Early in my teaching career I started experimenting with using various forms of media and film with my middle school students in my English classes. When my district created a new middle school film production course titled, Lights, Camera, Literacy, I jumped at the chance to teach it. This new film course helped students learn key literacy concepts often discussed in their language arts classes, It was a powerful experience and set me on my current path of being full time film production teacher at Montgomery Blair High School.
Over the last four years my film students have won over $30,000 in the annual C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Competition. I've presented at educational technology conferences about blogging with students, documentary filmmaking, and integrating social media into media and film programs. I'm also a drummer in multiple bands, and play shows in the US and sometimes get to tour across Europe. I've also created music videos for the following record labels: Riot Season, Editions Mego, and Diagonal Records.
I also supervise the school's advanced media program, Blair Network Communications (BNC) in which groups of students produce a daily morning news show called Infoflow and a 30-minute show, SilverLens, which runs across our county on public access TV.
CAP News Writing/TV Production
BA from Southwest Texas State University, Teaching Certificate from San Diego State University
Google Certified Teacher, Member of the National Writing Project
2017 S'Park Media Mentor Award from Ithaca University