Brian Weitzel of Del Campo High School in the San Juan Unified School District is this week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week. 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.
During distance learning, DC Daily quickly transformed into DC Distance. Under the leadership of Mr. Weitzel, students continued building community in their school through their broadcast, even though students were physically distant. Students also harnessed their creativity, telling their own stories of the time through video. Through media, Mr. Weitzel helped his seniors have a graduation celebration they would never forget. Thank you, Mr. Weitzel, for showing what amazing leaders teachers can be.