North Central HS Teacher is Named 2018 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 12, 2018) – North Central High School journalism teacher, Mr. Tom Gayda has been named by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), as the 2018 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.
Tom Gayda, MJE, directs student media at North Central High School. He also teaches the Ball State online course, Mass Media 101. Gayda earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism education and master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University. He has been honored by BSU with the journalism department’s Young Alumnus Award, Indiana Scholastic Journalism Award and by the university as a 2008 Graduate of the Last Decade. Author of “Scholastic Journalism Leadership,” Gayda is a former president of the Indiana High School Press Association and a current director-at-large for the Journalism Education Association. Other awards and honors include: Indiana Journalism Adviser of the Year, JEA Medal of Merit, JEA Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser, National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer Award, Women’s Press Club of Indiana Slaymaker Award for Service to Journalism and North Central High School Teacher of the Year. Gayda has advised four Indiana Student Journalists of the Year, the most of any Indiana adviser. The media he advises has been recognized on the state and national level.
“This is a tremendous, humbling honor,” said Gayda. “I am thankful to all of my students who’ve helped make me the teacher I am today.”
Gayda will be honored at the 94th annual CSPA Spring Convention on Thursday, March 15, 2018 on the Columbia University campus.
The National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program is administered by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and cosponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund with further support from The Poynter Institute and The Wall Street Journal.
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Founded in 1925, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association unites student editors and faculty advisers working with them to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. Students come from public, private and church-related schools and colleges throughout the United States and from overseas schools following an American plan of education. The Association is owned and operated by Columbia University.