2017-2018 STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Honoring the STN advisor who epitomizes our mission.
The winner receives a trip to the 2018 STN Convention and $1,000 stipend for their program.
2017-2018 Teresa Pfister* STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jason Santo joined Geneva High School in 2011 following a career in sports reporting. In his time with GHS he has transformed GTV’s program to include a daily taped news show, sports network, and a film program. He is also a co-creator of Geneva High School’s new Communications Department, a unique blend of the television studio, online newspaper, literary magazine and yearbook. He is currently in the process of developing a program at Geneva Middle Schools.
Jason is a strong supporter of STN having attended five conventions and earning 19 STN awards at convention and throughout the school year in STN sponsored contests. His students have also earned nine awards from the Midwestern Media Educators Association and NATAS.
In 2017, Jason’s students competed and won a place on the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange program, a partnership with STN. The GTV team traveled to Russia where they represented STN and the United States in collaborative programs with Russian students. At this year’s convention in Nashville, Jason and his team will welcome their Russian counterparts.
For his dedication to students and his unwavering support of the STN mission and programs, we are pleased to welcome him as the 2017-2018 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 and eventually became the Treasurer of the organization. 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 to the outstanding contribution she made.