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Curriculum Council


Curriculum Council

Lessons from Literature was created with the expertise of the Curriculum Council and a team of advisors. Planning for program enhancements is currently underway!

Curriculum Council members

The Curriculum Council is a group of master teachers dedicated to helping students build healthy, non-violent relationships. The Curriculum Council has advised in the creation of every component of Lessons from Literature, including writing lesson plans and recommending strategies to engage teens and other educators.

Bruce Bean has been in the teaching profession for 8 years and currently teaches English Language Development, English and Creative Writing at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, California.

Rod Cameron has been a teacher for over 30 years, spending his last 23 years at Council Bluffs Community Schools in Iowa as the English Department Lead Teacher. He teaches Language Arts, Advanced Placement English and Honors Early Start Composition.

Kathleen Graham has been a teacher since 1981, spending the past 18 years at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri. She believes that one of the best ways to educate young people is through their peer groups and has been trained through the National Peer Helping Association and Character Education workshops.

Kerry Mess has been in the teaching profession since 1990, spending the past 6 years at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an English teacher and is currently publishing Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum in-school handbook.

Marck Santee has been teaching at Choptican High School in Morganza, Maryland for the past 26 years. He has implemented various violence prevention programs through the suggestions of Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He equips the counseling center with brochures and phone numbers such as "SMILE" and "Women Abused" to provide students with contact numbers and group information.


Karen Hartman is the Director of the Colorado Writing Project.

Brenda Melton is a Professional School Counselor at Navarro Academy in San Antonio, TX.

Julia V. Taylor is a Professional School Counselor at Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, NC.

Diane R. Waff is a Practice Professor of Education at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.


"Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life."

–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention