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I am Paige Dyer, the publications and journalism teacher at WHS. My love for journalism began as a young child. My parents owned a radio station so I was raised on the air assisting my dad with on-air sporting events, specifically keeping volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball books so he could report the plays. At the age of 7, I could rattle off a student-athlete's stats and actually know what I was talking about. Once my older brother joined the high school yearbook staff in 1991, I saw another side of journalism, I was hooked and wanted to do exactly what he did in high school. Four years later, it was my turn. My own journalism career began in my freshman English classroom/yearbook room. I began as a staff member, moved to organizations editor, then editor-in-chief my senior year. I was in love with publishing and knew that was what I wanted to do as a career. I obtained my degree in Journalism/Public Relations from UT Tyler. My first teaching job was in Winona, teaching Communications and coaching every girls sport offered. I then moved to All Saints for five years where I was a multi-sport coach and worked as the assistant to the Director of Athletics using the public relations side of my degree. In 2009 I joined the faculty at Whitehouse High School working my dream job of being a yearbook and newspaper adviser. I also learned that teaching photography and journalism was even more rewarding than I ever imagined. Our publications department is thriving because of the students who I see have the same passion I did in my youth. We are a successful program because of the heart the students put into their publications. The state awards are bonuses to seeing the joy each staff member has when they write their perfect story or take their favorite photo. I LOVE what I do and am amazed at how proud each student makes me on a daily basis. I enjoy and love my job as a journalism/publications teacher more and more each year. This is because of my kids.

Paige Dyer, Adviser

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