Jeff Darrow of John Barrett Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District is this week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week.
Mr. Darrow has taught media for twelve years and has participated in the SEVAs nearly since his first day. During this time Mr. Darrow has discovered his love of teaching media by encouraging students to tell their stories their way. His class is designed to motivate his students to use their own authentic creativity; you can see the results in the joy and passion that his students have for the work they do in his class. This year has brought new students into Mr. Darrow’s ever-growing program, and he has been able to help show them that the skills they learn in media can be applied in any subject that they study.
When you enter Mr. Darrow’s classroom you can feel the buzz of student’s working together and building off each other’s ideas. It is an organized chaos with Mr. Darrow in the middle keeping everything productively moving forward. He truly has a unique way of allowing his students to have their own methods while knowing the perfect moment to intervene before things gets off track. This is the second media program that Mr. Darrow has led and we have no doubt that he will be able to grow it into something special. Thank you, Mr. Darrow for always being willing to take on a challenge and for bringing the SEVA program to yet another school. We can’t wait to see what your students are able to create!