Sherry Kinkopf is a native of Hattiesburg , Mississippi, and has taught in public schools for 10 years, including Lumberton Public School District, Covington County Schools, Petal Education Center, and Hattiesburg High School. While in Covington County, she was a 2002 recipient of a Teaching Tolerance Grant funded through the Southern Poverty Law Association of Alabama. In 2004 she was a South Mississippi Writing Project (SMWP) Summer Fellow and currently serves as a teacher consultant, conducting staff development and in-service training for area schools and teachers. She has presented at several state and regional conferences, including the Mississippi Association of Middle Level Educators, The Destin Nuts and Bolts Symposium, and The MS Write Connection Conference. Currently, she works with English Licensure students in pre-service courses and supervises teacher candidates during field experiences. Service Interests: Co-Director for the SMWP Invitational Summer Institute 2007 & 2008; Continuity Coordinator for the SMWP 2008; University Representative for the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) 2007/2008; University Representative for the MS IHL Blue Ribbon Commission on the Redesign of Teacher Preparation Programs 2008; and USM Secondary & K-12 Caucus Chair.