NSPRA’s 35 Under 35 Program

NSPRA 35 Under 35NSPRA is pleased to announce its fourth class of 35 Under 35. This group of emerging leaders is proving that strategic communication is timeless, extending easily to our next generation of school public relations professionals.  

Congratulations to the 2018-19 35 Under 35 Class:

  • Dane Baxa, USD 265 Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, KS

  • Ty Beaver, Richland School District, Richland, WA

  • Shayla Cannady, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL

  • Katie Carlson, Derby Public Schools, Derby, KS

  • Justin Dearing, Carroll ISD, Southlake, TX

  • Jennifer Dericco, Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara, CA

  • Tara Drey, Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Brooklyn Center, MN

  • Justin Elbert, Klein ISD, Klein, TX

  • Coley Fehringer, Spring Lake Park Schools, Spring Lake Park, MN

  • Samantha Fitzgerald, Park Hill School District, Kansas City, MO

  • Ashley Ford, Union County Public Schools, Monroe, N

  • Richard Franco, Florence Unified School District, Florence, AZ

  • Dina Gentry, El Dorado County Office of Education, Placerville, CA

  • Adam Harris, Arlington Heights School District 25, Arlington Heights, IL

  • Anthony Johnson, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Clarksville, TN

  • Brittany Kaple, East Valley School District, Yakima, WA

  • Amanda Lloyd, Fairview Park City Schools, Fairview Park, OH

  • Whitlee Lusk, Jefferson County Board of Education, Birmingham, AL

  • Cortny Martin, North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, WA

  • Erin McCann, Crandall ISD, Crandall, TX

  • Mallory McGowin, Jefferson City Public Schools, Jefferson City, MO

  • Josey McPhail, Republic School District, Republic, MO

  • Patti Moon, Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO

  • Emily Neubauer, Racine Unified School District, Racine, WI

  • Bailey Otto, Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO

  • Ameerah Palacios, APR, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN

  • Amanda Richter, Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA

  • Joshua Sauer, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK

  • Frank Shelton, Knox County Public Schools, Barbourville, KY

  • Andrew Shin, Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO

  • Kayla Tishcoff, Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario

  • Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX

  • Tiffany Veno, Garland ISD, Garland, TX

  • Lindsay Whitley, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, NC

  • Hillary Wright-Kaufman, Washington County Schools, Springfield, KY


About the 35 Under 35 Program

The program recognizes young professional members who are making a difference for their school districts or education-related employers. Members are nominated every other year for consideration. 

Criteria for Nomination 

The criteria to be eligible to be nominated as a member of the 35 Under 35 is straightforward:

  • Nominees must be age 35 or younger as of the nomination deadline (August 1, 2018); 
  • Nominees must have worked in school public relations for at least one year;
  • Nominees must be a professional member of NSPRA;

Members of the 35 Under 35 classes have contributed to NSPRA in various helpful ways. Many serve, plan to serve, or have served as chapter officers. Some write for our Social School PR blog, have presented at NSPRA Seminars, or participated as panelists for our PR Power Hours. Their insight is invaluable in keeping NSPRA on the forefront of school public relations.

After the nomination period is closed, nominees are invited to submit a brief bio and their membership will be confirmed. Once all of these profiles have been submitted, judges choose the next 35 Under 35 class based on outstanding responses. Once selected, the honorees are notified. Each honoree is featured in NSPRA This Week. Additionally, they will receive a discount to the 2019 Seminar in Washington, D.C.

For past honorees, click here