Patrick Henry High School | Roanoke, Va.
Hal Adkins earned his B.A. in history at Tulane University and a J.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. Teaching is a fairly new undertaking for him, having recently completed his fourth year as an educator. Before that, he practiced as an attorney for nearly twenty years in Texas and Virginia, concentrating in business representation and immigration. Adkins currently teaches at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Virginia, where he is instructor in photojournalism and sponsor of the THE PATRIOT yearbook. Adkins enjoys painting, life drawing, photography, and cooking.
Circle High School | Towanda, Kan.
Lewis Bacher teaches yearbook (True Blue), photography and electronic journalism at Circle High School in Towanda, Kan. He has been at the school for 22 years. He had also taught the newspaper (Circle Vision) and beginning journalism classes. He earned a B.S. in agriculture education, poultry science and horticulture and taught vocational agriculture in Oklahoma for seven years. He was out of teaching a few years and started back in English and journalism in Wyoming and then moved to Kansas. He has coached drama, debate and forensics and taught public speaking. Kansas will be revamping journalism course offerings across the state this fall Circle High will be doing the same. Lewis is attending the institute to learn about new and emerging technologies in journalism. From his agricultural background, Lewis enjoys breeding show poultry and gardening. He has just returned from a trip to Egypt.
Coldwater High School | Mich.
Jeff Bailey teaches honors English and yearbook/media at Coldwater (Mich.) High School. He is the adviser for the Cardinal yearbook and the student newspaper, The CHS MIrror. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in educational technology at Michigan State University. He has been a teacher at Coldwater High for 18 years. In his spare time, Bailey enjoys running, computers, camping, and spending time with his family.
A Dow Jones Newspaper Fund fellow, Jeremy Beauchamp worked on the copy desk of the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat after earning a B.A. in print journalism from Harding University. He earned his M.Ed. at Harding and went to work in journalism as a copy editor/designer on the universal desk of the Fort Smith (Ark.) Times-Record and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville. In 2006, Beauchamp returned to Harding as an instructor of communication and director of student publications. Later, he moved to Atlanta to teach English at Greater Atlanta Christian School, where he also advises the Olympian yearbook and Spartan Spear-It newspaper. He is married and they have a daughter. Beauchamp maintains a healthy interest in reading, guitar, photography and trivia and an unhealthy interest in Mexican food.
Copper Canyon High School in Glendale | Ariz.
Ingrid Benson teaches English and newspaper production at Copper Canyon High School in Glendale, Ariz. She and a colleague revived the campus newspaper, The Aztec Valley. Benson’s first career was in journalism, where she worked at two newspapers in Florida as a copy editor, community editor and assistant managing editor. After working in the field for a decade, she switched to teaching. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in instructional technology. Benson’s hobbies include hiking and the outdoors, reading, attending church activities and traveling.
West Linn (Ore.) High School | Ore.
Ann Breyne teaches journalism, photography and English and advises the student-run school newspaper, the Amplifier, at West Linn (Ore.) High School. She earned a B.S. in education from Oregon State University and an M.A. in teaching language arts at Lewis & Clark College. Breyne worked as a freelance writer and editor, in public and community relations, and as a service representative for Jostens before returning to teaching. A native Oregonian, Breyne and her husband enjoy their family, the outdoors and traveling. She also loves to read, garden and find ways to indulge in creative pursuits such as photography. And, being from the Northwest, she of course loves really good coffee...oh, and really good dark chocolate.
St. Benedict at Auburndale High School | Cordova, Tenn.
For six years, Dianna Cervetti has advised The Eagle’s Eye newspaper at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova, Tenn. She is also the assistant to the athletic director and head coach of both the boys and girls track and field teams. Cervetti earned her B.S. in elementary education at Delta State University. She taught at the elementary level for five years and pre-kindergarten for 17 years before moving to the high school. Cervetti enjoys horseback riding, scrapbooking, and working jigsaw puzzles.
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School | Palos Verdes Estates Calif.
Katherine Crowley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. in education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Crowley has just finished her ninth year teaching. Besides teaching English and journalism, she advises The Pen newspaper and La Pantera yearbook at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in southern California. Crowley’s passions include running, hiking, reading and traveling. She recently returned from a safari in Kenya.
High School of Sports Management | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Philip Donohue is a fourth-year journalism teacher at the High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, N.Y. A native New Yorker, Donohue spent the first seven years of his working career there in broadcast journalism at WOR Radio. Working his way to the position of sports reporter for the station was a lifelong dream that now allows him to convey essential reporting skills to his students. Donohue teaches journalism and advises a multimedia news website, www.hssmsports101.com. In his free time, Donohue plays street hockey, reads, and bicycles.
Proctor High School | Proctor, Vt.
Zach Eastman lives and teaches in a small community nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. He teaches honors English and public speaking at Proctor (Vt.) High School. He earned his B.A. degree in English at Norwich University. During the summer, he can be found kayaking on the lakes and ponds throughout Vermont and traveling in northern New England.
Bethel High School | Bethel, Conn.
Venessa Eisenman earned her B.A. from Providence College and an M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. In 2007, she began teaching at Bethel (Conn.) High School. Before becoming a teacher, Eisenman worked as a multimedia editor for the communications department of the Diocese of Bridgeport. She teaches English and journalism. In an effort to increase student engagement and venture into the world of project-based learning, Eisenman developed and is teaching a digital English course. She advises the print and digital Wildcat Word (www.bhswildcatword.com). When not in the classroom, Eastman and her husband can be found chasing after her three young sons and giant poodle.
East Range Academy of Technology and Science | Eveleth, Minn.
Erin Foster is a fourth-year teacher at East Range Academy of Technology and Science in Eveleth, Minn., where she teaches a variety of English classes. After earning her B.A. in English literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Foster went on to earn her M.A. in teaching from National-Louis University. She has served on the ERATS school board for two years. During the summer months Foster teaches literature and composition for the True North Upward Bound program. In her spare time, she likes to hike through the woods, tend to her chickens, play Nerf wars with her co-workers, and watch zombie movies.
James Madison High School | Vienna, Va.
Clare Gartlan teaches journalism, newspaper production and English at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. She has been teaching at Madison High for three years and has advised the student newspaper, The Hawk Talk, for one. Gartlan attended the University of Virginia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in English education. In her spare time, Gartlan enjoys reading, working on home improvement projects and spending time with her husband and friends.
Lewisville High School | Lewisville, TX
Corey Hale is entering his eighth year of advising the Farmers' Harvest newspaper at Lewisville (Texas) High School, and his tenth year of teaching. He teaches journalism and photojournalism at Lewisville High, as well as serving as the public address announcer for the Fighting Farmer and Lady Farmer varsity basketball teams. Hale earned a B.A. in mass communications at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to teaching, Hale worked as a sports reporter, editor and page designer at the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, Ark. Hale spends much of his spare time making music as lead singer and harmonica player for a blues-rock band, The Grenadines.
University Heights High School | Vienna, Va.
Alan Hilliard is a teacher of English at University Heights High School in Bronx, N.Y. He teaches English, a junior advisory course and photography. He has been with University Heights High for nearly 16 years. His primary interests include media studies, journalism, photography and project adventure. He advises two student publications: Duh, a literary magazine, and a newspaper, the Scoop. He also collaborates with a colleague on Heights News Network. Hilliard earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from The City College of New York, and his master’s degree in urban and multicultural education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Hilliard’s interests include biking, computers and photography.
Sequim High School | Sequim, Wash.
Andrew Hosford is the journalism and digitools teacher at Sequim (Wash.) High School located on the Olympic Peninsula. In addition to teaching, he is the head basketball coach of the Sequim Middle School Timberwolves and helps with the high school basketball, golf and baseball teams. When there is a spare minute, he spends his time golfing and exploring Puget Sound area in a kayak or on a bike. Hosford earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Montana and worked as a journalist, online marketer and salesman. Tired of the cubicle life, he ventured to Chile to teach English and decided that teaching and adventure needed to be central themes in his future.
Eaton High School | Eaton, Colo.
A teacher for 15 years and adviser of The Red Ink for eight, Deirdre Jones teaches at Eaton (Colo.) High School, a rural community on the northern front range of the state. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Northern Colorado and an M.F.A. in writing at the University of Nebraska. Jones is married and has two daughters. She teaches English, journalism and newspaper. She has also just returned from a trip to Italy and Greece with the girls and nine other students.
Beach High School | Savannah, Ga.
Charlotte Kaminsky is a first-year teacher. She has held other positions, such as a district manager for a major retailer. Because of her previous career, it took her 20 years to earn her bachelor’s degree in English at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She teaches English at Beach High School in Savannah, Ga. She advises the newspaper, The Paw Print and the weekly TV broadcast. Kaminsky is married and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book.
Crockett High School | Austin, TX
Beth Kennedy earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Florida. After completing seven years of production leadership for school news broadcasts in Broward County, Fla., she took a brief sabbatical from teaching high school to work for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach in as their promotion writer, producer, and editor for their news broadcase. During this time, she also worked as a scriptwriter and production coordinator. Back in the classroom, she teaches audio/video production at Crockett High School in Austin, Texas. Her students produce daily and weekly shows called “Live in Five." She works part-time as a specialist for Apple. In her free time, Kennedy enjoys reviewing music concerts with her husband, and playing with their three cats.
Hiram Johnson High School | Sacramento, Calif.
Kim Kim has a B.A. in English and teaches English at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, Calif. She is also the adviser of the journalism class, which publishes The Smoke Signal. She enjoys exploring California with her husband and two children, and they are pursuing their goal of visiting all 50 states. Kim also enjoys reading, quilting and baking.
Harrisonville High School | Harrisonville, Mo.
Brad Lewis is in his fifth year as journalism teacher and publications adviser at Harrisonville (Mo.) High School. Lewis teaches multimedia journalism, photojournalism, newspaper, yearbook and co-advises a student-produced broadcast class. Lewis serves as publications adviser for The Pride, the official student newspaper of HHS and The Roar, the student yearbook. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism at Emporia State University. He is certified as a Certified Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association. In his spare time, Lewis enjoys playing golf, softball and baseball. Lewis is married and they have two dogs. Lewis is an avid baseball fan.
Bethesda Chevy Chase High School | Bethesda, Md.
For a decade, David Lopilato taught English, linguistics, and anthropology at the college level before trying his hand at teaching high school English and social studies. His initial concerns with the hours, hassles and hurdles often associated with high school teaching were quickly overshadowed by a genuine joy for teaching teens. Seven years later, he teaches English and journalism at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. Two years ago, he took on the school's Tattler newspaper, which has an 80-plus year tradition and helped establish its first online newspaper. Lopilato earned a B.A. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and master's degrees in linguistics and language teaching from the University of California, Dominguez Hills; comparative religion from the University of Georgia; and anthropology from the New School for Social Research. His is married and has two children.
ASSETS Academy | Alvin, TX
Peggy Machol-Bassett teaches at ASSETS Academy in Alvin, Texas, which is her district’s academic alternative campus for 7th-12th grades. Her assignments included speech, health, journalism, photojournalism, and APT (homeroom with an attitude, including social skills, testing techniques and a high-elements ropes course!). Machol-Bassett earned B.A. in journalism from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in education at the University of Houston. Avid dog foster parents, she and her husband care for three rescued canines. She spends her free time reading, creating handicrafts and researching her family tree.
Moore High School | Moore, Okla.
For eight years Whitney Pevehouse has taught at Moore High School, located in the heart of Oklahoma. Her teaching schedule includes photography, journalism, newspaper and yearbook. She advises The Lion’s Roar newspaper and the Timekeeper yearbook. Pevehouse earned a bachelor’s degree in language arts education at the University of Oklahoma. She is married and they have two children. She is dedicated to her church and loves to sing and read.
Garden Grove High School | Garden Groove, Calif.
Jennifer Pham has been teaching for four years and is currently at Garden Grove (Calif.) High School. She teaches English and starting next year, she will be advising the school newspaper, The Argolog. While attending California State University, Long Beach, Pham started off as a journalism major and shifted into creative writing. Writing of all sorts has always been her passion. She earned a B.A. in English at CSU-Long Beach. Since then, she has worked for Anaheim High School as well as Leuzinger High School, both in southern California. When she's not teaching, she's either watching reality shows such as "The Real Housewives" series or spending time with her husband.
Steve Powell was a newspaper editor for most of his 29 years as a professional journalist, working on West Coast dailies. After being part of the huge McClatchy layoffs he went back to school at Pacific Lutheran University and earned his master's degree in education. He taught high school English and social studies this past year. He is married with a number of children and grandchildren. Powell loves sports and music.
North Kansas City High School | North Kansas City, Mo.
Mary Prichard is the journalism teacher at North Kansas City (Mo.) High School. She has been teaching and advising school publications for the past five years, including her previous school, O'Fallon (Ill.) Township High School. She teaches photojournalism, journalism, yearbook and newspaper classes, and advises The Purgold yearbook and The Buzz newspaper. Her educational background includes earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's in education from Park University. Prichard’s hobbies include photography, social media, playing and watching sports, and reading young adult fiction.
Jill Proehl has taught every grade from 4 to 12, from remedial reading to gifted, ESL to everyday high school and middle school journalism and language arts. She earned a B.A. in journalism at Bradley University and a master of arts in teaching in communications at Webster University. When she met her husband, Proehl decided to enter a more family-friendly career. After teaching all around St. Louis, she will move to Ladue Horton Watkins High School next year, where she will advise the Panorama newspaper and the Rambler yearbook as well as teach journalism. An admitted technophile, in her spare time, Proehl enjoys reading, running, camping, and crafts.
Bellows Free Academy | St. Albans, Vt.
Peter Riegelman teaches English at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vt. He will begin teaching journalism in the fall and he will serve as adviser to the school newspaper, The Mercury. The paper has been continuously published since 1931. He earned his undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in English at Middlebury College. Riegelman is a father, reader, writer, coach, teacher, bicyclist, gardener and fisherman.
Pacifica High School |Oxnard, Calif.
Mark Riley teaches English at Pacifica High School in Oxnard, Calif., and serves as the journalism adviser for the Currents, its student newspaper. He has taught high school for 27 years, in both public and private schools in Oregon, Alaska, and California. He has served as a journalism adviser for 10 years and is currently the president of the Tri-Counties Journalism Education Association in California. Riley earned a B.A. from Seattle University. He teaches juniors and seniors in the Health Sciences Academy at Pacifica, along with an English and journalism class.
Coronado High School | El Paso, TX
Alex Seufert has just completed his first year teaching at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas. He taught photography, journalism and broadcasting. Next year, he will be also be advising the school's weekly broadcast program. Seufert was born in Germany but spent most of his life in El Paso. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications in electronic media at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is a huge Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan, which can be problematic in El Paso.
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Festus Senior High School | Festus, Mo.
Wendy Zajac Glover teaches English and journalism at Festus (Mo.) Senior High School, a rural school just south of St. Louis. She advises the yearbook and a broadcast program, which will be transformed into a convergence journalism course in the fall, to include an online publication with video. She founded a Quill and Scroll chapter at her school, and is intent on building a strong journalism program. She earned an undergraduate degree in journalism at Missouri State University. Zajac Glover lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and four children. Outside of her duties as a teacher, she and her husband began a high school sports publication, "Get in the Game, St. Louis," for which she writes and serves as editor-in-chief. She also serves as a Girl Scout troop leader.
Irving High School | Irving, TX
Mark Zeske heads up the Tiger journalism department at Irving (Texas) High School. He teaches journalism, newspaper, yearbook and photojournalism classes, while coaching the freshmen boys’ basketball team. He advises both the Tiger Rag newspaper and The Lair yearbook. Zeske earned his undergraduate degree in English literature at the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of North Texas. Before joining Irving High two years ago, Zeske had a long career as a sports journalist and is a national expert on motorsports and sports collectibles. He’s written weekly auto racing columns for The Dallas Morning News, cbssportsline.com and sportsillustrated.com.