Kudos: Natomas Resident Wins Honor

Joe Clark did not expect to hear his name called. He knew his students’ video project was good, but felt they deserved more credit than he did.
But when organizers of the 3rd Annual California Voice Film Premiere announced the 2011 Instructor of the Year Award, the Multimedia Sound Engineering teacher for the Sacramento County Office of Education found himself on stage accepting the honor.

More 600 students, parents, community leaders, partners, and elected officials were on hand May 25 to celebrate and recognize the hard work of more than 150 local youth filmmakers. The event, held at the Crest, showed documentary films created by students at 12 schools in the Sacramento area and showcased youth issue videos where students identified and shared their perspective on issues in their community.
Clark, a resident of Natomas, received the award for a video produced by students in his Regional Occupational Program (ROP) at the LINKS Academy at Marian Anderson, a community school program operated by SCOE. The video, titled” Decisions”, focused on the hard decisions community school students must make on a daily basis.
“I was very surprised at winning the award as I thought our students’ video was good, but we had wanted to do even much more with it,” Clark said. “I think it shows the potential our students have, even though so many dismiss them as ‘unteachable’.”
In addition to teaching the highly technical subject of sound engineering, Clark works with at-risk students in grades 9-12 in areas of career exploration and work preparation practices such as developing resumes and completing job applications.
“Joe’s Multimedia Sound Engineering class is cited by many students as the reason they come to school,” said SCOE Community School Principal Philip Moore. “Joe is one of those rare individuals who truly enjoys his work and the creative process of offering new and interesting opportunities to our students.”


  1. Rob Brushia says

    Hey Guys, how about some credit for the photographer, who would be me!

    Rob Brushia

  2. We received the photo from the Sacramento County Office of Education who told us it was provided by Joe Clark. Our apologies if the original photographer was not duly acknowledged.

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