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


Ryan Batsie
Executive Director

Ryan Batsie, Three-Year Term (2020), Zionsville West Middle School

Ryan Batsie has been a language arts teacher since 2003 and currently teaches  at Zionsville West Middle School.  He has also been a part-time education professor at Indiana University since 2016 and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture & Language Education with IU.  He loves sharing current classroom experiences with future teachers to inspire the next generation of educators. As an avid reader and passionate writer, he cares deeply about literacy instruction in the state of Indiana and beyond. ITW has helped welcome him into a community of Hoosier educators who truly care about students.  He will be on the board for a three-year term as the Executive Director of ITW.

Joe Horvath

Joe Horvath, Three-Year Term (2020), Southport High School

Joe Horvath is a Master Teacher at Southport High School and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis.  He has received degrees from Butler University and the University of Indianapolis. He will be on the board for a three-year term.

Steve Fox
Vice-President for External Relations

Steve Fox, Three-Year Term (2020), IUPUI

Steve Fox is 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.  Fox has been involved with ITW as board member and presenter since 1992. He will be on the board for a three-year term.

Erin Lehman
Vice-President of Finances

Erin Lehman, Three-Year Term (2020), Ivy Tech

Erin Lehman teaches English composition, introduction to poetry, developmental writing, and general studies capstone. Teacher Consultant with the Hoosier Writing Project, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, and Master Teacher. Trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) serving Johnson County, Indiana. She will be on the board for a three-year term.

Nancy Butcher

Nancy Butcher, Three-Year Term (2020), Secretary, Lawrence School District

Nancy Butcher is currently teaching 5th grade in Lawrence.   She has been teaching over 23 years including 9 years at HSE in the GT department and 14 years at IPS including a number of years in Title I. She has created district wide and school wide programs including a K-5 year-long writing contest for her building.  Nancy has been a teacher consultant for the Hoosier Writing Project since 2002 and co-facilitates the HWP Summer Institute for elementary teachers.  She will be on the board for a three-year term.

Tracy Donhardt
Vice-President for Communications

Tracy Donhardt, Three-Year Term (2020), IUPUI

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. She will be on the board for a three-year term.

April Adams
Vice-President for Professional Development

April Adams, Three-Year Term (2020), Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School

April Adams is a graduate of Butler University with a degree in elementary education and certifications in reading and English as a new language. After receiving her education April began her teaching career in Lawrence Township. April has taught third grade, worked as an interventionist with grade fourth through sixth, and is currently at Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School. She will be on the board for a three-year term.

Carrie Gaffney
Middle School Representative

Carrie Gaffney, Three-Year Term (2020)

Carrie Gaffney has spent the bulk of her career as a middle school teacher and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Coordinator. In addition, she has worked as writer and editor for multiple creative and educational publications, including as managing editor of The Educational Forum, a publication of Kappa Delta Pi.  She serves on numerous boards, including Second Story Indy, a non-profit devoted to bringing creativity into classrooms, as well as the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance Magazine, where she is also a contributor, and serves as facilitator of the Advanced Institute of the Hoosier Writing Project.

Amy Peddie
English as a New Language Representative

Amy Peddie, Three-Year (2020), Perry Township School

Amy Peddie has served Perry Township School for almost twenty years where I have taught English as a New Language, French, and Computer Applications, at both elementary and secondary levels.  She leads the Department of  English Learners and teaches intermediate English as a New Language classes. She is a member of INTESOL, was named Southport High School Teacher of the Year, and received the Chin National Day Teacher of the Year and the Human Relations Banquet Ambassadors Award in 2012. She will be on the board for a three-year term.

Anna Cook
District Administrator

Anna Cook, One-Year Term (2018), Franklin Central School Corporation

Anna Cook has been an educator for 30 years, 15 of which as a Coordinator of Special Programs. 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.  Anna has been an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Indianapolis, teaching courses in Reading as well as Master’s courses on Principal Leadership.  She has spoken at numerous National and International conferences on Literacy instruction.  She will continue on the board for one more year.

Temeka Lomax
Secondary Representative

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

Temeka Lomax, a TC since attending the Summer Institute at IUPUI in 2000, has represented the goals and philosophy of the National Writing Project both as a classroom teacher and as a district-level trainer.  Accomplishments such as securing an Urban Sites grant from the NWP to address equity in teaching and learning and organizing two mini Summer Institutes for the teachers at Pike High School, exemplify her unwavering support of educators through ITW.  She will continue on the board for two more years.

Kyle Robison
Community College Representative

Kyle Robison, Two-year term (2019), Marian University and Ivy Tech

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. Kyle is also a master storyteller with the National Storytelling Association, a former commercial artist and copy editor for Monster.com. She conducts “My Story” summer writing camps for middle school students.  She will continue on the board for two more years.

Sue Blackwell
Past Executive Director

Sue Blackwell, June Term (2018), Past Executive Director, Marian University

Sue Blackwell was a high school publications advisor and English teacher in local area high schools.  She also was the first school reform coach for Indiana schools and taught in secondary teacher education at the university level.  She has extensive experience teaching composition courses and working with struggling students.  She retired from full time teaching this year and teaches composition classes at Marian University part-time.  She will complete her obligations in June, 2018.

Gay Lynn Crossley
Past President

Gay Lynn Crossley, One-Year Term (2018), Past President, Marian University

Gay Lynn Crossley moved to Indianapolis to join the faculty at Marian College (now Marian University) in 1996 and joined ITW before the moving van was unloaded.  She earned her doctorate in rhetoric and composition at Florida State University and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from researched writing to writing program administration.  Originally from Texas, she talks funny and still doesn’t understand the Hoosier fascination with fried pork tenderloin sandwiches.