These teachers have been honored as Distinguished Advisers
Sherri Andrews, North Broward Prep Schools, Coconut Creek, Fla., adviser to The Eagle's Eye
Experience: She heads the journalism department at North Broward and advises the WNBPS News, Channels 65 and 67. Other teaching experience includes language instructor at Global Institute of Languages and Cultures, Fort Lauderdale; ESOL instructor at Plantation (Fla.) Park Elementary School and English teacher at Blanche de Castille, Nice, France. Ms. Andrews has been a staff writer for a trade publication, managed a yacht charter company and continues to freelance.
Education: B.S., journalism, James Madison University
Honors and Service: 2005 DJNF Special Recognition Adviser; 2005 Sun-Sentinel Adviser of the Year; 2006 Excellence in Humanitarian Effort, Broward County Volunteer Association; 2005 Community Awareness Award, The Rose Lee Archer Show. Ms. Andrews served as sponsor and advised video production to raise $10,000 for a well at a South African school.
On the First Amendment: I believe one of the biggest challenges in high school journalism is the emphasis on press law knowledge and the legal issues and guidelines that advisers face each year. The most difficult job an adviser has (is) educating administrators about the value of a free student press and the type of support advisers and student editors need to produce responsible, quality student media.
Kim Green, Columbus (Ind.) North High School, adviser to The Triangle
Experience: Ms. Green began teaching journalism, English and advising the newspaper at Greensburg Community High School in 1978. She joined the faculty at Columbus North High School in 1995. She teaches journalism and multimedia communications and also advises the Log yearbook, the public relations information bureau and co-advises the Bull Dog News Network.
Education: M.S., Indiana University; B.S., Ball State University
Honors and Service: 2006 Ball State Scholastic Journalism Award, Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award; �Hook, Line and Sinker� Award for standing behind her student journalists. She was an executive board member of the Indiana High School Press Association from 1999-2005. She is co-chairman of the state convention and an on-site contest coordinator.
On the First Amendment: I am no rebel. I am a chicken. But, by gosh, if my kids believe they must tell a story, and they do it the right way, I will back them to the very end. So when they decided to cover the casual attitude of their peers toward oral sex, I simply said, �Do it right.�
Jim McGonnell, Findlay (Ohio) High School, adviser to Blue & Gold
Experience: Mr. McGonnell has taught journalism, speech and been a wrestling, tennis and track coach at two other high schools since his career began in 1977. He teaches journalism, communications, and TV production at Findlay where he�s served on the faculty since 1993.
Education: Master�s, University of Findlay; B.S. in education, comprehensive communication, University of Toledo
Honors and Service: Blue & Gold has won one Pacemaker from NSPA, two Gold Crowns from CSPA, 12 Gallups from Quill & Scroll and four Best of Shows at JEA/NSPA. Summer journalism teaching at Michigan State, Ball State universities, University of Missouri and for the Great Lakes Interscholastic Press Association. Mr. McGonnell authored or co-authored grants for $483,000 to benefit the high school. School media have won 1,102 national awards in the past 13 years. He has been an officer of GLIPA for the past 27 years.
On the First Amendment: High school media classes are one of the few places that a student really has a voice and that voice is heard loud and clear. My students respect this right and are responsible young journalists that do not abuse it.
Paul Kandell, Palo Alto (Calif.) High School, adviser to Verde newsmagazine and The Paly Voice
Experience: He began teaching at Palo Alto High School in 2000, after having taught journalism and English at Lowell High School in San Francisco. He worked as a stringer, copy editor and assistant city editor before becoming a teacher.
Education: M.A. in journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia; B.A., University of California at Berkeley
Honors and Service: 1996 New Adviser of the Year, Journalism Education Association of Northern California, member JEANC. Verde has won a Gold Crown from CSPA and Best of Show at JEA/NSPA; Awards for The Paly Voice include an Online Pacemaker, Webby and a People�s Choice Award.
On the First Amendment: �You can cover that?!� is the most common reaction when my students present their work at national conventions. . . And it is my response ��Yes, and you should be able to cover these things, too� � that is at the core of my philosophy of student press rights.
Logan Aimone, Wenatchee (WA) High School, adviser to The Apple Leaf
Deborah Jepson, Ovieda (FL) High School, adviser to Lion's Tale
Janet Elbom, Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, Austin, Texas, adviser to The Liberator
Tom Gayda, North Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana, adviser to The Northern Lights
Gary Clites, Northern High School, Owings, Md., adviser to The Patriot Press
Linda Drake, Chase County High School, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., adviser to The Chase Informer
Christie Gold, Freedom High School, Tampa, Fla., adviser to the Revolution
Robin Morris, Richland (Wash.) High School, adviser to the Sandstorm
Wayne Dunn, Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio, adviser to the Voice
Betsy Pollard Rau, H.H. Dow High School, Midland, Mich., adviser to the Update
Marc Russell, Lee's Summit (Mo.) High School, adviser to the hi-life
Helen Smith, Newton North High School, Newtonville, Mass., adviser to the Newtonite
Linda Ballew, Great Falls (Mont.) High School, adviser to INIWA
Margaret Watters, Brink Jr. High School, Oklahoma City, adviser to Bobcat Chat
Deb Buttleman Malcolm, Davenport (Iowa) Central High School, adviser to The BlackHawK
Matthew Deabler, Central High School, Omaha, Neb., adviser to Register
Terry Lewers Sollazzo, Paul Wharton High School, Tampa, adviser to The Predator
Pete LeBlanc, Center High School, Antelope, Calif., adviser to The Blue & Gold
Lora Geftic, Hasbrouck Heights (N.J.) High School, adviser to The Pilot's Log
Karl Grubaugh, Granite Bay (Calif.) High School, adviser to The Gazette
Rick Ayers, Berkeley (Calif.) High School, adviser to The Jacket
Donald Bott, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Stockton, Calif., adviser to The Stagg Line
Kathleen Neumeyer, Harvard-Westlake High School, North Hollywood, Calif., adviser to The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle
Alan Weintraut, Annandale (Va.) High School, adviser to The A-Blast newspaper
Brenda Gorsuch, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, N.C.;
Rebecca Sipos, McLean (Va.) High School;
Janet McKinney, Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, Ind.;
Jeff Nardone, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Elizabeth Granger, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis
Leonidas Patterson, Mansfield (Texas) High School
David Wiegand, Wausau (Wis.) West High School
Karen Ray, Glendale High School, Springfield, Mo.
Harry Proudfoot, Westport High School, Westport, Mass.
Robert Hendricks, Fargo (N.D.) South High School
Mark Haab, Warren Central High School, Indianapolis
Melinda Foys, James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, Ill.