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Teacher Donte Felder Believes Life Lessons Should Be Embedded in All Academic Lessons

Congratulations to Donte Felder on being recognized as one of the seven recipients of the 2019 Golden Apple Moments for his outstanding achievements in education in Washington State.

April 22, 2019

Many of Donte Felder’s students have no idea who they are or where they’re going. But seriously, what middle schooler does? At Seattle’s Orca K-8 Film and Theater Academy, social studies comes to life through screenplays and theater skits rather than term papers.

"Storytelling is the essence of the film and theater academy. Students really learn and explore who they are and what they're about," he says. Writing provides insights into historical characters like Christopher Columbus or Martin Luther King, Jr., and ultimately the students themselves.

Video production is integral to their storytelling, with students learning all facets of the art. Felder explains, "When students are able to learn about filmmaking, not only are they learning about themselves, not only are they learning the common core, but they're also gaining skill sets that they can take into the real world and make money, to make a business and to tell and support their own narrative. That’s what I’m excited about – to see students discover who they are and who they want to be."



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Kathy Tuohey

Veteran producer Kathy Tuohey has been working in broadcast television for over 25 years. From daily segments to documentaries, her expertise includes arts programming, human interest stories and education specials. She is managing producer of the Golden Apple Awards, produces the Pathways to Excellence education series, and is a contributor to IN Close.  This Northwest native’s natural curiosity about the people and places of our region keeps her on the lookout for the next great story.

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