Tom Thompson, DirectorTom Thompson, is an Associate Professor of English at The Citadel, where he teaches undergraduate courses in composition and public speaking; he also teaches graduate courses in the MAT program and supervises student teachers. He has published articles and given conference presentations on assessment, teaching styles, responding to student writing, and writing across the curriculum.His most recent book, Teaching Writing in High School and College: Conversations and Collaborations, was published by NCTE in 2002.


Tom Thompson, DirectorTara Mande has experience with the Lowcountry Writing Project, as a Teacher Consultant, and co-teacher of the Winter Institute and Summer Institute. Tara has taught First Grade at Stono Park Elementary, where she was a finalist for the 2006-2007 CCSD Teacher of the year. Tara is currently teaching Kindergarten at Laurel Hill Primary.

Technology Liaison

Tom Thompson, DirectorEmily Elliott has been involved with the Lowcountry Writing Project since participating as a fellow in the 2003 Summer Institute. She has continued this involvement as Teacher Consultant,leading workshops on Digital Imaging and co-teaching 2007's Winter Institute and directs The Young Writer's Camp. Emily is an Educational Technology Specialist for Charleston County School District and graduated from the University of South Carolina, Aiken in May 2008 with a Masters in Educational Technology.

Administrative Assistant

Nancy Ezell Suggs was the Director of Advancement Services for the Roper Foundation beforeNancy Ezell Suggs motherhood beckoned. Having worked in university-level fund-raising, alumni, and student affairs, she is excited to continue working with those who take education seriously. Holding a Bachelor's in English, she is particularly grateful to work with fellow wordsmiths again! And being the wife of a high school English teacher who is also an LWP Teacher Consultant (Will Suggs), she knows the balancing act LWP participants face, so she strives to make easy the details necessary to complete LWP institutes, courses, and workshops.