2018-2019 STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Honoring the STN advisor who epitomizes our mission.
The winner receives a trip to the 2019 STN Convention and $1,000 stipend for their program.
2018-2019 Teresa Pfister* STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 STN Teacher of the Year!
Cedar Crest High School
Chris Schwalm has a long career in journalism and video production as a newspaper reporter, yearbook representative and since 2002, a teacher at Cedar Crest High school. Chris teaches three levels of video production as well as Photoshop, In-Design, Final Cut, Adobe products, reading, speech and creative writing. His video production classes work with Cedar Crest’s administration, local businesses and non-profit organizations to produce feature stories, safety videos, promos and ads.
Cedar Crest is a rural school district and Chris pushes his students to be involved in many opportunities that reach beyond their community. His dedication to his students extends outside the classroom to attending sports events and film competitions. Chris is dedicated to his students at Cedar Crest and spends numerous hours outside of school, working and supporting the broadcast journalism program and other activities. He is actively involved in arranging funding for student projects, passions and activities.
STN has become a large focus of his program and he raises funds for students to attend the STN convention each year for the past eight years. His students have twice participated in the STN Collaborative Documentary film and they have also won other STN awards at convention and throughout the year. In 2018, the program won the Broadcast Excellence Award for Best Announcement show. Chris has twice won the Teacher Video Contest by creating, shooting and editing his own project.
Chris and his students also produce stories for PBS NewsHour as part of Student Reporting Labs and three of their pieces aired nationally in the past three years. His students have won 17 Emmys and other state awards for video excellence, and in 2018, his program was selected by IMAX to produce a UN Global Initiative documentary.
Chris mentors his students toward careers in broadcast journalism and film production with a passion for showing them the world. For his dedication to teaching students and his unwavering support of the STN mission and programs, we are pleased to welcome him as the 2018-2019 STN Teacher of the Year.
*This award is made possible through the generosity and support of Teresa Pfister, who helped organize the first STN Convention and who played a key role in the development of the organization. In 2012, Ms. Pfister joined the STN Board of Directors, Midwest Region. The award honors teachers, Student Television Network and the STN Convention which is unique in bringing together industry professionals, teachers and students to encourage media excellence. In October 2017, Ms. Pfister passed away from complications of cancer. The STN Board elected to continue this honor in her name as a lasting tribute.