JOHN CUTSINGER semi-retired this year after 16 years in the classroom as a yearbook, newspaper and magazine adviser and 27 years as a Jostens educational and creative manager. A JEA Certified Journalism Educator, John takes great pride in his CSPAA Gold Key, his NSPA Pioneer, his JEA Medal of Merit and Friend of Scholastic Journalism, his SIPA Distinguished Adviser Award, and Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Journalism Teacher of the Year. “It is amazing that my entire life has revolved around capturing and preserving memories that last a lifetime for millions,” he said.
MATTHEW LAPORTE is in his 9th year advising the Southwest Shadow Online News Site and The Howl Yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. He serves as the JEA NV State Director and the Co-President of the Southern Nevada Society of Journalists. He was recognized in 2015 as a JEA Rising Star. The Howl has been recognized as an NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Finalist, an NSPA All-American evaluated publication and a CSPA Gold Medalist. Check him out on Twitter @educatelaporte and Instagram @matthew.laporte.
AMY MORGAN, Master Journalism Educator, advises publications at Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas. The newspaper and yearbook have earned All-Kansas, All-American, Crown finalist, Pacemaker finalist and Best of Show honors. Morgan was local co-chair of the 2010 Kansas City convention. She serves on the Kansas Scholastic Press Association's executive board and has been on the board of the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City. She was recognized as the Engel Award winner for outstanding advising in Kansas in 2011. JEA named her a Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser in 2015.
MARCI PIEPER, after spending 20 years as a publications adviser and 10 years as an assistant principal, has returned to advising yearbook, her first love, to finish her teaching career. Her students have earned multiple NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Gold Crowns as well national recognition for their photography. They are an All Missouri publication as well. Marci has been awarded the CSPA Gold Key, NSPA Pioneer, Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a Special Recognition Adviser from JEA. "I am amazed every day at the quality of work our students produce and appreciate their commitment to getting a product just right for their classmates to treasure forever."