Ruth | Course Director
Ruth has worked for Proofed Inc. (the parent company of Proofreading Academy) since 2013, first in a freelance proofreading role, then in administration and HR, and now as the Course Director of Proofreading Academy.
She has a proofreading and editing qualification, as well as a BA and a Masters in Philosophy and English Literature, and a Certificate in Teaching English as Foreign Language to Adults. She has been training proofreaders for Proofed since 2014 and developed the course with the help of a team of other experienced proofreaders from 2016–2017. The course distils all of the knowledge the team has gained about proofreading and training freelancers and aims to take students through from beginners to fully qualified proofreaders, giving them all the knowledge they need to proofread a variety of different types of texts.
Ruth lives in Portugal and in her spare time likes to play the banjo and clarinet.
Mandy | Trainer & Mentor
A few years ago Mandy started writing a blog and discovered a love of words and grammar; this led to her taking a few writing and editing courses and gaining a proofreading qualification. While looking for information on working professionally, she came across the Proofreading Academy course, signed up, loved it, passed, and, in April 2018, started working with Proofed as a professional proofreader. In December 2018 she joined the Proofreading Academy admin team.
Mandy loves reading, running long distances on the trails and in the mountains, and travelling; she has worked in a few countries and now lives in Canada. She has a medical degree and works part-time in healthcare.
Elisheva | Trainer & Mentor
With a BA in Ancient History and five years of professional experience as a paralegal, Eli’s love of the written word led her to work with Proofed Inc. as a freelance proofreader. From there, her role grew into that of an administrator at the company, assisting customers and supporting other freelance proofreaders working with the company. Four years later, Eli is currently posted as a tutor with Proofreading Academy. She thoroughly enjoys helping would-be proofreaders learn the skills necessary to reach their proofreading potential. She also proofreads and copyedits books for various book publishers based in the US and Israel.
Eli is originally from the UK, and she and her family now live by a beach in the north of Israel. Her passion is art, and she draws and paints regularly. She also plays the piano and guitar.
Steph | Business Manager
Steph is an active and dynamic individual, inspired by dramatic landscapes, and her own motivation to learn and experience new things. She has a BA in Theatre and an MSc in Protected Landscape Management as well as a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. Steph enjoys a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, which is reinforced by her relocation to the rural idyll of the Lake District to strive for a work-life balance after working in busy and noisy places for 20 years.
Steph has been part of the Proofed team on a part-time basis since 2012 and joined the Proofreading Academy in 2017 using her background in major events management to support the administration side of the business. Steph is also a part-time proofreader and has edited several books on travel and community-based natural resource management. She also used to edit and publish a sports magazine. Steph enjoys interacting with people from all over the world and being part of a multi-cultural society whether at home or overseas, most recently during her six-month sabbatical in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan with her 3-year-old daughter.
Chrissy | Assessments & Content
Chrissy is a proofreader, writer and part-time folklorist and storyteller. She has a first-class degree in English Literature and is qualified as a post-compulsory teacher. She has worked for Proofed for several years, initially as a freelance proofreader, then as an admin, and finally working on the content, delivery and tie-in blog of Proofreading Academy.
In her spare time Chrissy likes to write and talk about mythology and folklore. She has had a book of poetry and short stories published, as well as several stories, poems and essays in magazines and anthologies. She gives talks and tells stories at various charity events, clubs and festivals. She also enjoys hanging out with her 8-year-old future rock-star/astronaut daughter, singing showtunes too loudly, watching bad movies and reading good books.