KMWP Announces Excellence in Education Award Winners

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (KMWP) will be presenting the 2004 Excellence in Education…

Georgia (Apr 28, 2004) — KMWP Announces Excellence in Education Award Winners

Stacie Janecki


Contact: Stacie Janecki‚ Program Coordinator‚ 770−499−3654

The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (KMWP) will be presenting the 2004 Excellence in Education awards at a ceremony on May 6.

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 2004 recipient of this award is Kimberly Ragan‚ a math teacher at The Walker School in Marietta.

Ragan is a former literature teacher who moved into the math department but has continued to emphasize language arts−oriented skills development. According to her colleagues‚ “Kim promotes math literacy in her lessons on a regular basis. She sees the value in not only being able to do complex calculations accurately‚ but also in being able to read‚ write and communicate mathematics.”

The Teacher Leadership award is presented to an educator who is a teacher−leader‚ encouraging leadership in National Writing Project colleagues. This year’s recipient‚ Mimi Dyer of Kennesaw Mountain High School‚ has been an active member of the KMWP since attending one of the NWP’s summer institutes for teachers in 1996. Currently‚ she serves as co−director of one of the KMWP’s major curriculum development programs‚ Keeping and Creating American Communities.

The Teacher of Promise award goes to a nominee with three years or less teaching experience. The winner demonstrates such qualities as a positive and enthusiastic attitude‚ creativity and the ability to motivate and excite children. This year’s winner is Hillary Wilkins‚ a teacher at Kell High School‚ who values literacy and knowledge and is able to convey this commitment to her students.

The KMWP is a National Writing Project site located within Kennesaw State University’s English Department. For more 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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