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2016 MJEA Journalism Teacher of the Year

toy-1 toy-2Jason Stacy from William Chrisman High School in Independence has been named the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Teacher of the Year award winner for 2015-2016.

2016-AOY-action 2016-AOY-mugStacy has taught at William Chrisman for 13 years, spending all of his years in education there, including three months as a long-term journalism sub. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mizzou and later went back and got his master’s degree in education from the University of Central Missouri. He worked internships at local papers in Houston, at the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk and then worked for a year at the Associated Press. He then became the journalism teacher at Chrisman and has been there ever since. He also coaches basketball and is in his third year as the head cross country coach.

He was nominated by Olivia Jaynes, an editor of the William Chrisman school newspaper The Envoy. In her nominating letter, she wrote, “Mr. Stacy has changed the way that we write stories and cover things going around the school. I have always enjoyed writing about things in great detail and challenging myself to make things that aren’t the most interesting, something people can’t stop reading about. Mr. Stacy has taught us to write a story using so many different techniques other than quotes and fancy words. He has taught us to put heart into our work and make it our own. … Mr. Stacy has not only made me discover the passion I have for journalism, but has also become someone I trust and makes learning actually enjoyable.”

The MJEA judge noted: “Jason Stacy is a deserving winner who has quadrupled the numbers of students involved in some aspect of student media at his school. Just as important, his letters of recommendation show him to be a man who students respect beyond the classroom. He is a terrific role model.”

At his school today, Hillcrest High School Garry Moore  presented Davis with his plaque. In addition, the St. Louis Press Club, a proud MJEA partner, is providing a $1,000 award to Davis.

The Missouri Journalism Education Association is the largest state scholastic journalism organization formed to help protect and enhance scholastic journalism in Missouri. MJEA works to provide outreach and support to advisers and journalism programs across the state. MJEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

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2016 MJEA Journalism Teacher of the Year