2010 Joseph M. Murphy Award citation for Kathleen D. Zwiebel
Kathleen D. Zwiebel was the 1998 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. She currently advises five publications - the Hi-S-Potts Yearbook, Tide Lines Newspaper, Expression Through Creativity Literary/Arts Magazine, On-Line Tide Lines, and Wavelengths, the school district newsletter.
In the past the publications have received Crown and Medalist honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, All American and Pacemaker honors from the National Scholastic Press Association, George H. Gallup Award from Quill and Scroll, and All State from the Pennsylvania School Press Association. This past year Pottsville was the only school in Pennsylvania to win All State for each of its publications.
A 1996 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key recipient, Zwiebel also received the CSPA Diamond Jubilee Award in 2000, and the National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer Award in 2001. She currently serves as past president and board member of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association. She has held the offices of secretary, vice president and president.
In 2001 Zwiebel received the Charles R. O'Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the CSPA. In 2000 Kutztown University named her as one of the Top 100 graduates in its history.
In November 2006 she received the Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit and was named Pennsylvania Journalism Teacher of the Year by the PSPA.
Zwiebel served as the Chairperson of the JEA Curriculum Commission and as a board member of JEA.
Rick Brooks, a longtime colleague in the yearbook industry, said of Kathy Zwiebel: "I have had the honor to know Kathy Zwiebel for 25 years, during that time I have seen dozens of Pottsville high school students grow into real journalists. Kathy has a remarkable ability to encourage her students and everyone around her to accomplish greatness."
Beyond the professional praise lies the personal acknowledgement from a fellow educator. Her son, Jeff, is today a principal at another school in the Pottsville Area School District. Listen to his comments about how his mother inspired him:
"My mother was blessed with a drive and determination that has literally influenced thousands of students who have had the opportunity to be a part of the Pottsville Area High School Publications Program. As her son, I count myself as one of those influenced by her belief that education is clearly the key to being successful in life. Growing up with two parents as educators was especially enlightening to me. I witnessed the pros and the cons that are part of being an educator. I can easily say that the pros far outweigh the cons. The work that my mother has accomplished in her career is proof of that."
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to honor Kathleen Zwiebel with its Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service.
This citation was written by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and presented during the Advisers Awards luncheon on March 19, 2010 during CSPA's 86th annual Convention at Columbia University in New York City.