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Stephanie Strange

STEPHANIE STRANGE

Stephanie is the publications adviser at Steele High School in the northeast San Antonio, Texas area.  She advises the online newspaper, the weekly broadcast and the 328-page yearbook. She also teaches Journalism and Photojournalism. This is her fourth year teaching and she has fallen in love with her second career. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she was a missionary in China. She believes it’s a beautiful world out there and tries to bring that worldview into her teaching. She is passionate about showing others the importance of true journalism and believes that everyone has a story to tell that must be told with integrity, honesty and kindness. Outside of the classroom, Stephanie has been married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart who is a local pastor, and they have three daughters, one son-in-law and a rescue dog named Archie. She believes in transparency and isn’t afraid to admit when she doesn’t know something, to accept when she is wrong and to rejoice in the small victories of life.

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Mariah Baldwin

MARIAH BALDWIN

Mariah Baldwin is an educator of 9 years with experience in both public and higher education.  She is a former CNN Journalist in the Newsgathering & Live Distribution department, and is currently the lead Journalism and Media teacher at Elite Scholars Academy in Jonesboro, GA. She teaches Communications at the middle school level, and teaches Journalism I, II, and III for 9th-12th grade students. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Media, Master of Business Administration, Georgia Educator Certification and Cambridge International Certification. She also serves as Yearbook Advisor, Picture Day Coordinator, and school news lead. She has received many Communication and leadership awards from her school district and is actively engaged in her local community service programs. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, nature, cooking, and spending time with her family! One of her favorite quotes is “Your life is your story. Write well, Edit Often.”

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Trina A. Kraus-Schaarschmidt

TRINA A. KRAUS-SCHAARSCHMIDT

Trina A. Kraus-Schaarschmidt, M.Ed. is a veteran English teacher, journalism teacher, award-winning author and adjunct professor in the Philadelphia area.  Her co-authored book, Explosions of Joy: A Memoir of the Grief Counselor for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, is highly acclaimed and most notably received a bronze medal from Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards and was selected as a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards. She is also the advisor for the student newspaper at the high school where she currently teaches and her writers boast placing in the 2020 Keystone Press Awards in the Editorial category and Video Story category. Mrs. Kraus-Schaarschmidt has a B.A. in English and a Master’s in education. She is pursuing a second Master’s in English from Slippery Rock University and has recently started a private Writing Coach program to provide editing services or tutoring for both aspiring and reluctant writers from middle school through adult age. In 2022 her services proudly played a role in raising almost $150K for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Beth Marshall

BETH MARSHALL

Beth Marshall, CJE, M.Ed., advises yearbook (The Endeavor) and currently teaches sophomore English courses at Richmond-Burton Community High School in Richmond, IL.  She has been teaching and advising journalism for the last eight years, and she has taught English for more than 30 years. She is a Certified Journalism Educator, and she earned her M.A.Ed in Journalism Education through Kent State University in May 2020. This program helped develop her passion for scholastic journalism. She was also selected to attend the 2019 CSJ Advanced Advising Workshop at Kent State University in OH. Beth’s yearbook staff has earned numerous state awards including IJEA Best Overall Yearbook and All-KEMPA recognition as well as first class ratings from the NSPA. Currently, Beth is the President of the Kettle Moraine Press Association, which works with scholastic journalism students and their teachers throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. She is married and the proud mother of three young men, Flynn (26), Will (23) and Reed (22). Her oldest son, Flynn, has Down syndrome. He has taught her the importance of acceptance and kindness and Flynn has also made her a fan of the WWE. Beth is excited to join the faculty at WJMC.

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Keirsten Robinson

KEIRSTEN ROBINSON

Faculty Advisor, WJMC Alumna

Keirsten Robinson is a WJMC and George Mason alumna who currently works as a digital political strategist.  She graduated with a BA in Communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations and minored in both political communications and American government. During her time at Mason, Keirsten was a staff writer for the Fourth Estate and an anchor for Mason Cable News. In her current role, she creates digital media content for political campaigns and organizations. Most notably, she contributed to President Biden’s 2020 campaign as well as the 2 Georgia Run-Off Elections. In her free time she enjoys traveling the world, trying new food, and attending as many concerts as possible!

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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 Crowe

BRITNEY CROWE

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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

CHRIS 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

MARK HILBURN

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Mark Hilburn is in his thirteenth year teaching journalism at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he advises the MWHS Wildcat News Broadcast, Catalyst Newspaper, Prowler Yearbook and Striv live-streaming.  Mark is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha where he teaches Media Writing while working on his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. 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, Mentor and serves on the Certification Committee through the Journalism Education Association. He 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, and was State Runner-Up in 2018, 2016 and 2013. Mark advised the 2018 and 2019 Nebraska Journalists of the Year and received the Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2018 and 2020. Mark was named the 2015 Nebraska Distinguished Journalism Teacher of the Year, in 2019 was the first adviser to receive the Dr. Sherrie Wilson Outstanding Service Award for Journalism, and in 2020, received the Future Administrator Award and Scholarship from the Journalism Education Association. This is his fourth year with WJMC.

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Matt Rasgorshek

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.