Meet Lori Oglesbee, one of the ASPA State Convention session leaders. Oglesbee, the yearbook adviser at McKinney (Texas) High School, has advised high school publications in three states for 27 years.
The Journalism Education Association named her a distinguished adviser in the 2004 National Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition. She was named the Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2005. The Interscholastic League Press Conference awarded her their Edith Fox King Award for contributions to scholastic journalism in Texas.
She wrote the yearbook curriculum for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, who awarded her the Texas Trailblazer Award this past year.
Currently, she is the curriculum and development chair for JEA and is the past chair of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association. In 1998 she received SIPA’s Distinguished Service Award. Her yearbook and newspaper staffs have won Gold Crowns, Pacemakers, Best of Show, All Southern, Gold Stars and numerous other state, regional and national awards.
Oglesbee set out to be a journalism teacher because of her rich experiences in scholastic journalism in high school. She will lead three yearbook sessions at this year’s convention.