Contacts

Dr. Tonya Perry

Red Mountain Writing Project Director

tperry@uab.edu

Natasha Matthews Flowers

Co-Director

learningpro@hotmail.com

Ben Davis

Co-Director/Tech Liaison

Benjamindavis2000@gmail.com

Cindy Peavy

Director of Continuity

cindypeavy08@gmail.com

Debbie Simms

Youth Programs Team

dsimms@hoover.k12.al.us

Jameka S. Thomas

Co-Director of Technology- USN Conference Chair

jamekathomas78@gmail.com

Sonjanika D. Henderson

Co-Director of Grant Writing

hendersonsdjj@yahoo.com

Cherane Moreno

Co-Director of Grant Writing

cheranem@hotmail.com

 

 


Dr. Tonya Perry

Red Mountain Writing Project Director

Dr. Perry is a Professor in the  School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   Her primary professional interests include reading and writing instruction and integrated curriculum.  Learn more here.
http://www.ed.uab.edu/tperry/

Dr. Bruce McComiskey

Red Mountain Writing Project Director

Dr. Bruce McComiskey specializes in Rhetoric and Composition, Classical Rhetoric, and Professional Writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His most recent publications include Teaching Composition as a Social Process (Utah State UP, 2000), Gorgias and the New Sophistic Rhetoric (Southern Illinois UP, 2002), and a co-edited collection titled City Comp: Identities, Spaces, Practices (SUNY Press, 2003).

Natasha Matthews Flowers

Co-Director

Having been a fellow with the 2005 RMWP, Natasha has returned as a co-director. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (Early/Middle Childhood Literacy). She currently teaches third grade at Cherokee Bend School.
She is passionate about literacy and being a voice and advocate for marginalized children and parents. An aspiring writer,she has completed her first picture book and is building up the nerve to mail it to publishers (which should be a goal for this summer.)
learningpro@hotmail.com

Ben Davis

Co-Director/Tech Liaison

Ben is returning to RMWP after having been a fellow in 2006. He currently teaches the 11th-grade English at Vestavia Hills High School. To say that he is obsessed with technology is an understatement. He graduated from UAB with a BA in English Literature with a concentration in linguistics. He then secured a MA in Language Arts.
Blog:http://TeachEng.Us
Benjamindavis2000@gmail.com

Cindy Peavy

Director of Continuity

Cindy graduated from UAB with a degree in biology and chemistry, but decided to change directions and pursue her graduate degree in English. After earning her M.A. in 1985, she taught freshman composition and sophomore literature courses at UAB and then Samford University before going on to a career as a freelance writer that spanned more than 15 years. During that time, she wrote shamelessly for money, tackling everything from advertisements and brochures to video scripts and magazine articles.  After having a child of her own and nurturing his literacy development, Cindy decided to pursue a career in education, earning a M.S.Ed. from Samford University in 1999. She now teaches fourth- and fifth-grade language arts at Highlands School, as well as after-school creative writing classes where she shares her passion for poetry inspired by art and nature.
cindypeavy08@gmail.com

Debbie Simms

Youth Programs Team

Debbie graduated from UAB where she was recognized as the Outstanding UAB Undergraduate for the School of Education. She has also been named Teacher of the Year at Simmons Middle School in Hoover, Alabama and was a finalist for the Birmingham Post Herald Distinguished Teacher of the Year award. Debbie currently teaches 6th grade English and Language Arts at Simmons Middle School and has been with UAB Red Mountain Writing Project for 5 years.  Debbie is thankful for her experiences through Red Mountain Writing Project and most importantly it has “provided her with a professional group of diverse, accomplished educators that model cutting edge teaching practices.”
dsimms@hoover.k12.al.us

Jameka S. Thomas

Co-Director of Technology- USN Conference Chair

Jameka has been a part of Red Mountain Writing Project for 3 years during which she says the project “has been a lifeline and rejuvenated my career.” She currently teaches 8th grade Social Studies at James A. Davis Middle School in Bessemer, Alabama. Jameka serves on the Bessemer City School Instructional Leadership Team and was named 2010 Teacher of the Year for James A. Davis Middle School. In addition, she was the Red Mountain Writing Project 2011 Grant Recipient and currently serves as a presenter of  Strategic Teaching and Content Area Literacies. Jameka is thankful for the opportunity Red Mountain Writing Project has given her to network not only with teachers in her community but throughout the nation.
jamekathomas78@gmail.com
USNbham2013@gmail.com for correspondence involving the 2013 Urban Sites Network Conference

Sonjanika D. Henderson

Co-Director of Grant Writing

Sonjanika has been with Red Mountain Writing Project for 5 years. During this time she says,”the strategies and ideas I have gained through the project have propelled my teaching and my students’ learning to remarkable heights.” Sonjanika currently teaches 11th grade English and language arts at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Alabama. She is also an adjunct professor at ITT Technical Institute. She serves on the Bessemer City Schools School Improvement Leadership Team and Bessemer City High School’s Leadership Team as the English Department Chair.
hendersonsdjj@yahoo.com

Cherane Moreno

Co-Director of Grant Writing

Cherane has been with the UAB Red Mountain Writing Project since 2009. Currently she teaches 7th-12th grade English at Parkway Christian Academy in Birmingham, AL, and this is her first year on the leadership team with Red Mountain Writing Project. Cherane describes her experience with RMWP as the most powerful influence over her teaching career. She says, “I’ve never attended professional development that has impacted my craft the way RMWP has, and the power of the written word is a tool that should be developed through all subject matter in order to provide the educational foundation that will allow students to excel in all they do.”
cheranem@hotmail.com