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This is my twenty-second year teaching Journalism, and CTE classes at Elkhart ISD. I love teaching yearbook and watching the students develop a love for graphic design, art, and journalism.
Associates Degree from Tyler Junior College
Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Tyler
Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler
Doctorate of Education from Northcentral University
"Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph, and the signs of horror are still in the air." Henry Anatole Grunwald
8:00 - 9:00 - 1st period- Principles of AA/VTC, Comm. Photo, Yearbook 1 & 2
9:05- 10:00 - 2nd period- Principles of AA/VTC, Comm. Photo, Yearbook 1 & 2
10:05- 11:00 - 3rd Period -  Yearbook
11:05 - 11:30- Lunch
11:35- 12:30- 4th period- Principles of AA/VTC, Yearbook, Commercial Photography 
12:35- 1:30 - 5th - Principles of AA/VTC, Yearbook
1:35- 2:30- 6th - Planning Period
2:35- 3:30- 7th -  Yearbook, Graphic Design

 Principles of Audio, Video Technology, and Communication


Careers in audio/video technology and film production span all aspects of the audio/ video communications industry. Within this context, in addition to developing technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to develop an understanding of the history and techniques of the audio/video production industry.


Course Objective: 

This course allows you the opportunity to develop an understanding of the various and multifaceted career opportunities in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications cluster; you will gain knowledge, skills and educational requirements related to these opportunities.  Throughout the course, you will learn all aspects of technology associated with audio and video – including computer skills, networking, scripting, ethics, laws and camera shooting. You will also learn about the stages of production and engage in each stage of production for numerous multimedia projects/presentations, which you will see through to the end of the course.

Graphic Design & Illustration

1st Semester-


Getting Started:

            Deleting preference, object styles, text handling, graphics handling,

XML features, viewing guides, adding text, placing and flowing text, threading text, adding pull quotes, wrapping text around an object, adding stroke to the frame, changing the frame, and text position, adjusting the size of an image, working with styles, apply paragraphs styles, formatting text, applying object styles, working with graphics, positioning graphics within the frame, targeting layers, cropping, Know hardware components, use operating systems, software applications, networking components, use input, processing, output and storage devices, learn terminology and concepts, discuss copyright laws, cite sources, and demonstrate proper etiquette and knowledge of policies of internet and intranet.


Setting Up Documents:

Custom pages, new documents, editing, adding pages, master pages, renaming pages, using rulers, creating footers, and headers, placeholders, using tools, drawing a colored shape, columns, deleting and arranging pages, placing text and graphics on to documents, overriding master page items.


Working With Frames:

            Modifying text items, resizing text frames, using anchor points, resizing graphics, change the shape of frames, use text wrap, create new frames, duplicate frames, convert shapes, draw new graphics, place and color text, orienting objects in space, adjusting text within the frame, rotating multiple objects, rotating an image.



Managing fonts, creating and entering, create headlines, flow text, resize text frames, work with styles, load styles, apply styles, align text, thread text, changing columns, use semi auto flow, use editing programs, use find and change, spell check, adding words to the dictionary, automatically correcting misspells, drag and drop text, create text on a path.



Adjusting space, use baseline grid, viewing baseline grid, changing the space above and beyond the baseline, changing fonts and type, adding decorative fonts and special characters, apply gradient, creating drop caps, apply fill and stroke, adjusting the kern and tracking, apply the paragraph and single line composers, work with tabs, create a hanging indent, adding a rule below a paragraph.



Define printing terms, adding color to swatches, applying color to objects, creating a dash stroke, create gradient blend, work with gradients, create a tint, create a spot color, apply color to text, apply color to other objects, use advanced gradient techniques, color management, independent color space, components of CMYK, bridging, work default space, intents, profiles, embedding.



Creating applying styles, object styles, character styles, paragraph styles, nesting, updating, and loading styles.


2nd Semester-


Importing and Linking Graphic:

Adding graphics from other programs, comparing vector and bitmap graphics, managing links, identifying imported images, viewing information about linked files, showing files, updating revised graphics, adjusting view quality, working with clipping paths, removing backgrounds, working with alpha channels, examine paths, placing native files, importing layers, placing inline graphics, add text wrap, importing an illustrator file, use library to manage objects, create a library.



Importing and formatting a table, adding cell strokes, formatting a heading cell, deleting a column, using graphics within tables, set fixed column an row dimensions, place graphics in tables, apply character styles to tables, drag to adjust size.



Importing and colorizing a black and white image, apply transparency, changing the opacity of solid color objects, apply multi blends, apply feathering, adjust transparency, importing and adjusting files that use transparency, apply transparency to text, create a drop shadow.


Working with Long Documents:

Define terms, create a book file, setting order and pagination, work with table of contents, adding the table of contents, maintain consistency, reassign the style source, indexing, create index references, create cross reference.


Printing a PDF Exporting:

Use preflight, use package, create a PDF proof, separation preview, and preview the page, printing a laser or inkjet proof.


Using XML:

About XML, viewing tags, importing and applying, tagging, viewing and organizing structures, viewing and applying attributes, exporting XML, mapping tags to style, use XML snippets.


Produce Student Made Publications:

            Flyers, brochures, résumé’s, business cards, menus, cookbook, calendars, newspapers, children books, posters, schedules, etc.

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Course Name: Commercial Photography

Course Description: Learn the history, techniques, creativity, and business of photography.

Projects include technical and esthetic photo assignments, digital manipulation, page design, and publishing.

Prerequisites: PRINAAVTC

Required Materials: Digital Camera and batteries (personal camera or one checked out from school) Recommend Materials:A tripod is useful.

Course Outline/Instructional Units Unit 1: History of Photography Unit 2: Digital Camera Basics, File Management with Adobe Bridge Unit 3:Composition, Light, Color Unit 4: Nature photography Unit 5: Exposure controls, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field Unit 6: Digital Imaging with Adobe Photoshop Unit 7: Photo Restoration Unit 8: Design basics with Adobe InDesign Unit 9: Lighting, portrait photography Unit 10: Advertising photography and design Major Assessments:  Various assignments will allow students to apply the technical and creative skills learned in class in the field. Attributes of Proficiency Basic. Denotes partial mastery of knowledge and skills associated with the standard.  Proficient. Represents solid performance for each standard assessed.

Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency of problems and apply problem-solving strategies to real-world situations. Advanced. Denotes excellence in the performance of each standard being assessed.  At this level, a student can demonstrate a strong understanding and application of real-world situations.

In addition; students can evaluate and create new learning.  Attendance/Work Habits: Per school policy.

Anyone coming late to class (for any reason) must have a admit slip. If a student reaches three tardies the student will be written up and serve after-school detention. If a student reaches five absences a parent conference will be scheduled to discuss the issue.

Projects and Homework: Assignments and due dates are posted.

Late Work Policy: Late work will be accepted late for only one week with a deduction of points.  Re-Do Policy: Assignments may be redone to demonstrate proficiency.  They will be treated as late work.

Extra Help: Mrs. Reece is available before school, after school, and sometimes at lunch to provide extra help for students.

Elkhart  High School Grading Scale Letter Grade Percent Proficiency LevelA93% and aboveAdvancedA-90% -92%B+88% -89%ProficientB83% -87%B-80% -82%C+78% -79%BasicC73% -77%C-70% -72%D+68% -69%Not YetD60% -67%F59% and below


Course outline for Yearbook I, II, III


Yearbook students are responsible for writing, editing, designing, and laying out “The Elkhorn”, the student yearbook of Elkhart ISD. The emphasis of this class is mastery of the English language through higher-level communication skills. Students will learn a variety of types of writing styles, current design trends, and desktop publishing.


Course outline:

1 & 2 Semesters


* Understanding the role and responsibilities of each member of the staff and providing coverage for the appropriate audience. Students will also provide a balanced, accurate, coverage of the yearbook.

  • Students will use their prior journalistic skills and knowledge to plan, draft and produce a high-quality yearbook.
  • Students will use skills to research, interview, and help generate ideas for the publication.
  • Students will use journalistic ethics and standards to cover subjects of interest and importance.
  • Students will understand all aspects of the publication by which the publication is created.
  • Students will create pages for the publication,
  • Students will take high-quality photographs and incorporate them into the publications with captions or graphics.
  • Students will use available technology to produce publications
  • Students will demonstrate leadership and teamwork abilities and work cooperatively and collaboratively through a variety of staff assignments.



            All students must develop a deadline schedule to keep up with publication deadlines. All deadlines are to me meet.  All staff members are required to attend sporting events and school-sponsored events to help with photography and gathering information.

If for some reason you cannot attend an event that you signed up for – YOU must find a replacement!




Photojournalism went to the Tyler Museum of Art, to see the Ansel Adams Photography exhibit.