Teacher Feature: Christa Teter


As summer camps approach, we’ve decided to highlight one of our fabulous instructors each week, giving you a glimpse into who they are and why they LOVE teaching writing. The fourth is Christa Teter, who teaches Your Voice Matters.

1. What is your favorite underappreciated novel?

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan is underappreciated by American students, I think, because it’s hard for them to relate. But if they can get past the fact that it’s an obscure concept to them, then they can see that Koly isn’t really much different than them in the way she feels–her maturity, fears, and hopes.

2. Do you usually write about personal situations or imaginary?

There is value in both, but I typically write about personal situations as they are genuine, honest, and therapeutic for me.

3. If you could meet any author who would it be?

Probably Jodi Picoult. Small Great Things is my favorite Picoult book as it is a reflection of our society and how the family we’re born into deeply affects our outlooks. I appreciate the research Picoult must do to write her stories, plus she seems to have a sense of cultural responsibility. I think her messages are about the plurality of our society and how we need to be more compassionate and understanding of each other. If we do that, then perhaps one day we will have peace.

Be sure to check out our camp list and register at www.projectwritenow.org/summer-camps.

Christa Teter is a Writing Instructor for Project Write Now.