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Erinn Harris, who teaches and advises broadcast journalism, print journalism and photojournalism at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, has been named a recipient of the Journalism Education Association-National Scholastic Press Association’s (JEA-NSPA) Pioneer Award.

The Pioneer Award is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high-school journalism programs and scholastic-journalism education outside their primary employment.

Harris began her advising career at  Lee High School (now John R. Lewis High School) in 2005, working with students on the school’s yearbook, The Shield. She began teaching and advising at Thomas Jefferson in 2009.

“Erinn is just a special person who has all the characteristics of a Pioneer Award-winner,” said nominator Val Kibler. “Along with blazing a trail in scholastic journalism on her own, she takes the time to challenge those around her and push them to be better teachers, better thinkers, better people. I have nothing but respect for this woman and all that she has done for the world of scholastic journalism.”

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