Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Garrett Schmelzenbach
Welcome! New year new school!
And here you are… you decided to come on over to my “page” and check me out. I guess this is more direct than Facebook stalking, and all nice and official. Let’s see…..
I teach Drama to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Star Middle school, and I have for at least 600 years.1 Yeah ok.. just the first year at Star but like bunches and bunches at Eagle Middle School. Normally I teach all drama all the time. This ranges from normal beginning classes all the way up to my advanced School of Choice classes. Yes, many people don’t actually know that STMS is also a School of Choice for the Arts3, and that means you have lots of Arts-y extras to choose from here. Including me Drama. We get to do all the normal Drama stuff2 and all the extra expanded Drama stuff too. This means we also offer advanced drama classes to 6th and 7th graders, and a chance for my advanced actors to work directly with our Film classes in video production.
I love what I do. Despite the picture. I thought my hogwarts robes would make me feel better that day. It didn't work.
I also believe that drama classes give students invaluable skills4 they will use for the rest of their lives, no matter what they do or where they go5. I also believe that the unique atmosphere of a drama class lets me see students in a space that is… different… than a standard6 School classroom, and there is power in that.
Oh. I also teach Life Skills. And Careers. And Newspaper. What? Yeah that’s where I am at too.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call me.
1 time being a matter of perception means that this is technically incorrect… but come on over sometime and teach a class of drama students that are tired and cranky in a 95 degree portable and I will show you just how long time can be. HA!
2 Funny to say ‘normal drama stuff’ when there is no normal… even with district wide curriculum. Drama classes are wildly different from one another no matter where you go because they are almost exclusively teacher driven, just like most Arts classes. Wildly different. Welcome to my world.
3 This is based on my own experiences, not actually valid research that was conducted.
4 Much of what parents hear about from my classes is the fun goofy kinds of things but I can talk you into the ground about all the amazing things they are picking up as we do what we do.
5 Most of my students will not go into Acting in any form as a career… the odds are very steep to become a successful actor… but all of my students need what we are working on to be successful humans.
6 This again is deceptive. Teachers might be teaching the same kinds of materials, in a classroom that looks like a classroom, but there really is no normal when it boils down to it. Plus everyone at STMS is super amazing. Not ‘Standard.’