BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore teacher wins top prize – $ 25,000 to purchase all new equipment for her photography and visual arts students.
Jenna Porter is a visual arts teacher at Roland Park Elementary Middle School.
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Last month, she had an incredible surprise: a check for $ 25,000 made possible by Orise and its CIA Mission Possible Classroom Transformation Program.
This enabled him to purchase 27 digital cameras, backgrounds, lights and printers.
“You can see the bulb. We wear masks but I know they’re smiling underneath, ”Porter said.
Porter said his eighth-grade photography class is now learning camera basics, practicing different settings, and using his skills outside of the classroom.
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“Yesterday a student did a backflip in the hallway, socially distanced, of course, and we were able to capture it in the air with a fast shutter speed. So just watching their hidden talents come through while we’re using this gear is such a beautiful site, ”Porter said.
They learn depth of field images, take portraits and also take pictures of nature.
“When we first saw them we were delighted,” said Quamay Davenport.
Davenport is an eighth year photography student. He said he was eager to learn as much as he could.
“You know, trying to find a passion for photography, see if I like it or not, see if I can go anywhere with that, see if that’s one of my passions,” Davenport added.
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Porter said she hopes to inspire future photographers, graphic designers and animators.