National Writing Project

Awards and Accolades

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 10, No. 2
Date: 2005

Sun Belt Writing Project

Art Belliveau, 1989 fellow, was named 2004–2005 Teacher of the Year by the faculty of Russell County Middle School in Seale.

Susan Shehane, 2001 fellow, had "Cradle Song" published on the Alzheimer's Association

Pam Stockinger, 1999 fellow, had "The Power of One Author: Changing (Writing) Lives of
Teachers in the English Language Arts Methods Course" published in Making Connections:
Students and Authors on the Same Page
, edited by John Harmon (New York State English Council, 2004).

Jen Strekas, 2003 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Sanford Middle School in Opelika.

San Diego Area Writing Project

Becky Peacock Gemmell, 2001 fellow, had "Collaborating for Change: A Positive Response to School Improvement" published in the June 2004 issue of California English.

Denver Writing Project

Cathy Casper, 2003 fellow, presented "Forming Significant Relationships: The Difference Between Success and Failure for Immigrant Latina High School Students" at the 2004 National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Indianapolis.

Mike Montgomery, 2004 fellow, had "Authentic Science Writing" published in the February 2005 issue of Principal Leadership.

Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield

Valerie Bolling, 1999 fellow, had "The Family Writing Project Builds a Learning Community in Connecticut" published in The Quarterly of the National Writing Project 26 (2).

Betsy Bowen, associate director, had "The Nation's Report Card" published in the summer 2004 issue of the Connecticut English Journal 30.

Carolyn Coutant, 2002 fellow, had "Growing Beyond Grades," coauthored with Natalia Perchernlides, published in Educational Leadership 62 (2).

Justine Domuracki, 1999 fellow, had "Who Has Influenced Your Teaching of Writing?" published in the English Journal 94 (1).

Faye Gage, director, had "The Five Paragraph Essay: A Mind Forging Manacle" published in the summer 2004 issue of the Connecticut English Journal 30. Gage is also the director of the journal.

Georgia Southern Writing Project

Alisa Daniel, 1996 fellow and co-director, earned National Board certification.

Hawai`i Writing Project

Cyntia Acierto, 2003 fellow; Lynne Sueoka, 1993 fellow; and Terri Takabayashi, 1996 fellow, earned National Board certification. Acierto teaches at Kalihi-Kai Elementary School in Honolulu; Sueoka teaches at Moanalua High in Honolulu; and Takabayashi teaches at Maemae Elementary School in Honolulu.

Gail Awakuni, 1978 fellow, received the 2005 National High School Principal of the Year Award. Awakuni works at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach.

Wendie Burbridge, 2002 fellow, won the Best New Writer Award, and Tracee Lee, 2003 fellow, won the First Place Award for Best Poetry in the Bamboo Ridge Press 25th Anniversary Writing Contest. Burbridge teaches at Kamehameha High in Honolulu, and Lee formerly taught at Windward Community College in Kaneohe.

Dave Krupp, 2001 fellow, received the Regents Excellence in Teaching Award for Windward Community College and the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service. Krupp teaches marine biology.

Juliet Kono Lee, 1991 fellow, published Ho`olulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile (Bamboo Ridge, 2004). Lee teaches at Leeward Community College in Pearl City.

Robin Martin, 1997 fellow, is a finalist for the National High School Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Martin teaches at Moanalua High in Honolulu.

Jo Ann Mastin, 1998 fellow, is the advisor for her school paper, The Farrington High Governor, which tied for first place in the Annual Hawai`i High School Newspaper Contest.

Indiana Teachers of Writing Writing Project

Pamala K. Gasway, 1993 fellow, had "What's in a Mascot?" published in the fall 2004 issue of Teaching Tolerance. Gasway is a teacher-librarian at West Vigo Middle School in West Terre Haute.

Eastern Iowa Writing Project

Richard Hanzelka, director, was elected president-elect for the 2006–2007 school year by the membership of the worldwide Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Hanzelka is the current executive director of the Iowa affiliate of ASCD and provides strategic planning services to schools, communities, nonprofit agencies, and businesses.

Flint Hills Writing Project

Matt Copeland, 2002 fellow, won a 2003 Kansas Master Teacher Award from Emporia State University.

Christian Goering, 2002 fellow, received a 2004 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award.

Lori Goodson, 2003 fellow, received a Best Practices Award from the Kansas Association of Teachers of English for middle-school teaching practices.

Todd Goodson, director, received a Best Practices Award from the Kansas Association of Teachers of English for university teaching.

Elaine Gruenbacher, 2003 fellow, received a Kansas Horizon Award for being an outstanding beginning teacher. The award is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. Gruenbacher also received a Leadership Development Award at the 2004 National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Indianapolis.

Ingrid Seitz, 2002 fellow, was a 2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year semifinalist.

Northwestern State University Writing Project

Suzanne Disheroon-Green, 2004 fellow and director, published Voices of the American South (Longman, 2004).

Maryland Writing Project

Damaris Hill, 2004 fellow, was selected to participate in the W.E.B. DuBois Institute's African-American Biography Project, an eight-volume series on the lives of African-Americans to be published by Oxford Press.

Susy Sayre, 1998 fellow, was named the coordinator of communications, writing, and cornerstone courses at the College of Business and Economics, Towson University. Sayre has been a lecturer there since 1999.

Linda Wharton, 1991 fellow, was the keynote speaker at the Coastal Georgia Writing Project's New-Teacher Initiative Conference, "Coastal Conversations and Reflection: The `Write' Support for New Teachers," in Savannah, Georgia, October 2004.

Boston Writing Project

Ellen Peterson, 2000 fellow, began writing a biweekly column, "Ask the Teacher," for The Boston Globe in May 2004. The column gives readers the opportunity to ask questions concerning education, to which Peterson responds in an advice column format.

Minnesota Writing Project

Sandra Nesvig, 1990 fellow, had her story "That's What Friends Are For" and her poem "Poetry Lesson" published in Stories Teachers Tell, edited by Gretchen Kresl Hassler (Nodin Press, 2004).

MSU Writing/Thinking Project

Mandy Goldman, 1998 fellow, received the Milken Family Foundation Mississippi Educator Award. Goldman teaches at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School in Meridian.

Gateway Writing Project

Nancy Robb Singer, 2001 fellow and co-director, and Jane Zeni, former director, had "Building Bridges: Creating an Online Conversation Community for Preservice Teachers" published in the October 2004 issue of English Education 37 (1): 30–49.

Nebraska Writing Project

Sally Burt, 2000 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at the writing project site. Burt teaches advanced writing, AP world literature, composition and 20th century literature at Lincoln Pius X High School in Lincoln.

Sharon Bishop, 1997 fellow and co-director, received Honorable Mention at the Kate and Paul Farmer Award Competition for an outstanding article written by a secondary teacher published in English Journal. Bishop's article, "The Power of Place," was published in the July 2004 issue of the English Journal 93 (6): 65–69.

Plymouth Writing Project

Brian McNabb, 2002 fellow, received the 2004 Treat Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Humanities from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The award recognizes the achievements of one teacher who has demonstrated a superior ability and exceptional commitment to the teaching of the humanities in the New Hampshire public school system.

National Writing Project at Rowan University

Diane Penrod, director, published Composition and Convergence: The Impact of New Media on Writing Assessment (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005). Penrod, a keynote speaker, presented "Maintaining Student Trust in an Age of Accountability" at the New Jersey Federal Administrators (Title I) State Meeting in December 2004.

Trenton Area Writing Project at Rider University
Berlinda A. Love, 2003 fellow, published her first book, Sermons from the Heart: A Collection of Divinely Inspired Devotional Sermons, A Special Tribute (AtlasBooks/BookMasters, 2004). Love is the convener of the Trenton Public School District's Specialists Support Writing Network, which develops strategies for specialists to use in improving student writing skills.

Hudson Valley Writing Project

Carol Chaitkin, 2004 fellow, published the third edition of Let's Review English (Barron's Educational Series, 2005).

Julie Cahn, 2004 fellow, published Colors of Culebra (Turquoise Water Press, 2005).

Mid Ohio Writing Project

Elizabeth Tomlinson, 2003 fellow, had "Descriptive Diction for the Kinesthetic Learner" published in the fall 2004/winter 2005 issue of the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 45 (1).

Oregon Writing Project at Eastern Oregon University

Eloise Dielman, 1992 fellow, was named Legacy Woman of the Year for Baker County by Baker County Unlimited. Dielman edits, designs, and writes for the Baker County Historical Society quarterly newsletter.

Rosemary Powers, 1999 fellow, and Tonia St. Germain, 2003 fellow, earned the 2004 Women of Courage and Vision Award from the Eastern Oregon University President's Commission on the Status of Women.

Janet Scoubes, 1997 fellow and co-director, had "Altered Books: An American Authors Project" published in the September-October 2004 issue of Altered Arts 1 (3): 23–25.

Donald Wolff, 1984 fellow and director, was awarded a two-term sabbatical to produce a poetry chapbook, Some Days, which will be published by Brandenburg Press (Santa Cruz, CA). Wolff also received a three-week residency at Fishtrap's Imnaha Writers' Retreat and a Faculty Scholars Award from Eastern Oregon University to expand the chapbook into a book-length manuscript.

Philadelphia Writing Project

Leslie Morris, 2003 fellow, read from her piece "I Am From" as part of the closing speech at the Reading Institute at Columbia University Teacher's College. Morris is an adjunct professor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Immaculata University.

Lowcountry Writing Project

Liz Buchanan Crowley, 2004 fellow, had "Growing Up Buchanan" published in the March 2005 issue of Washingtonian magazine.

Carol Cumming, 1988 fellow of the Charleston Area Writing Project, earned National Board certification in 2004.

Julie McLaughlin, 2001 fellow, published her second children's book, Mr. Gator's Up the Creek (Legacy Publications, 2005).

Will Suggs, 2001 fellow, earned National Board certification in 2004.

Midlands Writing Project
Timothy Bunch, 2004 fellow, was selected to USA Today's 2004 All-USA Teacher Team, which honors 20 outstanding educators. Bunch is the lead teacher for Communities in Schools, a program of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. He supervises two other teachers and teaches English and creative writing to incarcerated juveniles. A summer institute participant, Bunch has based his creative writing elective on a site workshop he attended.

Swamp Fox Writing Project
Rebecca Flannagan, 1999 fellow, received the Francis Marion University Teaching Award in March 2004. Flannagan and Ken Autrey, 1999 fellow, were mentioned in Brad Land's book Goat: A Memoir (Random House, 2004) as having tremendous influence on Land's writing.

Dakota Writing Project

Tim Duggan, 1984 fellow of the South Coast Writing Project (CA), was appointed to serve as the state leader for the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, a project of the National Council of Teachers of English. Duggan has the opportunity to encourage schools across the state to develop creative writing opportunities for their students. Duggan is an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, School of Education.

West Tennessee Writing Project

Betty Hicks, 2000 fellow, was named 2006 Teacher of the Year for building level and system level by Dyer County Schools. Hicks was also selected to serve her fourth year on the state writing assessment scoring team.

Greater Houston Area Writing Project

Bonnie Hill-Dowdy, 1999 fellow, and Molly McClure, 2003 fellow, were named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year from their respective cities (Gilbert, Arizona, and League City, Texas). Hill-Dowdy also presented at the National Association for Art Educators 2004 and 2005 meetings on the topic of art, writing, and ethnic identity.

National Writing Project in Vermont

Geof Hewitt, co-director, published Hewitt's Guide to Slam Poetry and Poetry Slam, which includes a DVD with classroom segments and samples of several student (and adult) slams (Discover Writing Press, 2005). This how-to book makes a case for slam activities in all subjects, all grades, as a way of including public speaking and listening skills in the curriculum and as a means of intriguing students who are otherwise disenfranchised.

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