Mary Ellen “Mel” Smith, Director of MMWW

I received my Master’s degree from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.  My writing portfolio earned me a teaching fellowship, which entailed teaching undergraduate writing courses during matriculation. After receiving my degree, I was invited to join The Writing Seminars faculty as an adjunct lecturer.  At my time at Hopkins I also taught at Loyola University in Baltimore.  In 1997, I took a full-time position at Calvert School, an independent K-8 school in Baltimore, where I taught writing and art history. I was awarded Calvert’s Apgar Prize for innovative teaching in 2000.  When Calvert added a middle school, I wrote the curricula for eighth grade English and middle school art history, in addition to creating the cross-curricular Castalia Project, which earned distinction from the National Association of Independent Schools. As a freelance writer, I wrote feature articles, op-ed pieces, and poetry for the Baltimore Sun and other regional publications.  Since moving to Phoenix in 2007,I have taught at All Saints Episcopal Day School and Phoenix Country Day School as a substitute teacher and am also a private tutor for writing and editor of high school students’ college application essays.  This summer, I attended the 2014 Yale Writers Conference, where I participated in workshops and Master’s classes.

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