MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota High School Press Association was honored to present its 2016 Journalism Educator of the Year to Anna Reid of The Blake School and adviser to The Spectrum newspaper. Reid was recognized earlier this week on Sept. 6 at the school in Minneapolis. Laura Widmer, the executive director, and Mariah Keith, the contest and critique coordinator of Minnesota High School Press Association, presented the award to Reid on stage during the school’s morning assembly.
Anna Reid and the staff of The Spectrum celebrate her Minnesota Journalism Educator of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Anna Reid.
The selection qualifications for the award consist of teaching/advising preparation, experience and ability; relationships with students and others; other contributions to the profession; and promoting appreciation for journalism as a career.
Reid has taught English and advised The Spectrum newspaper at The Blake School. for the past six years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1998 and a master of arts degree from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2002.
The Spectrum newspaper, which under the supervision and guidance of Reid succeeded in placing multiple times in MHSPA’s Gold Medallion and Best of Show contests the past few years.
Former editor of The Spectrum, Maxine Whitely, spoke highly of Reid’s commitment to her publication’s staff and the journalism field. “Ms. Reid does it all and makes it look effortless,” she said. “Her passion and work ethic never seem to wane, even on the most arduous, frustrating days. Her presence continuously uplifts everyone around her.”
Fellow Minnesota High School Press Association adviser Lori Keekley notes “Reid’s passion also shows through her work and relationships with students.” “Anna’s dedication to her students and the state journalism organization is commendable,” Keekley said. “She’s a dedicated worker who doesn’t seek the spotlight. She’s just happy to do the work if it helps someone.”
Reid will also be recognized at the MHSPA State Convention on Oct. 4, 2016.