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Shari Adwers, MJE

Shari Adwers, MJE

Curriculum Coordinator

Shari Adwers, MJE, teaches at Loudoun Valley H.S. in Virginia, where she advises the Viking newsmagazine. Adwers is a JEA curriculum coordinator. With a focus on mentoring young journalists, she embraces challenges, emphasizes student leadership and maximizes talent.

@sadwers sadwers@gmail.com
Abrianna Nelson, CJE

Abrianna Nelson, CJE

Curriculum Coordinator

Abrianna Nelson, CJE, advises the Blue & Gray yearbook, Crossed Sabres newspaper, The Daily Dispatch show, and Penman literary magazine at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. Previously, she served as the Curriculum Initiative’s Entrepreneurship Module Leader from 2013-2017. Additionally, Nelson previously advised publications at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kan. from 2011-2014. She majored in journalism and history at Washington and Lee University and interned with the Fairfax County Times and USA Today. Nelson holds an M.A.Ed. in Education from The College of William and Mary and an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.

@abrianna85 abrianna85@gmail.com
Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Differentiation Team

Andrew Young is in his fifth year advising The Round-Up yearbook at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been named a 2017 Rising Star by JEA, 2018 Arkansas Adviser of the Year and 2018 Fayetteville Public Schools Teacher of the Year. His staffs have been recognized in the JEA MS/JH Media Contest, NSPA Picture of the Year Contest, Arkansas Scholastic Press Association awards, Walsworth Photo Contest, as well as with four Walsworth Gallery of Excellence Awards. He currently serves as Secretary of the Arkansas Journalism Adviser’s Association Executive Board.

andrew.young@fayar.net
Rachel West

Rachel West

Differentiation Team

Past-President of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California, Rachel moved to Dalian American International School in Dalian, China, in 2017 after teaching for 14 years in Stockton, California. She has advised several publications throughout her teaching career, including newspaper and yearbook. She is currently advising a student magazine at her school in China. Her new job has encouraged her to begin work becoming certified as an EAL Teacher in international schools. As someone who loves teaching and learning, Rachel is currently finishing her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Pacific in Stockton. She loves coffee, animals, reading, and exploring new countries.

rachelwest209@gmail.com
Sergio Luis Yanes, CJE

Sergio Luis Yanes, CJE

Differentiation Team

Sergio Luis Yanes, CJE, began teaching in Tallahassee (Fla.) in 2006 and advising student media in 2011. In 2016, he moved to the Denver metro area, where he currently teaches journalism and advises the student media at Arvada (Colo.) High School. He also instructs at journalism camps and workshops across the country. Sergio has worked with his district to develop and refine CTE pathways for journalism programs in order to incorporate convergent media and to provide students with more professional experiences.

sergioluisyanes@gmail.com
Beatrice Motamedi, CJE

Beatrice Motamedi, CJE

Usability Team

Beatrice Motamedi is executive director of Global Student Square, a student journalism network that helps high schools connect and create digital stories on global issues. A former staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, UPI and WebMD, Beatrice spent 10 years in public and private high schools, where her students won the Wikoff Award for Editorial Leadership, the Pacemaker and multiple Best in Shows for website design and multimedia storytelling. A Certified Journalism Educator and Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser, Beatrice has served as JEA California state director and speakers chair for JEA’s 2013 and 2018 spring conventions. She co-directs Newsroom by the Bay, a summer digital media camp at Stanford University.

bymotamedi@gmail.com
Julieanne McClain, CJE

Julieanne McClain, CJE

Usability Team

Julieanne McClain, CJE, is a journalism teacher at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, Ohio, where she has been advising The Talisman student newspaper for the past 11 years. She developed a year-long sophomore journalism curriculum that functions as an alternative for sophomores to meet the English 10 standards in Ohio. McClain earned a master's in curriculum and instruction at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is a 2014 Rising Star award recipient.

mcclaiju@delawarecityschools.net
Megan Fromm, MJE

Megan Fromm, MJE

Educational Initiatives Director

Megan Fromm, MJE, Ph.D., is the Educational Initiatives Director of JEA. She works with the curriculum coordinators to implement new curriculum and support module leaders as they develop new material. Fromm is a journalism teacher at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colo., where she advises the Orange & Black student newsmagazine.

megfromm@gmail.com

 

PREVIOUS CURRICULUM LEADERS

  • CANDACE BOWEN, MJE / Editing (2017-2018)
  • JOHN BOWEN, MJE / Law & Ethics (2017-2018)
  • EVA BUTZU / Entrepreneurship (2017-2018)
  • ERINN HARRIS, MJE / Multimedia Broadcasting (2017-2018)
  • BRIAN HAYES, MJE / Design (2017-2018)
  • ELIZABETH LEVIN, MJE / Writing (2017-2018)
  • TIM MORLEY, CJE / Photography (2017-2018)
  • REBECCA POLLARD, MJE / Leadership (2017-2018)
  • JUSTIN RAISNER / Web (2017-2018)
  • MARGIE RAPER, MJE / News Gathering (2017-2018)
  • LINDA BALLEW / Editing (2013-2014)
  • MICHELLE BALMEO, MJE / Web (2014-2015)
  • VICKI MCCASH BRENNAN / News Writing (2013-2014) and News Gathering (2014-2016)
  • RENEE BURKE, MJE / Design (2014-2015)
  • PHIL DIGNAN / News Gathering (2013-2014)
  • MEGAN FROMM, CJE / News Literacy (2013-2015)
  • BRENDA GORSUCH, MJE / Writing (2014-2015)
  • JULIEANNE MCCLAIN / Photojournalism (2013-2015)
  • LORI OGLESBEE-PETTER, MJE / Writing (2013-2014)
  • HOLLY SOBOROFF / Opinion Writing (2013-2014)
  • TRACEY WARD / Web (2013-2014)
  • CASANDRA WORKMAN, CJE / Design (2013-2014)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are always looking for members who can help us contribute to make this curriculum stronger. Here’s how you can get involved.

  • Apply to be a curriculum leader. As openings develop for curriculum leaders, we will post them on jea.org.
  • Provide us with examples. Getting permission from copyright owners is among the most difficult tasks of developing curriculum, and if you and/or your students have materials we could incorporate as examples, we’d love to add them. Contact the appropriate curriculum leader directly.
  • Help us test the curriculum. We are looking to ensure that the curriculum we present is both valid and reliable, but to do that it needs to be tested in the classroom, with independent assessments of its effectiveness. If you are using some of the curriculum in your classroom and would be willing to be part of this ongoing study, please email mfromm (at ) d51schools (dot) org.
  • Help us apply more standards. While we have applied Common Core State Standards to every lesson in the initiative, we know that many of our members live in states that do not adhere to CCSS. If you have experience with standards in these states and would like to help us tag the curriculum appropriately, please email mfromm (at ) d51schools (dot) org.