New Oregon journalism advisers have been fortunate to work with JEA Mentor Ellen Kersey, CJE.
She was a journalism teacher at Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California, before retiring from teaching public high school and moving with her husband Earl, a retired Baptist pastor, to the Salem area to be near her grandchildren.
While in California, she served as JEA’s Southwest Regional Director and served on the JEA Board of Directors. She won JEA’s Medal of Merit Award in 2000.
As luck would have it, the veteran journalism adviser was hired as the faculty co-adviser of three student publications at Corban University: the Hilltop News, Hilltop Online and Hilltop Yearbook.
She joined Corban’s faculty in 2006, where she teaches freshman writing and supervises student teachers.
Kersey acquired her Master’s degree from Southern Oregon University, her B.A. from Cal State Northridge, and her early college education from California Baptist University in Riverside.
Since moving to Oregon, she helped pioneer the JEA Mentoring Program, and has served as a mentor to Oregon advisers since the program began in 2009. Other trained JEA Mentors from Oregon include Bill Flechtner and Patti Turley.
Kersey enjoys family time with her son Kent (Corban Ministry professor), his wife Terri and grandchildren Hannah and Scott. She is also the proud great-grandmother of Harrison (parents Scott and Tausha), 1-1/2 and a new grandchild due in October.
She writes regularly for the JEA mentoring blog as well as the Corban University web site. Here are a few of her recent articles: