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Teachers drawn to newspaper work
Effingham College & Career Academy teacher Erin Wright peers over the shoulders of students Stephanie Kulbacki and Lane Colson on Nov. 16. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

RINCON — Tara Aiken, Jennifer Curry and Erin Wright are devoted high school teachers who are content with their professions. Still, the trio has an itch for journalism.

The seasoned educators get to scratch their need for news by leading classes that produce monthly school pages that are published in the Effingham Herald.

“Many years ago, I thought I might want to major in journalism,” said Aiken, an Effingham County teacher who guides the production of the Rebel Report. “When I say many years, I mean like when I was in elementary school. I actually started a school paper at my elementary school.
“I’m not going to tell you how many years, but that was a long time ago.”

Curry, in charge of South Effingham’s Mustang Messenger, said she is a news junkie.

“I didn’t get roped into this. I actually wanted to do it,” she joked. “I love journalism, so I stepped right up.”

Wright, who leads Effingham College & Career Academy’s Globe, was a professional reporter more than two decades ago.

“I have 23 years of experience teaching, but before I was a teacher I worked for a little, tiny newspaper in Americus, Georgia,” she said. “It was called the Americus Times-Recorder.”

See the Nov. 22 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.