Tools for Teachers: A Ferguson-Florissant English teacher with a passion for video production

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - An English teacher with a passion for video production created a media production coordinator need across multiple schools in the Ferguson Florissant school district.

Kevin Hampton is our "Tools for Teachers" recipient and today, will receive $500 from Weber Chevrolet for his efforts to reach high school students with video production, something not offered in every high school district. Kevin was nominated by one of his former students, Matt Sanders.

This is Matt Sander's submission to KPLR:

The teacher I would like to nominate is Mr. Kevin Hampton of McCluer north high school and the Ferguson Florissant school district. The reason I would like to nominate Mr Hampton because of his positive enthusiasm with students that are in his video production classes and the positive impact he and his students are making in the school and community.

Mr. Hampton is an English teacher that teaches the video productions and news production class at the high school level. He would work tireless hours teaching and mentoring students who would like to pursue video and news productions. He also spends many hours on other district related projects as well. He would even open up the studio before and after school for students to work on their projects and assist them as well. The classes were at first offered only to McCluer north students for years until there was an interest and McCluer and McCluer south Berkley high schools and then the video production classes programs were slowly expanded into the other two high schools. He is also the media production coordinator of the Ferguson Florissant school district.

As a former student of his, I was amazed about how interesting video production can be to a student that wants to take his class and he enjoys mentoring the kids and helps make them productive citizens with successful projects in life that want to enter the video production field as a career. When I took his class in 2001-2002 school year and 2002-2003, he opened the doors for me that I thought I would never get an opportunity to do especially with special projects involving student’s activities etc. He gave me those opportunities and I ran with them and never looked back. I realized he is a great role model to students and he gets a lot of positive feedback on how to improve the TV studio at McCluer North. He is a Class act and great person for students to be around to work with.

Kevin received $500.00 from Weber Chevrolet.

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