The Youth Action Film Festival prides itself in being a youth led organization. Here are the beautiful people that make it all possible.
Paige P: President
Paige Patton has always been enthusiastic about youth having a voice in their world. As the president of her school’s chapter of PBS Student Reporting Labs, she encourages her peers to share their opinions on the issues around them. During the YAFF process, Paige hopes to create a program that she and her peers are proud of, and create a conduit for students to connect and share their voices to the world.
Daniela V: Vice President
Daniela Villarreal is the vice president of the Youth Action Film Festival. By interacting with students and teachers alike through platforms like Twitter, Daniela hopes to encourage learners to use their voice and take action.
Arezue S: Secretary
Arezue Shakeri is a legacy learner at New Tech High @ Coppell. She is actively involved in both her school and choir. At school, she is part of the Superintendent’s Leadership Advisory Council and recently received Learner of the Month. In choir, she holds the position of Choir Associate and participates in All-State, UIC, Solo and Ensemble, and more. She excited to be the secretary of YAFF.
Lexi G: Treasurer
Lexi Giermann has always encouraged her peers to speak up about political, social, and cultural injustices in society. She is actively involved in PBS Student Reporting Labs, YAFF and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and being around dogs. Through YAFF she hopes that students realize they need to voice their opinions on matters that affect their future.
Mrs. Bence: Sponsoring Teacher
Janelle Quintans Bence currently facilitates English in a blended Humanities class at New Tech High @ Coppell in Texas. She has vast experience with English Language Learners and has taught for sixteen years in both urban and suburban school districts. She is an active teacher-leader at both local and national levels and has presented at many national conferences such as NWP, NCTE, and SITE. Her passion is teaching writing and offering her learners authentic learning experiences where they have opportunities to make meaningful changes in the world.
Mrs. Saucier: Sponsoring Teacher
Mrs. Saucier received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from University of North Texas (UNT) and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Teaching through UNT. She comes to New Tech @ Coppell as a new facilitator this school year after spending almost eight years working in the corporate world; climbing the ladder from entry level to management. She also has had experience running a primarily social media based small business. Mrs. Saucier has a real dedication to preparing students for college and careers through authentic learning experiences and business partnerships. She utilizes her own past experiences and partnerships as well as feedback from other companies to guide her lessons. She facilitates a Digital Media course at New Tech @ Coppell for all Freshman, covering such topics as graphic design, filming, editing, and creating digital portfolios.
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