Mr. Jere Van Patten

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Jere Van Patten (Mr. V.) is an ariZoni, Goldy, ANNIE, and Amazon award-winning actor and director represented by the Leighton Agency.  His most recent directing projects include: Play On! and She Loves Me for Mountain View High School which was honored with 4 National Youth Arts Awards including Leading Actress in a Musical (Stephanie Cox), Supporting Actress in a Musical (Meg Farnsworth), Best Overall Ensemble, and Best Costume Design (Aurelie Flores).  She Loves Me also received nominations for Leading Actor in a Musical (Joseph Timothy), Supporting Actor in a Musical(McKay Moody), Music Direction (Jason Neuman and Mason Schreiber) and Overall Direction (Jere Van Patten).  Other recent directing projects include A Little Princess for East Valley Children's Theatre, and Beau Jest for Hale Centre Theatre.  He is a graduate of Mountain View High School (1996), and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, a Masters Degree in Education, and is currently working toward his second Masters Degree in Theatre Direction.  Valley theatres he has worked with include Phoenix Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, East Valley Children's Theatre, Hale Centre Theatre, Theatre Works, Desert Foothills Theatre, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre and others.  Jere is the theatre teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa as well as an adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College.  He lives in Mesa with his wife Allyson, and three MVP's: Maggie (10), Max (9), and Mayzie (6).


Philosophy of Education

I can accomplish anything with students if I set high expectations for behavior and performance by which I myself abide.  Who I am and what I do and say will greatly influence those who will be the productive citizens of tomorrow's world.  My expectations of my students will greatly influence their achievement in not only my classes, but ultimately their lives.  A teacher's personal philosophy of education is a critical element in his approach to guiding students along the path of enlightenment.  I prefer an eclectic discernment in my quest of an educational philosophy.  My idea of the perfect teacher is one who inspires learning in addition to just relating required facts, one with creativity, enthusiasm, and motivation.  Certainly this is a tall order for anyone in a profession on a daily basis.  However, the effort is well worth it!


Values & Beliefs

I strive to develop students to their fullest potential by instilling an appreciation of the arts, self-confidence, discipline, and respect for themselves and others.

I believe all students can learn and improve their skills in the performing arts, and that their learning is top priority.

I believe that study and practice are the best ways to improve ones skill.

I believe that a learning environment must be safe physically, emotionally, and socially.

I believe that students should be regularly assessed using a variety of methods and feedback to improve their knowledge and skills.

In my classes I strive to create a positive and focused learning environment that fosters individual and team excellence in the performing arts.



M.Ed. - Education & Training, University of Phoenix
MFA - Theatre Directing (in progress), University of Idaho
BA - Theatre (Directing Emphasis), Arizona State University 
Mountain View High School - Class of 1996!