Thank you so much to those of you who have given so generously already. We have decided to partner with From the Heart Productions, a non-profit production company, and IndieGoGo to help push us over the fundraising hump.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30 pm - Groundworkk crowdfunding event and presentation at Mercury Studios in Durham.
Friday, May 30, 2014, 7 pm - Please join Angie and the filmmakers at Gather in downtown Cary to see some interview clips and rough sequences from the film. Doors open at 7pm. Screening and Q&A at 8pm. We will be selling T-shirts as well.
Teacher of the Year is a documentary film that will pull back the curtain on the teaching profession and explore the nuance of teacher performance.
Though these questions are often discussed, their complexity has been overlooked. Teachers, like actors, perform for audiences made up of diverse educational stakeholders, and the audience's response is shaped by their experience with fictional teachers in movies and television.
To reveal the complexity of teacher performance, we will follow one teacher, Angie Scioli, over the course of the 2013-2014 school year in an effort to document her experiences as she navigates the many voices competing for her attention. To provide context to Angie's journey, we will interview experts in the fields of media studies, education, sociology, and other related fields.
Angie Scioli is the film's primary subject. She has taught Social Studies at Leesville Road High School since graduating as an NC Teaching Fellow from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993. Recognized as Wake County's First Year Teacher of the Year in 1994, and as her school's Teacher of the Year in 1999, she went on to earn her master's degree in 1999 and National Board Certification in 2001. In 2012, she piloted the "flipped classroom" model of instruction at her school and helped establish and fund Leesville's first endowed scholarship.
Dr. Robert Bulman is a professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Mary's College of California. We interviewed Dr. Bulman about his book "Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools and American Culture."
Dr. James Trier is an associate professor in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. We interviewed Dr. Trier about his research on teachers in film and television, including his article, "Representations of Education in HBO's The Wire, Season 4."
Rob Phillips and Jason Korreck are educators in Raleigh, NC. Rob teaches English and Cultural Media Literacy at Leesville Road High School. He has been teaching for 14 years. He holds a Master's degree in English with a focus in Film Studies.
Jason is an instructional coach, working with teachers across North Carolina. He is a former Digital Media teacher at Leesville. He holds an MFA degree in Digital Cinema, and his professional experience includes producing and directing oral history projects. This is Rob and Jason's first film together.