STN supports, promotes, and recognizes excellence in scholastic broadcast journalism, creative video, filmmaking and media convergence.
Amended July, 2016
2016-2017 STN Board of Directors and Staff
Jacki is a retired broadcast and print journalism teacher who has been involved with STN since it began in 1999. The last 16 years of her teaching career were spent at Searcy High School in Arkansas. Her program, Lion TV, won numerous awards including being named All-Arkansas for excellence each year. The program also won $15,000 from U.S. Education TV, which was used to upgrade equipment. Lion TV was selected as a PBS News Hour Student Reporting Lab in 2013. Jacki was named Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association. Since retiring, she continues as a mentor for teachers with Student Reporting Lab and was producer of the STN national collaborative documentary on school safety that premiered at the STN Convention in 2015. Several of the stories from that documentary were featured on the national PBS News Hour program. She is excited about continued work with teachers and schools involved in STN.
Norwood High School
Jeb has been teaching TV/Media for 20 years. He has taught at the middle school, high school and district level. After 15 years of teaching in sunny South Florida, Jeb moved to the northeast to accept a position at Norwood High School in Massachusetts. He is beginning his 5th year as the adviser for NHS-TV and looks forward to his new role as vice president of STN. Jeb has also served as the STN contest coordinator since 2009.
Marketing by Design
Teresa Pfister (formerly Vickery) attended the very first STN Convention and fell in love with STN's mission and the teachers who work so hard on behalf of their kids. She's attended every convention since. Teresa had her own firm, Marketing By Design, doing marketing communications for a variety of clients in a broad array of industries. Her last clients led her to STN: the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Foundation, several television stations in the Minneapolis/St Paul (Minnesota) market and the local, Upper Midwest chapter of NATAS. She is now semi-retired. For STN conventions, Teresa organizes some of the industry professionals who teach many of the breakout sessions. These same professionals then judge convention contests, and chip in with other judging throughout the year.
Shonda has been teaching journalism and TV/film for 15 years and is entering her 4th year Mesquite ISD as the Advanced Audio/Video Production teacher. Her broadcast journalism and filmmaking programs have received numerous recognitions including STN Broadcast Excellence Regional Semifinalist, Lone Star Emmy for Best High School Newscast, and having two Official Selections of the Dallas International Film Festival High School Division. Her program is also a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab and was featured to be nationally televised on PBS NewsHour’s “ breaking Gender Barriers” series. She received her B.S. in Journalism from Texas A&M University in 1999 and is currently working on her Master’s in Professional Journalism from The University of Nebraska. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Student Television Network since 2008.
Dennis Kane had recently retired after 15 years of public school teaching. Dennis feels that it is important for people to give back what has been given to
you. He is excited to be part the STN board.
Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes, California
Rene Vela teaches Broadcast Journalism and Video Production at Palos Verdes High School. In 2009, Rene was named the Teacher of the Year, for Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. For 14 years, Rene has been the Executive Producer of Live From 205, a weekly newscast. Live From 205 has won over 50 STN Convention awards, been named the best weekly news show in the country five times and has produced three school-wide lip dubs. Rene is proud to serve on the STN Board of Directors as Vice President, believing in the power of STN. Rene believes that STN teaches students how to achieve quality work, success and growth in a rapidly changing industry.
Eric R. Larson
Manchester High School
Eric has been teaching video for the past 15 years at Manchester High School, Manchester, CT. He has developed classes at MHS that include an entry level video production class, a studio production class, Sports Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism. His classes produce a daily news production and monthly news magazine programs for the town of Manchester. Eric was a former video technician for the Connecticut Air National Guard of 9 years. Now, Eric loves being able to teach students his passion, video production, and set students off onto career paths in the film and broadcasting industries. With STN, Eric enjoys the opportunity to work with, and collaborate with the nation's leading video educators to build a strong legion of tomorrow's storytellers.
Woodrow Wilson High School
Kadesha has been teaching Mass Media and Communications for the District of Columbia Public School Systems for five years. She was brought to Wilson to build their MMC program. The program consists heavily of video production and her students learn to write, shoot, edit and collaborate on various video projects. Kadesha has had her students place in several national student competitions such as the All American High School Film Festival, C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary competition, and White House Film Festival. Before becoming a teacher, Kadesha received her BS in Broadcasting and Film from the University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg, after graduating college, she interned as a TV reporter in her home town, Joplin, MO and then went to work for KRPS 89.9 FM radio as an on-air anchor and reporter. She has close to eleven years of industry experience as an editor, videographer and producer. Kadesha is really excited to be joining the STN team and looks forward for the opportunities of growth and collaboration.
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Paula earned degrees in Business Management and Computer Science from the University of Louisville and worked in the corporate business world for several years before deciding to become a teacher. She began teaching in 1994 as a Computer Science Teacher and also as the School Newspaper Advisor. Paula has since taught Business Education classes, been the sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America, and the cooperative education coordinator. She began her school's monthly news program in 2006 and loves shooting videos alongside her students.
Park Hill South High School
Park Hill High School
Justin launched brand new Broadcast Journalism programs at Park Hill and Park Hill South High School in 2007 after working as a sports reporter/photographer in Kansas City. Through the production of daily live newscasts, students have received awards at the local, regional, and national level. Justin's first STN Convention was in Dallas, and his students have not missed one since. He models his programs after one of the most respected journalism schools in the country, the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a proud Mizzou Journalism graduate from the class of 2002.
Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bill is the Operations Manager for LCPS.TV, the school district’s Television and Video Production Department. During his 18 years with the district he has helped establish and grow award winning media programs in each of the four comprehensive high schools. In 1999, Bill help develop and implement the “Media Magnet Program” at Sierra Middle School. Today, he trains and mentors teachers and students from 6 high schools, 7 middle schools and a number of elementary schools.
Dave Cornelius is CEO of DAConsulting and founder of tech incubator C4 Accel Dave was the architect of the Multimedia Technologies competencies for the Arizona Department of Education. He is a leader in development of industry certification standards and a major force behind Arizona’s shift towards quality multimedia technology education. He has served as a member of the program advisory boards for The Art Institute of Phoenix, Eastern Arizona College and East Valley Institute of Technology. In addition he was Technical Skills Chairman for Skills USA, City of Phoenix Educational Access Governing Board vice-chair, Vice President of the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association and a member of the Arizona Technology Council for Workforce Development. He designed and directed the Stardust Journalism Program for Arizona State University’s prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication where he also served as Director of Digital Media Outreach and Barrett Honors Professor. Internationally he served as higher education coordinator on the advisory board for Global Education Conference and was a participant in the Bahrain Global Education Experience.
Reedy High School
Robyn started her career as a freelance video editor in the Dallas market in 1994. Working steady in the industry on a variety of projects including syndicated television shows, corporate training and promotion, documentaries, independent films and a multitude of commercials. She took her vast experiences into the classroom in 2004, launching the video production program in the Prosper Independent School District. She is now teaching at Reedy High School.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Beth Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A.) and Nova Southeastern University (certification). She is passionate about teaching kids the production technologies that build 21st century skills with an emphasis on scholastic journalism. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from Jeb Bush for significant gains in classroom achievement. She has taught in public schools throughout Florida and Texas for the past 15 years, where she built six school news programs from the ground up focusing on quality storytelling through broadcast technology. She earned the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification for Arts and Communications and enjoys mentoring other teachers in that journey.
White County High School
Charles Dewalt has been with the White County School System for over 15 years. Prior to entering the education field, he spent over 17 years as a law enforcement officer. He retired as lieutenant, after being injured in the line of duty. Charles also has a strong background in technology, management, video and photography. Along with five original students Charles helped developed what is known today as WTVN-Warrior TV. Dewalt serves as the Executive Director of WTVN. He has helped develop four divisions of the program that complete the Warrior Audio/Video Film Department pathway. The program continues to grow and is now introduced as early as sixth grade in the school system. "I am excited to serve on the board of directors at Student Television Network. I love seeing the talent of our young students and enjoy helping shape their futures."- Charles
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Kevin currently teaches media production and yearbook and also serves as the technology coordinator at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihue, Hawaii. He created the media program at CKMS when the school first opened in 2000 and has built it into an award winning program in 13 years. Prior to that he taught at Lehua Elementary School in Pearl City, Oahu and started an after school media program there before moving back home to his beloved Kauai. In 2008 he was selected as Kauai's Teacher of the Year. Kevin got his start with STN as an affiliate in 2004 and has brought his students from Hawaii to every STN Convention except one.
Nancy Held Loucas
Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, special events and video production. She has worked in the educational arena producing live telethons, managing fundraising opportunities and producing events for non-profit organizations. At STN, Nancy is responsible for the daily operation of the business, sponsorships and fundraising, program direction, contests and managing the STN annual convention.