The creativity and resourcefulness of our teachers continued to inspire students to be capable, curious, confident and caring learners. Even from afar, our educators were able to craft intentional opportunities that will leave a lasting impact on our kids.
Meet the Teacher
Kaitlyn Mayse [PNH ’12]
Auditioning & Building a Positive Reputation
Parkway’s theatre departments hosted master classes for high school students. Distinguished alumni led conversations via video chat to share valuable industry experience in their area of expertise.
“We wanted to give students time to explore each area and we don’t usually have time during our regular productions. We have students working as talent agents, performers on Broadway, improv professionals, voice-over artists, production and stage managers, sound designers, and many others. We’ve encouraged our students to branch out and explore areas of theatre they don’t normally get to enjoy,” said North High Theatre Director Chad Little.
Students in Spark! Bioscience ran lab experiments from home thanks to Director Meredith Jacques. Jacques sent her students home with all the necessary lab equipment and materials. She walked her students through projects via video chat. Additionally, she routinely invited educators from around the world to join her class and share their experiences with her kids.
“We’ve had guests from all over the world join us through Zoom - a neuroscientist from Canada, an environmental engineer from the U.K., a musician from New York and an American teacher who teaches all over the world recently speak to us from Congo, Africa,” Jacques said.
Stacey Larson, ceramics teacher at South High, taught her students to problem-solve when she ordered 1,800 pounds of clay for their assignments. Each student received 25 pounds of clay. Once they finished a project, students dropped off their creations at school and Larson would fire them in the kiln.
“My goal for the semester was to help my students de-stress while learning real-life skills,” Larson said.
Last fall, students in AV clubs across the district started streaming athletic contests to YouTube. Students were taught to operate, set up, disassemble and store industry-grade equipment by high school staff. Greg Schuermeyer, South High business teacher and AV club director added,
“I am always impressed with how fast the students catch on. To give you an idea of what kind of experience these students are receiving, the St. Louis Cardinals may have more equipment, but the controls are exactly the same.”
The South High club hopes to expand its mobile capability so it can cover campus-wide activities and away games. Until then, students are gaining practical industry experience along the way.
South High streamed its first all-virtual musical on demand. While searching for a winter production, South High Theatre Director Jennifer Forrest-James found a show students could participate in virtually. This format gave students the unique opportunity to edit video in post production. Vocalists shifted into directing roles while recording their parts. Additionally, vocalists experienced studio recording for their performance takes.
Connor Scott, choir director, spoke to the production’s success.
“Thanks to this show, the community that theater thrives on at this level was able to continue through the pandemic.”
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