Video production instructor gets top Oklahoma CareerTech teacher award

Janet Harris with Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, is named teacher of the year at Oklahoma CareerTech‘s summer conference. She teaches broadcasting and video editing at Deer Creek High School. Her students broadcast more than 40 live sporting events last school year.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: August 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014


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Janet Harris, Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year, works with Deer Creek High School student John Childers on a video shoot. Photo provided
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The students in Janet Harris’ video production class earn a lot more than an A or a B.

They earn “real world experience” broadcasting live sporting events, said Harris, who was named teacher of the year at the Oklahoma CareerTech summer conference.

“It takes a lot of teamwork. The students are very engaged,” she said. “The learning doesn’t stop when they leave the classroom.”

Harris is employed by Francis Tuttle Technology Center but teaches broadcasting and video editing at Deer Creek High School through a partnership with the school and GameView, a student-led broadcast sports media platform based in Tulsa.

“It’s a creative way for us to reach out to more students,” Francis Tuttle Superintendent Tom Friedemann said. “Janet’s been the perfect person to do that.”

The partnership began last school year, so everything was new to the students, who broadcast more than 40 live events.

“During football season, it was learn as you go,” said Harris, admitting some weeks were “a train wreck.”

But that was part of the learning and growing. “They figured out how to troubleshoot equipment.”

The sporting events are streamed live at the website deercreekantlers.tv and also recorded, so Harris and her students can review what worked and “what do we need to improve,” she said.

Harris said the students put in long hours and “take a lot more pride in it than just getting a grade.”

During the first year, students learned new technologies, techniques of broadcasting and life skills such as leadership and motivation that will serve them no matter what career they choose, she said.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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Also recognized at the CareerTech conference were:

Postsecondary teacher of the year — Nancy Howell, an EMS/fire academy instructor at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton. Howell and her school will split $10,000.

Outstanding new teacher of the year — Dexter Matlock, an agriculture education instructor and FFA adviser with Chattanooga Public Schools. Matlock and his school received a combined $5,000.

Support staff member of the year — Susan Bymaster, an administrative professional with business and industry services at Northwest Technology Center in Fairview. Bymaster and her school will split $5,000.

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