I am an English and Journalism teacher and newspaper advisor at Harrisburg High School where I have been employed since 1994. I have a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a M. Ed. in English from the University of Missouri. I also hold my Master Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association. I am a member of the National Council for the Teachers of English, the Journalism Education Association and the Illinois Journalism Education Association. I am currently serving on the Certification Commission for JEA and as the On-Site Contest Coordinator for the Southern Illinois School Press Association.