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Gaye Ingram

teacher photoGaye Ingram coordinates and teaches Advanced Placement English classes in The Challenge Program for Academically Gifted Students at Cedar Creek School in Ruston, Louisiana. She also teaches creative writing and literary journalism courses in the program. Her other activities include coordinating the Thomas G. Judd Distinguished Speaker Series, which sponsors readings and master classes by noted southern writers. In addition, she is founder and sponsor of Southern Voices, a student-produced literary journal that circulates and provides a venue for the imaginative writing of high school students in ten southern states. She also founded The Pinecone, a folklife journal produced by middle-school students, and the bi-annual Southern Voices Young Writers Conference, where noted writers and writing teachers work with high-school writers.

Before coming to Cedar Creek School to develop the Challenge Program, Ms. Ingram spent nearly a decade as an Associate Professor of English at La. Tech University, where she taught Contemporary Southern Literature and Seventeenth-Century British Prose and Poetry.

She has a special interest in folklife and has helped organize and curate museum exhibits of regional quilts. She has also helped document quilts for the Louisiana Folklife project.

Ms. Ingram was named Humanities Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 2000. She has also received the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year and Time-Warner Star Teacher awards.

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