WMWP Honors Former Director Anne Herrington
By Jenny Adams | Thursday, March 5, 2015
By Jenny Adams
Thursday, March 5, 2015
At its Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing Conference on October 18, WMWP presented the annual Pat Hunter Award, which goes to a member of the WMWP community “who has contributed substantially to the work of the site and who best exemplifies the values that Pat Hunter embodied in her work with teachers and writers.” The 2014 recipient was Anne Herrington, Emerita Professor of English and former site director of WMWP.
Pat Hunter, a founding co-director of WMWP, was a middle school teacher in Springfield who later became a professional development leader for the district. She helped make WMWP a thriving National Writing Project site by helping teachers become teacher-leaders. Anne Herrington does the same.
Anne has been an active member of the WMWP community for many years and served as site director from 2007 to 2013. Anne received three award nominations, which included these comments about her leadership: Anne inspires those she works with to be better than they are and leads by example. She creates an environment of collaboration and with a deft hand moves the collaborators toward shared vision. Anne is fearless. In the midst of radical change in our funding from the National Writing Project, Anne found a way to keep the heart of our writing project intact.
In her role as teacher leader from the site directorship to her work on understanding students’ writing from their point of view to her advocacy about assessment, Anne embodies the values of the award in tirelessly advocating for students and teachers. Even “retired” she continues this work: teaching a class, offering workshops, and conducting research.
Anne possesses qualities that are not often found in the same human being. She’s warm, compassionate, empathetic; and she has a fierce intelligence, she drives herself and others hard, she has a strong ethical/moral sense and has the courage to stand for what she believes.
Watch Anne accept her award: