Glyndell Presley has been at the Madison County High School for two years teaching English but as she starts her third year, she will also teach Journalism. Prior to teaching at Madison County High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Masters in Journalism, the Academic Track from Florida A&M University.
She was a reporter for the Capital Outlook in Tallahassee and Thomasville Times in Thomasville, Ga. She was also the Director of Publications and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Florida A&M University.
There are 13 students in her journalism class and they are all excited. Presley is glad that administration thought enough to offer the course and allow the students to see there is another career option out there.
Presley will be bringing in guest speakers throughout the year to discuss journalism with the students. She wants the students to learn why the news matters and how mass communication and media works.
The students will be taught about Print and Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations.
They will also learn how to use AP Style, how to write using the inverted triangle and be quizzed in current events. Presley hopes to have the students’ produce a newspaper in the second semester this year.
“I feel like this is my purpose,” said Presley. “I hope my presence helps a student get to where they want to be.”
Presley admits that she is tough on her students but they understand why she is hard on them.
“I want to instill in them to understand that they have the power inside but they have to recognize that,” said Presley.