Shanice Maxwell is a 27 year-old Boston native and creative multimedia marketer, writer, editor, and teacher. She’s earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education (6-12) from Virginia State University and a M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, by age 23.
Since childhood, writing and the art of storytelling has always been one of her many passions. Shanice can recall penning poems before graduating to short stories and plays. In school English was always an area of strength. But because it always came so naturally, she didn’t truly acknowledge her skill until many others made mention of it. In the end, a zest for writing, desire to fulfill God’s purpose for her life and dedication to motivating and encouraging others are what prompted Shanice’s pursuit of a writing career.
But writing is much more than a mere job to Shanice – it is an art form and powerful, necessary tool of communication. And while her interests as an avid newshound are many, culture, health/fitness, education and fashion to name a few, she most enjoys giving a voice to the voiceless. Unearthing people’s untold stories and the events affecting those often overlooked, ignored and marginalized in society are what bring her great joy. More importantly, Shanice hopes she’ll empower others to do what they once believed they could not. In her daily living and with every word she writes she simply aspires to inspire.
When not busy writing Shanice is actively seeking meaningful ways to pay it forward. With an affinity for working with young people, especially from the inner-city, she uses every opportunity possible to help others actualize their potential. Shanice realizes not enough youth have had people pouring positivity and vesting genuine interest in their being as she did. Recognizing the field of education as one vital way to do this, she obtained her Professional Teaching License in English for grades 6-12 from the Commonwealth of Virginia while in college. Eventually, teaching high school English and journalism are in the plan.
Presently, Shanice is the Online Content Marketing Manager for Vista Higher Learning, where she curates and deploys content for the corporate website, affiliated landing pages and microsites, creates and executes advertising and social media strategies, and manages blogs for higher education and secondary audiences. Shanice is also a writer for Whole Foods Market North Atlantic Magazine where she develops, pitches and writes stories on families pursuing healthy living as well as skin, hair and body care that utilize natural and organic products as well as chemical free ingredients. Using her professional teaching license from the Commonwealth of Virginia, years of experience, and her love for people, Shanice is also a personal tutor.
She is formerly of Boston’s Bay State Banner where she wrote weekly stories for print and digital versions of the newspaper on local A&E, education, fashion and health news. While there she also provided coverage for events and programs specific to Boston’s urban youth. Also, Shanice is a former blogger on arts, culture, and innovation for Epicenter Community (previously branded as Future Boston Alliance.) A proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Timothy Baptist Church, where she is a Bible Study teacher, Chair of the Media Ministry and Women’s Ministry, Webmaster, Choir, and Outreach Ministry member. Shanice doesn’t desire fame or popularity but for people to look at her and what she’s accomplished and say: “If Shanice can do that, so can I.”