STN supports, promotes, and recognizes excellence in scholastic broadcast journalism, creative video, filmmaking and media convergence.
Amended July, 2016
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.
Jeb Brunt, VP Strategic Planning
Norwood High School
Jeb has been teaching TV/Media for 22 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 7th year as the adviser for NHS-TV. Jeb has served as the STN contest coordinator since 2009 and has been an affiliate member since 2004.
Kevin Matsunaga, VP Education
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Kevin is a 26 year veteran teacher of the Hawaii Department of Education and has taught at his current school, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, since 2000 when it opened. He created CKTV Media Productions, a nationally recognized digital media program that has won many local, state, and national awards. Kevin has also taught the school’s yearbook class for the past 7 years and was Kauai’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. Kevin is currently in his second term as an STN Board member and also serves as the Vice President for Education.
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.
Placerita Junior High
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.
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.
Ken Stone Media Services/Stone Soup Productions
Ken is a Producer, Host, Reporter and Writer. He has produced three documentaries airing on public television stations nationally, produced and hosted several Twin Cities Public Television public affairs specials on healthcare, aging, government and transit and field produced three national TV series: Iree Sfon'es, Ethical Marketplace and Saddle Up! He has also produced marketing and informational videos for clients including the American Cancer Society, Capella University, AmeriCorps, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the YWCA of St. Paul. Ken has been a presenter and judge for STN Conventions since the inaugural convention. As a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Ken taught five broadcast journalism classes per year and served on faculty committees including accreditation, undergraduate studies and hiring. Ken joined the STN Board to help students realize their potential by sharing his professional expertise, contacts within the television news industry and continuing education opportunities.
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.
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."
Florida Virtual School
Beth Kennedy is inspired by scholastic journalism, working with students, parents and colleagues to produce quality online broadcasts with heartfelt storytelling. In her 20th year as a broadcast journalism instructor, Beth currently works from home teaching journalism and advising The Megabyte Broadcast at Florida Virtual Full Time Middle School. Beth is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A.) and Nova Southeastern University. She is passionate about teaching the production technologies that build 21st century skills: Collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and problem solving, through the production of school news. She has taught in public and private schools throughout Florida and Texas, 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 (2004), renewed it (2014), and enjoys mentoring other teachers in that journey.
Shonda has been teaching journalism and digital media for 18 years and is in her 5th year as the Advanced Audio/Video Production Teacher at Mesquite ISD. Her CTE program is open to advanced video students throughout the school district’s five high schools and focuses on both broadcast journalism and filmmaking. Her students have received multiple awards including Lone Star Emmys for Newscast, Fiction, and Non-Fiction, a regional semifinalist for the STN Broadcast Excellence, and being featured at the Dallas International Film Festival. Shonda received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and recently completed her Master’s from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska. She has been a STN affiliate member since 2004 and began serving on the Board of Directors in 2008.
Eva is Executive Producer of Frisco ISD-TV in Frisco, Texas and is credited with launching the school district’s first-ever cable television program. She also serves as TV Broadcast instructor at Lebanon Trail High School. She was named as STN’s first Teacher of the Year in 2013, the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Journalism Educator of the Year and NABJ’s 2019 National Convention Co-Chair. She also served as deputy director for Region VII and V of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) from 2001-2007, and currently serves as NABJ Region III deputy director-west, and as a faculty member and lead multimedia specialist on NABJ's High School JSHOP committee. Eva is also Lifestyle and Culture Editor for I Messenger Media LLC, which includes the publications I Messenger, Texas Metro News and The Garland Journal. In 2013, she completed studies as a Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow at Arizona State University (Phoenix), having been one of 175 journalism instructors selected from around the country to participate in the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) administered program. In 2018, she was appointed to the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Industry Advisory Committee. Eva was welcomed as an STN Board Member in April 2019.
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 17 years, Rene has been the Executive Producer of Live From 205, a weekly newscast. Live From 205 has won over 100 STN Convention awards, been named the best weekly news show in the country five times and has produced several school-wide lip dubs. Rene is proud to serve on the STN Board of Directors, 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.
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.