Michelle Robins

Michelle Robins
Creative Storyteller

I’m a self-taught WordPress developer who thrives on amazing storytelling and helping people experience the world with greater depth. I want to work with professionals I can learn from, thrive with, and help grow their businesses. When I’m not working, pursuing side projects, or getting caught up in the allure of a new book, I can be found traveling, experimenting with food, or teaching myself a new language. And always, always searching for new stories. 

Experience
Web Developer/Designer
2017 – Present
Freelance

I’ve created a range of design and development deliverables for clients, including personal brand designs, a full design suite for a corporate brand, and custom WordPress Themes. I’m equipped to coach and guide the client from start to finish, so no matter where you are in your website or personal brand project, there’s definitely something I can do for you along the way.

Remote Editor/Proofreader
2017 – Present
Freelance

– Proofread and translated texts from Czech and German to English for one of the biggest e-shops in Europe for their various product websites throughout the greater European market. – Content editing and proofreading for an e-commerce blog, blending different writing styles into one cohesive tone to best represent the brand. – Grammar and clarity fixes for journalists, writers, and other creatives who are non-native English speakers.

Foreign Language Instructor
2017 – Present
James Cook Languages

I have taught French and English to adult speakers of all levels who are native speakers of Czech, Russian, Slovak, Polish, Italian, and Spanish in their offices for 60 and 90 minute sessions.

Alumni Ambassador Internship
2016 – 2017
Cultural Experiences Abroad

I have been an on-campus resource to students looking to study abroad. My presence there was not only to promote the company, but also studying abroad in general, providing education and insight into the process of applying to the program and all the ins and outs of living abroad, from navigating the local language to dealing with culture shock while still succeeding as a student. I have participated in various social media outreach projects, written blog posts, advised students during in-person study abroad fairs, and have given classroom presentations and in-depth Q&As.

Customer Relationship Assistant
2015
Amadito & Friends Bookstore

Part of my duties were greeting and recommending books to customers in person or online via social media in their native languages (German, French, Czech, or English). I translated and wrote newsletters and book reviews for the site, as well as prepared the layout and graphic design for online and paper advertisements. Of course, there were basic shop tasks like working the register, preparing the shop for events, and adding store window displays.

Mobile Journalist
2015
Cultural Experiences Abroad

I made a series of blog posts and videos detailing the ins and outs of my internship during my time abroad, published on CEA’s site and featured in their social media. I also made weekly social media posts about life in Prague. Both resources have been instrumental in recruiting students and getting them interested in and excited about going abroad, as well as pursuing international work experience.

Tour Guide
2014 – 2017
Augsburg University

My position was instrumental in helping potential new students make a college admission decision – I needed to provide as much information as possible while still showing the college at its best potential. I gave individual, group tours, and worked special admissions events. Thanks to my team, we greatly increased enrollment levels, while other universities in the area saw a decrease in numbers. I also have done basic office tasks like preparing welcome packets for events, giving directions to people coming into the office, answering phones, and working closely with the admissions counselors and giving feedback to ensure the best experience for upcoming events.

Seminar Leader
2014 – 2016
Augsburg University

I was a student-teacher liaison during a required one-semester class for first-year students. This involves direct engagement with students: I addressed questions regarding all aspects of college life. I planned various lessons, neighborhood tours, and events in order to help the students better integrate into their new culture and environment.

Education
BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and Foreign Languages
2013 – 2017
Augsburg University
Humanities Faculty, Study Abroad
2015 – 2016
Anglo-American University
TEFL Certificate
2017
The Language House
Break Into Tech Blueprint
2018
Skillcrush
Tech Skills
HTML/CSS/JavaScript
WordPress Development & Custom Themes
Responsive Development
Graphic Design
Git
Adobe CS
Microsoft Office
MailChimp
Social Media Management
Content Creation & Management
Brand Management
Languages
French
German
Czech
Russian
Italian
Spanish