My high school yearbook adviser changed my life. Not only did she inspire me to study journalism in college, but I continued to work on the yearbook when I went to Syracuse University. When I called her nearing my college graduation, I kept telling her the most fun I ever had working was in yearbook class. She got in touch with Walsworth, the yearbook company she used, and they took a chance on me. I owe everything to my adviser and the wonderful people at Walsworth yearbooks.
I met my husband at yearbook camp, would have never had my daughter if it wasn’t for Walsworth, and wouldn’t have this wonderful career if I hadn’t been exposed to a great journalism teacher. I’m now starting my 19th straight year with Walsworth and am one of their top 10 sales reps. I’m able to have a very fulfilling job that allows me great flexibility and time to spend with my daughter. When people say a teacher can change your life, they aren’t kidding. My yearbook adviser forever changed mine for the better.
My goal as your yearbook rep is to inspire you to greatness and share with you the power of a yearbook.
Even after tragic events hit their school in the spring of 2018, the student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School showed a tremendous amount of courage by finishing out their coverage of the year.
Veronika has partnered with the school for several years to create their yearbook, and she was there when they received the first Courage and Commitment Award from NSPA.
What do Gulliver Prep School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have in common? They both worked with Veronika and each earned a CSPA Crown award this past year. That earned them a spot in our President's Collection. Congrats! You can see all the Prez Collection honorees right here.
I'm proud to be one of Walsworth's Certified Journalism Educators, or CJE for short.
Basically what that means is the Journalism Education Association (JEA) has certified my knowledge in the basics of journalism and media advising.
You can read more about the CJE here at the JEA website.
I feel that Veronika and Tamara (Moore) do enjoy their jobs and like to be that connection between Walsworth and adviser. When working with Herff Jones, I did not really have a representative who created that connection. My representative was more focused on selling Herff to other schools, than maintaining a relationship with the schools he already had as customers. Veronika and Tamara do not come across as sales people, but as representatives who want to foster a working relationship between their customers and Walsworth.
Veronika actually spent hours with me and my students explaining how and why layouts were constructed. I cannot explain how much I learned from her in those few months. Within the next few years, between Veronika and Tamara Moore (whose assistance and advice is equally invaluable), I feel comfortable and capable as an adviser. They have both helped and (did/will) train future editors and motivate them with ideas, concepts, and themes.