Valerie Magolan’s Resume

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Historic Preservation
University of Pennsylvania, 2010
Courses in planning, documentation and research, theory,
policy, economics, architectural history and pathology.
Master’s Thesis: “Preservation of the Fittest: A case study of
survival and change in West Philadelphia’s Victorian houses”

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies
Wellesley College, 2006
Graduated Cum Laude
Architectural design courses at MIT,
Field School with James Madison Univ. in Italy, 2005
Presentation at Wellesley’s Tanner Conference, 2005

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Computer programs: AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), ArcGIS, SketchUp, MS Access, MS Office Suite, Point Of Sale, some HTML/CSS.
Special skills: graphic design, fine art & rendering, measured drawing, hand drafting, digital & darkroom photography,
archival research, deed traces. Proficient in German, conversational Italian.
Other pursuits: I am an accomplished swing dancer and artist, and I design and sell my own crafts and textiles.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Sherwin-Williams Company, Charlottesville, VA • January 2013-present
Sales Associate
• Provided excellent problem solving and customer service in a fast-paced environment: guided contractors and
and homeowners through design decisions, selection of appropriate products and techniques
• Managed merchandise and inventory on a continual basis, scheduled orders and deliveries
• Increased business through marketing sales calls to current and potential clients

Kaplan, Inc., Charlottesville, VA • November 2011-present
GRE and LSAT Instructor & Curriculum developer
• Offered private tutoring and classroom instruction, helping 100+ students achieve their test score goals. Rated 85%
“excellent” by students (remaining 15% “good”)
• Organized and presented at ongoing large-scale campus marketing events
• Developed test questions for new curriculum content for MCAT 2015 course

SwingCville, Charlottesville, VA • September 2011-present
Graphic Designer, Instructor & Board member (volunteer)
• Managed major visual rebranding campaign including new logo; designed all flyers and printed promotial materials
• Planned and taught dance classes, organized events, participated in management of nonprofit board

Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA • July-August 2012
Instructor, Summer Career Academies
• Created and taught original curriculum for a hands-on summer program in architecture for school-age students
• Students learned concepts of design and construction, designed their own spaces and created 3-D models in SketchUp

Borough of Bellefonte, Bellefonte, PA • September 2010-August 2011
Historic Preservation Consultant
• Managed historic district, advised Historic and Architectural Review Board and homeowners on historic preservation and appropriate alterations and colors for historic buildings
• Used ArcGIS and MSAccess to spearhead comprehensive update of a state-organized 300+ property database

Cultural Heritage Research Services, Inc., North Wales, PA • August 2008-January 2009
Preservation Specialist
• Prepared PA Resource nomination forms and effects reports (including all research, writing, and graphics) for a
variety of properties, managed a large-scale windshield survey of historic resources.

Historic Deerfield, Inc., Deerfield, MA • June-August 2006
Summer Fellow in Museum Studies
•Studied curatorial practices, museum management and collections in depth
•Conducted museum tours of historic houses for the public
•Completed original primary source research on architectural history and material culture