Mr. Blevins: More than the AV teacher

by Taylor Cowdin

The Audio-Visual program started 20 years ago. From that day on, many students from many different “cliques” have been affected by the class in a positive way. These impacts include being able to step outside your comfort zone, make new friends, and discover yourself through the art of filmmaking and editing.

In an interview with the man himself, Mr. Blevins, he discussed how this class has changed him as a person and teacher.

Because so much of the class requires one-on-one help with projects, I think AV has taught me that the relationships with students and others is the most important part of high school learning,” Mr. Blevins said. IMG_8902.jpg

Also agreeing with that statement is student Tori Francis.

“Being in the class has taught me to never be afraid to step out of my comfort zone and ask for help,” Francis said. “It really is so convenient being able to have such an open-minded teacher.”

Taking this class also means having to be able to handle all of the joking and laughs shared with everyone. Blevins has a goal each day to have at least one funny moment, or more, in each class.

“I try to make sure there is at least one funny moment every day,” Mr. Blevins said. “So I can’t pull one out from my memory as the funniest.”

Junior Jimmy Anglim recalled a moment when they all pulled a prank on a teacher observer.

“Mr. Lancto came in to observe Mr. B and so all of us students were told to slightly sneeze anytime we heard the word “fill.” It was funny because that day in class we watched a Youtube video about how to fill the spacing of a green screen with lights. It was the funniest day ever.”

Mr. Blevins has changed education and Grandville High School for the better. And that’s something students, staff, teachers, and administration agrees with.