Hometown: Nazareth, PA
Profession: Student, Temple University
Been a volunteer since: September 2016
What I Do: Work with Academy students at Mighty Writers North and behind the scenes emailing reminders, maintaining documents and contacting parents.
Favorite Author: Ray Bradbury
Last book I read: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
Book I liked as a kid: Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit
Quote I like: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ——John Green
Profession: Freelance writer; Adjunct, Temple University. I teach the writing humor class in the Journalism Department.
Been a volunteer since: 2012
What I do at MW: Once a week, I volunteer in the Academy program at MW South.
PLC is: Our “Professional Learning Community,” made up of MW staff and volunteers. Our meetings are invigorating and instructive.
What we do in PLC: I learned different approaches to instructing Mighty Writers from a group of insightful, interesting and experienced professionals.
Quote I like: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” — Mark Twain
Ann Marie Meehan (“This is a photo of me atop a dromedary in the Sahara”)
Profession: Accounting Specialist
Been a volunteer at MW since: September 2016
What I do at MW: I’ve done a workshop and assisted in essay night.
Favorite author: Evelyn Waugh
Last book I read: Upstream by Mary Oliver
Books I liked as a kid: Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler
Quote I like: “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” -— Carl Sagan
Profession: Retired journalist. I was a writer and editor at The Inquirer for more than 30 years before retiring at the end of 2014.
Been a volunteer at MW since: July 2016
What I do at MW: I help the younger children with their homework and the older ones with their writing. I also have helped an eighth grader write an application essay for Central High School.
Favorite author: P.G. Wodehouse
Last book I read: “Cry, the Beloved Country,” by Alan Paton
Book I liked as a kid: The Hardy Boys series
Quote I like: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin