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Meet the BAWP Team

Staff

Director, Dr. Greta Vollmer

Greta VollmerDr. Greta Vollmer has served as BAWP Director since July 2012.  In addition to her work as with BAWP, she is a professor of English Education and Applied Linguistics at Sonoma State University, where she teaches courses in English education, grammar, language acquisition and basic composition. Before receiving her PhD in 2000 from UC Berkeley (School of Education), her previous teaching experience included 10 years as a secondary ESL teacher and five years of teaching non-native speaker composition courses at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught teachers overseas in Italy, Turkey, Chile, China, Hong Kong, in addition to receiving two Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to work with teachers in Argentina. Greta’s research interests include second language composition, genre studies and teacher education, and she actually loves teaching grammar!

Program Manager, Tara Kaiser

Tara KaiserTara Kaiser is thrilled to have joined the Bay Area Writing Project Team. After spending a number of years running After School and Summer programming for Schools of the Sacred Heart out of San Francisco, her interest in non-formal education took her to South Africa. There, she studied Educational and Social Reform with the NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. Wanting to expand on her experiences, she moved to Washington, DC and earned her Master’s degree in International Training and Education from American University. She recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Miami, Florida and is passionate about working in education and finding ways to support student achievement outside the classroom.

 

Leadership Team

Technology Coordinator, Jason Sellers

Jason SellersJason Sellers is currently an Academic Technology Coordinator at the French American School of San Francisco, where he coaches teachers on meaningful technology integration and supports the school’s 1:1 iPad initiative. He is also the Technology Liaison for the Bay Area Writing Project, where he helps to coordinate the “What the Tech is Going On?” series. Prior to working with teachers, Jason taught high school English at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, California, and at a rural high school in Staunton, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Summer Institute Co-Director, Kristin Land

Kristin LandKristin Land loves to teach reading, writing and critical thinking at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. Her work is heavily influenced by The Puente Project, a program in which she has taught English at both the high school and community college levels. She is also a strong advocate for Teacher Action Research, which she first discovered while earning her Masters Degree in Education through the MUSE program at UC Berkeley.

Saturday Seminar Series Coordinator, Meredith Pike-Baky

Meredith Pike-BakyMeredith Pike-Baky works with colleagues from Bay Area Math Project (BAMP) and Bay Area Science Project (BASP) to design a series of seminars offered to Bay Area teachers free of charge in fall, winter and spring. Workshops address current issues in instruction and assessment and feature dynamic speakers from each of the content areas. In addition, she teaches writing classes to teachers and for the last few years has been traveling to Africa to introduce and support student-centered instruction. On most mornings she enjoys a good cup of coffee.

Young Writers Camps Co-Coordinator, Hatti Saunders

Hatti Saunders, an elementary instructional coach at ASCEND Charter School in Oakland,  has ably directed and taught in  the Young Writers Camps for the past several years.  She enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers in providing high quality youth writing programs around  the Bay Area every summer.

Young Writers Camps Co-Coordinator, Stephanie Robillard

Stephanie RobillardStephanie Robillard, a library media specialist in Oakland Unified School District, has been working with middle schoolers for the past twenty years.   In addition to connecting kids with books, she is also the lead teacher on her school’s technology team.   Stephanie has worked with Young Writers Camp as a teacher and also as editor of the e-zine. She is an avid baseball fan.

Professional Collaborators Network Coordinator, Michelle Baptiste

Michelle BaptisteMichelle Baptiste has a B.A. in English with an Education concentration from Carleton College and a Masters degree in English as a Second Language from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught writing to multilingual students at the University of Hawai’i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo Nation through Northern Arizona University.  As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, she loves to interact with people from diverse cultures.  Since 2002 she has taught full time in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley.  She became a BAWP Teacher Consultant in 2004 and credits BAWP with much of her meaningful professional development over the years.

International Programs Coordinator, Carol Tateishi

Carol TateishiCarol Tateishi retired as BAWP Director in 2009 and since then has helped BAWP establish BAWP Young Writer’s Camps in Seoul, South Korea and Singapore and in 2014, Guangzhou, China.  Carol loves working with teams of BAWP teacher consultants in taking BAWP’s writing programs to children and youth in international settings. Carol stays active as a writer, reader, hiker, traveler, volunteer, avid gardener and student in local community education classes.

Writing Teachers Write Co-Coordinator, Marty Williams

Mary WilliamsMarty Williams coordinates the Bay Area Writing Project’s Teachers as Writers Programs. In addition to serving as BAWP Co-Director for many years, she spent 21 years as a teacher and literacy coach for San Francisco schools; prior to that, she worked for ten years in community-based literacy projects with youth and adults .  Marty’s articles on education can be found in School’s Out: Bridging Out of School Literacies with Classroom Practice (Hull and Schultz, 2002) and Working Toward Equity, Resources and Writings from the Teacher Research Collaborative (National Writing Project, 2006). Marty has a M.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her poetry has been published in Digital Paper, in Bearing Witness, Poetry by Teachers about Teachings (Zephyr Press, 2002), as well as in many collaborative chapbooks, in artist’s books and postcards, and most recently in dcomP magazinE, Inquiring Mind and Poetry East. She is currently working on a collection of poems about her homeground on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska and her neighborhood in Oakland.

Writing Teachers Write Co-Coordinator, Judy Bebelaar

Judy BebelaarJudy Bebelaar, Teachers As Writers team member, co- coordinates the Berkeley reading series, Writing Teachers Write. Judy taught English and creative writing in San Francisco public high schools for 37 years, where her students won many writing honors, including eight Scholastic awards on the national level. Her articles and essays about teaching writing have appeared in Meeting the Challenges (Barbieri and Tateishi, 1996), NWP’s The Voice (1996), and Stories from Schools (Kawazoe, 2009). A chapbook, Walking Across the Pacific (Finishing Line Press) will be out in the spring of 2014.