Teacher Feature: First Amendment enthusiast and journalism teacher


By JACKIE CHILD

Assistant Features Editor

Journalism teacher Andi Mulshine has spent the last twelve years teaching journalism, advising the school paper and sharing her love of the first amendment.

Journalism teacher Andi Mulshine has spent the last 12 years teaching journalism, advising the school paper and sharing her love of the First Amendment.

Journalism teacher Andi Mulshine can usually be seen through the glass walls of Room 107, the room she calls “the fishbowl,” teaching a class or helping students after school on the most recent issue of The Inkblot student newspaper. But this “newshound” didn’t even consider being a journalist until college.

“I was an education major and I didn’t like it,” said Mulshine. “I complained to my mother about it and she said that I liked writing, so why not be a journalist.”

Mulshine then switched her major to journalism and was ultimately very happy with her choice, working for 20 years as a journalist at daily and weekly newspapers. This is Mulshine’s twelfth year as a journalism instructor at CHS, a high school she considers “teacher heaven.”

“I have taught in other schools and there is no school as pleasant and wonderful, where the kids are as motivated as they are here,” said Mulshine. “I love it here.”

For Mulshine, journalism is now a “family business.” Both her husband Paul and daughter Molly work as journalists. Outside  school and journalism, Mulshine likes to ride her bike and read, mainly nonfiction.

Teaching journalism to all but freshmen, she has become known as a First Amendment enthusiast. Mulshine takes pride in teaching her students their rights to free expression, according to her students.

“It’s nice to think that I had something to do with you standing up, saying your piece and being counted when you get out of here some day,” said Mulshine.

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