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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The T-G is dedicated to thoroughly covering your school events, and we encourage parents and teachers to send us your photos or contact us with story ideas.

Below, take a closer look at the T-G staff members who are working hard to cover your important school events!

John Carney (covers Board of Education)

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Hometown

Born in Nashville, moved frequently when I was younger, lived in Bedford County since I was 10 years old, so this is home.

Where did you attend high school?

Cascade High School, Class of 1980

Favorite memory from high school?

Drama class

How long have you been with the T-G?

27 1/2 years

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

The kids are always so excited about the fact that they're getting their photos taken.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

I've enjoyed covering Billy Hix's efforts to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) into the schools and I loved going to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center last summer with one of his STEM day camps. Also, this isn't a story, but I enjoy reading in the schools. I've read in the past for "Read Across America Day" in March, and now I'm a volunteer reader at Learning Way Elementary as part of United Way's "Raise Your Hand" program.

Jim Davis (School photos, Small Talk feature)

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Hometown

Smyrna

Where did you attend high school?

Smyrna High School

Favorite memory from high school?

I do not remember too much about high school except graduating and the speaker telling boys that "most of you will go to Vietnam and not come back."

How long have you been with the T-G?

Nine months

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

Visiting the Bedford County Schools and seeing what is happening in each school.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

All the different Small Talks that I have done since coming to T-G.

Jason Reynolds (School board, general features)

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Hometown

Cleveland, Tenn.

Where did you attend high school?

Bradley Central High School (Cleveland, Tenn.)

Favorite memory from high school?

Spanish class trip to Spain in my senior year, getting to take in the culture and history there.

How long have you been with the T-G?

One month

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

Informing readers about news that impacts them and their families.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

Coverage on the superintendent search.

Chris Siers (T-G sports editor)

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Hometown

Granite Falls, N.C.

Where did you attend high school?

South Caldwell High School

Favorite memory from high school?

Qualifying for the 4A state cross country meet and beating national powerhouse Watauga High School by one point at the regional meet to make it to the state championship.

How long have you been with the T-G?

A year and a half

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

Being on the sidelines and interacting with the community/athletes.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

My favorite story I've written would probably have to be the 2012 District 9-A baseball championship and seeing the excitement and joy of the team after they won.

Doug Dezotell (T-G school liaison)

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Hometown

Grand Forks, N.D.

Where did you attend high school?

Red River High School

Favorite memory from high school?

Participation in the drama department. I was a member of the Thespian Society and I took part in all the productions. My favorite was probably 'Winnie the Pooh' and I played Eeyore.

How long have you been with the T-G?

Off and on since 2005.

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

Getting to know the teachers and the students. I like interacting with the people at the schools.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

I have a favorite 'type' of story. I enjoy doing feature stories on the principals. I always enjoy those kinds of stories. I enjoy getting to know teachers and principals -- getting to know them and their back stories. More specifically, I enjoyed doing my story on Reita Vaughn. She went through elementary school there and now she's returned as the principal. I thought it was cool that she's back at the school she started at.

Sadie Fowler (T-G editor, coordinator of submitted school content)

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Hometown

South Glens Falls, N.Y.

Where did you attend high school?

South Glens Falls Senior High

Favorite memory from high school?

My school's claim to fame has always been the South High Marathon Dance. It's become extremely well-known in the region. Each March, students get together from Friday night to Sunday afternoon for a dance that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for local people and/or charities in need. There's no sleep involved, but there is a whole lot of love, fun and inspiration all around for about 36 hours straight. The entire community comes out to support the event.

How long have you been with the T-G?

I started here in 2007.

What do you most enjoy about covering education?

Since I'm on the editing side of things, I don't cover a whole lot of events, but I like to keep up with all aspects of the beat so that I can potentially fill in whenever needed. At one time, I did serve as an education reporter here, and I enjoyed talking to the kids and feeling the appreciation students, teachers and parents offer when they see themselves in the paper. With that said, I also enjoyed the challenge of covering school board meetings. I always found the school board to be exceptionally helpful and very dedicated to their jobs. Education is a very tough beat to cover, when you're doing it right, because there are a tremendous amount of issues, activities and events to keep up with at any given time.

Do you have a favorite photo or story you've written as it relates to schools?

There have been many meaningful stories, but the ones that stand out to me most are those from the Great Canned Food Drive. It's an event that always gave me chill bumps.



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