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Amie Keane, GWP 2019 Liaison
The Gateway Writing Project left me invigorated as a teacher and as a writer. I have a notebook bursting with resources and ideas to explore, and I am armed with countless writing prompts and fresh ideas for lesson plans for next school year. Though GWP required a lot of hard work, the work felt refreshingly purposeful and relevant. In addition to all of the great resources and inspiration, I gained a cohort of colleagues willing to help me grow as a teacher and author. GWP served as a compass on a journey I didn’t realize I needed (it also turned me cheesy and nostalgic).
Email
Phone Number
 amiekeane@gmail.com
 (314) 319 - 1426
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
 Webster Groves School District, Webster Groves High School, English Teacher, 9 - 12
Certification(s)
Secondary English
Course(s) Taught
 20th Century American Literature and Composition; Yearbook; ACC Women, Gender, and Diversity; ACT Prep--English, Freshman Literature and Composition; World Literature and Composition; Creative Writing; ACT Prep--Reading
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Argument Writing, Digital Writing, Informational Writing, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teaching With Mentor Texts, Grammar in Context

 

Winnie Needhan, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
I currently teach college students who want to be educators, and before that I taught 6th grade for 16 years. I love thinking about how learning can be facilitated for any type of learner, and I love developing as a learner and educator. I believe in co-construction, collaboration, and experiential learning. I'm currently working on a PhD in Teaching and Learning Processes. GWP has reconnected me with creative writing, and for that I am truly grateful.
Email
Phone Number
 winnie.needham@principia.edu
 (310) 384 - 6707
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Principia College, Educational Studies Department, Assistant Professor, Higher Ed
Certification(s)
K-8 teaching certificate
Course(s) Taught
 Literacy Across the Curriculum, Educational Theory, Inclusive Learning, Experiential Education, Children's Lit
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Cross-Content Literacy, Argument Writing, Portfolios, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Building Writing Communities, Teacher Inquiry

 

Lindsey Smith, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
After many years of procrastination, Lindsey Smith embraced the hard work and learning of the 2019 GWP SI and regrets nothing. She began writing stories at a young age and believes that writing and sharing our stories can save the world. She teaches all levels of freshman and sophomore English depending on the needs of the year, sponsors her school's writing group, gay-straight alliance, and anime club, and advises the yearbook.
Email
Phone Number
 lindseycashelsmith@att.net
(636) 575 - 0900
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Fox C-6 School District, Fox High School, ELA Teacher, Yearbook Adviser, 9 - 12
Certification(s)
Secondary English
Course(s) Taught
Language Arts I, Language Arts II, yearbook, Pre-AP Language Arts I, newspaper
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Digital Writing, Portfolios, Poetry, Narrative Writing, Building Writing Communities, NaNoWriMo, YWP NaNoWriMo

 

Rachel M. Hunt, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
As an elementary teacher, I see strong value in mentor texts that act as both "mirrors and windows" for our students. Additionally, allowing our students time to observe, reflect, synthesize, and create writing of their own is invaluable. With over 5 years of experience teaching elementary grades, earning school Teacher of the Year in 2019, and working closely with diverse learners such as ELLs, I look forward to collaborating and continuing my craft of teaching writing, as well as all other core subject areas. The GWP has reminded me that there is a great writer in all of us.
Email
Phone Number
 rachelhunt710@gmail.com
(636) 699 - 0935
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Wright City R-II School District, Wright City West Elementary, 3rd Grade Teacher
Certification(s)
B-3rd Early Childhood, K-5 Elementary, 6-12 Middle School and High School Math, TESOL (in progress)
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Cross-Content Literacy, Narrative Writing, ELL, Building Writing Communities, Teaching With Mentor Texts

  

Emily Pott, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
I am a high school English teacher and reading specialist, currently working toward a Master of Arts in English. I believe in building a classroom community in order to bring out the best in every student. GWP has energized my educational practices and inspired me to carve out some time for my own writing as well.
Email
Phone Number
 pott.emily@wgmail.org
(314) 707 - 2132
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Webster Groves School District, Webster Groves High School, English Teacher, 9 - 12
Certification(s)
English 7-12, Special Reading K-12
Course(s) Taught
 Contemporary Literature and Composition, Reading 9-12, Creative Writing, World Literature, Freshman Literature and Composition
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Cross-Content Literacy

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Jason Carter, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
Though I was wholly unaware for nearly half of my life, I was a writer from the start. It’s not a matter of beginning, but rather recognizing the patterns in one’s past.
The Gateway Writing Project is a playground for writers and an awakening for educators—if you happen to fall under both categories, there is concern that you may fall into a deep and irreversible state of rapture.
Follow that voice that resides in your chest, the one that rarely sees the light nor informs the hungry masses. Within the walls of the GWP that voice will find a home, an audience and a reason to live.
Do it today, because tomorrow is not soon enough.
Email
Phone Number
 jscartergwp@gmail.com
(314) 825 - 6232
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Riverview Gardens School District, Westview Middle School, TEacher, 6 - 8 
Course(s) Taught
 English Language Arts
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Cross-Content Literacy, Argument Writing, Portfolios, Informational Writing, Narrative Writing, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Building Writing Communities, Teaching With Mentor Texts, Teacher Inquiry, Teaching Language in Context
Sarah Oelke, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
I teach 8th grade and one of my passions is teaching writing. I cannot wait to share all of the inspirational ideas from the summer institute with my students next year!! When not in the classroom, I love hanging out with my family. Some consider me a master of disguise & fantastic adventurer. I’m an exquisite cook in the kitchen and downright dirty in the garden. I’m a worm for a good book, poet in progress, keeper of compliments & lover of Mother Nature.
Email
Phone Number
 soelke@parkwayschools.net
(636) 466 - 5587
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Parkway C-2 School District, Parkway Central Middle School, Teacher, 8th
Certification(s)
English Grades 5-12
Course(s) Taught
 English Language Arts
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Cross-Content Literacy, Argument Writing, Portfolios, Informational Writing, Narrative Writing, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Building Writing Communities, Teaching With Mentor Texts, Teacher Inquiry, Teaching Language in Context

 

Rachel Holland, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
Participating in the Gateway Writing Project helped me to rediscover my love of writing, and I am excited to inspire my students to find their voice, share their stories, and see themselves as strong, confident writers. I am passionate about teaching through diverse literature and I read aloud daily to my students. Helping them to understand the connection between the books we read and the authors who write them demonstrates that the words my students write matter, and understanding that is critical for a young writer. My time spent reflecting, researching, and reevaluating my teaching practices will undoubtedly result in a stronger community of writers and readers in my classroom.
Email
Phone Number
 rachelholland12@gmail.com
(312) 480 - 9306
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Parkway School District, Wren Hollow Elementary School, Teacher, 4th Grade
Certification(s)
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Course(s) Taught
 ELA; General Education, 1st, 2nd, 5th; K-5 Librarian
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Argument Writing, Assessment, Informational Writing, Narrative Writing, Building Writing Communities, Teaching With Mentor Texts

 

Jean Linnane, GWP 2019 Teacher Consultant
Travelling over from Dublin to participate in GWP was an amazing experience. I've been teaching English to teenagers in Ireland for the past twelve years and to see the fantastic work being done in St Louis and meet such inspiring fellow teachers was life-changing. GWP has allowed me to access a whole community of brilliant teachers in America (and introduced me to gooey butter cake). Overall, the Summer Institute was a fun, productive and transformative experience.
Email
 
 j.linnane@chanelcollege.ie
 
Current District/University Affiliation, Position, and Levels
Dublin, Ireland, Chanel College, Coolock Village, Teacher, Secondary School (ages 12 - 18)
Course(s) Taught
 English, Debating, Learning Support, Philosophy, Digital Literacy
Willing to Provide Mentoring and/or Professional Development in the Area(s) of:
Writer's Workshop, Poetry, Narrative Writing