Wow. Today was such an awesome day! I had the privilege of sharing a bit of my story with about 100 awesome High School Freshmen at Dominion High School in Sterling, VA. I shared with them why I have a passion for impacting people with visual stories. The students enjoyed the variety of images I showed them from across the street to around the world.
Here are a few photographs of me and my new friends.
Countless people made it possible for me to share some of my story and my passion. I want to thank a few of them here.
Ms. Pierson of Dominion High School who dreamed up the idea of me coming to speak. She has a big heart for all of her students is the coolest English teacher any High School could ask for.
Mrs. O’Rourke & Mrs. Tarrant who made this possible by teaching extra lessons and seting up the great table of food and drink for the students.
All the Dominion Freshman English students who listened, made great observations, asked great questions, and were good to me.
Greg Cooper, Faculty of Brooks Institute of Photography,who helped me bring focus, a headline, and flow to my lecture. He is my former professor, mentor in photojournalism, and good friend.
Eric Strachan, Managing Editor Naples (FL) Daily News, who gave me even more focus and proposed introducing the students to the impact of photojournalism in our lives by showing iconic photographs throughout history. He is my former boss, continuing mentor and friend.
Also, every teacher and faculty at Dominion High School who made this happen. They juggled schedules and rooms to get us space, even after a snow delay. Thanks to all the parents who provided awesome snacks for all of us.
Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to the one young woman who came in after school and told Ms. Pierson that she and her friend were going to get involved in the lives of some kids in Africa by donating their resources as a result of my lecture today. Your response made my day if not my whole week! Maybe you would be willing share on the blog? I know we would all love to hear more.
From the bottom of my heart–thank you. I hope to see you guys on this blog and come and see you again.
***Tomorrow I will post some of my photojournalism photographs the students liked the most***