I teach Filmmaking, STEM, and Cool 2 Care. The 2021-22 school year will be my lucky 13th year of teaching. Before teaching Film, I taught 8th Grade Science and STEM here at TMS and at Rocky Mountain Middle School (Heber, UT). I taught high school science and technology before that: Earth Science at Provo High School (Provo, UT); Biology, Earth Science, and Computer Tech at Daniels Academy (Heber, UT); and Chemistry and Earth Science at San Diego High School (San Diego, CA). I am thrilled to be teaching in Heber, since I live in the community and love it here. I grew up in San Diego, am married, and have an 11-year-old daughter. I have a BS degree from Brigham Young University and an MS degree from Walden University.
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Film 1 is an introductory filmmaking course where students will learn basic filmmaking skills: storytelling, scripting, camera use, and video editing skills. Students will plan and film on their iPad, and edit on both their iPad and Mac computers. Students will produce several short films.
Film 2 is an intermediate filmmaking course where students will continue developing their filmmaking skills: storytelling, scripting, camera use, video editing skills, and basic special effects. Students will produce films using their iPad, Canon cameras, and Mac computers. Students will produce several short films.
TV Broadcasting is an advanced filmmaking course dedicated to producing the school's weekly news show, the Highlander News. Students will continue to improve their filmmaking skills as they produce weekly news segments. Students will develop their creativity, communication, and teamwork skills in a fast-paced production environment.
Film Production is an advanced filmmaking course where students will continue developing their filmmaking skills: writing a screenplay, production jobs, film set equipment, pre-production planning, production on a film set, and video editing. Students will work together to produce a short film with high school film production student mentors and professional filmmakers.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Students will learn and develop skills they may use in STEM-related careers as they explore real-world problems and complete projects.
Cool 2 Care helps students become kindness ambassadors in our school by spreading kindness to prevent bullying. We work to create a school environment where every student feels safe, welcomed, and supported. Cool2Care ambassadors are passionate about the cause; know bullying is not about violence and aggression; able to recognize bullying, discrimination, and harassment in all forms; educated on the issues and lead by example; and willing to pay the P.R.I.C.E.: Be Prosocial by acting in ways that benefit the people around you Recognize bullying, discrimination, and harassment in all of its forms Include others and show respect for diversity Be a Confident bystander who is willing to speak up or help others when there is a problem Be Extraordinary: someone who is willing to stand up, stand out, and make it known.