Instructors

We've gathered the best from around the country to help you plan for and achieve your best this year! (Their awards and accomplishments are too numerous to list, but here's a few!)

John Cutsinger

John is a Jostens Creative Accounts Manager, is a National Journalism Teacher of the Year, CSPA Gold Key recipient, NSPA Pioneer, Southern Interscholastic Press Association Distinguished Adviser and JEA Medal of Merit and Friend of Scholastic Journalism award winner. His contributions to scholastic journalism over the past 36 years have included advising state and national award winning yearbooks, newspapers and magazines; and authoring yearbook curriculum.

Brenda Field

Brenda Field, MJE, has been advising yearbooks for the past 20 years. Her staff at Glenbrook South High School creates a nearly 500-page book that has been recognized by state and national press associations and has regularly earned NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Crowns. A Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, she serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Journalism Education Association and is also the JEA state director.  She lives and breathes yearbook and loves every aspect of working with students, both at home and at workshops, as they bring their vision to life.

Sarah Nichols

Sarah advises Details yearbook as part of Whitney High Student Media in Rocklin, California — a comprehensive media program that also includes the news magazine and website. In her 17 years advising, her students have earned top national honors such as NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Crown awards. Nichols is certified as a Master Journalism Educator and serves as JEA’s vice president. Currently she works with JEA’s Curriculum Initiative as well as the Digital Media and Scholastic Press Rights committees. She co-authored an adviser curriculum for Jostens with John Cutsinger and teaches a graduate course in Advising Yearbook for Kent State University’s Masters program. Nichols has been honored as National Yearbook Adviser of the Year and is an NSPA Pioneer and CSPA Gold Key recipient.

Casey Nichols

Casey is a graduate of Ball State University with a MA in Journalism. He taught middle school journalism for 11 years at his alma mater, Eich Intermediate School, and has been the journalism teacher and department chair for Communication Studies at Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA for 19 years. Nichols is a frequent speaker at workshops and conventions. His yearbook staffs have won numerous crown and Pacemaker awards. For service, Nichols has won the NSPA Pioneer, Gold Key, and JEA Medal of Merit Award. He was the 2005 JEA Yearbook Adviser of the Year.

Mike McLean

Mike is a Dallas, Texas-based freelance photojournalist and teaches photojournalism workshops throughout the nation. In 2004, he was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame. He is a co-author of “Get the Picture” published by Jostens and developed a digital photojournalism curriculum for a university based in Colorado. Mike sees his role as a visual storyteller. “Your story, my eyes,” he says. Mike’s work can be viewed at McLeanPhoto.com.

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