KEMPA Journalism

KEMPA Journalism

KEMPA Journalism

Mentor Program

KEMPA is proud to be part of the JEA Mentoring program (, supporting mentors in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Mentors provide support for two years, offering ideas, resources, coaching and other assistance as needed. The goal is to help new journalism advisers to establish quality programs, improve their own skills and continue on as advisers.

The program is completely free and available to any journalism adviser in his or her first or second year of advising, even if not new to teaching.

Illinois’s mentors (below) are  Evelyn Lauer, English/journalism teacher, host of Beyond the Bell podcast, and Stan Zoller, former journalist and, currently, adjunct instructor in journalism at Lake Forest College.











Evelyn Lauer











Stan Zoller

Wisconsin’s mentors (below) are Linda Barrington, MJE, retired; Dave Wallner, retired, Matt Smith, MJE, newsmagazine and yearbook adviser at Fond du Lac High School; Julie Tiedens, adviser at Black River Falls High School.









Linda Barrington









Matt Smith













Dave Wallner

If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a mentor – or if you know of someone who is just taking on the role of a publications adviser, please contact one of the mentors directly.

For more information about the JEA Mentor Program, visit its website at