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May 12, 2022 / Advisers of Note

Jason Davis has had quite the journey. He grew up in Minnesota, but now lives in Arizona. His first job was as a fry cook in his family’s restaurant, then as a professional journalist, and now is a teacher. He had no yearbook experience when he started advising, but how has one of the best…

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March 4, 2022 / Advisers of Note

Monica Rodriguez – known to her students as M-Rod – is the yearbook adviser at Gulliver Preparatory Upper School near Miami. All of Monica’s three staffs – the Reflections literary magazine, the Raider Voice news and print magazine, and the Raider yearbook – received Crown and Pacemaker Finalist recognition in 2021. It’s particularly exciting as…

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October 7, 2021 / Advisers of Note

Karen Johnson, MJE, always knew she wanted to be a teacher and a coach. When she started college, she realized that social studies (which often seems to go hand-in-hand with coaching) wasn’t really for her. It wasn’t long before she switched to English, then added a journalism minor. Since then, she’s been a yearbook adviser…

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May 27, 2021 / Advisers of Note

“[My staff and I] never put the awards at the forefront,” yearbook adviser Liz Luna shared with Jim Jordan on the latest episode of Yearbook Chat with Jim, so it wasn’t expected, but still exciting, when the staff learned their 2020 yearbook was an NSPA Pacemaker finalist. Profile Elizabeth Luna Athens Drive High School, Raleigh,…

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April 30, 2021 / Advisers of Note

Ronna Sparks-Woodward loves yearbooks. She knew while she was still in high school that she wanted to be a teacher, and specifically that she wanted to be a yearbook adviser. She turned her passion for a yearbooks into a career, and clearly loves what she does. In addition to this blog post, you can hear her…

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February 18, 2021 / Advisers of Note

Tiffany Kopcak was recently named JEA’s H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year Special Recognition Adviser. Her staff’s 2020 yearbook was one of host Jim Jordan’s favorite volumes, and they’re known for their willingness to go in new directions for coverage and design. She is our February 2021 Adviser of Note. To learn even more…

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November 12, 2020 / Advisers of Note

We are honored to introduce you to our November 2020 Adviser of Note: Emily Pyeatt Arnold, the caring and inspiring yearbook adviser from Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. If you would like to know more about her, be sure to listen to her interview on the Yearbook Chat With Jim podcast. Profile Emily Pyeatt…

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September 24, 2020 / Advisers of Note

We’re excited for you to meet our September 2020 Adviser of Note: Susan McNulty, CJE, the award-winning yearbook adviser from J.W. Mitchell High School in Trinity, Florida. At Walsworth’s Virtual Summer Workshop, McNulty held a session on getting your virtual classroom set up for this fall. You can watch “Remote Start to the Year: Building…

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August 21, 2020 / Advisers of Note

As the summer rolls along, our August 2020 Adviser of Note is Susan Massy, the award-winning yearbook and newspaper adviser from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kansas. Let’s get to know her a little better! Profile Susan Massy Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas High school attended: Abilene High School; Abilene, Kansas…

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July 7, 2020 / Advisers of Note

We’re back with a summer edition of Advisers of Note and this time I spoke with Michelle Shue, the yearbook adviser at Davie County High School in Mocksville, North Carolina. Take a look at her amazing success story! Profile Michelle Shue Davie County High School, Mocksville, North Carolina High school attended: I graduated in 1994…

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