SEVA Studio: Oak Hill Elementary School
The SEVA Studio at Oak Hill Elementary School is a dual purpose studio. Its main use is for the recording of Otter Outlook, Oak Hill’s news program, but it is also used for the creation of SEVA videos. Media students at Oak Hill have the opportunity to participate in one of the programs, or both! To keep a program like this going you need a dynamic group of teachers and Oak Hill happens to have some of the best. Susan Erickson, Katie Edwards, Patrick Muldoon and Marci Phillips work closely together to help these media students create award winning videos and newscasts. Each teacher has their own important and unique role that compliments the others and allows them to work together as one. The collaboration and teamwork that happens at this school is unlike any other. But it doesn’t stop there! These teachers have also created relationships with the local high school teacher which encourages their students to set their eyes on the long term and gives them the opportunity to pursue media after they graduate from elementary school.
Susan Erickson is the GATE Teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School in Center Joint Unified School District. Mrs. Erickson is part of a dynamic group of media teachers at Oak Hill Elementary. Each teacher in this group has their own important role and the other’s give Mrs. Erickson the credit for getting the media program started in the first place. Mrs. Erickson is also the leader when it comes to SEVA video submissions. Mrs. Erickson strongly believes in allowing her students to tell the story they want to tell, but she is always there to make suggestions on how to emphasize their ideas. She has created a great relationship with teachers at other schools in her district and has been able to help encourage students to continue their media training throughout their time in Center Joint Unified School District.
Katie Edwards is a part of the Media Teacher Group at Oak Hill Elementary in the Center Joint Unified School District. Mrs. Edwards is truly a team player and helps her students as well as her fellow teachers in so many ways! When we spend time in her classroom, it’s hard to keep track because she seems to be in many places at once. She is willing to take on whatever role is needed to ensure the students have the support they need. Mrs. Edwards also knows the importance of all the skills that her students are learning through media. She helps students learn from each other, which encourages them to build stronger bonds as a school community. In this way, she allows students to build their school spirit, while they are able to express their creativity and individuality which happens to be one of her favorite parts of teaching.
Patrick Muldoon is the king of technology for the group of media teachers at Oak Hill. He helps students with their equipment and ensures that everything technology-related runs smoothly, which is a huge task! Mr. Muldoon seems to constantly have a group of students around him pulling him in different directions. But no matter how large of a group gathers, Mr. Muldoon is able to help each student and send them on their way. Not only does Mr. Muldoon have the responsibility of helping his students, but he also helps the three other teachers that make up the media program at Oak Hill.
This week’s SEVA Teacher of the week is Marci Phillips from Oak Hill Elementary School. She has been at Oak Hill Elementary for seventeen years and has seen how important media is for students especially as this program has grown and she has played an important role in helping it take shape. Mrs. Phillips takes a large role in facilitating the Otter Outlook News. She is constantly helping students put together the script for their news shows and her background in journalism helps her to ensure that students are putting forth their best work. Students know they can turn to her when they need advice and rely on her experience to take their news show to the next level. Mrs. Phillips has an unbelievable amount of patience which is absolutely necessary when putting together this show. Mrs. Phillips works alongside the other media teachers at Oak Hill to create a seamless transition from project to project.