National Writing Project

Awards and Accolades

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 4
Date: September-October 2002

Summary: Find out about your colleagues' latest articles, books, and awards.


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Sun Belt Writing Project
Art Belliveau, 1989 fellow, had an article, "From Word Bubbles to Written Dialogue," published in the National Council of Teachers of English Ideas Plus Book 19 (2001).


Southern Arizona Writing Project
Roger Shanley, co-director, has been elected to the National Council of Teachers of English Secondary Section Steering Committee. Shanley begins his term in November.


Northwest Arkansas Writing Project
Samuel Totten, director, coauthored an essay entitled "Confronting Genocide and Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Definition, Intervention, Prevention, and Advocacy" published in Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide edited by Alexander Laban Hinton (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).


Inland Area Writing Project
Cyndi Furr, 1999 fellow, received a Class Act Award, for the second year in a row, and a Creative Support Award from California State University, San Bernardino, English Department for her Palm Desert High School class's partici-pation in their annual creative writing contest.

Suzanna Montaño, 2001 fellow, won an essay contest from the Japan Business Association and received a trip to Japan, touring both schools and businesses.

Judy Wenrick, 1985 fellow, had an article, "No Virtual Reality, Please," published in California English (February 2002).


Connecticut Writing Project - Fairfield
Lou Barrett, 1993 fellow, has published a book of poetry, Homefronts: A Collection of Poems (Quill Books, 2002). Barrett is a retired English teacher from Staples High School in Westport.

John Chiappetta, 2000 fellow, received the Connecticut Educators Computer Association's Educator Recognition Award for his work on a team project entitled "Virtual Vietnam." This merit award is presented to "individuals who are using technology to significantly improve the learning of students." Chiappetta's students authored websites based on research and interviews with Vietnam veterans. To view this project, go to


Delaware Writing Project
Dan Bradley, 2001 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Springer Middle School in Wilmington.

Nancy Carnevale, 2001 fellow, was chosen to have a video made of her classroom. It was done by Mar*Tec (Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology Education Center), which is housed at Temple University. 

Sharon Crossen, 1999 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Polytech High School in Woodside.

Terri Eros, 1999 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Richey Elementary School in Wilmington.

Sherrie Geesaman, 2001 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Hanby Middle School in Wilmington.

Anabelle O'Malley, 1999 fellow, was named the Elementary English Teacher of the Year by the Delaware Association of Teachers of English.

Cynthia Peterman, 2001 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford.


Jaxwrite Writing Project
Mary Baron, director, and Denise Rambach, co-director, presented their collaborative reading activity on The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963: A Novel to the Florida State Reading Council in May. The video presentation included their students' various media work depicting aspects of the 1960s.

Denise Rambach, co-director, was selected as the lead facilitator for the Duval Accomplished Teachers Association, a local position for the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in Jacksonville. Rambach also presented a workshop on mentoring National Board certification candidates for an NBCT group in Orlando in June.


Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project
2002 fellows Maria Baldwin, Laura Sorrells, and Peggy Corbett were featured in an article entitled "Cherokee Teachers Change Roles" in the Cherokee Tribune (June 7, 2002).

Sally Brock, 2000 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year both in Paulding County and at Dobbins Middle School in Powder Springs.

Landon Brown, 2001 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Lindley Middle School in Mableton.

Terrence Harvey, 1999 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Bryant Elementary School in South Cobb County.

Deborah Kramb, 2000 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Chalker Elementary School in Kennesaw.

Sarah Robbins, director, received the Research in Undergraduate Education Award at the Regents of the University of Georgia awards ceremony in May in Atlanta. Robbins is an associate professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

Bonnie Webb, 1996 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year at Cooper Middle School in Austell.

South Georgia Writing Project
Adam Hathaway, co-director, was honored as a finalist for Teacher of the Year at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference in Rome. Hathaway teaches English at Cook High School.


Chicago Area Writing Project
Erin Roche, 2000 fellow, and W. E. Olsen, 2001 fellow, published the article "Retablos, an Art of Personal Reflection" in Democracy and Education 14 (3) (2002). The article describes the language arts, social studies, and arts integrated collaboration between two schools.


Purchase Area Writing Project
Stephanie D. Kirk, 1998 fellow, was elected president of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English. Kirk teaches English at Livingston Central High School in Smithland.


Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project
Barbara J. Robinson, 1994 fellow, published a book entitled Magnolia: A Wilting Flower (PublishAmerica, August 2002). Robinson also had an article, "Mother's Glimpse of Heaven," published in FATE (July 2002) and another article, "My Special Mother," published in Mothers of Writers Volume II K-Z (PublishAmerica, May 2002). Robinson teaches at Denn John Middle School in Kissimmee.

Karen Maceira, 1997 fellow, had a poem, "What I Offer This Valley," published in the winter 2001-2002 issue of the Beloit Poetry Journal 52 (2).


Maryland Writing Project
Arlene Barte-Lowe, 2000 fellow, was named Teacher of the Year in Montgomery County.

Barbara Bass, director and 1988 fellow, received the 2002 Judith Ruchkin Outstanding Research Award from the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum for her phenom-enological study of the process of revision entitled "A Mind Like Compost: Re-Visioning the Student Writer." Bass is assistant professor at the Department of English, Towson University.

Virginia Labar, 1999 fellow, attended the 2001 International Council of Innovation in Higher Education (ICIE) in Rome, Italy, where she presented a piece on teacher self-reflection at Hyattsville Middle School.


Red Cedar Writing Project
Marianne Peel Forman, 1998 fellow, received a Fulbright Scholarship to go abroad and will participate in the program Understanding Nepal: The Rivers, Environment, and Culture. Peel Forman will be working with other educators to develop instructional, integrated units on Nepal.


Minnesota Writing Project
Melissa Borgmann and Joy Hanson, 2001 fellows, were featured in the article "Opening the Book on Race" for their recent collaboration in engaging their classes to explore Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (Christian Science Monitor, June 18, 2002). Both classes dealt with tough issues in relation to race and identity.

Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, director, received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award for 16 years of public education in Minnesota.

Deb Kruse-Field, 2000 fellow, won the 2001 Kerlan Essay Award for her essay "Inventing a Voice: Karen Hesse's Creation of Voice in The Music of Dolphins."


Southern Nevada Writing Project
Sue Giancaspro, 1999 fellow, received the Clark County Public Education Foundation Impact Grant, fall 2001, for her family writing project. The project helps students and their parents develop the craft of writing.

Marcus Mason, 2000 fellow, was selected to participate in the JASON Project, a multidisciplinary educational program. Mason will join JASON XIV: From Shore to Sea, a scientific expedition into California's Channel Islands to examine, monitor, and manage the region's unique wildlife. The JASON Project travels to exotic locations each school year and broadcasts live, via satellite and Internet, to millions of students each year. Mason teaches fifth grade at H.P. Fitzgerald Elementary School in North Las Vegas.

Patty Moore, 2001 fellow, received the Distinguished Educator's Award 2002 from Clark County School District. Moore teaches at Laughlin High School.

New Jersey

National Writing Project at Rutgers University
Bill Connolly, co-director, had two poems, "Close to Death" and "Loneliness: April 20, 1999," published in the New Jersey English Journal. Connolly used one of the poems in a teacher research project, and the other started as an in-class writing activity he attempted along with his students.

Lori Freeman, 2001 fellow, won the New Jersey Best Practices Award for the expository writing program that she developed at her high school. The program helps students prepare for college-level writing as well as gain fluency in their writing. Freeman is an English teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

New Mexico

High Plains Writing Project
Heidi Huckabee, 1993 fellow, received the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for her work with her middle school English classes. Huckabee's work focuses on community-based learning with her students by having them research, write, and publish books on the history of their community.

Patsy Neely, 2000 fellow, was one of a team awarded the Center for Teaching Excellence Action Research Grant 2002-2003. This grant is awarded to teams of public school teachers to implement promising innovations, document and analyze the results, and share those results at New Mexico state conferences.


Toledo Area Writing Project
Alexa Sandmann, director, coauthored a book entitled Linking Literature with Life: The NCSS Standards and Children's Literature for the Middle Grades (National Council for the Social Studies, May 2002).


Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College
Kim Stafford, director, has published a book entitled Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf Press, October 2002).


Philadelphia Writing Project
Sam Reed III, 2000 fellow, presented his work on "Poetry Cafes" at the 2002 NWP Urban Sites Conference in Savannah, Georgia. In addition, Reed was chosen to be a part of the 2002 United States–Newly Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching program, which is administered by the American Councils for International Education. As part of this international exchange, Reed will visit schools, observe classes, and work with award-winning teachers and schools in Russia.


Greater Houston Area Writing Project
Leigh Van Horn, 1996 fellow, has published her book, Creating Literacy Communities in the Middle School (Christopher-Gordon, 2001). Van Horn, an assistant professor, teaches language arts and reading classes at the University of Houston-Downtown.


Central Virginia Writing Project
Patricia Harder, co-director and 1997 fellow, was invited to be a member of the George Lucas Educational Foundation's National Advisory Board in May 2002. The George Lucas Educational Foundation documents and disseminates models of the most innovative practices in our nation's schools.

West Virginia

West Virginia University Writing Project
Ellen Oderman, co-director and 1993 fellow, received the Lorraine Swisher Distinguished Educator Award 2002 and the Ruth Myers Teacher of the Year Award 2002 in Morgantown, Monongalia County.

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