Our blog is powered by the creativity and passion of our Chippewa River Writing Project teachers. Please find a brief biographical sketch of our current bloggers below (listed alphabetically).
|Elizabeth Brockman is a founding co-director of the Chippewa River Writing Project. A former middle and high school English teacher, Elizabeth is currently a professor in the English Department at CMU, where she teaches composition and composition methods courses.
|Erin Busch-Grabmeyer (@erinbg18) teaches English at St. Louis High School in St. Louis, Michigan. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2010 and now serves as a teacher consultant
|Tricia Clancy is a first grade teacher at Eastlawn Elementary in Midland, Michigan. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2013 and now serves as a teacher consultant.
|Kimberly Gorman is a middle school ELA teacher in Grass Lake, MI. She is a teacher consultant for Chippewa River Writing Project (2015). She loves learning and is excited about her new world of technology.
|Troy Hicks (@hickstro) is the Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project. He is a former middle grades teacher, now associate professor of English at Central Michigan University where he focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology.
|Jeremy Hyler (@jeremybballer) is a 7th and 8th grade middle school language arts teacher in Middleton, Michigan, a department co-chair, and a teacher consultant to the National Writing Project. He is co-author of Create, Compose, Connect! Reading, Writing and Learning with Digital Tools
|Delia King is a writing coach for Carson City-Crystal Area schools, in Carson City, MI, working with kindergarten-fifth grade teachers. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2010 and returned to the 2015 SI as a veteran. She now serves as a teacher consultant and instructional coach.
|Megan Kowalski is a Chicago Public Schools teacher and a 2009 participant in the CRWP Summer Institute. She teaches 6th-8th grade reading and math to students with disabilities, where she enjoys sharing her passion for reading and writing with middle school students.
|Kathy Kurtze teaches English and Drama at Carson City-Crystal High School in Carson City, Michigan, and is an active teacher consultant as a co-director of the Chippewa River Writing Project at CMU.
|Deborah Meister is a high school language arts teacher at Fellowship Baptist Academy in Carson City, MI, and a Teacher Consultant at the Chippewa River Writing Project. She has co-directed the CRWP Middle School Writing and Technology Camp for the past three summers at Central Michigan University with author Jeremy Hyler.
|Sharon Murchie is a high school ELA teacher in Bath, MI. She is a teacher consultant for Red Cedar Writing Project (2005) and Chippewa River Writing Project (2015). She blogs personally at mandatoryamusings.blogspot.com, and she is working on her first book.
|Janet Neyer (@janetneyer) teaches eleventh and twelfth grade students English and psychology at Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2013 and now serves as a teacher consultant. She blogs about teaching and technology at UpNorthLearning.
|Julie O’Brien (@teachingdazy) is a third grade teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2013 and now serves as a teacher consultant.
|Shannon Oswald teaches language arts, math, and drama at Central Montcalm Middle School in Stanton, Michigan. She attended the CRWP Summer Institute in 2009 and was a co-director of the 2013 Summer Institute. Since 2011, she has co-directed a youth writing camp at Montcalm Community College with another CRWP teacher consultant, Kresta Train.
|Angela Reid, a participant in the CRWP’s 2015 Summer Institute, is an English and Communications teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Prior to earning her teaching degree at Central Michigan University, she was a State award-winning journalist. Her work was printed in newspapers throughout the United States.
|Andy Schoenborn (@aschoenborn) is a Great Lakes Bay Region RUBY award and Ray Lawson Excellence in Teaching award-winning teacher of English at Mt. Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He is a past-president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and a Chippewa River Writing Project teacher consultant.
|Rebecca “Becky” Schwartz (@RSchwartz702) is an ELA and Social Studies teacher at Hillman Junior/Senior High School in Hillman, MI. She is a teacher consultant for Chippewa River Writing Project (2015).
|Amanda Smoker (@aes1024) teaches English at Meridian Junior High School near Midland, Michigan. She was a part of the CRWP Summer Institute in 2010 and now serves as a teacher consultant.