Over the years as a photojournalist working for newspapers and magazines, I have had the opportunity to be invited and share my experiences and passion for photography as a guest speaker at local high schools and colleges, as well as the occasional Lions Club luncheon visit. These experiences are always positive and I enjoy seeing students faces light up with understanding and knowledge and a better appreciation for photography. Afterword, many students share their photography experiences and ask additional questions about photography techniques and the latest cameras or software. I often received words of thanks. Some students will continue to s
tay in touch and ask for feedback on their latest pictures. Because of these experiences, and encouragement from friends who are teachers, I decided to start a new career as a teacher and enrolled in CTE classes last fall through the Skills Center.
Yesterday I officially became a digital photography teacher at Heritage High School. My day was primarily observational (I don’t officially start until Feb. 2) and a great introduction for me to dedicated staff and teachers.
This blog is dedicated to my new passion as an educator and my continued love for photography. I want to help students find their creative inner voices and discover how much fun it is to use photography as a way to be artistic and communicate ideas, thoughts, feelings, or simply express who they are and how they see the world around them. This blog will also be a terrific resource for students. I plan on showcasing student work, providing assignment information, links to cool websites, blogs, surveys, and to do lists. I will add inspirational imagery, encouraging words and some critiques or thoughts I have about photography. I also plan to post information about contests, scholarships and anything else that will provide help to digital 1 students and aspiring young artists at Heritage High School and anyone else interested in joining the conversation.
I look forward to meeting and working with you!