Cypress Creek Publications Adviser Wins JEA Rising Star Award

Cy-Fair, TX (January 27, 2016) Cypress Creek High School publications adviser Samantha Berry is one of 13 journalism teachers and media advisers to receive the Rising Star Award in 2016, the Journalism Education Association (JEA) announced on Jan. 26.

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The award honors scholastic student media advisers who have completed five or fewer years in the profession. Established in 2006, it honors new advisers who have shown a commitment to involvement and improvement for themselves and their students, according to the JEA release.

Berry, a third-year teacher at Cypress Creek, was named the school’s 2014-2015 Spotlight Teacher and earned the TAJE Pathfinder Award last fall.

“I am so honored to be among the recipients for the Rising Star Award,” Berry said. “To be recognized by leaders in your professional field is an incredible feeling. I truly love this job and enjoy coming to work every day because of the dedication and heart my students put into their work. I’m thankful to work in CFISD with administrators and colleagues who support and celebrate each other.

Berry and her fellow 2016 Rising Star Award recipients will be honored at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Convention in Los Angeles April 14-17.