WARREN E. COMBS, PhD, Founder and Trainer
Meet Warren Combs, PhD, English Education and Linguistics. Former university professor and classroom instructor, Dr. Combs is a researcher and curriculum developer. He founded Writing to Win out of a passion to pass along key success strategies that bolster student achievement and create confident, engaged writers and critical thinkers.
Dr. Combs earned degrees in English and English linguistics from Evangel University, Missouri State University and the University of Minnesota. He taught undergraduates at Evangel and the University of Minnesota and 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 nature and effects of sentence-combining practice on the writing development of students (Research in the Teaching of English, 2, 1976). As professor of language education, he advised graduate students in further explorations of sentence-combining practice. He continued to publish articles and books in the teaching of writing and was a member of the successful author team for The Writing Process, Allyn and Bacon, 1982.
All lessons, strategies and instructional tools in these series arise from Dr. Combs’ experiences in classrooms of students. Each initiative includes instructional materials for teach?ers and students. In the first decade of this century, these routines have served over 250 K-12 schools across the United States. 140 of them have been recognized as Exemplary Schools of Writing.
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 serves 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. He has authored three professional development texts for teachers distributed by Taylor and Francis Group: Empowering Students to Write and RE-write: standards-based strategies for middle and high school teachers (2010), Writer’s Workshop for the Common Core: a step-by-step guide for grade 3-8 teachers (2012), and Constructed Responses for Learning (2016).
Dr. Combs lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and professional colleague, Arnelle. They have three adult children and four grandchildren who live in Georgia and North Carolina.
STEPHANIE STEWART, Workshop Trainer
Stephanie Stewart owes her experience in the teaching of writing to her experiences as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for 13 years and as 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 ensures they achieve their goals for significant increases in student performance in ELA, math, science, social studies and writing. She graduated from Georgia College & State University, then earned a master?s degree at Georgia Southwestern. Ms. Stewart has served as an elementary literacy coach with the Reading Excellence Act and the Georgia Reading First Project.
SUNITA HOLLOWAY, Workshop Trainer
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, assistant principal, and a K-8 math coordinator. ?Ms. Holloway currently serves as Director of Title 1. 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 on?site 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.