Directing Change

Meet Our Board



Jana Sczersputowski


Directing Change Advisory Group

Alex Graham

Alex Graham has been teaching at Canyon High School since 2007. He graduated from Chapman University in 2001 with a BFA in Film and went on to receive his teaching credential in Art and Masters degree from National University after several years in the industry. In addition to Canyon, Graham teaches at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

He began his teaching career at Santa Ana College and Orange County High School of the Arts and has taught a variety of subjects from Film Production, Video Editing, Digital Music Production and Recording, Electronic Music Studies, Graphic Design, 3D Animation and Motion Graphics, Film History and Aesthetics and Composition and Sound Design for Film.

Graham teaches our beginning and advanced video production classes (Art of TV and Video Production and Video Production II), Career Focus Arts the school’s broadcast show, and creates the school’s DVD yearbook with his students in the Film Ed Academy of the Arts class. In 2012, Mr. Graham was the “Mentor of the Year”

Diane Lampe 

Diane Lampe has worked in education in Sacramento County since 1978 as an elementary teacher, prevention educator, elementary and high school counselor, Healthy Start Coordinator and at the Sacramento County Office of Education as a Coordinator for Student Mental Health Projects. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and is passionate about student mental health and wellness. Currently she is working as a Student Support Center Coordinator for the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Brad Clark

Brad is an animation and video production teacher at Franklin High School.

Michael Peck

Teacher at Pleasant Valley High School. Michael is a Northern California local who lives and works in the charming town of Chico. His passion for film, photography, and working with youth led him to his career as a teacher at Pleasant Valley High School, where he has worked for the last 16 years. Michael and his students run the PV House of BLUE production team, which focuses on providing students with meaningful and relevant real world experiences in film, photo, and video. When not teaching Michael enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Maya and his children Devin, Lily, & Keegan.

Ben Barnholdt

Teacher at Whitney High School. Broadcast teacher at Whitney High School, in Rocklin, California.  Teaches broadcast and sports journalism, as well as video production.  His class produces a daily show and several live events each year on

Peter Liu

Peter is a senior at Whitney High School in Rocklin. He is a Chinese immigrant who migrated to the United States about 6 years ago. Peter is interested in editing videos and writes small humorous skits.

Nicolle Kessenich

Nicolle is a junior at Acalanes High School and loves to make films and hang out with her friends.

Don Collins

Teacher at Torrey Pines High School. Donald Collins is a Gulf War veteran who has taught math, English, and computer technology at both the middle and high school level for the San Dieguito district for more than twenty years. After a dozen years working with at-risk teens at the District’s continuation high school, Donald teaches at Torrey Pines High School where he runs the independent study online program (ISOL), the TPHS Inspire Program, a Teacher Training Partnership with National University, and the Peer Assistance Leadership Support (PALS) program. The mission of the TPHS PALS is to promote student well-being and facilitate student connectedness by sponsoring all-school events (like the all-day FalconFest Seminar and Red & Yellow Ribbon Weeks), establishing one-on-one student peer assistance, providing campus tours & supporting campus activities.



Monica Nepomuceno, MSW 

Monica is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education.


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