has been focused on developing assessment materials to target the Common Core standards for ELA. I’ve worked with many different companies, but I’m most proud of the long-term relationships I’ve built with a small number of highly valued clients, including Sikana.

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