Sharon D. Bailey 


Objective: Part-time teaching or tutoring in the ESL or EFL fields. Will also consider short-term, nonprofit and volunteer opportunities in the United States and abroad. 

Qualifications Summary

More than three decades’ experience as a professional writer and editor. Part of a team that edited two Pulitzer Prize-winning series. Editing workshop leader. Volunteer ESL teacher and long history of involvement with people from other countries. Degrees in journalism and Spanish. Currently working toward TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Personal qualities: Strongly analytical. Skilled in collaborative work requiring tact, patience and the ability to meet deadlines. Also able to work independently. Flexible on hours and working conditions. A high degree of respect for other people and the ability to agree/disagree and negotiate changes without giving offense.


Georgia State University: Currently a post-baccalaureate student in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification program in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL. Coursework completed:   

  • Introductory Linguistics (AL 3021; grade: A)
  • Methods of Teaching EFL (AL 3051; grade: A)
  • Second Language Acquisition (AL 3041; grade: A)

Georgia State University, B.A. in Spanish, 1984. With distinction. Member, Golden Key National Honor Society. Program included studies abroad in Spain, with experience in adapting to different teaching and cultural norms.

University of Maryland, B.S. in journalism with a minor in history, 1966. With high honors. Member, Kappa Tau Alpha, national honor society for excellence in scholarship in journalism and mass communications. Elected to Mortar Board.

Teaching Experience

Professional: Developed and taught numerous editing workshops for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other Cox Enterprises properties, including on-site training for daily newspapers in Colorado, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina (1996-2006). Presenter at American Copy Editors Society conferences in Atlanta (2005) and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2007). Guest journalism speaker at the University of Georgia. Workshop leader at The Red and Black, an independent student newspaper in Athens, Ga. 

English as a Second Language: Volunteer teacher in ESL and American Culture Program for visiting scholars attending Georgia Institute of Technology. Classes attended primarily by graduate students and post-doctoral visitors from China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Periodically plan and lead 90-minute classes as part of this weekly program. Weekly work as a table host, facilitating conversation in English over dinner. Since August 2007. Location: North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.

Volunteer tutor in English at Alpha House, a residential facility in Atlanta for international students (now closed). Helped students edit academic papers. Led sessions on interview strategies, with repeated one-on-one role-playing, to improve student performance in job interviews. Worked with students from the Middle East and China.

Home Hospitality and Travel

Home hospitality: Have provided housing in own home as a service to internationals, including women from Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and Korea, for periods ranging from one month to two years, while they finished their education or became self-sufficient. Host household for Friendship Force exchanges with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, and Cali, Colombia.

Travel: Substantial travel overseas in Europe and South America for business, leisure, citizens’ exchanges and study purposes.

Career Highlights 

Part of the editing team, as projects copy editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for two series for which the writers won Pulitzer Prizes:
 • The Color of Money by Bill Dedman, an examination of discriminatory mortgage practices by lending institutions in Atlanta. Pulitzer: 1989.
 • When Bugs Fight Back by Mike Toner, a series exploring the diminished effectiveness of antibiotics and pesticides because of biological resistance to antibiotic and pesticide formulations. Pulitzer: 1993.

Media Awards for Economic Understanding
(Dartmouth College), first place award for newspapers. Member of the writing team. 1979.

Professional Experience 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., 1973-2007. Positions held:
 • Special Projects Copy Editor, Projects Department. 2004-2007. Edited numerous investigative packages and explanatory series, working with writers, designers, graphics artists, photographers and other editors in a high-pressure environment requiring strong editing skills, collaboration, tact and the ability to meet deadlines. In addition to editing text, produced other editorial elements, including headlines and photo captions. Material covered a broad range of topics, including politics, the expenditure of public funds, consumer protection laws, state psychiatric hospitals, federal agricultural subsidies and others. Editing focused not only on mechanics, but also content, completeness, clarity and fairness.
 • Senior Copy Editor, 1998-2004. Editing focused on coverage of the arts, religion, philanthropy, science and the environment.
 • Copy Editor, 1981-1998. As part of the News Desk, edited a variety of local, state, national and international stories for daily and Sunday editions. Designated as the projects copy editor for two series that won Pulitzer Prizes.
 • Staff Writer, 1973-1981. Five years covering every aspect of the development of Atlanta’s $1 billion-plus rapid transit system. Three years of general assignment reporting on a broad range of topics, including the state legislature and state appropriations.

Other positions:

 • Freelance writer for McGraw-Hill publications, including Engineering News Record and Mass Transit magazines. 1975-1978.
 • Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia. Communications Specialist, 1970-1973. Edited monthly newsletter, wrote news releases and brochures about institute research, served as conference coordinator (logistics) for scientific symposia, responded to public inquiries about environmental issues.
 • The Daily News, Athens, Ga. Staff writer and columnist.
 • The Evening Capital, Annapolis, Md. Staff writer.
 • The Glen Burnie News, Glen Burnie, Md. Staff writer.

Other Recognition and Service 

Maryland-Delaware Press Association, second place for community service reporting for series on problems in the Anne Arundel County courts of limited jurisdiction. Sole writer.

Recipient of numerous in-house cash awards at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for headlines, photo captions and corrections of factual errors in stories before publication.

Member of the Style Committee at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which decided issues of usage for the newspaper. Wrote a stylebook for The Diamondback, a daily student newspaper at the University of Maryland.

Software Capabilities

Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Digital Technology International publishing software (pagination systems based on InDesign and InCopy, both Adobe applications), Atex, TextEdit. Web pages via Google Page Creator. Training in Microsoft Excel. Excellent Internet skills.

References available on request.