While it is bittersweet that I feel so dejected by how little I feel like I've impacted my students in comparison to the year's past, I can confidently say a lot of my focus has poured into being a good father to my own child. Even while feeling thinned out almost every day, I am proud of the fact that my students were able to find so much individual success. It proves how accomplished they can be in an environment where they're allowed to grow at their own pace, surrounded by like-minded, but very different peers. I pride myself in building an advanced media program that isn't just for the best and brightest, but for those who purely have a passion for video production. I have students of all paths, strengths, and weaknesses and I am amazed every year at the results this concept has produced.
While I could feel bad about not making substantial growth as a teacher, I really see it as a motivating factor in becoming a better teacher AND father. It's funny to have to say that now, but I'm excited for what my 10th year of teaching will bring along with my 1st full year of parenthood. From a new advanced media team and new curriculum, to all the new dad moments and everything in between. While most teachers are pumped that the year is ending, I'm pumped at all the new experiences, possibilities, and moments this will bring in the near future. And I hope you're pumped too! #stayhungry
Izzie & Aiyana (left to right) won an Excellence in Digital Media Award sponsored by McDonalds Hawaii for their contributions to the Advanced Media Program at Ewa Makai Middle School this year.
Rylee, Kelly, Alex, and Camden (left to right) won various awards from Presidential Silver and Gold recognition in Media, Academics, and the Arts. Most of them also picked up Hawaii State Representative and Hawaii State Senate Recognition for their accomplishments in Media!