Poetry Friday: Thank You to Our Spring & Fountain Hosts

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As our Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain sessions draw to a close, we want to recognize the contribution of our site hosts. These are the individuals and organizations who provide the welcoming spaces all over New Jersey where we hold our sessions.

When planning Spring & Fountain, we seek out locations that offer our teachers an experience that differs from typical Professional Development sessions, which are often held in nondescript conference rooms, crowded auditoriums or school cafeterias. It is our pleasure to introduce teachers to poetry at the same time we introduce them to the cultural, artistic, educational and natural treasures of our state. We welcome you to learn more about these venues—most have programs for the public as well as educational initiatives and special events.

Our partners and friends make our programs possible by staying open late, opening up early, designating space for our group and above all, making us feel welcome. Our sincere gratitude goes to:

Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest (Bergen County)

Nancy Schneberger, English Department Chair

Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill (Camden County)

Derrick Owings, English Teacher

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, Piscataway (Middlesex County)

Michael Boylan, Director of Restoration and Site Management

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC), Mullica Hill (Gloucester County)

Erik Mollenhauer, Global Connections/Monarch Teacher Network

The Hudson School, Hoboken (Hudson County)

Suellen Newman, School Director

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton  (Hunterdon County)

Ellen Maher, Assistant to the Executive Director

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair  (Essex County)

Petra Pankow, Director of Education

Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville (Atlantic County)

Saskia Schmidt, Director of Education and Community Programs

Michael Cagno, Executive Director

Passaic County Community College, Wanaque (Passaic County)

Smita Desai, Administrative Assistant

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton (Sussex County)

Kristin Muller, Executive Director

Princeton Public Library, Princeton (Mercer County)

Karen Rackley, Facilities Rental & Volunteer Coordinator

Rutgers ECO Complex, Bordentown (Burlington County)

Lorraine M. Raider, Program Coordinator

Science Park High School, Newark (Essex County)

Karen Gaylord, Community Engagement Specialist

Two River Theater, Red Bank  (Monmouth County)

Emily Cauthorne, Production Management Assistant

Lauren Kurinskas, Director of Production

Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit (Union County)

Monica Finkel, Assistant Director of Finance & Operations

West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor (Mercer County)

Corinna Bisgaier, Director of Education

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