STN was a blast despite a lot of the kids getting sick and dealing with the 6 hour time difference (can you say JET LAG?!). I'm proud of the group of kids pulling together and completing their first ever Crazy 8's contest (a contest where students have 8 hours to plan, produce, edit, and submit their video) with about 20 seconds to spare! In fact every contest we entered the students submitted their videos on time! I can't stress how much that is an accomplishment considering we only got 50% of our videos in last year! The cherry on top of the cake was that we pulled in 2 Honorable Mentions (one in PSA and one in Commercial Ads) for our first ever National Recognition! How exciting!!! The video below highlights some of the best moments of STN this past year and keeps us looking forward to STN Anaheim for next year! Let's go places!
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