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Puyallup High Journalism Teacher Earns National Recognition

Sandra Coyer accepting the JEA 2023 Special Recognition Broadcast Advisor award

Photo Credit: Sandra Coyer

Coyer treats Viking Student Media more than just a class, but a professional organization and teaches her students to be professional to prepare them for their future careers.

- Grant Huson, Puyallup High School Junior

Congratulations to Puyallup High School (PHS) Teacher Sandra Coyer (left), who recently won the 2023 Journalism Education Association (JEA) Special Recognition Broadcast Adviser Award!

According to the JEA Website, the recognition honors outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year—as well as throughout their careers.

Coyer's Puyallup High Resume

Coyer started teaching at PHS in 2000 and has been a journalism educator for about eight years. Currently, she teaches video production, yearbook, and newspaper production (print, online, and social media) and serves as the student club advisor for Viking Student Media and Literacy Magazine.

For The Students

Coyer says she takes great pride in winning the award.

"Being recognized for anything at a national level is always an incredible feeling," Coyer said. "This award is more of a reflection of what my students are able to do and produce. They are the ones doing the hard work while my job is to guide them and make sure they continue to follow the journalistic standards, ethics and laws they have been trained to follow."

PHS Junior and Viking Vanguard Co-Editor In-Chief Grant Huson says Coyer's guidance and lessons are key factors.

"The skills I've learned during newspaper will be useful for most jobs in the future," Huson said. "Coyer treats Viking Student Media more than just a class, but a professional organization and teaches her students to be professional to prepare them for their future careers."

Coyer also mentions that students understanding journalism is an absolute necessity. 

"Being media literate is an important modern skill that all students should learn," Coyer said. "Understanding that stories have multiple sides and to approach any topic in an objective way is incredibly important to alleviate the aggregation of false information. Having an informed citizenship is essential to democracy."

Student Journalism Advocacy

Along with her teaching and club advisor commitments, Coyer serves on the JEA Certification Committee and the Washington Journalism Education Association Emerald and Critique Committee Chair.