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Springfield Teacher Receives Pat Hunter Award from the Western Massachusetts Writing Project

Publication: The Republican
Date: December 5, 2012

Summary: Dawn Fontaine, a history teacher at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, has received the Pat Hunter Award from the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. The award was named in honor of Springfield teacher Pat Hunter—a teacher-leader and a founding member of the Writing Project site.

 

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The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is a university-school partnership that offers professional development and leadership opportunities for educators across the region.

Fontaine said she became involved with the program after taking a graduate program in literacy theory at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

"My professor was talking about additional opportunities to earn additional credits and one was to participate in the (Writing Project's) summer institute," Fontaine said. "Once I joined the program, I quickly realized it was more than just a course or workshop. After that first summer I felt like I had a community of professionals that would help me, teach me and hold me accountable for my work."

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