Kaitlin Taylor of Sylvan Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District is this week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Taylor looks at media education from the lens of history, a subject she has taught for many years. She sees media as a way to help shape future leaders, and gives them responsibilities within Sylvan’s IYFN broadcast to help them reach that goal. It’s no surprise that plain, old-fashioned news is her favorite category. Her students say she has a special talent of getting them organized and motivated to do better and take on new challenges. Although she is new to media, her enthusiasm and love of teaching shine through and create a special spark that helps students achieve greatness.
On creating broadcasts from home, Mrs. Taylor and her students have continued to inspire each other with their positivity. Despite challenging circumstances, Mrs. Taylor has decided to focus on all the “Good News” happening in their school community, creating a class website that focuses on positivity and creating a sense of connectedness for all students. The website also allows students the opportunity to practice the written style of journalism even more and take pride in being leaders in the school. Thank you, Mrs. Taylor, for spreading positivity in your school, and beyond.