History Has Its Eyes On Us

How one adviser is going beyond yearbook

Every person who works in education has the potential to create an impact that goes beyond the student experience. As the yearbook adviser, you have a major role in capturing the moments that extend beyond life in high school, middle school or even elementary school. Not only that, you have the opportunity to make positive impressions on your campus. One way or another, history has its eyes on us, and yearbook advisers play a big part in telling that history. How are you going to evoke positive encouragement and change in your school? How do you want history to remember this year?

Watch the video below as Dannica Barnum, a yearbook adviser and art teacher at North Gwinnett Middle School in Sugar Hill, GA, takes elevating student experiences at her school to a whole new level. She is going beyond yearbook to establish an important message of belonging — in a way that really sticks! 

Barnum encourages students in her school by fashioning black history murals out of masking tape. It takes time, thought and creativity (and a LOT of tape) to create masterpieces meant to inspire those who walk by. The murals are all about representation and letting students know they can be whatever they want to be. It is that sense of belonging that makes schools special. It is that kind of dedication that makes the role all teachers hold so essential. A big thank you to Dannica, and all yearbook advisers, for making history proud!