My journalism journey began in 8th grade, when I joined the yearbook staff on a whim. Little did I know just how much that decision would affect my life. I continued yearbook through high school, and found my way back into the classroom (but this time, as a teacher) after I graduated college and realized I wasn’t built for the cubicle life that my corporate marketing job offered.
I was a high school journalism adviser for 6 years in Katy, Texas and (with the help of some of the best kids on the planet) built an award-winning journalism program from the ground up.
Back in 2017, I found that advisers were happy to share resources, but there was a need for a central hub to host these resources with a permanent link. So, I created Organized Adviser to host shared files… but it has grown into so much more.
Today, we equip advisers with the tools they need to confidently build thriving journalism programs through creating highly-interactive and hands-on learning experiences.
Some fun stuff about me – I am a certified scuba diver, solid Enneagram 7, collect pins from every city I visit, and drink waaaay too much iced coffee.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
University of Houston
B.S. in Digital Media
Journalism 8-12, Texas
JEA Certified Journalism Educator (MJE)
CJE since 2018, MJE since 2022
JEA Critique Training
Adobe InDesign Certified Professional
2018, Rising Star Award
Journalism Education Association
2018, Pathfinder Award
Texas Association of Journalism Educators
2016, Life-Changing Educator
WHAT I LOVE TO TEACH
In this hands-on lesson, we teach basic layout design, spread requirements, terminology, and software interface using candy and snacks!
How to lead your staff through the design thinking process to solve problems such as deciding your yearbook theme, or developing a social media marketing plan.
Using tests like Adobe Creative Types, Enneagram, and Meyers-Briggs we can learn how our students work best, and what role on staff they would be best at (and enjoy most!)
Putting the YEA
How to build a family-like culture to make being on staff fun, increase staff retention, and recruit new staff members without even trying.