KMWP announces Excellence in Education Award winners

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (KMWP) presented the 2003 Excellence in Education Awards at a…

Georgia (May 7, 2003) — KMWP announces Excellence in Education Award winners

Stacie Janecki


The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (KMWP) presented the 2003 Excellence in Education Awards at a recent ceremony. This year's recipients are all Cobb County P−12 teachers involved in the KMWP.

The Sponsor of Literacy Award‚ the highest honor conferred by the KMWP‚ is given to an individual who has demonstrated continuous efforts to improve literacy‚ teacher leadership and the educational climate in today's schools. The 2003 recipient of this award is Ervin Carter‚ the graphic arts coordinator at Oakwood High School in Marietta.

"Ervin Carter is a shining example of a professional educator who promotes literacy through growth and development in every aspect of his graphic arts classes‚" said KMWP co−Director Scott Thompson. "To Ervin‚ literacy is more than just a word; it's a life skill‚ and his students live it bell to bell every single day."

The Teacher of Leadership Award is presented to an educator who is not only a teacher−leader‚ but also encourages leadership in National Writing Project colleagues. This year's recipient‚ Andy Smith of Pebblebrook High School‚ has been an active member of the KMWP since 1996 and serves as KMWP continuity director.

The Teacher of Promise Award goes to a nominee with three years or less teaching experience. The winner demonstrates such promising qualities as a positive and enthusiastic attitude‚ creativity and the ability to motivate and excite children. This year's winner is Suzannah Yoder‚ a science teacher from Cooper Middle School‚ who frequently incorporates writing into her science classes.

The KMWP is a National Writing Project site located within KSU's English Department. For information about the KMWP‚ see the program website at


The KMWP supports the national teachers−teaching−teachers program aimed at improving writing instruction from kindergarten through college by encouraging teachers' own development as writers through classroom−based research on writing instruction.


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