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Winners: Mike Kaylor and Michael Walton.
Kaylor, a teacher at Blacksburg High School, transformed a high school printing program into digital cinema production program.
Mike Kaylor, a teacher at Blacksburg High School (BHS), addressed the Board regarding the administration's decision to discontinue supplemental pay for staff teaching an extra period.
Mr. Kaylor said he and other teachers have built successful programs at BHS, and it's not right to discontinue the supplement. Kat McDearis, a senior at BHS, told Board members that Mr. Kaylor should be compensated for going above and beyond for his students and the program at the school. Kelly Showalter, a teacher at BHS, told Board members that the programs taught by Mr. Kaylor are not elective classes but are designed to prepare students for the world of work. Linda Majors briefed the Board on her son's experiences in having Mr. Kaylor as a teacher. Matthew Pickett, a junior at BHS, informed the Board that Mr. Kaylor's photographic and cinematic productions class is invaluable. Mr. Piilonen told Board members that Mr. Kaylor's programs at BHS are strong and have a waiting list of students.
Mike Kaylor, a teacher at Blacksburg High School (BHS), asked the Board to continue paying supplements to employees who have been teaching six-period days for many years if the procedure for these supplements does change.
Mike Kaylor, a teacher at Blacksburg High School, convinced the school to convert the old high school woodworking shop into a multimedia design space, set up for professional digital photography, digital movie making, 3D modeling, online game design, and movie special effects.
Kaylor's classes are mobbed--student demand is three times higher than the capacity of his classes. His students are already working in high paying jobs in the movie and entertainment industry. And hundreds more are leaving his courses with a solid understanding of digital technology that will help them be successful no matter what career path they choose--business, government, or the nonprofit sector. The sad truth is that most of our kids have a grasp of technology that is about as deep as a layer of tissue paper. Being able to text message and find a song quickly on an iPod does not prepare our youth for the work world, and too many adults, who tend to feel a bit inadequate, assume incorrectly that facility with email, the Web, and iPods somehow is enough. Every high school in America ought to have a program like Kaylor's, and it should have the same vision as Kaylor's. When Kaylor wanted movie special effects software, he did not settle for low budget programs. Instead, he insisted on getting the same software that is used in the major studios to produce the special effects in movies like How about skipping the next shell building project and starting the kind of multimedia program that Mike Kaylor has at Blacksburg High School?
"We believe the facts are on our side, no matter how the semantics are twisted around," said Mike Kaylor, a Blacksburg High School digital arts teacher who stands to lose about $6,000 annually.