The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) named Eva Coleman its 2019 Educator of the Year.
Coleman is the broadcast journalism teacher at Lebanon Trail High School and the longest-serving high school broadcast media educator in Frisco ISD.
NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational support to its members.
“Eva’s love and dedication toward her students, coupled with her tireless efforts to expose them to the multitude of possibilities in journalism careers, personifies NABJ’s 44-year commitment to training and development,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ president. “I am so glad NABJ is honoring her for her commitment to raising the next generation of journalists.”
Coleman is the first high school educator recipient in the history of the award.
Coleman has impacted numerous students during her 15-year tenure in Frisco ISD, including teaching roles at Frisco High School, Lone Star High School and the Career and Technical Education Center.
“The greatest joy is seeing the countless number of my former students studying at various colleges and universities throughout the country. Many are well on their way to working professionally in media careers,” said Coleman.
Coleman was recently appointed to the Texas Education Agency’s Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Industry Advisory Committee. In April 2019, Coleman was appointed to the Student Television Network (STN) Board of Directors as the Southwest Region Director.
She was honored at the 2019 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Miami where she also served as a convention co-chair.
Congratulations to Eva Coleman for this incredible recognition and for a legacy of encouraging her journalism students to understand the complexities and responsibilities that come with journalism.