National Writing Project

Awards and Accolades

By: NWP Staff
Date: March 2007


Alaska State Writing Consortium

Cheryl Lovegreen, 1984 fellow, published "My Life with Guns" in The Cowboy Chronicle and "Negotiating with Teens" in Alaska Wellness.

Mary Richards, 1999 fellow, received the College Board Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching of Writing. Richards teaches at Eagle River High School in Eagle River.


National Writing Project of Central Arkansas

Patricia Roberson, 2002 fellow, earned National Board certification.

Stephanie Vanderlice, director and 1996 fellow, published Can It Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy, co-edited with Kelly Ritter (Heinemann Boynton/Cook). The volume features essays from many established and emerging voices in the field of creative writing pedagogy.

The following teacher-consultants read their essays on the Arkansas radio program Tales from the South: Elaine Corum (2006 fellow), "Poor Folks"; Peggy Donaho (2006 fellow), "The Bronco Carp"; Paul Guerin (2005), "Thanks, Dad"; and Mike Rush (2004 fellow), "The Wheels on the Bus." Corum, Guerin, and Rush also published their essays in the accompanying book Tales from the South, edited by Paula Martin Morell and Elaine Corum (Temenos Publishing, 2006). Corum is an instructor of transitional writing and reading in the university college at University of Central Arkansas. Donaho teaches at Beebe High School in Beebe. Guerin teaches science at Conway High School in Conway. Rush teaches at Vilonia High School in Vilonia.


Redwood Writing Project

Susan Bennett, director, received the Distinguished Educator Award at the California Association of Teachers of English Annual Convention on February 10, 2007 in Fresno. Bennett is the English department chair at Humboldt State University in Arcata.


Delaware Writing Project

Mary Cleary, 2006 fellow, received the Maryland Bank of North America (MBNA) Excellence in Education Grant and also earned National Board certification. Cleary teaches at Wilson Elementary School in Newark.

Terri Eros, 1999 fellow, earned National Board certification as a middle childhood generalist. Eros teaches at Richey Elementary School in Wilmington.


Georgia Southern Writing Project

Kathy Albertson, director, Jessica Middleton, 2006 fellow, and Maureen Fennessy, 2006 fellow, were appointed to serve on the Georgia Department of Education's English Language Arts Curriculum Committee. Middleton teaches at Statesboro High School in Statesboro, and Fennessy teaches at Mill Creek Elementary in Statesboro.

Deborah Carico, 2005 fellow, received the Dorothy Golden Award for the outstanding high school or college writing teacher at the Student Success in First Year Composition Annual Conference held at Georgia Southern University on February 2, 2007. Carico teaches at Bulloch Academy in Statesboro.


Hawaii Writing Project

Naidoh Gamurot, 1998 fellow, was named Hawaii State Department of Education Teacher of the Year for the Leeward Oahu District. Gamurot teaches English at Kapolei High in Kapolei.

Sarah Hadmack, 2006 fellow, was named 2006–2007 Wo Learning Champion at Windward Community College in Kaneohe where she teaches religious studies.

Juliet Kono Lee, 1991 fellow, won the Hawaii Award for Literature. Kono Lee teaches at Leeward Community College in Pearl City.

Judy Locke, 2004 fellow, was named Maui District Teacher of the Year. Locke teaches at Kihei Elementary in Kihei.

Brian Richardson, 2006 fellow, received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching from Windward Community College in Kaneohe where he teaches political science.

Teri Ushijima, 1992 fellow, won the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. Ushijima is the principal at Mokulele Elementary in Honolulu.


Tampa Bay Area Writing Project

Terry Bigelow, 2003 fellow, and Michael Vokoun, 2002 fellow, published What Choice Do I Have?: Reading, Writing, and Speaking Activities to Empower Students (Heinemann, 2005). Bigelow teaches at Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School in Tampa, and Vokoun teaches at Independent Day School in Tampa.

Michael Vokoun, 2002 fellow, earned National Board certification. Vokoun teaches at Independent Day School in Tampa.


Illinois Writing Project

Steve Zemelman and Harvey Daniels, directors, and Nancy Steineke, 1985 fellow, copublished Content Area Writing: Every Teacher's Guide (Heinemann, 2007). This guide is filled with practical strategies and real examples of teachers' great ideas and students' work, for teachers in all subject areas. Zemelman works at the Chicago Schools Alliance, a network of diverse schools in Chicago. Harvey Daniels is editing for Heinemann. Steineke teaches English at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.


Flint Hills Writing Project

Lori Atkins Goodson, co-director, was a state finalist for 2006 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Goodson teaches seventh grade language arts at Wamego Middle School in Wamego.

2005 fellow Jane Kenyon, and co-directors Christian Goering (2003 fellow), Robyn Seglem (2004 fellow), and Shelbie Witte (2000 fellow) earned 2006 National Board certification. Kenyon teaches English at Manhattan High School in Manhattan. Goering is a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University. Seglem teaches English and creative writing at Trailridge Middle School in Shawnee Mission. Witte teaches eighth grade language arts at Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley.

Shelbie Witte, co-director, was nominated for middle level representative-at-large of the executive committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. Witte teaches eighth grade language arts at Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley.


Louisville Writing Project

The following teacher-consultants earned National Board certification: 2000 fellows Amy Berry, Melissa Tabor, and Dana Cull. Berry and Tabor teach at Flaherty Elementary in Ekron, and Cull teaches at Boston Elementary in Boston.

Western Kentucky University Writing Project

Patrice McCrary, 1996 fellow, was named a 2006 USA Today All-USA Teacher, which honors outstanding educators. McCrary teaches kindergarten at Cumberland Trace Elementary School in Bowling Green.


University of Maine Writing Project

Richard Kent, director, published A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6–12 (Peter Lang, 2006). Kent is an assistant professor at the University of Maine, College of Education and Human Development.


Maryland Writing Project

Gina Anazco, 2002 fellow, earned National Board certification. Anazco is an instructional specialist in the Division of Family and Community Partnerships at Montgomery County Public Schools.

Natalie Bailey, 2000 fellow, was named an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) All-Star teacher for the 2005–2006 academic school year on the AVID national website. Bailey teaches at Pikesville High School in Baltimore.

Barbara Bass, director and 1988 fellow, had "It's the Rotation of the Earth" accepted for publication in the premier issue of The Chesapeake Reader.

Kristina Berdan, 1999 fellow, was appointed executive director of the Stadium School Youth Dreamers, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by her students. Berdan also received the B'MORE Fund Award, which recognizes individuals who enrich the lives of Baltimore's residents through their work. Berdan teaches seventh grade language arts at the Stadium School in Baltimore.

Diane Curry, 1999 fellow, was selected to participate in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program this past summer and learned about the culture and educational system in Japan.

Jennifer Goulston, 2002 fellow, received the Margaret Edwards Foundation Grant for her school's independent reading program.

Jennifer Morrison, 2003 fellow, published "Beyond the Numbers, Making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) One Student at a Time," co-authored by Heath Morrison and Stephen Bedford, in the February 2007 issue of Principal Leadership (National Association of Secondary School Principals). Morrison teaches at Baker Middle School in Damascus.

Gloria Neubert, 1981 fellow, was named the 2007 Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading by the International Reading Association. Neubert is a professor in the secondary education department at Towson University.

Ingrid Sherwood, 2005 fellow, published "Universal Preschool" in Public School Montessorian 19 (1) and "Praise and Hope (concerning testing)" in Public School Montessorian 19 (2).

Ann Stone, 2006 fellow, received the Archdiocesan Teacher of the Year Award at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Baltimore and was nominated for the Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year Award.


University of Mississippi Writing Project

Michelle Hancock, 2006 fellow, published The Lost (Midnight Ink, 2007).


Southern Nevada Writing Project

Art Kelly, 1999 fellow, published Writing With Families (Maupin House 2006). This guide helps you involve parents and increase a sense of community in your school. Art teaches sixth grade English at John C. Fremont Middle School in Las Vegas.

North Carolina

Capital Area Writing Project at NCSU

Diane Howdeshell, 2005 fellow, published "The Color Slides of Writing: Multigenre Research in Action" in North Carolina Middle School Journal. Howdeshell teaches eighth grade language arts at North Davidson Middle School in Lexington.


Oregon WP at the University of Oregon

Pat Bettencourt, 2002 fellow, was awarded Best Local Column by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for her column in West Lane News. Bettencourt teaches language arts and reading at Creswell Middle School in Creswell.


Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project

Valeri Helterbran, 2002 fellow, co-published Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review with Mary Renck Jalongo and Sue Rieg (Teachers College Press, 2006). Helterbran is an associate professor in the department of professional studies in education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is also assistant department chair.

Helen Sitler, director and 1998 fellow, serves as the "Education and Academics" columnist for Phi Kappa Phi's journal The Forum. Sitler is an associate professor in the English department at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The following teacher-consultants published writing in the 2006 edition of The Loyalhanna Review: Rebecca Feldbusch (2005 fellow) published "Love of Cats"; Valeri Helterbran (2002 fellow) published "Home"; and Helen Sitler (director) published "Birdwatching" and "Invincible." Feldbusch teaches twelfth grade English as a long term substitute at Derry Area High School in Derry. Helterbran is an associate professor in the department of professional studies in education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is also assistant department chair. Sitler is an associate professor in the English department at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

South Dakota

Dakota Writing Project

Sue Morrell, co-director and 1989 fellow, earned her National Board certification in adolescence and young adulthood/English language arts.

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