WMWP appoints 3 new co-directors

July 4, 2017

As an organization dedicated to fostering teacher leadership, WMWP is pleased to announce the appointment of three new co-directors: Chris Rea as Co-Director of the Summer Leadership Institute, Emily Lent Hemingway as Co-Director of Teacher Programs, and Heather Brown as Co-Director of Youth and Family Programs.

All three were interviewed for the positions in June and subsequently approved by the Executive Board.

Chris is an English teacher at Ludlow High School, where he is always seeking new ways to incorporate technology in the classroom and to engage students in the appreciation of literature. He has been a teacher-consultant with WMWP since 2014. He has led professional development sessions for WMWP, served as a returning fellow in the Summer Leadership Institute, and is currently co-facilitating it with Alicia Lopez, who is completing her three-year term as co-director. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of institute planning, including recruitment, program development, and follow-up activities.

Emily has taught at the elementary and middle school levels for over 10 years and currently serves as the lower school (K-5) head at The Bement School in Deerfield. She has been a teacher-consultant with WMWP for six years, leading professional development workshops and serving on the Teacher Programs planning committee for the three years. She replaces Karen Diaz, who is completing her three-year term as co-director. Emily will be responsible for coordinating WMWP’s Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing and Spring Symposium conferences, as well as summer and school-year teacher-as-writer programs.

Heather is an instructional coach and reading interventionist at Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow. Previously, she taught in Holyoke Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, and Ha:ṣañ Preparatory and Leadership school, a charter school founded for and by the Tohono O’odham Nation in Tucson, Arizona. In 2002, she attended the Summer Institute hosted by the Southern Arizona Writing Project. Since coming to WMWP, she has led professional development workshops and recently won the 2017 Charles Moran Teacher Leadership Fellowship. Heather will complete the term of Justin Eck and then commence her own three-year term as co-director, during which she will coordinate current youth and family literacy programs and explore new ones.

All three co-directors are seeking WMWP teacher-consultants to serve on their planning committees. Anyone interested can e-mail wmwp@english.umass.edu or submit a message through the Contact link above.