Awards & Recognition
- GVWP Director & Teacher Consultant
Prior to attending my first summer institute, I was on track to be an administrator. That plan changed the summer of 1983. At the conclusion of the Invitational Leadership Institute for the Teaching of Writing, I returned to my site a confident teacher teaching writing throughout the day. I learned the importance of being able to articulate how and why I was teaching writing. This network of “teachers teaching teachers” kept me in the classroom.
Each summer I look forward to being part of a writing community. The ILI is where I write daily, encouraged and supported by generous collaborators who listen intently to my drafts, respond, suggest, and guide my pieces to publication.
I am fortunate to be affiliated with two CWP sites. My work with BAWP coordinating Saturday Seminars and professional development for K-8 schools as well as teaching youth writing camps prepared me for leading the Great Valley Writing Project. CWP is my professional home, and my goal as a director is to connect interested educators with our community.
I believe teachers of writing must write. When we write with our students and share our work, we send the message that writing is important, difficult and rarely perfect. This Donald Murray quote hung in my classroom as a reminder: “A piece of writing is never finished. It’s delivered to a deadline, torn out of a typewriter on demand, sent off with a sense of accomplishment and shame and pride and frustration. If only there were a couple more days, time for just another run at it, perhaps then…”
For those who lack confidence in his or her writing, as I did, I recommend Brenda Euland. Her first chapter in If You Want to Write is titled “Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.” That’s a line I share with student and adult writers who think they have nothing to write about, or lack the confidence to share their writing with others. For many years, the beautiful journals I received as gifts remained blank because I didn’t think my writing was worthy of them. Brenda Euland changed that.