An Adviser’s Guide for a Successful new school year

We will make your job easier by providing all the tools needed to empower

you and your students!


As a yearbook adviser, you face unique challenges. Whether that be with sorting through styles, leading your student team, or bringing a sense of community to your classroom. Going into the new school year requires preparation as you guide creative young minds into making a masterpiece. Our seasoned yearbook advisors, Joon Kim and Lucy McHugh spoke on the experience and wisdom they’ve gained from the many years they’ve had in the classroom. Our workshop, Making a House a Home, set out to prepare and empower all yearbook advisers who joined.

We set you up with the tools necessary to have workshops year-round to ensure that at each step of the way, you are learning and feel empowered to lead your students forward.

This workshop has been catered to any advisor whether experienced or brand new. We brought in practical tips to kickstart your year off with success as well as new and innovative techniques to continue it with ease. This workshop is not a one-time thing, we set you up with the tools necessary to have workshops year-round to ensure that at each step of the way, you are learning and feel empowered to lead your students forward.

Community is key! One of the main goals of the workshop was not only to build a community amongst yearbook advisors, but to teach how to build one amongst your students. As you may know, your students are the very core of the yearbook; teaching them to lead and build their community will not only result in a better yearbook, but in key lessons they will take on for the rest of their lives. We also want to build a sense of community amongst all advisors. We believe there is much wisdom to be gained from one another, and a network of others who share a life experience can be a powerful thing.

This workshop will allow you to be confident and proud of your work before the class even begins!

As mentioned before, this workshop is aimed at both advisors that have years of yearbook experience under their belts, and those that are brand new and not quite sure where to start. Each of the three days are aimed at different aspects of a yearbook class, from building a sense of community on your team, to how to construct your yearbook and class throughout the year. We want you to be at ease with the process, so your students have a fun and welcoming experience. This workshop will allow you to be confident and proud of your work before the class even begins!

One of the biggest parts of having a successful yearbook, and class is to build a solid foundation before it begins. A large aspect of this is the curriculum that is chosen for the class. Having a solid plan for each one leads to consistency year after year. It will breed teamwork, and allow room for bonding. Luckily, for current schools, this workshop will provide you with a curriculum to use throughout the class, for a strong team and an even stronger yearbook. If you stick to it, students who receive the yearbook will appreciate the hard work that was put into it each step of the way!


Contributor: Jessica Carrera holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.


Contributor: Alexis Anderson is an intern as a brand development managing editor at TSE Worldwide Press. She is a senior at Biola University, studying English with an emphasis in writing, along with a minor in Biblical Studies. Alexis aims to inspire others through her words and character.


Co-editor: Miss Lucy McHugh comes to United Yearbook Printing via a 39-year career in public and private school education. She was a former yearbook adviser at Xavier College Preparatory High School. She earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska in 2000. And in 2014 earned a Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from Loyola Marymount University. Lucy taught K-12 Art and was awarded the 2001 Nebraska Art Teacher of the Year, and in 2010 she was awarded Nebraska Elementary Art Teacher of the Year. Most recently Lucy was awarded the 2017 CA High School Art Teacher of the Year.


Co-editor: Donna Ladner obtained a B.A. in Education and a minor in English from California Baptist University, and a M.S. in ESL from USC, Los Angeles. After she married Daniel, their family moved to Indonesia with a non-profit organization and live cross-culturally for 15 years before returning to the U.S in 2012. Donna has been working as a freelance editor and proofreader for TSE Worldwide Press and its subsidiary, United Yearbook since 2015.


I hope this has been of some help. United Yearbook regularly offers workshops and resources on multiple topics, for both new and experienced advisors. To learn more, visit our website at https://www.unitedyearbook.net.








Writer: Alexis Anderson


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