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Mary Ann Smith

Bay Area Writing Project, National Writing Project

Mary Ann Smith was one of twenty-five teachers to attend a five-week summer institute at the University of California, Berkeley, taught by Jim Gray in summer 1974. The teachers returned after the summer to their schools to conduct in-service workshops for their colleagues. These workshops led to the Writing Project model.

Smith left the classroom in 1984 to work full time with Jim Gray on the Bay Area Writing Project and eventually became the program's director. She went on to become Executive Director of the California Writing Project and worked in various roles for the National Writing Project.

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