English Faculty News
Hewett NEH Grant Recipient:
Upper School English Department Member Lorri Hewett has been awarded a stipend to travel to Sienna, Italy, summer of 2013, to study Dante's Divine Comedy. Lorri has received other grants and fellowships since her college days; however, receiving this opportunity has been a long-held dream. She travels to Italy in part using some of the Alford Funds (see below).
Alford Fund Summer Study-Travel Stipend:
Mrs. Bobby West Alford retired from Woodward as the US English department chair in 1990. Her will left a fund for the US English department, stating that the current department chair Peggy McNash could design a program to help teachers in her former department. The Summer Study-Travel Stipend allows US teachers to design a student program and receive financial assistance for this travel. In 2011, the first year, Jeanne Ann Ratliff visited Flannery O'Connor's home and town while Margaret Lee traveled in the Northeast to homes of many famous American authors. In the summer of 2012, Alexis Horder wrote a Thoreau-like journal while on a bicycle trip in the American west; Hayley Bowers traveled to the Northeast; Peggy McNash and Carolyn Haldeman spent seven days in the Lake District of England, concentrating on the works and life of William Wordsworth. For the summer of 2013, Thomas Moore will visit Iceland; Jane Graham will travel to various Southern writers' homes; Scott Crook will visit New York for a Faulkner auction; and Margaret Lee will return to the northeast to finish an earlier tour. Read more about Mrs. Alford at the blog site created at her death in 2009.
Margaret Lee, junior English teacher and AP Language Teacher for 11 and 12, was named Star Teacher by Michael Briskin, the 2011-2012 Star Student from Woodward.
Long-time English Department members, Linda Gravitt, Lucy Klein, and Helen Shean retired in May 2012, becoming honorary members of the Class of '12. Best wishes in their retirements. If you wish to contact them, email Peggy McNash, and she will forward your email to them.