Back in his school days, MIPA workshop director Chad Sanders was on the path of an English major, not journalism. It was during a teaching interview that he said he found his true calling. It only took one question: “Can you teach newspaper?” Being on the English major track, he knew he didn’t know how to teach newspaper, so, logically, he responded, “Heck, yes.” He then ran to MIPA and asked what he would need to know to teach newspaper.
Now, after many years serving as the MIPA assistant director, Sanders moved into the role of director. It’s a role he said he embraced.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Sanders said.
However, Sanders isn’t alone. In addition to Sanders, Rod Satterthwaite, a long-time instructor at the workshops, has moved into the role—assistant director—that Sanders vacated.
“I was a little worried,” Satterthwaite said. “This is my first year in this new position, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it.”
Worries aside, Sanders and Satterthwaite are in no way shy toward their position. They said they have embraced their positions, and their main goal is to make sure the camp is successful and that the campers learn as much as they can.