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John Wesley White, Director

John is the founder and a director of the Seven Bridges Writing Project. A former high school English teacher in Denver, John now serves as an Associate Professor of English Education and Content Area Reading and Writing at the University of North Florida. He is also Assistant Chair for the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum. John holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in English, a M.A. in English Literature, a Ph.D. in English Education and the Foundations of Education, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship on engaging struggling readers. For more information, visit his website at


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Elizabeth Hale, Professional Development Coordinator 

Dr. Elizabeth Hale is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services who previously worked for nine years as a teacher and literacy coach in Boston Public Schools. The author of two books on K-6 writing, her research focuses on supporting engagement with and comprehension of informational texts at the elementary and middle school level as well as using writing to deepen students' critical thinking about texts. Elizabeth received her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University.


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Kadesh Lauridsen, Instructor 

Dr. Kadesh Lauridsen is an Instructor and Writing Consultant for the University of North Florida Writing Program and Center. She earned a Master of Arts in English (2006) and PhD in English (2012) from the University of Florida. She teaches first-year writing, directs the Writing Intensive Orientation Session (WIOS) bridge program, and co-coordinates the First Forward LLC. Her interests include Jane Austen and women's writing of the long eighteenth century. Kadesh has an entry forthcoming in the Cambridge Guide to the English Novel, 1660 - 1820.