Carrie Brennan is the Southern Arizona Writing Project Exemplary Teacher for 2002. Carrie is a Social Studies teacher at Catalina Foothills High School. She is a "great teacher" writes one of her colleagues. In addition, her contributions in the field of teacher leader include becoming the first Critical friends Group coach at Catalina Foothills High School as well as the organizer of the Spring Symposium for School Improvement for the past 6 years. She has written and received grants for professional development retreats and actively promotes the Southern Arizona Writing Project programs. She currently co-directs the Teachers Research and inquiry Institute where she is highly respected by the teacher researchers for her intelligence, her sense of humor, her analytical ability, her leadership, and her knowledge of protocols and discussion formats from Critical Friends.