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Content Development Team
The Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site was created by educators for educators. Our team is committed to bringing you quality materials that will produce results.
Millie Barnes is a second-generation educator who worked with Project Wisdom for more than 10 years as an editor and proofreader. She is a former elementary teacher who had the privilege of working with students on a Native American reservation while doing her graduate work. Millie has more than 50 years experience in proofreading and editing. One of her most memorable projects was proofreading the galley proofs for the book Catch Me If You Can. Millie's community service has included working with the Hunger Coalition and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). When not proofreading the work of other writers, Millie enjoys writing herself, surfing the Internet, and reading, all done in the company of her beloved dog, Gracie.
"I believe that teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their teaching styles. The Project Wisdom ERS offers these opportunities."
Nina, Middle School Teacher - Georgia
Mondee Dugué, M.S., LPC-I
Mondee Dugué began her career as an educator more than ten years ago, serving first as a high school English teacher then as a high school counselor. She has written, developed, and implemented English/Language Arts curriculum for both academic and advanced-placement English classes within the public school system in Texas. Mondee currently serves on several neighborhood committees that are focused on the health, welfare, and success of both students and their families. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is the ninth-grade counselor at LaPorte High School in LaPorte, Texas. Mondee has two children, daughter Heather and son Laik.
Pansy Gee has been part of the Project Wisdom team since 1999 working as a consultant, editor, and content developer. She is an award-winning teacher at Mark Twain Elementary in the Houston Independent School District, where she works as a Language Arts Specialist. Pansy teaches grades three through five in the Literary Development Center, a program she founded in 1990. She is also a mentor for Rice University's Center of Education's School Literacy Project and Culture Project. She teaches most summers at the Creative Writing Camp sponsored by Writers in the Schools and Rice University's Center of Education. Pansy is one of those special educators who is beloved by both parents and students. She has also been a Project Wisdom narrator for more than eleven years. Pansy is married to Don Gee and has two children, Christopher and Kimberly.
Kim Lofgren Hart
Kim Lofgren Hart brings an international perspective to the ERS team having spent most of her childhood in Europe. As a first generation American, Kim did her university studies in Houston where she later spent six years working in the technology field as a Web designer. At the coaxing of a close friend, Kim eventually became a high school digital arts teacher where she particularly enjoyed working with teenagers. Kim left teaching to start her family and has since joined the Project Wisdom team. Her combined experience with technology, design, and classroom teaching is a real asset to the company. In the past, Kim has served the community by teaching art to those living with AIDS. When she isn't spending time with her husband and children, she enjoys crocheting, traveling, and attempting to grow her own fruits and vegetables.
Mary Anne Hoppe
Mary Anne Hoppe is the Associate Director of the Leadership Academy in Character Education (LACE) at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology at the same. She brings with her over thirty years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator with a focus on guidance and discipline. Mary Anne also served as an adjunct professor for Maryville University and St. Louis Community College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund and as the Educational Advisor for the Boatman/King Scholarship. Mary Anne recently joined Project Wisdom as a consultant to our content development team. She has two grown daughters and lives in St. Louis with her husband, Bill.
Suzanne Johnsen is a true Renaissance woman who brings a multitude of skill sets to Project Wisdom. Some of these include technical guru for the company, project manager for the Educator Resource Site, and Customer Relations manager for client schools. She has 20 years of experience in technology with skills ranging from database to Website design. Along with her many other community volunteer roles, Suzanne was a veteran public school volunteer for more than 15 years. She taught childbirth classes for ten years and coached dozens of women during childbirth. Suzanne is an expert gardener who enjoys being at home with her husband of twenty-five years. They have two adult children.
Anne Mabry is a curriculum writer and classroom teacher with more than fifteen years experience in the field of education. She has been Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Alvin High School in Alvin Texas for the past seven. Anne co-wrote a full multi-level advisory curriculum for Alvin ISD in 2001 and coordinated the implementation of the curriculum into the high school that year. She was recently awarded the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Advocacy and Leadership from The University of North Texas in Denton. Anne also received a grant from The Fund For Teachers which will allow her to tour Italy summer 2007 to view the great masterpieces there. In addition to teaching Anne enjoys reading, creative writing, making art and hanging out with her husband, friends, family and her cats.
Leslie Matula is the founder of Project Wisdom, Inc. She brings a wealth of experience to the content team as a subject matter expert in the field of character education. She created Project Wisdom more than eighteen years ago and today it is a leading producer of character education materials. The program has been implemented in more than 17,000 schools nationwide and reaches more than 4 million students each school day. Leslie is the lead writer of the content development team, a former veteran public school volunteer and mentor to at-risk youth. She recently celebrated her 33rd wedding anniversary with her husband Dan. They have two adult sons, Zachary and Sean, and they consider Zacharys wife Angela the daughter they never had.
Melissa is a committed educator who cares about the social and emotional development of students. She has been a school counselor for the Houston Independent School District for the past 11 years. Prior to receiving her graduate degree in counseling, Melissa was a classroom teacher in both first grade and special education. She just recently completed her principal certification. Her counseling and classroom teaching experience, coupled with her leadership training, give Melissa a valuable perspective which she now brings to our content development team. Melissa is an avid reader who loves cooking, gardening, and mountain hiking with her husband, Jim.
Jean Whitaker joined the Project Wisdom team in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration of courses in international studies. Jean's commitment to excellence is reflected in her membership in four national and international honor societies. She brings to the team an expertise in writing, editing, and proofreading. Jean and her husband Don are both active in their church and spend time supporting and caring for geriatrics in the community. They have a daughter, Victoria, who is an educator.
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