Over 32 years ago, an incredible Sac State professor, Allan Hinderstein had a vision that recognized the importance and value of media production for teachers. His idea was to enhance the classroom learning experience of students. We honor Allan’s memory every year, as we recognize a teacher who embodies the concept of being creative in the classroom and is always looking for new ways to introduce media into students learning.
Jeff Darrow is one of those special teachers who can truly connect with students during the middle school years. He has successfully led media programs at two San Juan Unified middle schools in his 14-year career teaching media. His class is designed to empower his students to use their own authentic creativity and you can see the results in the joy and passion that his students have for the work they do in his class. His classroom is always buzzing with activity as students collaborate and challenge each other to do their best. Mr. Darrow truly went above and beyond during distance learning to ensure his media students continued creating. When distance learning first began, Barrett students were the first to produce from broadcasts home, ensuring that this vital connection point for the community could continue during an otherwise uncertain time. Mr. Darrow’s students credit his positive attitude and great sense of humor with helping them succeed in their media class. He is always there to lend a hand, not just to his students, but the SEVA teacher community as a whole. He brings a special compassion to his teaching, which helps him connect with his middle school students at a time when they need it the most. The relationships he builds with his students and their families in just the short years they are together is truly remarkable.