Meet the teacher: Sandra Coyer

We’re delighted to welcome Sandra Coyer to our summer 2020 faculty. An award-winning journalism teacher and writer, she’ll teach our Year 1 strand in news reporting and writing.

Sandra is the director of student media at Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington. She teaches AP Senior Literature; Sophomore Journalism; Broadcast 1, 2 and 3; and Media Arts. Her students manage media content in print (the Viking Vanguard), broadcast (Viking News Network and The Helm), and online (

Coyer graduated with a communications degree in 1998 from Washington State University. She is past president of the Washington Journalism Education Association and has served as the Journalism Education Association’s regional director and local chair for the 2017 JEA/NSPA Spring National Convention. Sandra received the JEA’s Medal of Merit in 2018 and was named a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser in 2018 and Special Recognition Adviser in 2008.

In 2019, Sandra was one of 20 teachers chosen for the CSJ Advanced Advisers Fellowship at Kent State University, where she enhanced her skills in podcasting, 360-degree video and audience engagement.

Sandra’s hobbies include running and training for half marathons. Asked by The Seattle Times in 2015 if she could see herself anywhere but the classroom, she replied : “Fleetingly. I can’t even imagine what would make me as happy and give me as much joy as teaching.”

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