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WMWP Leadership

Co-directors normally serve for three years, but the new appointees were assigned staggered terms to avoid having too many leaderships transitions at once.  The new positions, leaders, and terms are listed below.  All six co-directors lead teams of teacher-consultants.  If you would like to serve on a team, write

Co-Director for Programming: Karen Diaz (2017)

In this role, Karen leads the planning for the annual Best Practices conference, spring conferences, and other summer or school-year teacher programs.


Co-Director for Outreach: Karen Miele (2016)

Karen is responsible for publishing the WMWP newsletter, coordinating the Daily Hampshire Gazette Chalktalk columns written by teacher-consultants, and other elements of WMWP’s public presence.


Co-Director for Youth and Family Programs: Justin Eck (2018)

Justin leads WMWP efforts to offer high-quality, low-cost summer and school-year writing programs to youth and families.


Co-Director for Summer Institute: Alicia Lopez (2017)

The Summer Institute is always facilitated by a team of teacher-consultants, but Alicia’s role is to guide planning for the institute throughout the year.


Co-Director for ELL Initiatives: Wilma Ortiz (2016)

Wilma will continue to lead a team of teacher-consultants with expertise in supporting ELLs, with particular emphasis on developing professional growth options for teachers.


Co-Director for Technology: Kevin Hodgson (2018)

Kevin and the tech team help WMWP integrate technology into WMWP programs and occasionally mount conferences focused on classroom uses of technology.

Additional Members of Executive Board:

Site Director: Bruce Penniman
PD Coordinator: Janie Baer-Leighton
UMass English Liaison: Rebecca Lorimer Leonard
UMass Education Liaisons: Ysaaca Axelrod, Maria Jose Botelho, and Keisha Green
WSU Liaison: Beth Rothermel
Springfield Liaison: TBA

Summer Institute 2015 Liaison: TBA
University Liaison: Donna LeCourt
Retired Teachers Liaison: Diana Callahan
Member at Large: Joanne Wisniewski