Journalism teachers receive national honors
CASTLE ROCK – The Journalism Education Association (JEA) has announced that three Douglas County School District teachers will receive national honors this spring for their work with student-journalists.
Jed Palmer, the journalism teacher at Sierra Middle School (pictured) was one of only three teachers nationwide to be named a Distinguished Adviser this year, in the Journalism Education Association (JEA) National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year Award program.
In the 18 years that the JEA has been awarding this prestigious honor, Palmer is only the second middle school adviser to receive this award. He is also only the fourth adviser in Colorado to earn recognition from the JEA in the Adviser of the Year program.
The JEA also recognized Melissa Larson (pictured at left) of Mesa Middle School and Jessica Leifheit (pictured at right) of Castle View High School with its Rising Star award. The award, which began in 2006, recognizes teachers with one to five years of journalism teaching and/or advising experience who demonstrate a commitment to journalism education and show promise as up-and-coming advisers.
Palmer, Larson and Leifheit will receive their awards in April at the spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, in San Diego.