NCTE Presents - Student Writing Awards: Q&A - National Council of Teachers of English

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
7:00 p.m. ET






Parsa Choudhury, a former Fulbright scholar, received her Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington, specializing in English, literature, TESOL, reading, composition, and teacher education. She has been teaching in higher education in the United States, where her teaching includes diverse and multilingual groups. She currently teaches at Columbia College. She is a NCTE presenter and reviewer, and has published reviews of children’s books in Multicultural Review. She is working on a children’s book and diversity-focused projects.

Liz Lietz is an ELA consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District in metro-Detroit, Michigan. Previously, she was a high school English teacher and instructional coach. Lietz is humbled to serve on the NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing committee since 2019 and is the current NCTE CEL state liaison for Michigan.

Dr. Wendy R. Williams is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University, chair of NCTE’s Achievement Awards in Writing Advisory Committee (2020–2022), and former Teaching Creative Writing column editor for English Journal. Wendy is the author of Listen to the Poet: Writing, Performance, and Community in Youth Spoken Word Poetry and is currently at work on two books (on visual storytelling and mentoring youth writers).






Ginger Jones is a professor of English at LSUA who teaches in the LSU Online program. The former editor of Under One Sun, a university creative writing journal, and The Oak Leaf: LSUA’s Undergraduate Journal of Teaching and Research, she recently edited a collection of essays about online teaching.


Amy Bouch is an 8th-grade English teacher, the 2022 Grammar Teacher of the Year, the President of the NCTE affiliate WPCTE, a Teacher-Leader for the Western PA Writing Project, and a member of the NCTE Middle Level Section Nominating Committee. Her favorite parts of teaching include getting over-the-top excited when pairing students with books they’ll love, encouraging students to share their writing with wider audiences, and inspiring students to find the magic and power in grammar.