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Background Information

Employment History

Journalism Teacher

New Caney High School

Often High-Profile Journalism Teacher

New Caney High School

Broadcast Journalism Teacher

New Caney High School

Teacher and Adviser

The NCHS EagleVision Broadcast Journalism

Journalism Teacher

The NCHS EagleVision Broadcast Journalism

Weekend Producer


Writer and Producer


New Caney ISD



University of Texas

Web References (42 Total References)

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It was produced by Jim Becka, a teacher, administrator, and educational designer in Texas since 1976. He is currently employed by New Caney High School. Administration students are also encouraged to view TEXES Principal Examination tutorials on Teachertube and Youtube, produced by Becka, before sitting for the state examination. TEXES Principal Examination Podcasts: Competency Three

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For grades 6-12, Jim Becka of New Caney High School's "Feliz Navidad Lip Dub" wins.

"[I] emceed the program [while] Boston ... [cached]

"[I] emceed the program [while] Boston and Villareal led the candle lighting, and NCHS journalism teacher Jim Becka called roll of the children who had died."

"I have called out the names at the memorial each December," Becka confirmed. "I got to talk with the parents of the deceased students, and I felt I was part of their family. It was a special time for me," he reflected, as many who were featured in the memorial were past students of his.
Although the annual memorial ceremony is ending, a new operation has sprung to life by Becka and his journalism students. "The students are working on a documentary looking at the history of NCHS, and we want to add a section at the end with photos of students who died while in the school district," Becka affirmed.
The special tribute will remain on the web, available to everyone, whereas the once-a-year memorial did have its exclusions to those who could not attend.
Becka asks for community involvement through submitting photos of the deceased students to him directly or by e-mailing them to [].

The Bulletin Online - Time, Trauma & Tragedy [cached]

Jim Becka

It is with great pleasure this week for The Bulletin to collaborate with Jim Becka, a man known to many of our readers as a county resident who has served at the forefront of emergency medicine."Most people know me as a teacher," says Jim, "however, I have been a paramedic for 25 years.I was president of the Houston EMT Association and was a consultant with the Texas Department of Health in setting up modern EMS in southeast Texas in the early 1980s."
The reason for our collaboration with Jim is the fact that he is soon presenting to state legislators a proposal that could save lives here in Montgomery County and all across our region."We need a "Level 1" trauma center on the north side of Harris County," says Becka, an often high-profile journalism teacher at New Caney High School."I think a Level 1 trauma center should be built with state funds.This would make the hospital accessible to people from Montgomery, Polk, and San Jacinto counties."
"Each night television viewers hear the news but never ask the question," says Jim."They watch a late night television reporter talk about a shooting or motor-vehicle accident in Kingwood or Conroe that eventually results in the death of a teenager at Ben Taub or Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston ...
But Jim Becka says while our region is simply writing off these deaths as unfortunate accidents, "other communities across the United States are dealing with major medical injuries by building trauma centers.
"Texas has 21 major trauma centers," says Becka.
"Trauma centers are rated by the American College of Surgeons," explains Becka.
"The ‘golden hour' of trauma care says that physicians must initiate surgery within one hour of the injury in order to save the patient," explains Becka."This is not always possible in the Houston area.A person trapped inside a car at the intersection of Kingwood Drive and Highway 59 will wait 5 to 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and another 10 to 20 minutes to be removed from the vehicle and examined by paramedics.This will leave the paramedics 25 to 30 minutes to maneuver through traffic and reach Ben Taub or Memorial Hermann.Helicopters can help out, but they are not always available and will not fly in bad weather."
"Non-traumatic medical emergencies such as heart attacks, diabetes, and allergic reactions are handled with drugs," explains Becka, "[but] major trauma must be handled through surgery.Typical emergency departments do not have the surgeons and support staff available at all times for major trauma."
Last week, Jim Becka participated in an "Up Close" segment that ran on KHOU Channel 11's 10PM newscast concerning the shortage of trauma care in our area; it was discovered that Conroe Regional Medical Center, Northwest Houston Medical Center, and St. Joseph's are all attempting to upgrade trauma care capabilities, but were also encountering difficulties in finding staff; but this isn't just a health care problem found only in our neck of the woods.
"The KHOU story claims the death rate in Houston's critical trauma injuries increases by 50 percent when both Ben Taub and Memorial Hermann run out of space," says Becka.
Besides the need for a north side trauma center to save lives on an everyday basis, Jim Becka says it would make our region more overall secure: "A terrorist act in the center of Houston would leave the community without a Level 1 trauma center at a time when it would be needed."Becka served on a pre-9/11 Department of Defense task force charged with ways of handling a terrorist attack on Houston."The scenario was a terrorist group coming up the Ship Channel.Houston and Harris County are not prepared to handle a large number of injured.And they are not currently handling the large number of medical injuries handling outside the 610 Loop."
While Jim is passionate about the project, he knows there is much work to be done -- and that there is definitely an uphill battle in the offing: "During the past couple of weeks, I began talks with other paramedics and elected officials about using state funds to build a fourth trauma center on the border of North Harris County and South Montgomery County.More people are becoming aware of the problem."
And more money for the growing problem is on the way in the form of a state surcharge on traffic fines now generating millions a year going to hospital emergency rooms.Sure, it's a help -- but just a little relief for an unpleasant problem that requires a lot of money.
Quite frankly, it's a tough sell to both politicians and the general public -- until it is you or a loved one who is a victim of trauma, knowing that they could die if they do not make it to help in time ...
So what is it which drives a regular guy like Jim Becka to see through such an overwhelming project?Perhaps it is because he has seen firsthand the tragedy brought about by the absence of a north side trauma center -- and sees personal horror stories played out all the time, stories very few others know.

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New Caney High School Broadcast Journalism students interviewed teacher Jim Becka as a class assignment.

New Caney High School Broadcast Journalism students interviewed teacher Jim Becka as a class assignment.
The teacher is Jim Becka.
Teacher for the class is Jim Becka.
It was prepared by Jim Becka, a former writer/producer for UT-TV, the producers of the Texas Health Report featuring James "Red" Duke.
Adviser for the class is Jim Becka.
Jim Becka is the teacher/adviser for the class.
Prepared by Jim Becka and his New Caney High School (Texas) Broadcast Journalism students.
Jim Becka, producer, is a former writer/producer for the producers of the Texas Health Report. Seen on 54 television stations across the United States in the 1980's. He teaches Broadcast Journalism at New Caney High School near Houston.
Jim Becka, New Caney High School (Texas) journalism teacher, shows how live television broadcasts are produced by sitting in on the broadcast of a Shalom Hebraic Christian Wednesday night service. Becka has been a Houston area journalist since 1973. His stories have appeared on the Mutual Radio Network, KTRH (Houston), KLIF (Dallas) and he currently works for KSBJ Radio (Houston). The producer/director of the church broadcast was Rozalee Jerome. In addition to producing the church broadcast, she is the executive producer of The Crossover, which may be viewed on the internet. schoolhightelevisionnewlivePodcastsinternetnchscaney
Jim Becka is the Broadcast Journalism teacher for New Caney High School (Texas). The following demonstration over video lighting is from a classroom presentation. He used samples of student work. Becka is a former writer/producer for UT-TV, the producers of the Texas Health Report, featuring Dr. James "Red" Duke.
Produced by Jim Becka, New Caney High School.

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