Great teachers can ignite a spark in their student that will alter the course of their life, and such is the case with this week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week. Dana La Chapelle of Toby Johnson Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District gives many students their first glimpse of broadcast media. Students enter her classroom in awe of the technology they are able to use and quickly learn that they don’t just get to use the studio, but the studio is truly theirs. Students take on leadership roles in the class and become experts while sharing what they know with fellow students. In this way, Mrs. La Chapelle truly empowers her students to be content creators, not just consumers. Her students truly light up when they talk about her and are always quick to count her among their favorite teachers even after moving on from her program. She is truly a trailblazer in the world of media education and the SEVA program would not be the same without her. Thank you, Mrs. La Chapelle, for creating a program where students can find their voice and truly thrive.
SECC’s mission is to provide quality educational resources to learners of all ages in the greater Sacramento community primarily through video and other information and communication technologies via cable systems and networks. SECC is a collaborative effort of the K-20 education community all working together toward this mission.