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2015 Wilhelm Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce two new recipients of the Jeffrey D. Wilhelm Award for 2015: Katy Jones and Todd McKinley.

2015 Wilhelm Fellows

(L to R) Institute co-director Edith Berger congratulates Wilhelm Fellows Katy Jones and Todd McKinley with MWP site director Ken Martin

Katy Jones currently enjoys the “thrill” of teaching Reading and English for 8th graders at Winslow Junior High School. Besides loving to read and write with kids, Katy likes to bake, write letters to friends, read young adult fiction, workout, and travel with her husband. She believes in the power of cookies and storytelling, and she enjoys finding new ways to keep kids interested in her content. Katy is also dedicated to integrating technology in education. During the Institute, she demonstrated how she teaches the research process and informational writing with Google Apps. She describes herself as “tech-persistent,” instead of tech-savvy. Katy is “excited” to be a part of the Maine Writing Project and is looking forward to working with other members for many years to come.

Todd McKinley has taught 8th grade at Leonard Middle School in Old Town since 2000.  He is active in middle level education, serving as a consultant for the Middle Level Education Institute and presenting at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education’s annual conference.  Todd has a passion for writing — for himself and with and beside his students. He considers the act of writing like exercise: committing time each day feeds the soul and raises his well-being.  Although he mainly writes poetry, he experiments with short stories, taking inspiration from experiences shared by family and friends. He has received awards in local contests and participated as a judge for a young writers’ contest.

Todd also believes in the power of live performance — through music, drama, and  the spoken word. He has directed middle school productions for ten years, and most recently, he has served as a judge for the regional finals of the Poetry Out Loud competitions. Todd also acts in local productions and sings with Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Ursa Minor, an a cappella group. Todd lives with wife and daughter in Old Town along the Stillwater River where seasonal views often inspire his writing.

The Wilhelm Fellow recognizes inspired participation in the annual institute of the Maine Writing Project as determined by a vote of participants in the institute. The award was established in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former site director, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. Recent recipients include Teri Brown ’09, Susan Sandler ’09, Patsy Baldus ’10, and Pete St. John ’11, Amy Philbrook ’12, and David Farady ’13.

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