Professional Experience

Fiction Writer- I have completed four  manuscripts. My upper middle grade dark fantasy, FAIRY KEEPER, is currently under contract with Curiosity Quills!

Test Item and Passage Writer, November 2002-present

I write Reading test passages and items for educational testing companies on a freelance basis, grades 3-11, though my focus is on middle school. I have sold over 200 passages, primarily fiction/narrative, but also poetry, non-fiction articles and "functionals" which represent real-life text such as webpages, applications, user guides, etc. I have worked for over twenty different exams. 

Education Specialist and Course Manager-- Air Force Civil Service, February 2001-June 2004

Developed assessments and ancillaries for technical training for the Air Force.

Elementary and middle school teacher August 1997-February 2001

I taught fourth grade, and 6th-8th grade Language Arts. I used a reading and writing workshop format and loved teaching my students to improve their writing and reading skills. In the future, I hope to be able to do school visits in which I work with a few classes at a time to do miniature writing workshops.

Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Highest Honors, Applied Learning and Development, 1996

Specializations in English and Reading
Texas Teacher Certification, Elementary 1-8, English 1-8 and Reading 1-8
Have begun work on my Masters of Library Science from TWU, as of summer 2012

Member of Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators since 2008.

To view my library portfolio, please click here to access my LiveBinder portfolio.  Email me at amybearceauthor at gmail dot com to receive the password.