Professional Development

Professional Development

In the fall of 2010, the Appalachian Writing Project launched an inservice program aimed at serving area schools. As an affiliate of the National Writing Project, the AWP is NAPE-certified professional development. To schedule the AWP’s professional development for your school, email

Our Teacher Consultant Bios

Susan Fletcher, Teacher Consultant

Susan Fletcher has over 18 years experience teaching all manner of communication courses at both the high school and college levels. For the past 6 years, she has taught courses at Hocking College in speech, composition, job search techniques, and interpersonal communication. She has used Web CT and other forms of technology in the classroom a great deal. In addition, she is a Teacher Consultant and Fellow of the 2008 Appalachian Writing Project Summer Institute at Ohio University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Arizona State. “Eclectic” and “busy” are the best two words to describe her. She is an avid fan of YouTube, almost all genres of music, reading autobiographical novels, playing Apples to Apples, and long walks in the woods … when she is not busy being mom to five kids, ages 12 to 25, “Nana” to her two-year-old granddaughter, or wrestling with two nutty dogs who think they are human, Loki and Kola.

Susan Hagerty, Technology Liaison, Teacher Consultant

Susan Hagerty is a language arts teacher at Belpre High School. She also serves as the Technology Liaison for the AWP. She is a 2007 fellow of the Appalachian Writing Project.

Tonya James, Teacher Consultant

Tonya James is a fourth grade teacher at Union Furnace Elementary in the Logan Hocking School District. Tonya was a 2007 Fellow in the Appalachian Writing Project Summer Institute, held in Athens, Ohio. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early-Middle Childhood Reading/Language Arts. She has attended writing workshops in Athens, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque, and various other workshops in Oklahoma, Ohio, Illinois, and recently, Germany. Tonya enjoys teaching her fourth grade students the love of reading, writing, and exploring their own abilities to write. She has presented several writing workshops and Modern Germany workshops to the Logan Hocking School District.

Martha Walke, Teacher Consultant

Martha Walke graduated from the University of Rio Grande in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Rio Grande in 2000 where her studies focused on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. The MI theory is the foundation of her philosophy on teaching. She has taught grades 1-6, but her heart belongs in first grade because of her own love of reading. Martha was a Fellow at the inaugural Summer Institute in 2007. Talinn Phillips, Co-Director; Teacher Consultant Talinn Phillips is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University as well as the Co-Director of the AWP. She earned her M.A. in Linguistics and Ph.D. in English Rhetoric and Composition from Ohio University where she teaches first-year and advanced composition, linguistics, and second-language writing. Talinn has also been involved in faculty development work and in writing tutoring with students from all disciplines. She loves working with international students and with the teachers of the AWP.


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