Glenbrook South yearbook adviser Brenda Field was surprised in her classroom Jan. 24 with the news of being named the 2017 H.L. Hall National Yearbook Adviser of the Year.
The program is designed to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year, as well as throughout their careers. Field will be recognized again this spring during the National high School Journalism Convention where she will deliver a keynote address.
Field is the first adviser in the state of Illinois to receive this honor.
Journalism Education Association executive director Kelly Glasscock traveled to make the announcement at GBS, along with last year’s winner Nancy Smith and several representatives from Jostens, which is sponsoring the award.
Field, who has been teaching at GBS for 16 years, was left nearly speechless.
“I have the very best students,” she said. “It’s such a joy to see what they create and how it transforms into something amazing. They always surpass my expectations and I’m so grateful for them.”
GBS senior Jordyn Ehlinger is in Field’s class for a second year. She said Field makes the classroom a very positive atmosphere.
“She goes out of her way to make sure everyone feels valued and welcomed,” Ehlinger said. “When she brings a positive attitude, we do too.”
GBS principal Dr. Lauren Fagel was among nearly 20 school administrators that flooded Field’s classroom during the announcement. Fagel said the amount of care that goes into creating the GBS yearbook is unbelievable.
“It’s the most extensive yearbook I’ve ever seen,” Fagel said. “It’s very journalistic. I’m so appreciative of what Brenda and her students do to create and preserve the history of the school. They always give 200 percent.”
Photos provided by Kelly Glasscock