NIE Staff

Manager Jodi Pushkin
Joined the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program in October 2005. However, she has worked in NIE since 2000 developing curriculum, fundraising, conducting workshops and encouraging teachers to use the newspaper to enhance the educational experience of their students. She moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1987 from Long Island, New York. As an educator and former journalist, Pushkin has found the perfect career to combine her educational, curriculum development and journalism knowledge and skills. Upon earning her Bachelor of Arts in English writing and literature from Long Island University in Southampton, NY, Pushkin entered the field of journalism working as a reporter in Brandon, Florida. While earning a Masters of Arts in English education at University of South Florida in 1990, Pushkin entered the world of education. She taught kindergarten and first grade at a private school before teaching English and journalism at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for seven years. In addition to teaching high school, Pushkin has taught at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa Bay Junior College, Pasco Hernando Community College and Saint Leo University. She continues to teach English composition classes at Saint Leo University through its distance learning program. Contact Jodi at

Development Officer Sue Bedry
Joined the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program in February 2011. Originally from Rochester, NY, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and French from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Letters degree in Russian and French literature from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She has worked in fundraising and development for various organizations in the Tampa Bay area and beyond since 1999. Contact Sue at

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