The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

October 11, 2012

Grand Valley's new multimedia program instructor brings his exciting career experiences to classroom

ORWELL — This school year, Nate Schick became the newest member of the Grand Valley High School faculty. He is the media teacher for the A-Tech interactive multimedia program offered at Grand Valley High School.

Schick attended Kent State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electronic media production. While there, he was involved with various media forms, such as filming TV shows and writing skits. He later moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he interned for ESPN, frequently shooting live sports events. Some of these events include the Super Bowl in New Orleans and the Professional Golfers Association Masters Tournament. He recounts a trip to Hawaii, during which he filmed a golf tournament and while sitting in a bar with a friend, he caught sight of the television and saw that his camera shot was in ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day. He was thrilled. His students find his past career exciting.

Senior media student Kyle Orgovan says, “I find it cool that we have a teacher with such an extensive background in the media field.”

For the previous eight years, Schick has been employed by the ABC/CBS affiliate in Youngstown. There he held several different positions, such as news photographer, video journalist and assistant creative services director. He also helped create television commercials.

“He’s a very well-educated teacher,” said junior Ray Marsh. “He knows his stuff. Since the first day of school, he’s taught us a lot, and I’ve learned a lot about interactive media.”

Schick said while he enjoyed his previous job, he desired to spend more time with his family. He decided to become a teacher. This is his first year teaching. He is attending classes in order to obtain his master’s degree in education. He hopes that with this degree, he will eventually be able to teach college classes on the side of his main job of teaching at Grand Valley High School.

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