Sue Smith

Congratulations to Sue Smith, SAWP’s Exemplary Teacher of the Year for 2006! Sue Smith has participated in the Summer Institute of the Southern Arizona Writing Project in a most unusual role – that of university teacher. Most participants are K-12 teachers. But Sue is first and foremost a teacher. After the Summer Institute, Sue went on to sit on our Advisory Board. She leads our Professional Learning Communities program, which gives mini-grants to small groups of teachers working together on a collaborative project. She has given inservices to public school teachers. Most incredibly, when preparing an inservice on writing in the content areas for the entire faculty of Cholla High School, Sue prepared an entire newsletter using the school’s name and logo – with columns on writing activities and ideas to use in science, math, social studies, English, and so on. It was a remarkable effort above and beyond the usual professional development handouts. In fact, ABOVE-AND-BEYOND is really Sue’s middle name.