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Illinois State Writing Project

Teacher-Consultant Board

Because writing and teaching are best as collaborative efforts, the ISWP formed a Teacher-Consultant Board in 2002 in order to encourage best practices and reflective revision of teaching demonstrations among new participants during the annual Summer Institutes. The board members meet at least three times with new participants of the ISWP. During these meetings, the participants discuss ideas for teacher demonstrations, as well as ways to modify these demonstrations so that they reflect what they've learned about best practices in writing instruction. After the teachers have done their demonstrations for the Summer Institute participants, the board members meet again with them to discuss what they might do differently and how they might revise these demonstrations so that they are ready to take them "on the road" for in-services and other such demonstrations.


Amanda R. Hapgood

Amand HopgoodAmanda R. Hapgood teaches speech, literature, writing and journalism at Olympia High School. She became involved with the ISPW in 2007 and feels that interacting with other teachers at all levels and in all disciplines during the summer institute helps keep her teaching fresh and exciting. She is a student newspaper advisor, parent, chauffeur, gardener, traveler, reader and lover of dark chocolate and rich coffee.

Rich Martin

Rich Martin teaches 8th grade language arts at El Paso-Gridley Junior High and is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Writing program at ISU. He has been involved with the ISWP since participating in the 2010 summer institute. Rich has presented at NCTE, IATE, and attended the 2011 NWP convention in Washington, D.C. In his spare time he indulges in an unusual passion for grammar, having hawked t-shirts which advertise correct punctuation usage and uploaded his grammar songs and punctuation kung fu demonstration to YouTube. Search “Mr. Martin Grammar Musical” and “Mr. Martin Punctuation Kung Fu” to see him in action.

Kathryn Kerr

Currently Kathryn teaches at ISU. She has worked as a cataloguer, a secretary, a library tech, a photographer, a high school teacher, a botanist, a remote sensor, a natural areas ecologist, a technical editor, and other gigs. She is a poet, a parent, and a tree-hugger.

Kathryn is also the ISWP Poet Laureate.