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
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
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.