By Claudia Mendoza and Karla Santana
As you walk in the Audio Production class, you see turntables in each corner being used by the students who are always eager to learn new material.
Everest freshman Nathaly Molina (below left) said she really likes her teacher because he’s “very open-minded.” She also added that he always goes around helping students and checking up on them.
Everest freshman Gali De La Cruz (above right) said that the teacher is always teaching them how to DJ and how the equipment works.
Everest junior Kasaia Lomas (below left) said she is enjoying learning new experiences like DJing because ¨I know nothing about it.¨ She also added that she likes¨trying to figure out different ways of music.¨
Everest sophomore Nico Levi (above right) said this class gives him “a break from actual school work.¨He said doesn’t see himself DJing for a future career, he added, ¨I see myself in other departments.”
Audio Production teacher Anthony Gomez said, ¨I enjoy the opportunity to gage what the creative outlet is for each individual, and what their interests are.” He added that his students are talented. “You have to search for their talents first.”
Mr. Gomez said every student has a different learning style. “I don’t believe in such things as a bad student only a bad teacher, so it’s my job to kind of go through all the whatever types of barriers they have, whether it could be not focusing attention. It’s my job to try to engage and find their attention try to reach every student out there. That’s probably difficult to be able to try to have a personal relationship with each student and the way that they learn.”
He added that the Expeditions schedule gives him lots of time to try and meet with each student. “You know there’s two hours of the class which is great to some. It’s a kind of a double-edged sword, so in one sense it’s like, OK you have enough time to walk around and meet each child, each student I should say. And try to get to know them and what their preferences are and how to to reach them but at the same time to engage the whole class and keep them motivated it’s like you kind of playing ping pong. That’s a little bit challenging.”
Mr. Gomez said he challenges his students to try new things. “Trying to probably live within themselves – I can’t speak for them because you know we all have different life experiences, so I’m just going to have to trust that they’ll open it and give it a chance. Some of these things that I’m asking to do is with an open mind.”
He added that he could always use more resources. “If you wanna help, donate to some of these schools like Summit and Everest, and we’re trying to do a lot of positive things to help develop, and I say help because it takes a village to raise a child but to help develop these next business owners and entrepreneurs.¨