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Interviews released bi-weekly.
Living the life skills with Robin Christopher
Robin Christopher has spent a decade elevating the yearbook program at Del Norte High School, proving to her students that yearbook is mostly about learning life skills. We spend just a little bit of time soaking up her yearbook knowledge during this info-packed episode of Mind the Gutter. We cover her evolution from a first-year adviser to one who knows the ropes, and we learn about Robin’s approach to yearbook bootcamps and production schedules. You might need to take notes on this one!
Mastering middle school with Jenni Parsons
Hey middle school advisers! This episode of Mind the Gutter is for you. We talk with Jenni Parsons of Greenfield Jr. High in Arizona and learn that you really can put together a journalistic book with seventh and eighth graders. In fact, she prefers it.
Making Yearbook Mean More with Sergio Yanes
This week’s episode of Mind the Gutter takes us into the yearbook classroom (aka leadership incubator) of Arvada High School adviser Sergio Yanes. Sergio was gracious enough to share with us his life story: how he was born into journalism and how his role as yearbook adviser has manifest itself into much more. So much more.
Coaching Journalists with Pete LeBlanc
Pete LeBlanc is our guest on this week’s episode. Nelson and Hayley learn about how Pete’s career has evolved from its roots in sports coverage into an 11-year tradition of award-winning yearbooks at Antelope High School in Antelope, California. You’ll also hear his take on the most pressing problems facing students, and the teachers who care for them, in today’s classrooms.
Clearing Up Theme Development with Heather Nagel
You know those people who always seem to have everything figured out? They may claim to be a hot mess, but you know better. Heather Nagel is one of those people in the yearbook world. As the adviser for Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, she produces the most amazing books and has editors who could run a major corporation with ease. What’s her secret? Well, it’s intentional.
A Lasting Impact with the Chronicle Staff
On this week’s episode of Mind the Gutter, we sit down with the adviser and staffers from Classical Academy High School. We speak with first-year adviser Barak Smith about his year and what new advisers should know before they start yearbooking. Then, we chat with four staffers from the Chronicle about their Impact Award-winning spread on mental health.