Growing up I barely had the opportunity to celebrate Halloween. While I might not enjoy some of the concepts behind Halloween (the gore, ghosts, spirits, etc.) I really enjoy dressing up, passing out candy, and doing things a little "out of the ordinary." As part of a bonding experience, we've come to host annual "Overnighters" that usually are a week or two before Halloween. Every year I've challenged students to make a "Halloween" video. The criteria beyond that isn't defined and so students have free reign over what they get to produce (a prized rarity in our club). This year two notable members stood out in the production of this video - Riley, the director, and Sophia, the editor - along with the rest of their group. Read my notes on the video by clicking on the vimeo sign and reading the video's description. Happy Hauntings!
About The Program
The Ewa Makai Media group consists of Hawaii's first all-inclusive mandatory media program focusing on: Video Production, Business Exploration, and App Design.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I serve as a HSTA PD Trainer, Media Department Founder at Ewa Makai Middle School, Club Advisor, and Event Organizer for video-focused events in the Leeward District.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota