Oakwood’s Jackson wins Future Teacher scholarship from JEA
Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE
Kelsey Jackson, the yearbook and newspaper adviser at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio, was announced today as one of four graduate students selected as recipients of this year’s $1,000 Future Teacher Scholarships by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).
Jackson is entering her fifth year as the yearbook adviser at Oakwood, a Walsworth Yearbooks customer school. She is currently a year and a half into a master’s degree program for journalism educators at Kent State University.
“What I know now is that journalism not only teaches lessons, but it also requires students to get up, get out and do what they just learned in the real world. This is why I’ve found I love teaching journalism: I watch students use life skills and independent thinking,” Jackson wrote in her JEA essay.
Other Future Teacher Scholarship winners were:
- Amy Beare – Mountain View High School, Mountain View, California
- Katie Comeford – Phoenix Military Academy, Chicago, Illinois
- Lindsey Ross – Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner, Kansas
Karen Flowers, JEA’s 2015 Linda S. Putney Teacher Inspiration Award winner, served as judge of the contest.
All four scholarship 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.