I worked for two years at The Arts-Based School, pioneering their middle school film program. Kids watched classic films, learned how to make their own movies, and eventually crafted a feature-length time-traveling musical mockumentary about the ancient conquerors they studied that year.
During my time at ABS I made a few discoveries :
1.) When in doubt, throw in a chorus line of show tune-belting monks.
2.) Don't leave middle schoolers alone in a bathroom with a container of fake blood.
3.) That I was completely in love with teaching, especially the way filmmaking could connect with kids who thought they didn't like school.
Working at ABS led to my writing for children's programming, and I continue to volunteer and work with young storytellers whenever I have the chance.