A former journalist and public relations manager, Rhonda Lancaster has taught English and creative writing at James Wood High School in Winchester, Va., for more than a decade now. She has worked on student publications since her first piece, a slasher-horror story, was published in her middle school creative arts publication. A certified Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project, she teaches for the young writers’ workshops because she can’t imagine a better, more enjoyable way to spend her time than with enthusiastic writers. In other interests, she enjoys gardening, finding and fixing unique recipes, and hiking. She is pursuing her MA in creative writing and literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a member of SCBWI and WV Writers Inc. Her flash memoir, “Shell Shocked,” was published in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volume VI. She lives with her husband, three dogs, and a school of fish in Capon Bridge, W.Va.
With twenty years of English teaching experience, Patrick McCarthy is a founding member of Project Write Inc. He is a certified Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and holds an MA in English. Patrick has been the onsite director since 2011 for the summer Young Writer's Workshops at Shenandoah University. He teaches dual enrollment English and creative writing at Central High School where he is the department chair.
Ms. Mosher began her teaching career after graduating from American University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She then taught in private residental and public special education settings. She has accrued over 30 hours of graduate work in teaching students with special needs and has just begun the quest at George Mason University to obtain her masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She is a teacher consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project and a board member of Project Write in the Shenandoah Valley.
The newest member of the Project Write team, Mallory recently became a certified Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project. She teaches English at Central High School, where she is also the girls' basketball and tennis coach. Mallory was named the VHSL Conference 28 Coach of the Year in 2014 and Coach of the Year from the Northern Virginia Daily in 2014 for basketball and in 2012 for tennis. She received her BA in English from Grove City College.
Teacher Consultant Mary Tedrow is the Porterfield Endowed English Chair at John Handley High School with over 25 years of classroom teaching experience in public schools in Virginia. She was the 2001 District Teacher of the Year for Frederick County and has been published in numerous outlets including Teacher Magazine and Education Week. Since 1982 Mary has also worked freelance in the private sector in advertising, radio, and various print media. Mary has served as a Co-Director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project since 2005. Mary feels that "Project Write extends the work of the classroom into the community to help build confident, expressive writers from an early age."