Please join all of us at NJCTE in congratulating Evan Dickerson, one of the 2018 Marcia Holtzman Pre-Service Teacher Award Winners.
Evan Dickerson is a writer, filmmaker, and emerging educator with a passion for storytelling. From a young age, he’s been enraptured with the art of narrative. He graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University’s B.F.A. filmmaking program where he focused on screenwriting. His work developing original feature and television scripts garnered the attention of MSU’s School of Communication and Media who presented him with the 2014 Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. Evan has worked as a freelance writer, story editor, and production manager for various films throughout the New Jersey area. He’s also worked for Montclair Film’s education program since 2015 as a filmmaking and screenwriting instructor. He currently serves as Montclair Film’s curriculum coordinator, where he develops hands-on workshops, maintains the school’s high-tech media lab, and works closely with instructors to provide students with the most engaging and meaningful instruction.
It was during his time working with students aged eight-to-eighty that he found an affinity for teaching, and decided to return to Montclair State for a B.A. in English and an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education. Evan is currently completing his fieldwork at Bloomfield High School where he enjoys spreading the love of literature, art, and film with students eager to tell their own stories. As an educator, Evan’s goal is to synthesize technology and high-interest, hyper-relevant texts to foster a love of reading and writing while also promoting literacy, particularly in our digital age.
When he’s not in the classroom, you can find Evan at the movies, on the golf course, or in a pretentious little cafe, sipping free-trade coffee, while working on his next screenplay.
We look forward to Evan’s contributions to NJCTE and to his continued success in both film and English education.
If you have a teacher whom you would like to nominate for this or another NJCTE award, please check out the criteria and nomination process on our website.
Posted by Audrey Fisch, blog editor for NJCTE
New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, the New Jersey state affiliate of NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English