Thursday, October 1, 2009

Great Teachers make a BIG difference!!

I have the priveledge of interviewing one of the great teachers in our area this week. He comes in to the studio tomorrow at Channel 3. His name is Craig Lindvahl. Craig is a nationally recognized filmmaker and educator. His television work is regularly seen on PBS stations across the country, and has been seen on NBC, CNN, and The Learning Channel. His latest documentary is slated to air on the Major League Baseball Network in December. He is the recipient of twelve Mid America Emmy Awards, for producing, writing, camera work, and composing, and the Studs Terkel Award for contributions to the humanities. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, has twice been recognized as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the year. He was recently named the Illinois “teacher-preneur” of the year, and was also recently honored with a “Leaders in Learning” Award from the cable television industry. In more than thirty years of teaching, Lindvahl has taught every grade k-12, and in his work as a filmmaker and musical director he has worked in nearly 20 countries and with young people from more than 25 countries. Along with his teaching partner, former Illinois Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree, Lindvahl has participated in a number of groundbreaking educational endeavors, including the establishment of a nationally known filmmaking program and a new, multi-district entrepreneurship class that is funded almost entirely by business investors. Both Lindvahl and Fatheree devote a great deal of time to mentoring teachers, encouraging young people to enter the field, and assisting schools in hiring and retaining the best possible teachers. I am so looking forward to meeting. I will certainly post you on when his program will air so that you can tune in!!!!

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