I believe that teaching is my calling and it’s certainly a passion of mine, which is why I’m thankful to have this platform to share my video production experiences with you.
My mother’s side of the family is full of teachers including my grandmother and aunt, and I’ve had the opportunity to teach video production, and digital media several times throughout my career.
Back in 2001, when I was green and fairly new to broadcast news, I was given the opportunity to teach at a community college in Tampa, Florida.
After getting a taste of the classroom, I decided that a Masters degree couldn’t hurt. I could teach as an adjunct at the community college level without it, but most if not all four-year universities require a terminal degree. So, in 2004 I started that journey.
I was working full-time at Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida at the time. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I kept at it. In 2006, I moved to Atlanta. I took a few classes at Georgia State, and finished my thesis in 2010, yes, six years later.
It’s funny how the dots in life connect because I ran into one of my former teachers from my undergrad days at the University Florida, Brad Yates, er, Dr. Brad Yates. Turns out he now teaches at the University of West Georgia. We stayed in touch, and about six weeks ago, he asked if I would consider teaching video production this semester.
So, my first class was on Monday, January 9. I plan to share a few of my classroom adventures here, but in the meantime, here are the lessons of this story: 1)Never burn a bridge. 2)Finish what you start. 3)Stay focused on your goals, and life will find a way for you.