Metro Tech Teacher is a Finalist in Great American Teach-Off

Posted by Community Relations Department at 3/20/2013

Film and digital media teacher Bob Marquis became one of eight finalists in the GOOD  and University of Phoenix Great American Teach-Off, vying to receive a $10,000 classroom grant to support his program.  GOOD Worldwide LCC (www.good.is) is an integrated media, community action platform.  Voting began March 4, with 20 finalists, and remaining finalists are competing for public votes cast online at http://7to12gato.maker.good.is/ .  Each week, two contestants are eliminated.  Contestants provide video responses highlighting their creativity and passion in the classroom, and positive impact on the education community.

Marquis took over the film and media program in June and revamped the curriculum and equipment.  He built the curriculum around projects intriguing to the students, including modern fairy tales, public service announcements and promotional pieces on the many Metro Tech Career and Technical Education programs.  After studying filmmaking for four months, two of his students were among the five finalists selected.  The students have also produced the video entries that have kept Marquis alive in the contest.  Should he win the grant, he would like to use it for new classroom furniture and student entry fees for film festivals.  He also hopes to begin the school’s own annual film festival.