As a site liaison, I communicate with leaders of National Writing Project sites across the state in an effort to plan joint programming and build capacity. I currently teach English and Creative Writing at Normal Community High School. During my career as an educator, I have taught freshmen through seniors, remedial through honors, and academic support/test prep courses. I co-presented at the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago in 2012 with Scott Filkins. Also, that year I was a featured teacher his book, Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment (NCTE, 2012). In addition to teaching, I have coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball. I’ve taken full advantage of the wonderful professional development opportunities that the National Writing Project Institutes provide. I have attended the 2011 University of Illinois Summer Institute, as well as worked as a Teacher Candidate for that site’s Young Writer’s Camp that year. Additionally, I’ve joined the Illinois State Writing Project’s Summer Institutes for 2013 and 2015.
Laurel Perez, ISU Writing Program Liaison
As Program Liaison for the ISWP, I consider myself your go-to person for outreach and organizing events, or simply if you just need more information about the ISU Writing Program. In my role, I facilitate the ISWP Genre Studies Working Group, which consists of area teachers who meet monthly to discuss how a rhetorical genre studies perspective can frame their design of writing assignments and curricula. I currently teach English at Illinois State University, and Lincoln College. In the summer, I travel to North Dakota to teach Upward Bound high school students at my alma mater, UND. During my career, I have taught high school freshman through college sophomores, remedial through AP English, introductory composition to literature. I recently presented How to Be a Working Class Hero in the Creative Writing Classroom: An Exploration of a Feminist Working Class Activist Pedagogy at The 21st Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium, ISU 2016. In addition to teaching I am a Doctoral student at ISU studying and writing as much poetry as I can.
As Technology Liaison for the ISWP, I coordinate the media that supports our internal and external communication. I teach English at Normal Community High School, where I have taught freshmen, sophomores, AP juniors, and seniors in both creative writing and film study. Some of my other duties at school include tutoring students in our After-School Center and continually revising curriculum as a part of professional learning communities in the district. Outside of school, I am part of the Professional Development Cohort that represents ROE #17, serving McLean County and outlying areas. Here we discuss professional development needs for local educators and address the best ways for teachers to access this information. I have also created and led my own professional development workshops through the ROE. I have an undergraduate degree from Illinois State and am now working on my master’s degree in English Studies, also from ISU. I’ve participated in the Illinois State Writing Project’s 2014 and 2015 Summer Institutes. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.