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John Bumgarner, CJE *

Serving Schools Since 1997


John has been serving schools in the Low country of SC since July, 1997, but John started working on yearbooks in 7th grade (yes, that long ago) and has been working in the yearbook world ever since, including time as an editor and two years as a high school yearbook adviser. John has extensive training in all areas of yearbook production ranging from design, journalism, marketing and selling to desktop publishing and Photoshop. He has devoted his career to being the best possible resource for his advisers, staffs and schools.

John lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife, Elizabeth, and his three children, Will, Andy, and Samantha. When not working with schools, John spends his time playing tennis and coaching his kids.




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* CJE // Certified Journalism Educator: This rep has been certified by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Earning this certification requires weeks of preparation and passing a three-hour exam focusing on journalistic writing and editing, graphics and design, legal and ethical considerations, fiscal management, leadership training, conflict resolution and more.

We made the best decision

When I was named adviser for our yearbook, I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me. John stepped into my classroom with all of his depth of knowledge of yearbook and journalism and instantly I knew that we made the best decision to continue working with Jostens. If you are looking for someone who will support you, give you hard truths and celebrate with you, Jostens and John Bumgarner are the real deal!

— Angela Childs-Kindred
James Island Charter High [SC]


He is always there

John is always there to help and guide me. No matter what the situation I know he will help me find a solution. There is no one better!

— Mrs. Jennifer Jones
Carolina Forest High School [SC]


John goes above and beyond!

It has been a pleasure to work with John Bumgarner over the last few years. John is available and responsive, and he willingly goes above and beyond the job. His accessibility helps us streamline our process. Along with his availability, John’s effective communication style allows him to connect with students and make excellent suggestions. We are fortunate to have John as our representative and we look forward to our continued collaboration.

— Francesca Pataro
Aiken High School [SC]

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