Mr. Jere Van Patten

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The Story

Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.



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 (8), and Mayzie (5).


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!