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Video production teacher retires after 14 years of teaching

Aidan Lia
Junior Aidan Ly observes as video production teacher Mark Middlebrook shows how to edit a video for a project during period 4 on May 17.

Video production teacher Mark Middlebrook, who started the broadcast program here, has decided to retire from his teaching position at the end of this school year.

Video production teacher Mark Middlebrook, who will be retiring at the end of the school year, talks to senior Sara Gomez during period 5 on May 22. (Alan Ruiz)

“Interacting with all of the great students has been really wonderful,” Middlebrook said. “You also have all these great people on staff. That is what makes this school special. I haven’t been in a school like this ever.”

He says that in his classroom, his students were not the only ones learning. During his time as a teacher, students have taught him things he would have otherwise never known about cameras, tech, computers, movie making, acting and directing.

After working as a video production teacher since 2010, he joined Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in 2013. Middlebrook has taught video production, film theory and oversees the broadcast news show The Pearl Network News. Middlebrook plans to carry out goals he’s always envisioned of doing, including opening his own media company. 

“I first got into filmmaking from watching my favorite movies,” said Middlebrook, who graduated from Cal State Fullerton. “One of my favorite movies is ‘Vertigo.’ I love any movies from Alfred Hitchcock. Classic cinema is what I like.”

Freshman Haskell Fay, a student in the period four video production class, enjoys the class and wishes to have more like it in the future.

“Mr. Middlebrook inspired me to love film,” Fay said. “His class is fun and informative, which makes me want to create films in the future.”

Junior Jacklyne Gomez, who is in Middlebrook’s fourth period video production class, learned a lot from him. She values her time in his class and hopes he lives a good life after retirement.

“He taught me real life skills,” Gomez said. “I want to learn about film so he taught me how to start a camera, how to put up the lights and he taught me all about the cords for each piece of equipment. I use all of these skills every day in his class.”

Out of all the things he has taught his students, Middlebrook hopes both past and current students have not just learned to record a video but to make a video in an original way that represents who they are as a person. He wants students to continue to be the good people he has seen them be in class.

“I plan to do several different types of media and right now I am researching the right way to do it,” said Middlebrook, who plans to work on a podcast during retirement.

Keira Van Der Molen contributed to this article.

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Aidan Lia
Aidan Lia, Staff Writer
Aidan Lia is a junior in his first year as a staff writer for The Pearl Post. While in school, he plans to join multiple clubs and really enjoy school life at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. When not in school, he enjoys meeting up with friends and playing video games. 
Alan Ruiz
Alan Ruiz, Print Editor-in-Chief
Alan Ruiz, a senior, is so excited to work on The Pearl Post this year as the Print Editor-in-Chief. In his third year on the DPMHS Student Media staff, Ruiz is looking forward to refining the writing, editing and photography skills that will help him pursue a career in journalism. Outside of school, Ruiz participates in the Student Advisory Council for LAUSD Board District 3, contributes to the Los Angeles Zoo Teen Council for Conservation and manages his sports news YouTube channel called All Things Dodgers. He also enjoys organizing and volunteering at school events, playing baseball and spending quality time with family and friends.
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