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New media teacher anticipates semester

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com

With 50 years of service at Connersville High School and the impact he’s had both as the media teacher and the head of CHS Today, Joe Glowacki left behind some big shoes to fill when he retired in June.

Sydnee Toschlog-Jobe has been hired as Glowacki’s replacement. Born and raised in Connersville, she is one of Glowacki’s former students.

“‘Glo’ is my mentor,” said Jobe, “he let me know whenever he was going to retire so that I could apply for his job. He also gave me a recommendation and was one of my mentors.”

Jobe will be in charge of the school news program, CHS Today, and will be teaching a news prep class, two introductory media classes and a video production class.

“Most of the town doesn’t know about my experience with broadcasting,” she said. “I’ve worked with many professionals in the industry and done live broadcasts.”

Jobe studied video production at Ball State University in Muncie and has since done work for WISH-TV, Turner Sports, Time Warner Cable and Connersville’s TV3. She has done video coverage for the Butler Bulldogs and the Indiana Pacers and has been working as a media instructor for Rushville Consolidated High School for two years.

“We have watched Sydnee mature as a TV production staff member since she was a student at CHS, under the direction of Joe,” CHS Principal Randal Judd said on Thursday. “Her two years of experience at Rushville High School added even more value to her training, experience, and preparation to come home to CHS.”

She says that she is excited to start this new job. “I am slightly nervous,” she said, “but that’s mostly because I know the pressure on me to do well.”

Glowacki’s former studio and classroom has been cleaned out. New equipment is being put in place. Mac Mini computers will replace the iMacs used by Glowacki’s students. Some other new equipment is being loaned for classroom use from the city’s television station, TV3, including a TriCaster video switcher, a new audio board and a new graphic system.

“Sydnee is working hard to make the TV studio match her vision,” said Judd.

Jobe is looking into acquiring grants for new studio cameras and handheld electronic news-gathering cameras. She wants the students involved with CHS Today to wear CHS Today T-shirts when on camera, a departure from Glowacki’s style.

“‘Glo’ has a fantastic blueprint but I will be doing things differently,” she said. “The format will be similar but when it comes to the video work, that’s where it will be a lot different.”

Jobe has also said she intends to make her courses more challenging. “I want students to act like adults,” she said, “My intro class is difficult. I’m not as laid back as ‘Glo’ was.”

Though she intends on managing her classroom differently than Glowacki, she says that they both are passionate about the media program and about broadcasting.

“I have a lot of knowledge, and giving students my knowledge is something I enjoy,” said Jobe. “I have a love for broadcasting and I will strive to help my students be prepared to pursue this if they decide to go to college. It’s not just a job for me. It’s a career.”

Jobe, 26, lives with her husband, Kyle Jobe, who works at Whitewater Valley REMC. They have a daughter, Danee, who is one-and-a-half years old.

Jobe was a junior varsity softball coach and is now a varsity assistant at CHS. She helps her mother, Sandee Toschlog, coach the Spartanettes and loves watching basketball. Her favorite teams are the  Hoosiers of Indiana University, Butler Bulldogs and Indiana Pacers.

“I absolutely love Connersville,” said Jobe. “I’ve always wanted to come back home and give back, and this is an opportunity for me to do that.”