Invitational Leadership Institute

Applications are available for the 2018 Summer Institute and 2018-19 Year Round Institute

The 2018 Summer Institute will be held on the campus of Shenandoah University on the following dates:

Pre-Institute session Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (required)
Teacher as Writer June 25-29 concurrent with the Children’s Literature Conference, 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
July 2-20 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Fellows will return on one Friday for an evaluation session

The Pre-Institute for the 2018-19 Year Round Institute will be held on July 26 & 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bowman Building in downtown Winchester.

Weekends scheduled for class meetings will be available at the Interview sessions in the spring.  Teachers are asked to commit to the dates provided.

Fellowship in the Institutes is by invitation.  Applications will be accepted through March with interviews beginning in late March.

You can find the online application here.

TCs who would like to nominate colleagues may use the online form here.

If applicants wish to have their two recommendations (one from a supervisor and one from a colleague) sent electronically, provide this link: for the summer and this link for the Year Round:

Fellows and Staff Announced for the 2017-18 Year-Round Institute Model*

Congratulations to the following teachers who have been accepted into the 2017-18 Year Round Invitational Leadership Institute.  Returning fellows have also been named as staff members.

Director: Mary Tedrow, SVWP Director

Irene Asuncion, Rock Ridge High School
Patricia Berrian, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
Felisa Cupps, Tuscarora High School
Elizabeth Davis, Winchester Public Schools
Danielle DeChristopher, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Amanda Estep, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Samantha Gates, Winchester Public Schools
Amanda Harrington, Mountain Vista Governor’s School
Joyce Householder, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Tara Lockhart, Garland R. Quarles Elementary
Louise E. Mann, Dominion High School
Susan Newman, Rock Ridge High School
Mallory Simon, Frederick County Middle School
Seth Stahler, Garland R. Quarles Elementary

Dee Dee Livesay, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Rebecca Schwier,  M. M. Pierce Elementary School

*Read Meghann Donohue’s reflection on the Year-Round Institute.

Teacher Consultants from the 2017 Summer Institute

Congratulations to the newest group of Teacher Consultants on their successful completion of the 2017 Summer Invitational Leadership Institute.


Director: Laura Tucker, SVWP Co-Director

Sarah Andino, James G. Brumfield Elementary
Beth Buerkel, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Teresa Cave, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Michelle Coleman, North Fork Middle School
Nicole Daquilante, Red Bud Run Elementary School
Star Friend, John Handley High School
Samuel Gesford, North Fork Middle School
Laura Hughes, Blue Ridge Elementary School
Ellen Martin, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Camille Murphy, Harmony Middle School
Moriah Rush, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary
Alice “Katy” Schain, Daniel Morgan Middle School
Shabana Shah, Sugarland Elementary School
Marianne Sutton, Marshall Middle School
Jeanette Wolffe, James G. Brumfield Elementary

Damon Laabs, Trailside Middle School
Shea Finny, Loudoun Valley High School

SVWP Teacher Consultants
Inaugural Year Round Institute of 2017-18

The first year-round model of the Invitational Institute concluded on Friday, June 16, 2017. Congratulations to the latest Teacher Consultants of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project.


Jaclyn Azat, Trailside Middle School
Heather Campbell, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Jennifer Eppard-Morgan, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Sarah Fitzgerald, Eastern View High School
Margaret Humphries, Potomac Senior High School
Robert Kilby, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Paul Koch, Rock Ridge High School
Beth Konkoski, Broad Run High School
Heather Lark-Rickard, Garland R. Quarles Elementary School
Marina Levi, Tuscarora High School
Dee Dee Livesay, Daniel Morgan Middle School

Meghann Donohue, Harmony Middle School
Nicole Kaylan, Dominion High School

SVWP Teacher Consultants
Class of 2016


Director: Mary Tedrow, SVWP Director

Carissa Altizer, Sandy Hook Middle School
John Applin, Capon Bridge Elementary
Danielle Bostick, John Handley High School
Melanie Catron, Warren County Middle School
Emelie Duke, Creighton’s Corner Elementary School
Nicole Korsen, Dominion High School
Damon Laabs, Trailside Middle School
Lisa Larkin, P.B. Smith Elementary School
Jacqueline Mutz, Rock Ridge High School
Timothy “Chip” Newcome, John Handley High School
Rebecca Schwier,  M. M. Pierce Elementary School
Marianne Tomasic, Shepherdstown Middle School

Donna Michael, Johnson-Williams Middle School
Terrence Donohue, Clarke County High School




4 thoughts on “Invitational Leadership Institute

  1. As English Department Chair at Loudoun Valley High School, I wish to register four of my staff members for the Fall Learn to Write Conference, Sept. 23, 2017. I cannot, however, locate a link to registration. Also, one of the participants is Shea Finny, who served as one of your summer teachers; will she be required to pay tuition? Please contact me so that I may proceed. Thank you!


    • Hello Marcia,
      We do not yet have a link active for registration. We simply hoped to advertise the date while we waited for confirmation of our Keynote speaker. We should have a link active in the next two weeks and that information will be forthcoming (where and how to register).
      Shea will be attending independently because the teachers she has coached will be presenting. So plan on registering the three teachers rather than four when we have our registration page up. Thank you so much for your query.


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