July 11, 2017 / 2017 Adviser Academy

Second day of Adviser Academy begins with thumb wrestling, stories from Jordan

Written by Sarah Scott

Once the almost 100 advisers in attendance had finished their eggs, potatoes and pancakes, Mike Taylor, CJE, kicked off day two of Walsworth’s Adviser Academy on Tuesday with a “Hello!” and an introduction of Rhonda O’Dea, CJE, Walsworth’s West area manager.

O’Dea introduced the group to “Massively Multi-Player Thumb Wrestling.” Everyone in the room joined in – a human chain of thumb-wrestling advisers and Walsworth employees wound through the ballroom. The winners’ prize: miniature wrestling rings.

Once O’Dea had amped up the crowd, long-time adviser Jim Jordan took over. Jordan recently retired after creating 35 yearbooks at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California.

Wearing one of his signature bowties – this one in an African print – he described his yearbook journey, from his grandmother’s appearance in a Walsworth-printed publication to his early teaching career and how he became a yearbook adviser in 1980. He took the crowd through his yearbook journey and the drastic changes he has seen through the years.

Jordan then moved on the benefits of having a mentor, which can be set up through Walsworth’s Adviser Mentor Program. Jordan explained how it works. Mentors who have three or more years of experience are paired with new yearbook advisers, and work as a complement to the Walsworth sales rep.

Jordan called Stephanie Bennett of Blair Oaks, Missouri, to the stage. She participated as a mentor in the 2017 school year. Bennett called it a positive experience over the last year.

Gwen Mauntel, an adviser at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, Missouri, came to the podium to describe her experience as a mentee. She’d been having a rough year as a yearbook adviser, so Mauntel’s rep set her up with a nearby experienced adviser. After inundating her mentor with questions, Mauntel received answers and was able to work out the problems she was having with her students.

“Don’t be afraid to reach out,” she concluded.

Jordan then began recruiting – passing out notecards so Adviser Academy attendees could sign up. You can learn more about Jordan at Jamesmasonjordan.com.

Sarah Scott
Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott is a content writer for Walsworth, specializing in blog posts, eBooks and case studies for the web. She’s been writing most of her life, and previously worked as a radio journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.