Emily Allred teaches Language Arts 9, Language Arts 10 and journalism at Buckeye High School in Medina, Ohio. Emily serves as adviser for the school newspaper, The Buckeye Buzz, the dance team and Student Council. Before teaching, Emily worked in advertising and public relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and her teaching license from Notre Dame College. Emily enjoys dance, theatre, Cleveland sports and spending time with her husband, two rescue pups, family and friends.
Diana Aqra has been a journalist since 2007 and a media educator since 2012. Diana focuses on teaching young people about global issues and how to express facts, views and opinions through multi-media.She began a program and blog called “Global Colorado News” with several college and high school students in 2011 to cover international events and stories happening within the state of Colorado.
Irene Arholekas is a high school English teacher, freelance journalist, editor and blogger. Irene teaches in a New York City transfer high school in the diverse neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, and she serves as an adjunct for the City University of New York and SUNY Nassau Community College. She will be spearheading a new digital publication class thanks to a grant from NYC councilman John Liu’s office in the fall. Irene runs the only site dedicated to the needs, interests and accomplishments of women of the Hellenic Diaspora around the world at www.greekamericangirl.com. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri.
Andrea Armstrong is in her 12th year of teaching English at West Salem High School in West Salem, Wis. For the last three years Andrea has been advising West Salem’s school newspaper, The Panther Prowler, and yearbook, The Neshonoc. Andrea also teaches English classes at the 11th– and 12th-grade levels. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she enjoys living in the La Crosse area.
Cecile Avallone Hall
Cecile Avallone Hall is a relatively new teacher who never taught Journalism until this year. A graduate of UCLA, Cecile previously worked as a radio disc jockey and feature film story analyst. Cecile’s primary goal as a high school teacher is to inspire her students to develop a love of reading, which in turn might inspire a love of learning, simply for the joy of becoming educated. She currently teaches Honors English 9 and journalism, and the print-format paper at her school is the Paw Print. Cecile loves her two sons, her two dogs, traveling, reading, crosswords and photography.
Josh Bronson just completed his first year of teaching at Galena High School in Reno, Nev., where he taught English 3-4, English 5-6 and journalism. Josh advised the school newspaper, Grizz Tracks, and will be taking over the yearbook, Ursae Majoris, next year. He received his bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in journalism from Corban University in 2006 and then received his teaching credentials from Sierra Nevada College in 2013. Josh is currently finishing his master’s degree in teaching at Sierra Nevada College. Before teaching, Josh was a sports writer and editor in Oregon and Nevada.
Natalie Calderon has been a teacher at Homestead High School for five years and currently teaches literature & writing, AVID and journalism. Natalie also serves as the Class of 2016 adviser, Speech & Debate Club adviser and adviser of the Epitaph, Homestead’s student-run newspaper. After graduating in 2002 from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Natalie worked for six years as an editor, production manager and campaign manager before heading to graduate school at Stanford for her teaching credential and Master of Arts in education. Natalie’s weekend favorites include hiking, reading, photography and relaxing someplace tropical.
Chelsey Cox is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a focus in newswriting. In addition, Chelsey minored in social science and received her teacher certification in journalism 8-12. She just completed her student teaching at Denton High School, where she worked alongside her mentor in teaching journalism and photojournalism. Chelsey also helped with the school yearbook, The Bronco, and newspaper, The Horseshoe. She loves collecting pencils whenever she travels and is a huge baseball fan – Go Texas Rangers!
Heather Edmunds Reed
Heather Edmunds Reed has been the newspaper adviser at Roosevelt High School (RHS) for one year and has loved every minute of it. “The Nationalist” is RHS’s student news magazine and is published seven times a year. In addition to advising, Heather teaches journalism and English I. Heather went to Lawrence University for her Bachelor of Arts in government and history and received her Master of Arts in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University. When not teaching and advising, Heather loves spending time with her husband, two little sons and their Wheaten Terrier, Olive. She also enjoys reading, quilting, cooking and attempting to garden.
Nicole Gingrich is a 9th-12th grade teacher located in Maryland. She currently teaches 12th-grade English, journalism and Newspaper and Media Productions. Nicole publishes a quarterly newspaper, Paw Prints, and produces a daily television show, WCHS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, secondary education and communications-journalism and a Master of Arts in English. Nicole is currently working on obtaining a Reading Specialist certificate, and her hobbies include traveling, reading and photography.
Candice Gravitt teaches broadcast journalism at Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas, Nev. Gravitt holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and worked for 10 years for ABC and CBS News. She worked as a producer of several nightly segments, including “Inside Health” and “Crime Fighters.” She also is the recipient of an Emmy award for Point of View Vegas, the Las Vegas Sun‘s talk show, and an Associated Press award for producing “Inside Health.” Teaching is her newfound passion. You can see her students’ work at www.crusaderchronicle.com
Kit Harris has been teaching for 19 years, 15 of those at his current high school in Baldwin City, Kan., where he teaches the following courses: Journalism-Yearbook, Digital Media Newspaper and Introduction to Journalism, as well as sophomore English. He is the adviser for the school yearbook, the Pioneer, magazine, The Bulldog Spotlight, and the online newspaper and social media pages, The Bulldog Bulletin Online. Kit also coaches the wrestling team for both the junior high school and high school. Kit has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Baker University. He enjoys spending time with his family and running.
Scott Harrison earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in teaching from Memphis State University. He, his wife of 20 years and their four children are all active participants in Scouting. Scott spends his days taking photos, collecting Scout memorabilia and searching for the perfect word. He current teaches pre-Advanced Placement English 10 and journalism and advises the staff of his school’s newspaper, The Scroll, which operates as a student-led team, much the way a Scout troop is structured.
Carl Hauck is a sixth-year English teacher at Grayslake Central High School in Northern Illinois. He will be teaching journalism for the first time this coming school year. Carl majored in English and minored in secondary education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in literature at Northeastern Illinois University. When he’s not teaching, Carl enjoys writing poetry, short stories and music; he is both a solo musician (carlhauck.com) and a member of the Chicago-based indie rock band Sunjacket (sunjacket.net).
Eric Helle was raised in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and he returned to the city of his birth to attend San Diego State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing and then his single subject teaching credential. After spending the first seven years of his professional career at Pioneer High School in Whittier, he returned to Bonita Vista High School, the school where he did his student teaching, when he was offered the senior IB English position. Seventeen years later, Eric decided to head The Crusader, the Bonita Vista school newspaper.
Amelia Lackey currently teaches sophomore English and Journalism I at Durant High School in Plant City, Fla. Amelia also serves as the newspaper sponsor for The PawPrint. She attended the University of South Florida after graduating from Durant High School where she was the editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She graduated from USF with a degree in secondary English education. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
Christee Lemons is currently an English teacher at Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. Before entering the teaching profession, Christee majored in communications with an emphasis in print journalism at Cal State Fullerton. She interned at a local paper before being offered a full-time reporting job at another paper. While covering education, Christee realized she wanted to teach. She soon left to pursue her credential and master’s degree. She has taught 7th-, 9th-, and 11th-grade English. This past school year she was offered the opportunity to teach journalism, and she quickly took it.
Lisa Martin obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from Hood College in Frederick, Md., and her Master of Arts in TESOL/bilingual from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Lisa currently teaches Spanish at an all-girls international Catholic boarding high school in Baltic, Conn. There, she is the adviser for the student-run school newspaper, The Guardian.
Deborah McGhee teaches environmental science, earth science, physical science and desktop publishing. Deborah has 15 students in a combined class of sophomores, juniors and seniors. She has 18 graduate hours in technology and has been a yearbook advisor for about 15 years. Deborah has worked as a science teacher, computer teacher, and technology director during her 25 years of teaching. She has also received two grants from the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative to fund her print and online newspaper.
Jacqueline Pinchot is an English teacher and communications department chairperson at Riverside High School in Ellwood City, Pa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in secondary education/English and her Master of Education in teaching and curriculum from Penn State University. She has taught at both the middle school and high school levels and currently teaches English 10, Honors English 11 and AP literature courses. Jackie also taught journalism and advised the student newspaper in her previous school district and will return to teaching journalism at Riverside next year. Jackie enjoys reading, crafts and spending time with her husband and two children.
Dr. Shannon Rennaker
Dr. Shannon Rennaker is the adviser of the Griffin Rites newsmagazine at Winnetonka High School in the North Kansas City School District. Shannon has been in education for 15 years, and her education career includes having been an elementary special education paraprofessional and high school teacher for English, yearbook and theater. Shannon started in education teaching G.E.D. classes in the Missouri Department of Corrections and she has been an elementary principal and a district curriculum coordinator. She was the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper and is very pleased to return to the classroom as a journalism teacher.
Kyle J. Ruder
Kyle J. Ruder will be a first-year English teacher this fall at New Miami High School in Butler County, Ohio. He will be teaching journalism, speech and English 11/12, and he is currently an educational aide for a sophomore with developmental disabilities. Kyle graduated from Miami University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications. In 2003, Kyle started Mooseboy Productions, a freelance video production business. In 2007, he earned his Master of Arts in Teaching, also from Miami University. Kyle has a passion for music and a love of film.
Joel Sanders currently teaches English 9, English Lab, newspaper and yearbook. The newspaper program at EHS is called The Hoofbeat and the yearbook program is called El Corral. Joel graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in English Education and a journalism cognate. Joel is a sports enthusiast, as he enjoys watching and playing them. In particular, basketball is his favorite sport, as he hails from Indiana. He is also a reality TV nut, enjoying shows such as Big Brother and The Amazing Race. Most importantly, he enjoys making a difference in high school journalism.
Jennifer Slama has lived in the St. Louis area her entire life. She began her career in education teaching English, journalism, yearbook and newspaper at Wentzville Holt High School in 2010 after receiving a secondary English teaching certification and a degree in English from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Later, Jennifer obtained a Missouri journalism teaching certificate. In August 2013, she began teaching at Festus High School where she teaches yearbook and English. Jennifer is developing a broadcast journalism program at Festus High which will begin in fall of 2014.
Kelli M. Smith
Kelli M. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in creative writing from Eastern Illinois University and her Master of Arts in teaching from Concordia University Chicago. Although she presently works as a substitute teacher because of budget cuts, Kelli hopes to have her own classroom in the near future. She briefly taught journalism and English/language arts classes to all levels of students, ranging from grades 6-12. She also enjoys writing and reading along with the aspiration of being published.
Kristin Taylor is a National Board Certified English teacher with 17 years of teaching experience. Kristin teaches English and journalism at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, where she served as department chair from 2011-2014. She began advising the school newspaper, the Oracle, in 2012. Originally a small club putting out a paper only twice a year, Kristin developed and implemented a new journalism course and oversaw the Oracle’s transformation to a fully digital news site. Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Arts in teaching from Sacred Heart University.
Kady Vanderhoof is a first-year teacher from Auburn, Wash. Kady graduated from Washington State University in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education. Following graduation, Kady worked overseas on military bases in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan, as a youth program director for children of U.S. military personnel. In the summer of 2013, she was hired at Auburn Mountainview High School as a language arts teacher. Currently, she teaches 9th– and 10th-grade language arts, language arts intervention and advises the student newspaper, inView.
The sole journalism instructor and student newspaper adviser at Summit Senior High School in New Jersey, Anne Weisgerber also teaches three sections of AP English Language. Anne is an award-winning features writer and experienced freelancer. She is looking to jumpstart her program and to refresh her own love of the reporting fundamentals. Anne holds both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Business Administration in marketing. She and admires art, poetry and literary non-fiction and resides in Warren Township, N.J., with her husband Paul, three teenaged sons and two adorable goats, Snapdragon and Socrates.
Emily Willis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Portland State University and a Master of Arts in teaching at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Although Emily’s education is primarily in English Literature education, she was excited to stumble into the world of journalism education when she was asked to replace a former colleague for the 2013-14 school year. Emily currently works at Tigard High School outside of Portland, where she teaches English and journalism. She also advises advanced publications students through the creation of an online newspaper, The Paw; a print newspaper, The Print; and the school yearbook, The Tiger.
Susan Willoughby-Crawford transitioned to education after serving as a journalist. She started her career at WMUB-FM in Oxford, Ohio, and was an anchor/reporter at WFND-TV in Findlay, Ohio. She did freelance reporting primarily for ABC affiliate WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C., and was a columnist and feature reporter for The Sun Journal in New Bern and the Cox News Service. Susan is the English department chair at Middletown (Ohio) High School and serves on many building and district committees. She partners with businesses to provide opportunities for career exploration and coordinates student interns for the local newspaper and cable TV outlet.
Casandra Workman, CJE, has taught for 13 years, been a scholastic journalism adviser for 11 years and currently advises the Odyssey Yearbook at Centennial High School, where she started and built a graphic design program. She is the co-president of the Southern Nevada Society of Journalists (SNSJ), which she helped establish in May 2011. In 2009, she attended the Google Teacher Academy in Australia and became a Google Certified Instructor. In her free time, she spends time with her two cats and dog and likes traveling to interesting places, especially to capture sunsets and sunrises with her camera.
After receiving his degree in language arts at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Jerred Zegelis became the print journalism adviser at Westside High School in Omaha, Neb. He advises the school newspaper, Lance; magazine, Craze; and yearbook, Shield, while also teaching beginning courses in journalism and photography. He is a photographer with his wife, specializing in weddings and portraiture. Late at night you might find him with a headset on, playing video games with his friends online.