At this year’s Promising Practices Conference, the Maine Writing Project awarded two, new Tanya Baker Scholars: Dave Boardman and Douglas “Woody” Woodsum. The Baker Scholar is awarded to Maine Writing Project teacher-consultants that exemplify thoughtful teaching, inspired scholarship, and singular contributions to the Maine Writing Project community.
Dr. Dave Boardman is currently the Mass Media Communications program teacher at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville. A former teacher of English language arts, journalism, and multimedia communications at high schools in central Maine, Dave has also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, commercial fisherman, and freelance video producer. Most recently, Dave has become the Education Program Coordinator for Maine Public Broadcasting. Dave is a pioneer in online course development, was named the 2006 Educator of the Year by ACTEM, the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, and his work has been published in the Journal of Maine Education and by Heinemann and the National Writing Project. Dave joined the Maine Writing Project in 2003, and he has served as co-director of both the Summer Invitational Institute and the Adolescent Literacy Institute. He was also a leader in digital writing initiatives.
Woody Woodsum is an English teacher Carrabec High School in North Anson. Woody is a published poet whose credits include Yankee, Maine Times, English Journal, New England Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. His book, The Lawns of Lobstermen, is available from www.artjourneyer.com. Woody is a former Ruth Lilluy poet, a two-time Avery Hopwood Award winner, a Maine Times fiction prize winner, and a winner of the Bread Loaf Poetry Prize. Woody joined the Maine Writing Project in 2008. Since that time, he has presented at MWP conferences and frequently served a poet-in-residence at MWP institutes, assisting numerous fellows and teacher-consultants in developing their writing.
The Tanya N. Baker Scholar was established in 2008 in celebration of the contributions made to the Maine Writing Project and the educational community of Maine by our former co-director, Tanya N. Baker. Past Baker Scholars include Jean Plummer ’98, Janet Nordfors ’02, Maureen Montgomer ’02, Debra Butterfield ’03, and Cindy Dean ’04.