Our Mission

Indiana Teachers of Writing promotes collaborative inquiry into writing instruction, the work of writing students, and the classrooms that nurture writers. Click here to read a brief history of our organization.

Our Board

Sue Blackwell
Executive Director

Sue Blackwell, Executive Director, Three-Year Term (2018), Retired

Sue Blackwell was a high school publications advisor and English teacher in local area high schools as well as a teacher educator, retiring from the University of Indianapolis.  She teaches composition classes at Marian University part-time.

Gay Lynn Crossley

Gay Lynn Crossley, President

Gay Lynn Crossley earned her doctorate in rhetoric and composition at Florida State University and directs the Writing Program at Marian University.

Steve Fox
Vice President

Steve Fox, Vice-President

Steve Fox is Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing at IUPUI.  He also directs the Hoosier Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, which offers professional development for teachers of writing at all levels.

Greg Blackwell

Greg Blackwell, Treasurer, Three-Year Term (2018), Retired

Greg Blackwell was a business and marketing education teacher for 28 years.  During his tenure at two central Indiana school districts he served as marketing education teacher coordinator, accounting teacher and department chair.

Nancy Butcher

Nancy Butcher, Secretary

Nancy Butcher currently teaches fifth grade in Lawrence and has been a teacher consultant for the Hoosier Writing Project since 2002 and co-facilitates the Hoosier Writing Project Summer Institute.

Tracy Donhardt
Events Chair

Tracy Donhardt, Events Chair

Tracy Donhardt teaches freshman composition, research writing, and an English Capstone course at IUPUI in Indianapolis. She earned her Master’s Degree in English with a Teaching Writing Certificate from IUPUI in 2011 and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Journalism in 2004.

Kim Brian Lovejoy
Publications Chair, JTW Editor

Kim Brian Lovejoy, Publications Committee Coordinator, JTW Editor

Kim Lovejoy is an English professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the writing program. He directs the Graduate Program in Writing and Literacy and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, and is the editor of the Journal of Teaching Writing.

Joe Horvath
Membership Chair, Secondary

Joe Horvath, Secondary, Membership, Southport High School

Josef Horvath teaches AP Literature and Freshman English at Southport with degrees from Butler and University of Indianapolis.

Erin Lehman

Erin Lehman, University, One-Year Term (2017), Ivy Tech

Erin Lehman teaches English composition, introduction to poetry, developmental writing, and general studies capstone at Ivy Tech. She is also a teacher consultant with the Hoosier Writing Project.

Anna Cook
District Administrator

Anna Cook, District Administrator, One-Year Term (2017), Franklin Central School Corporation.

Anna Cook is Coordinator of Special Programs for Franklin Township. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a Specialty in Reading instruction from Indiana University-Bloomington.   She holds a Master’s Degree from Butler University and Certification as a Literacy Collaborative Coach from Purdue University.

Darolyn “Lyn” Jones

Lyn Jones, University, Three-Year Term (2019), Ball State University

Darolyn “Lyn” Jones has taught English andDonhardt served as an English department chair, an instructional coach, and a professional development leader with Hamilton Southeastern Schools.  She is a professor in the Department of English at Ball State University.

April Adams

April Adams, Elementary, Three-Year Term (2019), Sunnyside Elementary

April has taught third grade, worked as an interventionist with grade fourth through sixth, and is currently a first grade teacher at Sunnyside Elementary.

Temeka Lomax

Temeka Lomax, Secondary, Three-Year Term (2019), Pike High School

Temeka Lomax teaches English at Pike High School and is a teaching consultant for the Hoosier Writing Project Summer Institute at IUPUI.

Ryan Batsie

Ryan Batsie. Middle Level, Three-Year Term (2019), Zionsville High School

Ryan Batsie is a language arts teacher at Zionsville West Middle School and a Ph.D. student in the Literacy Education department at Indiana University.

Kyle Robison
Community College

Kyle Robison, Three-year term (2019), Community College Rep

Kyle Robison is an adjunct professor at both Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College. She also teaches Technical Writing and Literature online for several other universities. Kyle is a graduate of Indiana University with a Master’s in Secondary Education/English and a degree in Visual Communication from Antioch College.

Milena Mileva-Sparks

Milena Mileva-Sparks, University, One-Year Term (2017), Marian University

Milena Mileva-Sparks teaches Freshman College Writing and First Year Seminar courses at Marian.

Mary Nicolini
Past Executive Director

Mary Nicolini, Past Executive Director, Penn High School

Mary Nicolini was Executive Director for ITW for 25 years.  She continues her teaching career at Penn High School and her work with the Indiana Writing Projects.