Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas (2011) B.A. History, summa cum laude, Concordia University, Portland (2009) Department Chair, Lawrence High School Career & Technical Education 2022 Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year
Mr. Zach Saltz
Fall 2023 Classes
1st Hour: Animation
2st Hour: Plan
3rd Hour: Video Production III
4th Hour: Video Production I
5th Hour: Video Production III
6th Hour: Video Production II
7nd Hour: Video Production I
I am entering my 8th year teaching video production and animation at Lawrence High School. I am originally from Eugene, Oregon, and in my spare time, I enjoy movies, biking, reading and upkeep on my 130-year-old East Lawrence home. I am the adviser of Room 308 Productions and The Lion's Roar, LHS's student-run broadcast (new episodes each Monday and Friday). My classes emphasize bringing creative ideas to life through cinematography, editing, sound design, motion graphics and, most importantly, telling meaningful stories. Check out our YouTube Channel to check out the diverse, award-winning projects LHS students have created.
My favorite quote about filmmaking comes from my favorite film critic, Roger Ebert:
"For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. If it’s a great movie, it lets you understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different age, a different economic class, a different nationality, a different profession, different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us. And that, to me, is the most noble thing that good movies can do and it’s a reason to encourage them and to support them and to go to them.”
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