August 24, 2015 / News

Deerfield Beach’s Steven Jay Thor earns Lifetime Achievement honor from JEA

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Steven Jay Thor, a retired teacher who advised publications for 37 years in Broward County, Florida, was one of 10 educators to be named winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award today by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

During his career, Thor taught yearbook, newspaper, journalism and film studies. From 2000-2012, he was a lead teacher at Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Florida, which is a Walsworth Yearbooks school.

According to the profile released by JEA, Thor was dedicated to helping journalism programs thrive in inner-city schools throughout his career. He created and directed District 7 to be part of the Florida Scholastic Press Association.

Walsworth Yearbooks sales representative Veronika Levine nominated Thor for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other Lifetime Achievement winners named today included:

  • Deb Buttleman Malcolm, MJE, Davenport Central High School, Iowa (retired)
  • Linda P. Evanchyk, MJE, Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Ann Healey, Castle View High School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado (retired)
  • Barbara Hines, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Gary Lindsay, MJE, John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (retired)
  • Mike Riley, CJE, Cody High School, Cody, Wyoming
  • Sandra Strall, Carlson High School, Gibraltar, Michigan (retired)
  • Steven Unruhe, Riverside High School, Durham, North Carolina (retired)
  • Thomas E. Winski, MJE, Winchester High School, Winchester, Illinois (retired)

The Lifetime Achievement winners will be invited to attend the awards ceremony that will take place on Nov. 14 at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ 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.