The Dow Jones News Fund recently announced finalists for its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program. Staley’s Cherie Burgett is in the top nine as a “Special Recognition Adviser.”
Burgett is beginning her ninth year teaching and advising high school journalism at Staley High School. She began her career as a TV news reporter, becoming a news editor for the websites of 85 TV news stations across the United States. During her last two years as an editor, Burgett worked to earn her teaching certification.
Burgett left the newsroom to launch a comprehensive journalism program at Staley High School, which includes yearbook, newspaper, broadcast and photojournalism. This year she will advise Yearbook, Magazine (formerly newspaper) and Multimedia, along with teaching Journalism I, Photography Journalism and Journalism Lab.
In 2016 Burgett was recognized as the Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. Burgett received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast from Northwest Missouri State University and her Masters in Education from Rockhurst University. She also is a proud graduate of Winnetonka High School, and is a member of the class of 1994.
About the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program
The Dow Jones News Fund looks for the best in scholastic journalism. Teachers who adapt their lesson plans to include the latest digital tools and techniques for storytelling; and high school media advisers who mentor students to create award-winning publications. Applicants must have taught or advised high school media for at least three years and plan to continue in the following school year. Teachers who only advise the yearbook or a literary magazine are not eligible.
In addition to the Teacher of the Year award the program honors eight high school journalism teachers and media advisers who go above and beyond the call of duty as Distinguished Advisers and Special Recognition Advisers.
Article and photo courtesy North Kansas City School District.