August 22, 2017 / News

Corning-Painted Post team named Admins of the Year by JEA

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The Journalism Education Association (JEA) announced today that the leadership team of Michael Ginalski, Michelle Caulfield and Robin Sheehan from the Corning-Painted Post Area School District in Painted Post, New York, have been selected as the organization’s Administrators of the Year.

JEA annually presents its award to administrators who show exceptional support of scholastic journalism.

According to JEA’s release to announce the award, Ginalski, superintendent for the Corning-Painted Post Area School District, along with Caulfield, assistant superintendent for secondary education, and Sheehan, principal of Corning-Painted Post High School, have consistently shown “appreciation for what scholastic journalism can bring when given the opportunity to flourish.”

In 2014, the administrative team approved a plan to turn an unused 2,300-square-foot area into a state-of-the-art student media lab, which cost the district well over $100,000.

Ginalski, Caulfield and Sheehan will be among those JEA award winners honored on Nov. 18 at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.