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Beth Marshall

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Beth Marshall, CJE, M.Ed., has been teaching English for 29 years, and teaching and advising journalism for six. She advises the Endeavor yearbook and The Rocket Review online news website for Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond, IL. She earned her Masters of Journalism Education through Kent State University. This program helped develop her passion for scholastic journalism. Additionally, she is the President of the Kettle Moraine Press Association, which works with scholastic journalism students and their teachers throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Beth is also the proud mother of three boys, including her oldest son, Flynn, who has Down syndrome and who has taught her the importance of acceptance and kindness. Flynn also made her a fan of the WWE. Beth is excited to join the faculty at WJMC.

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Kari Johnson

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Kari Johnson, CJE, just finished her 12th year of teaching and advising publications in the Kansas City, Mo. area. Her newspaper and yearbook staffs have earned numerous local, state and national awards from JEMKC, MIPA, JEA and NSPA. Kari loves teaching journalism and photojournalism, especially the First Amendment. She loves seeing the pride her students take in creating publications that are distributed throughout the school and community. Kari earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Central Missouri and her Master’s in Teaching from Park University. This will be Kari’s second summer at WJMC, having served as a Faculty Adviser in 2012.  In addition to teaching, Kari loves to travel with her husband and two kids, Kayleigh, 7, and Wyatt, 2.

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Britney Hernandez

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Britney has been teaching for 21 years north of San Antonio in a consolidated school district; eighteen years at the junior high and the last three at Samuel Clemens High School- both of which offer journalism electives. Journalism, photojournalism, advanced newspaper, and advanced yearbook are the disciplines she fosters to students who are lured by the energy and excitement she exudes because she LOVES watching the students fall in love with commitment to telling factual truth.

Britney volunteers at photography contests to judge and critique competitors’ entries. She has students earning All-state Journalists awards, ATPI first places for digital construction, and for the first time ever The Stampede (yearbook) was awarded first place from NSPA. Britney belongs to JEA, ILPC, and ATPI and enjoys attending conventions with or without students. The high school where she advises takes pride in producing 7-9 print editions of newspapers, 4 magazines, and online newspaper, and a 296-page yearbook every year.

In her free time, Britney is raising twin fourteen-year-old girls, and a high school senior, Eagle Scout who will be graduating from both college and high school within the same month. She loves gardening, reading novels, and afternoon naps. Travel fuels her heart with confidence in humanity that “people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank

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Christopher Mauthe

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As an educator for 10 years, Chris has enjoyed working with both students and adults as a classroom teacher and instructional coach. Currently, he teaches Sociology, and US/VA Government at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA. Prior to his placement there, he worked for two years in the North Clackamas School District outside Portland, OR as an instruction and equity coach for K-12 Health and Social Studies teachers around teaching for social justice across the content. In the spring of 2017, Chris was invited by the Ugandan Ministry of Education to travel to Uganda where he presented workshops on leadership in the field of education as part of the team that organized and presented “Teachers Transform the Nation” in Kampala. He started his career as a middle school Social Studies teacher at Swanson Middle School in Arlington, VA. Chris received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University. When he’s not traveling, Chris spends his spare time seeing live music at all the amazing venues and cheering on the Washington Nationals. Chris is thrilled to be joining the WJMC family and can’t wait to work with everyone!

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Mark Hilburn

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Mark Hilburn is in his eleventh year teaching journalism at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he advises the MWHS Wildcat News Broadcast, Catalyst Newspaper, Prowler Yearbook and Ink. Literary Magazine. Currently, Mark is serving as President of the Nebraska High School Press Association, presents and judges at national JEA/NSPA and CSPA conventions and teaches journalism workshops across the country. He is a Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association and holds Master’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and Secondary Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska. His publications have been Pacemaker finalists, received Gold Crown and All-American Awards, and during the 2017-2018 school year, The Catalyst and Prowler both received 1st place in the NSPA Best of Show competition. Locally, Millard West Journalism won State in 2017 and 2014, was State Runner-Up in 2018, 2016 and 2013 and the past two years, Mark has advised the 2018 and 2019 Nebraska Journalists of the Year. In 2018, Millard West received the first ever Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Mark was named the 2015 Nebraska Distinguished Journalism Teacher of the Year, and in 2019, was the first adviser to receive the Dr. Sherrie Wilson Outstanding Service Award for Journalism. This is his third year with WJMC.

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Matt Rasgorshek

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Matt Rasgorshek is the journalism advisor at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, NE. He has advised video and online publications that have received state, regional and national recognition. Rasgorshek has been recognized as a Distinguished Broadcast Advisor of the year by the Journalism Education Association as well as as one of the country’s top journalism advisors by the Dow Jones News Fund. Prior to teaching journalism, Matt worked behind the camera as a newscast director, producer, videographer and editor in local affiliates in Omaha and Phoenix. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing golf.

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Matt Schott

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Matt Schott is the publications adviser at Francis Howell Central High School in St. Charles, Mo., where he just completed his 14th year. He advises the newspaper, yearbook, website and broadcast at FHC, where students have been the recipients of numerous local, state and national awards. Last January he was named the Teacher of the Year at FHC, and has also been recognized by the Dow Jones News Fund as a Distinguished Adviser and Special Recognition adviser. Prior to teaching, Matt was a designer and editor at newspapers in Missouri, Illinois and Florida. Matt also is a freelance photographer for various clients around St. Louis in his free time, and loves soccer and reading.

 

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Melissa Larson

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Melissa Larson is in her 12th year as an educator. This is her seventh year as a Faculty Adviser at WJMC. In 2014, she received the Rising Star Award from the Journalism Education Association. In 2013, she was recognized as one of nine Apple Award Finalists for Secondary Educator of the Year in the Douglas County School District. She teaches technology courses at North Star Academy in Parker, CO. She also taught Digital Media, Multimedia Productions and Electronic Publications, and advised the Imprints yearbook for six years at Mesa Middle School in Castle Rock, CO. Imprints won several awards including NSPA 2nd Place Best of Show in 2011 and 2013, and NSPA 1st Place National Picture of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was a fellow at the 2012 ASNE Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Computer Information Systems at Colorado State University. She is married and has three daughters.

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Chrissy Wiedemann

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As a teacher for 18 years, Chrissy enjoys working with students in English and Journalism at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va. Chrissy received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Mason University. A proud Patriot, she connected to an international community there and developed her love of writing. As part of Patriot Nation, she traveled to Indianapolis in 2006 to watch the Cinderella team head to the Final Four. (Florida continues to be her least favorite team.) No English teacher has loads of free time during the school year, but when she can, Chrissy loves to see live music in DC. Summers on the beach and traveling to other countries are also favorites of hers. Chrissy is excited to return to Mason for her third WJMC and can’t wait to meet new friends this summer!

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April van Buren

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April van Buren, MJE, advises yearbook (Tower Tales), broadcast (Tower TV), and a new journalism website (Tower Media), and also teaches various digital media classes including graphic design and web design At East High School in Madison, WI. She has taught journalism for about 15 years, including at Parkway Central High School in suburban St. Louis and at Mesa Vista Middle and High School in rural New Mexico. She has also been an adjunct professor for the Communications Department at the University of New Mexico-Taos. From 2010 to May of 2013, she served as the New Mexico director for the Journalism Education Association and as the Vice President of the NM Scholastic Press Association. She earned her National Board certification in Language Arts in 2012 and studied journalism, education and library sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was the 2013 NM Adviser of the Year and currently serves on the Board for the Kettle Moraine Press Association and as the Broadcast Contest Director for the Journalism Education Association. In her free time, she likes to read young adult fiction, and plays roller derby and ice hockey.