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Advisers of Note

May 1, 2020 / Advisers of Note

Kathy Beers didn’t start out planning to be a yearbook adviser, but her original ambition to go into advertising has certainly served her well! She is known for her many ideas – many of her yearbook marketing tactics have been borrowed by advisers at schools across the country. You can hear more of her story…

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April 6, 2020 / Advisers of Note

What seemed like bad timing led Jonathan Dixon to a career he loves as a teacher and yearbook adviser at Corsicana High School in Corsicana, Texas. The start was rocky – he came in halfway through the year to find mostly blank pages. But since then he’s built up their program, especially their photography, and…

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February 20, 2020 / Advisers of Note

From his career at Nike to an award-winning yearbook adviser, Brad Cook has had a fascinating career. He is currently advising his 14th yearbook at Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon. He took the time to share the insights he’s gained over the years with Jim Jordan. You can learn more about Cook by listen…

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January 2, 2020 / Advisers of Note / Podcasts

Darren Thomas has been teaching for years, but never advised a yearbook until the 2019 school year. As a new teacher at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, he was looking for a way to feel more connected to his new school. He leaned on his editors that first year, and the staff created…

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November 14, 2019 / Advisers of Note

Pat Monroe has been an adviser at Burges High School in El Paso, Texas, for 29 years. During that time, her staffs have won many awards for their yearbook. Monroe is this month’s Adviser of Note. You can learn more about her story in her podcast interview on Yearbook Chat with Jim. Find it at…

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May 30, 2019 / Advisers of Note

By the time he reached high school, Dow Tate was already a contributor to his local newspaper. That’s how much he was meant to work in journalism. Now adviser of a powerhouse award-winning journalism program at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, Tate is this month’s Adviser of Note and will be…

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April 4, 2019 / Advisers of Note

Vanessa Martinez never planned on being a teacher. She was a working, professional multimedia journalist in the El Paso area. But life did lead her into the classroom and she’s now the adviser at El Dorado High School. After reading about Martinez below, you can listen to more of her story in the latest episode…

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February 21, 2019 / Advisers of Note

When Jai Tanner made the move from El Paso, Texas to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago, it didn’t seem on the surface to be such a daunting change. But the award-winning yearbook adviser soon learned she was in for a bit of culture shock at her new school, and that the regional differences…

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November 15, 2018 / Advisers of Note

In only his fifth year on the job at Woodland Junior High School, adviser Andrew Young is proving that you don’t have to work with high school kids to produce award-winning yearbooks. Under his guidance, the Round-Up yearbook has been named All-Arkansas by the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) and Young’s students have been frequent…

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October 17, 2018 / Advisers of Note

Alyssa Boehringer, of McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, is currently advising her third yearbook, but she’s already no stranger to awards. Boehringer was one of four educators to receive the 2018 Medal of Merit from the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She has taught broadcast at McKinney since 2005, but didn’t take over the yearbook…

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