GBS teacher and yearbook adviser Brenda Field was recently honored with the Pioneer Award at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Advisers awards luncheon in Dallas, Texas.
This award is the highest honor given to journalism educators by the NSPA. Pioneer Award recipients are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their primary employment. Eight educators from across the nation received the award this year.
“This year’s class of winners truly recognizes the best journalism education has to offer,” said Laura Widmer, NSPA executive director. “These educators possess not only great teaching skills and passion for student press rights, they also have gained great respect and admiration from their students and colleagues. These Pioneers represent the best of the best in the country.”
Field has been teaching at GBS for 16 years.
When asked what the Pioneer Award means to her, Field said it “means that, on some level, I’ve been able to provide support and encouragement to students and other staff.”
Pioneer winners are nominated by previous award recipients; they’re many of the advisers who have helped shape my own growth,” Field said. “This award means somehow I’ve been able to pay it forward.”
GBS principal Dr. Lauren Fagel said she is “not at all surprised” that Field was honored with this award – in a good way!
“Brenda is nationally recognized as a master teacher and adviser of student publications,” Fagel said. “The award makes it official, but Brenda gives her best to the students at GBS every day. We are very fortunate to her have on our team.”