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Katie Merritt

Media Arts Teacher

Katie Merritt has been the media arts teacher at Darlington since 2017. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and multiple certifications and endorsements, including Master Journalism Educator. She advises Darlingtonian.com, the Jabberwokk yearbook, and Inkslinger literary magazine, and is a member of the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA), Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and Journalism Education Association (JEA). Prior to her move to Rome, she taught Intro to Journalism, Speech and Debate, Social Media, and advised six volumes of the award-winning Odyssey yearbook at Steinbrenner High School (Lutz, Fla.), where she was selected as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. The same year, she was nominated for the District 4 Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) Teacher of the Year. Merritt served on the board for FSPA, the Florida local planning committee for the 2014 Fall National Convention and as a judge for NSPA, CSPA and FSPA. Along with building award-winning publication staffs, Merritt created and implemented an in-house photography studio and curriculum for beginning and intermediate photographers to handle all school portraits and photography. In addition to teaching at local and national workshops, Merritt has taught at the “Tell It” Herff Jones signature workshop for new advisers, and created a professional learning community of new and experienced advisers in Georgia and beyond.

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Courses
Advanced Media: Yearbook
Introduction to Journalism
Photography
The Newsroom
College Education
B.A. University of South Florida

Inkslinger Literary Magazine Honored as CSPA Crown Finalist

Upper School | Katie Merritt, October 31, 2019
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has awarded the Darlington Inkslinger literary magazine as a Crown Finalist.

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Professional Development Spotlight: GISA Presentations

Upper School | Rebekah Kinney, October 10, 2019
The Georgia Independent School Association annual conference will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Tallulah Falls school in Tallulah Falls, Ga. and five members of the Darlington faculty will be presenting at the conference.

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Merritt earns Master Journalism Educator certification

February 15, 2019
Katie Merritt, Upper School media arts teacher, has earned the Master Journalism Educator certification from the Journalism Education Association.

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Newsroom students launch new website for the Darlingtonian

September 24, 2018
Upper School Newsroom editors and staff have been working diligently on redesigning the Darlingtonian and are proud to announce its launch.

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The Struggle is Real (for Teachers, Too!)

Fine Arts | Katie Merritt, September 22, 2017
Early in the year teachers were presented with the question: “How do we help our students struggle?” in the understanding that the struggle leads to growth through learning. Though I tried to answer the question, I was overwhelmed with my own question: How can I help students struggle when I am trying to come to terms with my own struggle?

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Merritt to teach media arts at Upper School

August 16, 2017
Katie Merritt has joined the Darlington Community as media arts teacher at the Upper School.

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School welcomes new faculty and staff

August 7, 2017
Darlington is pleased to welcome the following new faculty and staff members for the 2017-18 school year. All will begin Aug. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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