Idea File - 2017 Spring

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Alex Blackwell 2017-03-07 01:45:02

GIVING IS AS GOOD AS RECEIVING WITH THE ADVISER MENTOR PROGRAM For more than 25 years I've had the privilege of working with yearbook advisers. No matter the size of the adviser's school, or the number of pages in the yearbook, o rw h at part of the country the adviser calls home, there are two things that remain consistent: Experienced advisers enjoy helping and sharing their love for yearbook. New advisers appreciate all the help they can get. This desire to give and receive yearbook knowledge provided the inspiration for Walsworth's Adviser Mentor Program. A SHARED EXPERIENCE The mentors (experienced yearbook advisers) don't replace the role of the Walsworth Yearbooks sales or customerservice representatives. They complement their roles by providing a unique, shared experience. Veteran advisers have “walked in the same shoes" as their mentees (rookie advisers), which gives them the opportunity to provide advice on topics such as: • Dealing with parents • Staff management • Grading • Working with the school's administration • The unique questions and challenges every new adviser faces Jim Jordan, award-winning adviser a t Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, and mentor to the Adviser Mentor Program mentors, believes in sharing knowledge and seeking out others to learn from. Veronica Sarmiento, CJE, adviser at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, and mentor, said "The program is helpful to the mentee because advising a yearbook is often overwhelming even for experienced advisers. “ Having a mentorwho could lend some tips and resources could probably mean the difference between having a good first year and not. I don't think I would have kept my sanity during my first year advising if it wasn't for the help of experienced advisers out there that my Walsworth sales rep put me in touch with," Sarmiento said. The requirements to be a Walsworth Yearbooks Mentor include being a current customer, having three years or more of yearbook advising experience and be willing to make one conta ct each month with your new adviser mentee. A contact can be a telephone call, text message or a chat over coffee. “My mentor has been a huge help. She has given me so many ideas of how to help the class run smoother," Melissa Strode, adviser a t Monroe City High School, in Monroe City, Missouri, said. Spending nearly a quarter of a centurywith yearbook advisers has taught me that receiving advice is a good thing. Being the one to give advice is a good thing, too. I'm proud that Walsworth's Adviser Mentor Program brings the art of giving and receiving to yearbook. To learn more or to enroll in the program, contact your Walsworth Yearbooks sales representative, ON THE WEB For more information on the Adviser Mentor program, go to Alex Blackwell has built his career around providing customers with helpful solutions, and is currently Walsworth’s vice president of marketing and communications, overseeing all marketing. He began his career as a teacher in his home state of Virginia, before joining Walsworth as a sales rep.

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