Warren Combs, author of Writing to Win, can often be found doing what he enjoys doing most, working with students and teachers in classrooms. With over 30 years of experience as a trainer, he knows that optimal teaching and learning start with the five key practices of writing-based instruction. A former classroom teacher and university professor, Dr. Combs received advanced degrees in English and English linguistics from Missouri State University and the University of Minnesota. He served on the graduate faculties of the University of Georgia, Mercer University and Western Washington University. Dr. Combs’ doctoral dissertation was an early study of the effects of sentence-combining practice on the writing development of students. He is author of numerous publish articles and four books published by Allyn and Bacon (The Writing Process, 1982) and Taylor & Francis (Empowering Students to Write and RE-Write, 2010, Writer’s Workshop for the Common Core, 2012, and Constructed Responses for Learning, 2016).
Dr. Combs is a longtime member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of English, Learning First (the National Staff Development Council) and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. He has served as a reviewer for several national journals. He has presented regularly at Georgia regional service agencies, High Schools that Work, Learning First, Making Middle Grades Work, Missouri’s Building Bridges, several National Writing Projects, and South Dakota’s Career and Technical Education Conference.
Dr. Combs lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and professional colleague, Arnelle. They have three adult children and four grandchildren in Georgia and North Carolina.
Stephanie Stewart owes her experience in the teaching of writing to her experiences as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for 13 years and a certified K-8 Writing to Win trainer for six years. Working in classroom demonstrations, micro-teaching sessions, in-class coaching and planning sessions, Stephanie builds solid relationships with both administrators and teachers. She helps them focus on the five key practices of writing-based learning that insures they achieve their goals for significant increases in student performance in ELA, math, science, social studies and writing. She graduated from Georgia College and State University and then earned a Masters degree at Georgia Southwestern. Prior to Writing to Win, she served as an elementary literacy coach with the Reading Excellence Act and the Georgia Reading First Project. Reading is her passion and now that this passion is paired with a strong writing based instruction, Stephanie can equip students with the necessary foundation for success. Stephanie believes in the Writing to Win routines because she has witnessed first hand the comments of students and teachers who “love” writing. “Ms. Stephanie, we are going to Write to Win!”
Darry Strickland has been a 9-12 classroom teacher where he led several curriculum projects and served as social studies department chair. As high school administrator, he has served as athletic director and leader of a ninth-grade learning community. Outside of school, he has served as certified facilitator/trainer for the National Writing Project, National School Reform Faculty, Understanding by Design and New Teacher Center. Currently he is a change facilitator throughout the country, leading job embedded professional development and coaching for school leaders in curriculum design and teachers in writing-based instruction with the three Writing to Win instructional routines. He specializes in literacy, instructional design and school transformation. His hobbies include chess, poetry and history.
Sunita Holloway has become a master teacher of mathematics over her career as teacher-leader in Cartersville City and Rome City Schools. She served 16 years in the classroom, has been a math coach, an assistant principal, and a K-8 math coordinator. Ms. Holloway currently serves as Director of Title 1. She recently met Writing to Win the UNDERSTANDINGS routine and successfully set up a model classroom for “writing to learn math” at Rome Middle School where in the model classroom the majority of students exceeded math standards on the state math assessment. She trains teachers and administrators in the Writing to Win UNDERSTANDINGS routine for math and science at workshops in regional education service agencies (RESA), at the state Georgia math conference (GCTM) and onsite at neighboring school districts. She was educated at Messiah College(BS), Jacksonville State University (MS) and Lincoln Memorial University (Ed Specialist). She is an active member of the Georgia Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.