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
The STN Teacher of the Year will be recognized for their dedication to their profession and high level of achievement in all areas of teaching broadcast journalism, film or media. This teacher must also display creative and media skills, classroom effectiveness and strong leadership. Judges will look for sincerity of effort, creativity, technical proficiency, professionalism and integrity. Accomplishments inside and outside the classroom will be taken into consideration as well support for STN and the mission of the organization. Produced pieces, internet links, written support documents and letters of recommendation will all be considered.
COLLEAGUES, ADMINISTRATORS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS MAY NOMINATE A TEACHER FOR THIS AWARD. TEACHERS MAY ALSO NOMINATE THEMSELVES. PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION:
A resume of the teacher’s relevant teaching experience and accomplishments including creative teaching approaches, student achievement, outside relevant experience, training, awards and conventions attended, etc.
Three letters of recommendation which may include one from the teacher’s principal or administrator, one from a highly regarded industry professional, one from a student or class, one from a parent, one from a colleague, etc.
Complete contact information for the nominee and the person presenting the nomination.
Any supporting documents, videos, internet links or other materials that may be of interest.
The winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash award, a plaque and an invitation to attend the annual STN Convention in Nashville, TN march 15-18, 2018 for professional development. STN will cover the cost of airfare, hotel room, meals and full convention registration.
The teacher’s program must be a current STN affiliate member. Each member program may enter one teacher.
SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET TO:
STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Student Television Network
P.O. Box 2752
Carlsbad, CA 92018
ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 10TH, 2018
There is no entry fee for this contest.
*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 to the outstanding contribution she made.
2016-2017 STN Teacher of the Year
Ms. McKemey currently teaches Broadcast Journalism at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Her students have won 5 Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and multiple top awards from the Southeastern Interscholastic Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association. Their weekly show “The Buzz” is broadcast throughout the school as well as city wide in both the towns of Fort Mill and Tega Cay via cable access.
At their first STN Convention in Orlando, Florida, McKemey’s class came away empty handed and incredibly overwhelmed by all the unbelievable talents and abilities of other programs. They went on to win First Place in the Anchor Competition the following year and placed in five convention events in addition to winning a 2016 STN Fall Challenge and being named best Weekly Show for the Southeastern Region. Ms. McKemey credits STN with nurturing her students, pushing her as an advisor to take the program to the next level and showing them through the examples of top notch student production teams where the only limits are the ones placed on ourselves. She also says the network of awesome advisors she has met through STN have been her life line and pretty much the only reason she is still sort of sane - it most certainly takes a village!
Prior to teaching, Ms. McKemey was a television news producer at both CBS and ABC affiliates and helped launch the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, NC. She fell into teaching completely by accident when she was asked to be a temporary fill in for the floundering television production class ‘until they found someone who could actually teach.’ That was 9 years ago, so she assumes the school district has completely forgotten the original agreement. When not molding young minds with her unconventional approach to storytelling or spending a ridiculous amount of time in the principal’s office “time out” chair (because what broadcast teacher doesn’t get into trouble on a weekly basis?) she is surrounded by the four most fabulous men on the planet - her husband of 25 years George, their 3 wild, wonderful boys - and of course Lola, her best friend on four legs.
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