WHO IS ANDREA?

Hello! Welcome to Good Girl Gone Redneck. I'm Andrea, and I'm thrilled you're here. 

REACH ME

I want to let you know that if you're trying to reach me the fastest way to make contact is by emailing me. Just click my email info and the pop-up window should give you instant access: ACE1028@gmail.com

ABOUT ME

I'm a licensed clinical social worker living in Durham, North Carolina. I'm an editor and a writer, and communicator extraordinaire (if I do say so myself!). I'm a single mother to an incredibly smart, sassy and beautiful daughter who was born right here in Raleigh, NC in February of 2007.

Photo by: It's Really Kita
I relocated from Brooklyn, New York back in 2006 - an absolute game-changer for me. 

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I was born and raised in Brooklyn and lived with my parents and brother until I left for college in 1990. I graduated in 1994 from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY (Long Island), where I received my Bachelors in Communication Arts with a focus on print journalism and a dual minor of English and Psychology.

After obtaining my undergraduate degree I returned home ready to find work. A few months out of school I found a job working for a tax publishing company. I worked there for nine years. I switched jobs and departments several times over the almost-decade. I held supervisory positions and transitioned from print publications to working on their online database and systems. I also held a role where I was responsible [and on-call, back in the days of pagers!] for monitoring web content for their newly (at the time) launched business website.

About 4-5 years in I decided that I wanted to make a change. I started taking classes at Fordham University's School of Social Services at Columbus Circle in NYC. I took four classes before enrolling in the program so I would be 100% certain that this new career path was the direction I wanted to take. I attended classes at night while working at my publishing job during the day. For a while there I was - as I often explain - working 21 hrs/week, attending school 2-3 nights/week AND doing a 21 hour internship each week - all over the course of a 5-day workweek. As you can guess, this grew tiring, and after nine years at my company I decided to go to school full-time.

I graduated in May of 2003 with my Masters of Social Work. After a few intense months of interviewing I found my first job as a therapist for children aged 4-18 in a clinical program for a non-profit organization in Brooklyn. I worked there for about three years. While there I obtained the Senior Social Worker title, received one of their highest honors in the form of an agency award, ran weekly groups for pre-teen girls, and supervised a graduate student. I also worked part-time for their intensive in-home program to help expand my clinical experience. Ultimately I resigned from this position and packed up to move from New York to NC (with six cats and a dog!). 

WHO I AM AND WHERE TO FIND ME

Over the years my writing has gone from focusing on motherhood and living in the south to covering a wonderful combination of life, love, relationships, mental health and my passion for reading.

Photo by: It's Really Kita
I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. I am so very proud to share my words. I've been published on a number of websites and in several books.

You can find me all over social media @goodgirlgonered:


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Twitter
Instagram

And for a look at some of my finest work around the web, take a look at my Contently portfolio.

If you'd like to see my professional resume, you can find all of that information, along with many references and recommendations on LinkedIn.

I hope you'll stop by and see me and that we can connect. It would be my pleasure to meet you and get to know you better!