Friday, June 25, 2010

My face in the video

As I quickly put on my mic and stepped in front of the camera last night -- to express what this Institute has given me -- I knew I couldn't say all I had to say in those brief moments.

There is no sound bite for the endless gift of education.

I was at the end of my rope as a teacher when I applied for this Institute and now that I'm in the final moments, I can say it has saved my life. I am ever grateful for good teachers, friends and people with a passion for media and its essential role in our democratic society.

Keep the love alive all ...

Nate Thompson
Montezuma-Cortez High School
Cortez, Colo.


  1. I agree it was tough to really express anything in our video interviews--getting to write a script for myself actually made it worse--I just become a ham on camera. It's probably some deep-rooted psychological issue.

    But I second your remarks about the gift of education.

    Zach Anderson
    Indian River HS - Philadelphia, NY

  2. I couldn't have said it better myself. Although I was not at the end of my rope when I applied for this institute, I was beginning to question my role as an English teacher only, I knew I wanted more and this journalism institute has offered that "more", for lack of a better word.

    I feel empowered as an educator and member of the news community.

    I will miss you all

    Alyssa Carnley
    Harrison HS
    Kennesaw, GA

  3. Nate,

    You may have felt you lost your passion, I just think it was lying dormant. You have been such an incredible support for me.

    Best of luck,

    Michelle Evenson
    Eden Prairie High School
    Minneapolis, Minn. (Soon to be Irvine, Calif.)