2017 KMWP Showcase

On August 12, 2017, the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (KMWP) hosted our annual awards event. During our showcase, we recognized outstanding educators in the KMWP community who promoted literacy and leadership during the 2016-2017 academic year.  We also celebrated young authors for their winning compositions in the 2017 Leslie Walker Writers of Promise contest.  Attendees also took part in a gallery walk to explore and discuss inquiry work developed by the KMWP Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) fellows.  Photo Gallery

Each year, the KMWP presents three awards to individuals who contribute to literacy development in northwest Georgia.

The Teacher of Promise award is presented to a new teacher who shows exceptional ability and commitment who is in his or her first three years of teaching.

The Teacher Leadership award is presented to a KMWP teacher affiliate who is a leader and encourages leadership in colleagues.

The Sponsor of Literacy award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continuous efforts to improve literacy, teacher leadership, and the educational climate in today’s schools.

Our award-winning educators for 2017 are:

IMG_0747aTeacher of Promise – Kassidy Gaffigan of Roswell High School
(presented by Rob Montgomery, KSU)

IMG_0749aTeacher Leadership – Sonny Harding (R) of Marietta High School
(presented by Tommy Jolly, East Paulding High School)

IMG_0755aSponsor of Literacy – Rob Montgomery of Kennesaw State University
(presented by Jennifer Dail, KMWP)

In 2008, the KMWP created a writing contest as a legacy of a friend and teacher leader. Leslie Walker was an educator at Campbell High School, a 1998 KMWP ISI fellow, and an inspiration to her students and colleagues. In the words of Scott Smoot, creator and past director of the contest, “Researching with KMWP, Leslie developed a special insight that writing is about establishing community. She would say that you write best with the support of a caring community of writers, you write best about the community you know, and you learn from your community when you write. Most miraculously, you draw others into new community through your imagination and language.”

Our 2017 Leslie Walker Writers of Promise winners are:



Sarah Courchene of Mountain Road Elementary, Woodstock (Teacher:  Alexis Basel, left)



Will Babcock of McCleskey Middle School, Marietta (Teacher:  Sharon Bonney, left)



Karen Wessells of Northgate High School, Sharpsburg (Teacher:  Diane Dombrowski, not pictured)

All had a wonderful time and we look forward to celebrating again next year!


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