2007 board of directors elections

2007 board of directors elections

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Gary Lindsay, MJE
Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

In the 20 years, Gary Lindsay, MJE, has been advising publications at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy High School, his students and publications have consistently won awards in statewide and national competition. Lindsay has also served as president of the Iowa High School Press Association since 2003, and as Iowa state director for JEA since 1999. Lindsay, who earned his MJE in 1999, teaches both language arts and journalism, and has advised yearbook, literary magazine, website and a startup school radio station. After a Dow Jones Fellowship in 1998, Lindsay developed and taught an AP Language & Composition course applying Intensive Journalistic Writing principles. He has also taught summer journalism courses for students and teachers at the University of Iowa.

Statement of Goals:
As state director for Iowa since 1999, I have been able to work with outgoing regional director Bob Bair on several occasions, and my goal is to continue the excellent job Bob has done as regional director.   My location in eastern Iowa gives me a central location in the region, and I plan to use this to visit affiliates in the adjoining states.

For the past two years, IHSPA has offered a winter event for advisers that Bob attended and presented sessions. Following this example, I hope to offer similar services to the affiliates in the adjoining states. I have a few adviser contacts in Minnesota and plan to use them to increase JEA’s involvement in that state.

If elected to this position I will assist JEA’s leadership to continue to offer exceptional program and support to scholastic journalism. I bring 20 years in journalism education, 35 years total education experience, creativity and the ability to solve problems to my advising work, and will use these to support JEA’s mission.

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas

Linda Drake, CJE
Chase County High School, Cottonwood Falls, Kan.

Linda Drake, CJE , has advised the yearbook for 26 years and the newspaper for 15 years at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. Both are award-winning publications. She received the Engel Award in 1999 and has been named a Distinguished Adviser by both the Journalism Education Association (2002) and the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund (2004). Chase County received the Let Freedom Ring Award in 2001. Drake teaches at summer workshops as well as directs the Bethany Publications Workshop. She is currently serving her second phase as president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, having served on the board since 1995. Drake was just recently named to the NSPA Board of Directors.

Statement of Goals:
I have worked on our state’s executive board for the last 10 years, serving two terms as president. I believe that I have the right background to help work with JEA’s board during this transitional period in the organization’s future. I have encouraged our state’s members to join JEA and emphasized the organization’s benefits to both new and former members alike. I want to have the opportunity to continue to support JEA by working with advisers throughout our region.

Wayna Polk
Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas

Involved with scholastic journalism since she was a sophomore in high school, Wayna C. Polk has advised yearbook production at Abilene High School for 25 years and began teaching beginning journalism and advising the student newspaper, The Battery, three years ago. The Flashlight, the school’s yearbook, has continually won state, regional and national awards and her students have garnered individual honors as well. A teaching veteran of 28 years, she has been named the Max Haddick Journalism Teacher of the Year in Texas as well as receiving JEA’s Medal of Merit and NSPA’s Pioneer Award. Wayna has been a Special Recognition Adviser and Distinguished Adviser in JEA’s YAOY contest. She holds a BA in Journalism from Texas Tech University and a M Ed in English from Abilene Christian University.

Statement of Goals:
I am honored to represent the South Central Region of JEA as regional director. Our region boasts some of the finest scholastic journalism programs in the country and the advisers in our region continue to make outstanding educational contributions on the local, state and national levels.

Representing this region has allowed me to interact with these advisers and to better understand the different concerns we share about journalism education in our region and the positive role JEA can play in regards to our future in the classroom.

We face important future decisions regarding our organization. With your support, I know our region will continue to strengthen the stature of JEA for all advisers. I hope you will carefully consider me as your choice for regional director.

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