Rebecca Batzianis from Casa Roble High School in the San Juan Unified School District is this week’s SEVA Teacher of the Week. Though this is her first year teaching media, she is no stranger to the classroom. Ms. Batzianis taught English for 18 years, while never forgetting her first love: journalism. Having experienced the world of journalism and communications in high school in college, she jumped at the chance to take over the media program at Casa Roble. Once she landed the position, she realized just how much work was needed to really get it going. She regularly attend meetings of SEVA Teachers and learned what was truly possible in the world of high school media. She rolled up her sleeves and put in countless hours to make sure their equipment was upgraded and the students had opportunities she didn’t have when she was in school. Her spirit of dedication inspired her students to give each video their best. Likewise, the creativity her students brought forward inspired her right back. Unsurprisingly, Ms. Batzianis says that the Creative Expression SEVA category is her favorite, and she is delighted that her students took home an Honorable Mention in that category at their very first SEVAs.
During Shelter-in-Place, Ms. Batzianis says she has continued to be inspired by her students who are using this time to go deeper into the world of videography. Her students have been able to keep busy while staying active in media, exploring different methods for their creativity and truly letting their individuality shine. By giving her student a venue to share their authentic voice while distance learning, she has helped them work through this crisis and come to grips with what is happening. Additionally, Ms. Batzianis and her students have stepped up to the plate and gone above and beyond to help their campus community during the time they are apart. Thank you, Ms. Batzianis for teaching your students just how powerful a tool media can be.