Tria Wood has worked with WITS as a writer for five years. She is a gifted writer and educator, who combines writing, art, music, and science to make the creative process exciting to students. Tria is currently completing a young adult novel, in addition to writing reviews of local art events. This is what she had to say about her motivations for working with WITS and why she enjoys it:
In 1983, Jane Creighton visited my 7th grade classroom in Edna, Texas, under the Artists and Writers program, using a model similar to the one WITS uses today. It was her visits in particular that made me decide that I wanted to be a writer. I joined the WITS team as a writer in 2005 and have been teaching for WITS ever since.
So many of my students have come to me with poems or stories that they’ve written on their own because they’re so excited about writing since I’ve visited their classrooms through WITS. I love those moments when I can see that I’m passing the love of words on to them the way Jane Creighton did for me.
I feel like I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. These young writers inspire me every day with their creativity and enthusiasm. I’ve felt more “at home” working for WITS than in any other job I’ve held.
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