Jeremy Grubbs, M,Ed,. CJE
of Jostens Yearbooks
Post Office Box 12901
Birmingham, Alabama 35202
Phone: (205) 306-0900
Fax: (205) 290-5749
You may have noticed that I now have three additional letters (CJE) after my name on this newsletter. I thought this might be a good place to tell everyone about those three little letters—how I earned them and why I am proud they follow my name.
CJE stands for Certified Journalism Educator. That means that I, as well as other Jostens reps from around the country, have taken part in the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) rigorous accreditation process as part of Jostens formal sales representative training program. Earning the certification requires weeks of preparation and passing a three-hour exam focusing on journalistic writing and editing, graphics and design, legal and ethical considerations, fiscal management, leadership training, conflict resolution and more.
Here’s what it means to the JEA from its executive director, Kelly Furnas: “Certification from the Journalism Education Association helps signify the top performers in our profession—those individuals who are not only great educators but great journalists, too. I think it speaks volumes about a yearbook company that would make this level of excellence a standard for its representatives who interact with classrooms.”
If you are not familiar with the JEA, they are the largest scholastic journalism organization, with 2,500 members consisting of journalism teachers and publication advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and departments of journalism. I am proud to be a part of this organization and to have been one of the first yearbook reps certified by them as a Journalism Educator.
Jeremy joined the Jostens team as a publishing representative for the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts after working nine successful years in public education, serving various roles including: teacher, administrator, and yearbook advisor. With also over seven years of experience in yearbook, Jeremy began his role as the senior publishing representative for northern and central Alabama in June 2014. He currently lives in Birmingham, where his office is also located.
Jeremy has a Bachelors of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi which he earned in 2003 and a Masters of Education in Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi which he earned in 2012. Jeremy received the Dr. Muroff Student Teaching Award; University of Mississippi in 2003, the Bay-Waveland Schools Teacher of the Year in 2011 and the Hancock County Rotary Club Teacher of the Month award in October 2012.
The yearbook staff that Jeremy advised was named a National Yearbook Program of Excellence program by Jostens for the 2012 - 2013 school year.
Jeremy's plant consultant in Clarksville is Yvonne Lewis.
You can reach Yvonne by phone at 800-248-9725 ext. 45873
This is me receiving the Rookie of the Year Award flanked by Jostens CEO Chuck Moody, National Sales Manager Kelly Morgan and CFO and President of the Yearbook Division, Muraud Vilani. Below is a shot of the screen at the front of the banquet room in Las Vegas.