The Kansas Scholastic Press Association is, according to its website, “a non-profit organization composed of Kansas scholastic journalism students and their teachers. The organization is committed to excellence in journalism at all levels and views its focus as one of providing journalism education leadership for Kansas teachers and students. The KSPA provides a support system through its contests, conferences and scheduled activities.”
It is a fantastic organization, and I have been a part of it ever since I became a high school journalism teacher. I have seen my students leap for joy at winning a contest, nearly cry at a heart-breaking loss, and come away from a conference jazzed with excitement and new knowledge. I have networked with incredible educators from around the state, and I have learned so much. The benefits of this organization are truly unlimited.
I’m proud to say I am now a member of the KSPA Board of Directors. I was recently elected to help oversee Area 5. It is a two-year term.
I am excited and honored to be a part of this inner organization within the KSPA. I look forward to working with all the wonderful people involved and being a voice for the schools I represent. I know I will be learning a lot as I go. I simply can’t wait to get started!
My first official Board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Manhattan. Other meetings for 2013-2014 include Dec. 7 in Wichita and May 2 in Lawrence.