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Contact us to discuss how you, your students, your school or your district can partner with LEEAP.

Stephanie West-Puckett
LEEAP Co-director
Tar River Writing Project Community Liaison
Department of English, East Carolina University
252.737.1089 or

Stephanie West-Puckett is a Teaching Instructor in the Department of English at East Carolina University and has over a decade of experience teaching and working with writers of all ages and experience levels.  With an MA in English, a concentration in Creative Writing, coursework in Technical and Professional Writing, and a passion for outreach, Stephanie joined the Tar River Writing Project leadership team in February 2011 and looks forward to continuing to build educational partnerships and professional learning networks in Eastern NC.  Since 2008, she has Co-directed the Leadership for Equity, Excellence, Achievement and Partnership (LEEAP) Team and facilitated professional development institutes that support  teacher-inquiry as a means to increasing student achievement by addressing issues of race, class, equity, and educational justice in Eastern NC.  In addition, her research interests include first-year composition, service-learning as a writing pedagogy, digital writing and citizenship, and reading and writing across the curriculum.  She is also on the Board of Directors as Conference Director for the North Carolina English Teachers Association.

Danielle Lewis
LEEAP Co-director
8th Grade ELA Teacher
Beaufort County Schools

Danielle has taught 8th grade Language Arts since 2006 and coaches the Battle of the Books team at Northeast Elementary School in Pinetown, NC.  Previously, she mentored mentally and behaviorally-challenged K-12 students and taught First-Year Composition as a graduate assistant at East Carolina University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Muticultural Literature.  She participated in the inaugural Summer Institute of the Tar River Writing Project in 2007 and her inquiries include student-centered instruction, increasing equity in the classroom and inspiring and empowering resistant readers.  Danielle is also Region 1 Co-director of the North Carolina English Teachers Association.


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