2014 Young Writer's Camp Staff
Camp Director and Guest Teacher , Nancy Dabit
Nancy Dabit's teaching career started in a fifth grade classroom. After two years in an elementary classroom, Nancy decided to specialize in one subject area, English. She is now in her 7th year of teaching and is currently an English Language Arts teacher at Moultrie Middle School. She is a Charleston native, attending Charleston County Public schools from kindergarten to high school. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the College of Charleston. She just recently completed her National Board and earned certification. In 2012, she was titled Charleston County Teacher of the Year. Her enthusiasm for reading, writing, and teaching is contagious in the classroom.
Teacher, Natalie Harden
Natalie Harden is a returning for her 4th year as a Young Writer's Camp instructor. She has thirteen years of experience in the elementary classroom and teaches 3rd grade at Sullivan's Island Elementary. Natalie is National Board Certified and has Masters in Education from Cambridge College. In addition, she has future twin Young Writers Camp campers- in- training at home.
Teacher, Meaghan Rhodes
Coming from an educational environment that fosters small group collaboration and learning through written expression, Meaghan is a firm supporter of the work done by the Lowcountry Writing Project. A public school educator for a decade, she enjoys teaching a curriculum rich in the creative process of writing. When she is not in her car commuting back and forth from Cario Middle in Mount Pleasant, she enjoys reading, watching movies on TCM, and running at a leisurely pace. Meaghan is married to Wade, a commercial fisherman turned communications technician. They have a four year old, Joiner, and live in Awendaw.
Guest Teacher, Laura Critchley
Laura Critchley, an ELA teacher at Moultrie Middle School, has been teaching public and private school for over 10 years. She has lived and studied all over the country and attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she double majored in Theatre and Dramatic Literature, as well as UCLA and NYU, where she studied playwriting and screen writing. Laura received her Masters of Teaching Arts in English from the joint program at The Citadel. Also a Drama teacher, she has directed over 15 student productions, including Once Upon A Mattress, Willy Wonka, and Oklahoma. In her spare time, she works on her novel (don't we all), forces people to listen to "cute" stories about her cats, buys handbags she can't afford, tries to mellow out her husband, and generally worries about unimportant stuff.