Mr. Jere Van Patten
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: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bye Bye Birdie (3 NYA Nominations), and 12 Angry Jurors (2 NYA Nominations, as well as a superior rating and performance at the Arizona Thespian Conference in front of 2,300 people) for Mountain View High School.
Other recent directing projects include Seussical, Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus, A Little Princess for East Valley Children's Theatre, as well as Charley's Aunt and Steel Magnolias 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. He lives in Mesa with his wife Allyson, and three MVP's: Maggie (13), Max (11), and Mayzie (8).
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
BA - Theatre (Directing Emphasis), Arizona State University
Mountain View High School - Class of 1996!