Pleasant Grove High School offers a complete Digital Media Academy for its students. The goal of the academy is to train students to become future industry leaders. The academy allows students not only to learn different aspects of media production throughout their high school career, it also allows them to use the tools they learn in media in other subject areas. The SEVA Studio is a great benefit to the academy, as students can utilize the industry-level equipment and training as a capstone to their media education. At Pleasant Grove High School, students feel empowered to tell their own stories and be content creators instead of just consumers. In addition to a variety of technical skills, students are able to learn a number of soft-skills that they can use in other classes and life in general. The level of confidence students gain through the academy shows not only in the videos they create, but in how they present themselves to the entire school community.
Documentary 9-12: Born to Fly (Honorable Mention)
Creative Expression 9-12: Up in Smoke (SEVA)
SEVA Teacher: Jerry Bandy
This week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week is Jerry Bandy of Pleasant Grove High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Mr. Bandy took on the huge task of being the media teacher at Pleasant Grove on top of his responsibilities of being an English teacher. He excels at showing young adults how to navigate the world of media and helps them to develop their passion for creativity. Mr. Bandy has big plans for the media program and understands the value that all students gain from learning about technology. He constantly looks at ways to help his students connect with the community. He gives students a reason to come to school every day by providing them with the opportunity to express their creativity and thrive. Mr. Bandy also gives a voice not just to the students in media, but to all students on campus. Through the news broadcast, he maintains a high level of expectations for his students, and in this way he teaches them the importance of taking initiative and responsibility. Thank you, Mr. Bandy, for showing us the impact students can have on the community and the impact getting involved in the community can make on students.