Jeannine Ball - 2018 Outstanding Arts Educator

The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators recognized LAHS Photography teacher Mrs. Jeannine Ball as an Outstanding Arts Educator for this year. The awards ceremony took place on May 9th at Samueli Theatre at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo shows Mrs. Ball (left) with fellow OCMAA honoree Mrs. Sherry Tanaka (right).  This is how LAHS Principal Dr. Brandon Martinez describes Mrs. Ball's exemplary teaching:

"Jeannine Ball is a tireless arts educator who first and foremost believes that every student can learn how to be an excellent photographer. However, taking pictures is really just a part of what she does. Through multiple teaching strategies, engages students on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive levels. Through these learning experiences, students learn about accountability and responsibility by taking care of equipment, managing ongoing tasks, and using time outside of class to take photos. She also gets students to care about each other, their school community, and themselves. Mrs. Ball finds ways to integrate current issues into her class discussions and as subjects for various projects. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of shooting an image to editing it, Mrs. Ball regularly affords students the opportunity to engage in critiquing. This is powerful about this endeavor because it affords students the chance to articulate critical thought, demonstrate their analytical skills, and develop their competence at evaluation. Moreover, they carry this skill beyond the photography class and into other areas of their learning. Lastly, Mrs. Ball is a teacher who boosts students’ self-efficacy for rigorous academic work. Namely, she instills the confidence in her students to pursue Advanced Placement Photo (AP Studio Art: 2-D Design).  She consistently has one of the highest pass rates, but more importantly makes a lifelong impact on student learning within and beyond the visual arts."