To help BWP participants, consultants, board members stay in touch, the directory below is organized by year. If you name and year of participation is missing or incorrect, please notify Marc Scott.
Ashly Bender - New Mexico State University
Moushumi Biswas - Dona Ana Community College
Bonnie Chapman - Dona Ana Community College
Lynda Garcia - Conlee Elementary School
Beth Kaime - Conlee Elementary School
Mattie Kannard - Jornada Elementary
Chirs Nordquist - Dona Ana Community College
Rebecca Powell - New Mexico State University
Erin Reardon - Dona Ana Community College
Zeta Shearill - Alma D'Arte High School
Sylvia Gome-Holguin - Mayfield High School
Judith Johnston - Las Cruces High School
Dan Peterman - New Mexico State University
Marc Scott - New Mexico State University
Nadya Shalamova - Milwaukee School of Engineering
Kernie Zimmerman - Las Cruces High School
Lillian Ciblis - El Paso Community College
Diane Walker - New Mexico State University
Allison Conway - Booker T. Washington Elementary School
Katie Goetz - Valley View Elementary School
Jamie Baker - Zia Middle School
Rosemany Moreno - Loma Linda ES
Kernie Zimmerman - Las Cruces High School
Connie Copeland - Retired
Vicki Bertolino - Alamogordo HS
Jennifer Terrazas - Conlee Elementary School
Pamela Gardner - Onate High School
Barbara Pearlman - Hot Springs High School
Cathy Boeker - Sierra Middle School
Stacey Somppi - New Mexico State University
The following have participated in the BWP; their meeting year of involvement is unknown. If your name is below and you would like your email address to be displayed and listed with a specific year, please contact Marc Scott.
Katie An Cyrs
Martha Matthews- Benavidez
Maria Elena Viramontes
||Board of Directors
Dr. Chris Burnham
Dr. Chris Burnham, Regents Professor of English, has served at NMSU since 1981. Formerly Department Head and Writing Program Director in the English department, his academic specialties include writing and the teaching of writing, writing across the curriculum, rhetorical theory and the history of rhetoric, the essay as a literary genre, journals and autobiography. For more than 25 years he directed the annual Writing Across the Curriculum at NMSU. His primary pedagogical and scholarly objective is encouraging the ethical and civic development of students and assisting teachers in this same work.
From 1981 to 1993, he co-directed the New Mexico State Writing Project, the original NWP site in New Mexico. Returning as Director of BWOP has allowed him to continue my most important work, helping teachers and students become better learner and writers.
I always say that I came to Hillsboro and Truth or Consequences as a kind of mistake but it was really by accident. Born and raised in New York and suburban Long Island, my first life was centered in the arts getting undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography. Seventeen year in Los Angles was grounded in the visual arts, graphic design, art direction and teaching. From 1975 I taught and coordinated the Photography Department for UCLA's Extension program until I left for El Paso in 1990. My teaching hiatus ended in January of 1992 when, by fortunate accident, I was contacted and asked if I would be willing to teach freshman English at Hot Spring High School mid-term. I now consider my self not only a high school teacher by having found my "home" and part of the community that embraces both TorC and Hillsboro. A MA from NMSU and Middlebury College has made the last 12 years a rich and continually challenging experience. My involvement with Writing Projects began as participant of the 1995 NM State Summer Institute, and continues now as the Associate Director of BWP. My passions are grass roots political and environmental activism, good and conversation, teaching and learning. I share my heart with David, Ellie, my family and close friends. Contentment has been hard won and remains a work in progress.
Judy Johnston, BWP Co-director, is an English teacher at Las Cruces High School, where she has taught for 15 years. Before becoming a teacher, she was a professional writer and editor for newspapers, no-profit organizations, and the University of New Mexico Health Science Center. She continues to freelance occasionally for New Mexico Magazine.
Judy has written one novel, a mystery, which was under consideration by St. Martin's Press for a year and half, but as has to put writing longer fiction on hold because of the time constrains of teaching. She currently is outlining a novel based on the effect of the heath of two young men during the 1960's, one of who died saving the lives of his platoon buddies in Vietnam and one who died of a heroin overdose in Juarez, Mexico. Like many writers, she believe her best writing occurs when she steps aside and lets it happen. As William Stafford says, "'You don't have to/prove anything,' my mother said./'Just be ready/for what God sends.'"
She lives in Mesilla with her daughter and grandson, a dog, a cat and a chicken.
Presently I am employed by the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS as an Advanced Education Service (AES) Facilitator. I have been an educator for more than 28 years; first in New Jersey, then in New Mexico. I value teaching and the opportunity to share my experience with others. During the summer of 2003, I had the privilege of being a fellow in the BWP at NMSU. Without question this experience was one of the most rewarding of my literary career. Until that time, my written expression was restricted to the minimum, or required, obligation. After my involvement and participation in the BWP, I came to understand that writing is not necessarily about perfecting your syntax, but about writing front he heart, exchanging ideas and learning. Today I write about willingness and joy. I also enjoy travelling , films, the performing and visual arts, chatting, studying diverse cultures, volunteering, interaction with students, and enjoying life.
I have been an educator for the past 27 years. I spent 24 years as a special educator in Silver City, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, and Truth or Consequence. I am currently a program specialist at the Southwest Regional Education Center. Because of my experience teaching students with disabilities, I have always been aware of the diverse needs of students and felt I was sensitive to their plight in our educational society. During the summer of 2003, I was fortunate enough to participate in the BWP and not only found my personal voice, but really faced the issue of social justice in education for the first time in my teaching career. That experience has made me a better teacher and a better person because I not only realize, but embrace the importance of questioning all I do, both professionally and personally. I continue this journey with my family; Doug, Nicholas, and Elizabeth.
I am currently the technical consultant for the BWP and a graduate student in the Rhetorical and Professional Communication doctorial program at NMSU. I participated in the 2008 Summer invitational Institute and have truly enjoyed continuing my inquiry work and the connections I established with educators at local schools. I teach classes as a graduate teaching assistant in the English Department, and I enjoy writing about politics, education (and the sometimes nasty meetings of the two), writing, sports, barbecue, cooking, fishing, and growing up in Appalachia. I live in Mesilla with my wife, Jennifer.