George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!
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  • Field Director: Zachary Fink, Collective Hunch
  • Field Producer: Alyssa Fedele, Collective Hunch
  • Web Video Producer: Christian Amundson
  • Editors: Alyssa Fedele, Daniel Jarvis
  • Associate Producer: Douglas Keely
  • Camera: Zachary Fink
  • Graphics: Cait Camarata, Douglas Keely
  • Web Video Strategy Coordinator: Keyana Stevens
  • Senior Manager of Video: Amy Erin Borovoy

Extra special thanks to our featured GoPro camera-wearing educators: Natalya Gibbs and Douglas Wheeler of Bayview Elementary School, Erin Brandvold and Denise Huey of Impact Academy of Arts and Technology, and Patricia Lounibos of Valley Vista Elementary School.

What are the ingredients in a day in the life of an educator? You bravely take risks like a base jumper, you bring sheer joy like the duct-tape surfer, you fight injustice like Superman, and you nurture like the kitten-rescuing fireman. But most of all, you bring love to your work.

Every day, you go boldly into your classrooms and face a room full of expectant kids. Or bored ones, or nervous ones, or hungry ones, or excited ones. You must find a way, for those few precious hours, to be their guide, their entertainment, their support, their leader. Wherever you are coming from, wherever they are coming from, you must meet in the middle and make magic happen, because you are an educator -- driven by the belief that you can make a difference in the life of a young person.

Here's to you for dealing with meltdowns; for celebrating small victories. Here's to you for coming in early and staying late; for giving your all for your students, so that the magic of learning can be sparked in their hearts. Here's to you for bringing love to every kid's life. In honor of National Teacher Day -- and every day -- Edutopia salutes you!


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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Oh I love this so much! Thanks for this quick peek into the day-to-day life of these wonderful folks. I just wish they were longer!

Tricia Whenham's picture

What an amazing video - it brought tears to my eyes. And I bet the outtakes were just as good. Thank you, teachers!

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

I am the biggest fan of teachers like all of you! We knew we couldn't show even a fraction of all that you do every day in a short video like this, but it was great fun to try to capture a little taste of the passion and the power of an educator -- teachers are AMAZING!!

Joanne Gauley's picture

Loved this video! Gives me ideas of a project to do with some students in a classroom. But please share, how did you create the hearts and sparkles effects?

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

Hi Joanne ~ I'm so glad we were able to offer a little inspiration! The graphics on the video were hand-drawn by our visual designer Cait, and then layered on the video and animated by our video editors Daniel and Doug, using an Adobe program called After Effects. After Effects is in the same family as Photoshop, but meant for video graphics.

It would be tough to recreate this exact look easily without some serious motion graphics skills, but some video editing programs have artwork built in that you could layer over the visuals.

I don't know what resources or skills you already have, but here's an article from Mashable with some resources to get started with animation.

5 Easy-to-Use Animation Tools for Beginners:

Good luck with your project!


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