Teach For America Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Rob Garza (McAllen ISD) and Jennifer Corroy (IDEA Public Schools) are amongst this year’s winners of TFA’s Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to both Rob and Jennifer for receiving this national prestigious honor. Read the press release here.

IDEA Public Schools 2013 Graduation Ceremonies

I am so proud of all the 2013 IDEA graduates! All of the ceremonies were very moving and heart-warming and I honestly felt like some of the kids walking were my very own sons, daughters, cousins and friends. Over the course of the school year, I get to sit down and interview many IDEA students. Their stories of the struggles and hardships they encounter daily can humble any person. It’s awesome that many of the students overcome their adversities and push through and graduate from high school. What’s really cool is that because they attended IDEA, all of these kids will go to college. And many of them will be the first in their family to go to college.

Here are a few of the images I found most interesting, mainly because I feel the emotion behind each smile is for a different reason. I would love to know what they were thinking about at that very moment. I feel these images truly speak 1000 words…

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IDEA Public Schools Gala Videos

Anyone who works for IDEA Public Schools has probably seen my face on campus over the last seven years. I started working with IDEA just as they were preparing to send their first ever graduating class off to college. I think it was 2007… I mainly shoot photographs for IDEA but over the last couple of years I’ve started to shoot video for them as well. In that time I’ve learned a lot about video production. Mainly that it takes a good team working in a collaborative effort to get a piece done. Video production is a labor of love and definitely under appreciated by the average person.

Here is a video I helped make for IDEA’s Annual Gala.
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2011 Gala | IDEA Public Schools

Johnny Q – Videography and Editing

Lara Coger – Producer

Angelo Simeone – Music