The less brief introduction
I was born in Colorado and raised in Texas. After receiving my BA in English in 2001 from the University of North Texas, I joined the Peace Corps as an English Language Teacher Trainer, working for the District Education Office in Birganj, Parsa District, Nepal.
In Nepal, I taught primary-level English for one year and then spent a second year training teachers. I wrote extensively about it on my first blog, The Peace Corps Experience of Scott Allan Wallick. Towards the end of my service, the security situation in Nepal deteriorated; at the request of the main Peace Corps office, I suspended my blog due to “security concerns.”
After my Peace Corps service ended, I went to Darjeeling, India, with Binita and stayed with her family for about half a year. It was a great life. I would have some breakfast and a coffee, go for a walk, hang out with the family, take some photos, read the paper, etc.
We came to the U.S. and settled in New York. I began teaching ESL in Jackson Heights after being in the city for ten days. I taught to the melting pot I had learned about in school. Teaching a melting pot, by the way, is rather difficult—fun but complicated.
I left teaching after four months to work as an editor of ESL materials for Oxford University Press in Manhattan. I first worked in production, i.e., editing manuscripts and approving proofs, but later became more involved in development.
Then I accepted a new challenge: medical publishing for the nonprofit Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s Center for Education. I edited marketing content, course syllabi, technical materials, etc., for effectiveness and accuracy—difficult tasks for a demanding audience.
Now I manage communications for the Division of Student Affairs at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. I get to work with partners across the University and advocate for students’ information needs. I love it, especially getting to work with experienced professionals as well as students.