Joshua Sauer-35 Under 35

35 Under 35 Class of 2018-19
Joshua is one of 35 professionals, age 35 and under, who make up the Class of 2018-19. These 35 individuals are emerging leaders who are making a difference in school public relations.

Joshua Sauer
Moore Norman Technology Center
Norman, Okla.

What does leadership mean to you? 
Leadership means inspiring hope in others and instilling a vision that dreams can become reality. A leader who does this for me is U.S. President Barack Obama. His words are inspired by optimism, not fear.

What was the most fulfilling professional moment you have experienced? 
I got to serve on past-PONSPRA Julie Thannum’s “Growth Mindset” panel at NSPRA 2018 with some of the best school PR professionals in the nation! They’re my mentors and I love them.

What are the most challenging and/or rewarding parts about working in school PR? 
The most challenging thing in school PR is not being able to tell every student they matter, every day. The most rewarding thing is being able to tell at least one.  

What’s your favorite work app and personal app?
My favorite work app is Twitter. My favorite personal app is DraftKings. 

What book has inspired you professionally? 
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz – It has helped me become a better person to myself and others. The agreements are applicable both personally and professionally.
How has NSPRA and your state chapter guided you along the way? 
The opportunity to network with NSPRA and OKSPRA colleagues is the biggest benefit of membership.

What is a recent communications/media campaign you enjoyed – either one of your own or one you saw nationally?
#ROAD2NSPRA - I’m one of the founders. It’s my baby!

What emerging trends in school public relations get you excited? 
I may be in the minority here, but I support the aggressive legal push to make websites accessible to all students. Marcie Lipsett, aka Michigan Mom, is a courageous education advocate that I admire. While a thorn in the side to many, hundreds of districts (including mine) are undergoing changes to ensure they’re ADA compliant.