Jostens Yearbook Camp

2016-2017 Staff

Lucas McCain

Lucas McCain

Lucas McCain is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Business and Marketing education. He is a former teacher and yearbook adviser for Eisenhower High School in Decatur IL. After teaching he b...

Kyle Carter, CJE, advises The Rebel, the student yearbook at Richland R-1 School outside Essex. Carter is also a freelance photographer covering events in the South. He has been published in Sports Illustrated, the cover of USA Today, the cover of the Los Angeles Times and various other publications. He received 2015 Rising Star Award from MJEA and the 2016 Rising Star Award from JEA. Carter often can be found advising students from Richland and other schools on how to photograph all types of events from football and concerts, to in a classroom and downtown landscapes.

Kyle Carter

Kyle Carter, CJE, advises The Rebel, the student yearbook at Richland R-1 School outside Essex. Carter is also a freelance photographer covering events in the South. He has been published in Sports Illustrated, the cover of USA T...

Marci has had a variety of educational leadership positions in her 30-year career as a teacher, technology director, assistant principal, creative consultant and back to publications adviser. Over the years she has advised newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines, and even took a quick shot at video production. She currently advises the Clamo yearbook at Clayton High School in St. Louis after a brief hiatus as an administrator. She retired from administration in 2014, After three weeks of retirement her school called and asked if she would be interested in retuning to advise the yearbook and co-teach a photojournalism course and she jumped at the chance to go back to her love. Her student’s publications have been awarded NSPA Pacemakers, CSPA Gold Crowns and Silver Crowns, and her students have been frequent recipients of top honors in national photography competitions as well as NSPA Design of the Year, Jostens photo of the year and design of the year. She has been a frequent workshop speaker and has presented sessions on design, photo, writing, and many other aspects of journalism education at national, state and local conferences in 32 states and Canada. She has been recognized with the following awards for her work in education: the CSPA Gold Key, Special Recognition adviser in the National Yearbook Teacher of the Year competition, Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year, Missouri EDDY Award for Excellence in Education, Most Influential Teacher from UM Columbia, and Teacher of the Year at Francis Howell North HS. In her spare time, she is an avid photographer and does freelance graphic design work. She has also served as Missouri Interscholastic Press Association President, Sponsor of School Publications of Greater St. Louis President, Former State Director for JEA,  and currently coordinates the state contests for Missouri JEA. 

Pieper holds a BSE in Journalism, a MA in Communications, an MA in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is the mother of three boys and grandmother to an amazing grandson.


My passion has always been the education of kids. I believe the creative process of yearbook is one of the most authentic and comprehensive educational experiences a student can have. The publication process allows students to experience, in one class, five different curricular areas, as well as practice over 30 real world skills. This is not something we find in many other curricular areas. While the current trend in education is to push STEM, I know that the arts/practical arts can never be taken out of the process. The skills we teach in our publications classrooms give our students an outlet for creativity and the vehicle to have a voice in their world. The communication process that evolves in our classrooms through words, graphics, design, photography is imperative to spreading information in our crazy busy world. The total process causes students to think, analyze, and create in ways that are unique and sometimes pushing the envelope into a new vision for presenting information to the masses. This is such an exciting time to be a teacher!

Marci Pieper

Pieper has had a variety of educational leadership positions in her 30-year career as a teacher, technology director, assistant principal, creative consultant and back to publications adviser. Over the years she has advised newsp...

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