Biographic data

Education
Ball State University (Graduated May 1995—Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude)
Major: Journalism education
Minor: English

Certification
Master Journalism Educator (MJE)—Earned 2008 (renewed 2013)
Certified Journalism Educator (CJE)—Earned 2007

Teaching experience
Carmel High School (1995 to present)
Current role: HiLite adviser and communications teacher (Newspaper 1-2, Visual Journalism)
Other teaching assignments/experience: English 9, junior composition, photojournalism, remedial English 9, Yearbook 1-2, senior English, debate

Workshops/outside teaching experience
Ball State University
Summer student workshop instructor (1995 to present)
Crossroads adviser (1995, 1996)
Ball State Junior High and High School J-Days speaker/presenter (1995 to present)
Multimedia workshop instructor (2010)

Illinois Student Press Association
Multimedia workshop instructor (2010, 2011)

Indiana High School Press Association
Convention speaker (1995 to present)

Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA)
Summer student workshop instructor (2008 to present)
MIPA state journalism conference featured speaker (2008)

National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
Summer student workshop instructor (2008 to 2013)
Multimedia workshop instructor (2011)
Convention presenter (2002 to present)

MediaNow
Summer student workshop instructor (2010 to present)

The Poynter Institute
Multimedia workshop instructor (2010)

Nebraska High School Press Association
Summer student workshop instructor (2010 to present)

Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Summer adviser workshop instructor (2017)

Other affiliations/memberships
JEA Digital Media committee, member and contributor
JEA National PLC committee, co-founder, chair and contributor
Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA)
National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)
Journalism Education Association (JEA)
Indiana Teachers of Writing/National Writing Project (ITW/NWP)|
Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA)
National Education Association (NEA)

Awards/recognition
2016 Ball State Journalism Department Indiana Scholastic Journalism Award
2013 Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year
2012 NSPA Pioneer Award
2012 Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser
2011 Indiana Journalism Adviser of the Year (Ella Sengenberger Award)
2011 Indiana State Teacher of the Year Semifinalist
2011 Carmel Clay Schools Teacher of the Year (Stephen A. Backer Teacher of the Year Award)
Ball State University J-Day Hall of Fame (2007)
Carmel High School Staff Academy (1995 to present)
Lilly Foundation Teacher Creativity Grant recipient (2004)

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