SEVA Studio: Del Campo High School
Del Campo High School offers three different media classes for its students. Students begin with learning how to create PSAs, news packages, documentaries and instructional videos using the SEVA curriculum. Once they have the basics of video production down, they move on to participating in the daily live broadcast of DC Daily. The live aspect of the show gives students the unique opportunity of learning skills like time-management, deadlines and flexibility. They also learn to problem solve on the spot when things go wrong. Del Campo is also unique in that each episode is accessible to the entire school population through closed captioning and live sign language interpreters. This addition has not only benefited the deaf and hard of hearing community on campus, it has also helped the English as a second language students and the ASL class. Each year the caliber of work these students produce is higher than the last and they continue to show pride in what they are able to do as the voice of the school.
Brian Weitzel discovered his passion for teaching a little later in life. Mr. Weitzel of Del Campo High School knew that what he enjoyed most about his previous job were the teaching aspects. This realization was the nudge he needed to change course and become the excellent teacher he is today. Mr. Weitzel is the perfect example of what the SEVA program is all about. He uses the SEVA rubric as the center of his curriculum and has managed to cultivate some incredibly talented student video producers.
Mr. Weitzel is not afraid of a challenge, especially when he knows it will better his students. Although creating a live broadcast is a very complicated undertaking, Mr. Weitzel believes that it teaches his students how to deal with deadlines and the importance of being prepared. These skills give his students an significant advantage in whatever career they may choose to pursue after high school. This is just one example of how Mr. Weitzel puts student learning first and why his classroom is such a special place. He has seen his share of challenges in the classroom and never shies away, instead he charges through and comes out with experience that he openly shares with others. He has a wealth of knowledge and astounds in his ability to continuously refine his craft. Mr. Weitzel is truly a beacon for media teachers.