Media & Performing Arts Lab

The Media and Performing Arts Lab offers young creative minds the opportunity to explore the world of Art, Media, and Entertainment. While careers in this industry include videographer, graphic designer, YouTuber, journalist, photographer, editor, and performer, the skills learned in this lab will be applicable to nearly every career path. The most exciting portion of the Media and Performing Arts Lab is that all students will be exposed to how professional film sets are conducted and organized in the industry. The lab covers everything from writing, directing, shooting, editing, and performance to help students produce an entertaining and successful movie!

Students will be exposed to graphic design, page layout, and photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Student filmmakers will use still and movie cameras combined with editing software to create, produce, and edit public service announcements, commercials, documentaries, and short films using Adobe Premiere.

History and English in the Media and Performing Arts Lab will use multimedia sources to learn about historical topics that are still impacting our nation and valley today.  The literature will be chosen to represent the varying viewpoints and interests of Madera students. Additionally, students will build their collaboration and communication skills through the various projects they complete. Students will also become critical thinkers who adapt their skills through creativity.

If you have ever wanted to be in front of the camera or behind it, this is the lab for you.

Our Teaching Team
Cody Ashford
Media & Performing Arts Lab

Media/Performing Arts Teacher

Cody has an extended background in both Film and Education. While this is his sixth year teaching in the Central Valley, he has worked as a screenwriter and producer for a variety of film and television projects during the past decade. Cody loves storytelling of all forms and believes in empowering the next generation to share their own story with the tools available. With a degree in Cinema and Media Arts from Biola University in Los Angeles, CA, and a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University, Cody brings a blend of creativity and technology to the classroom. When he’s not working, Cody is reading an absurd amount of X-Men comics, hanging with his dog, collecting Star Wars action figures, or watching movies with his wife.
Katia Victoria
Media & Performing Arts Lab

History Teacher

Katia Victoria has been working in education for over ten years. She started her career in education as a Special Education paraprofessional and adult English teacher. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with her Bachelor of Arts in History she moved to Los Angeles and continued her work in education as part of the strategic planning team of a non-profit charter network organization. There she supported organizational growth through the implementation of initiatives and the development of the organization’s strategic plan.

Her passion for providing an environment of high care and high expectations for the most underserved communities drove her to obtain her teaching credential and Master’s in Bilingual Education from Loyola Marymount University.

Katia has spent the past five years teaching Social Science at the middle school level in the community of south-central Los Angeles. She believes in celebrating the gifts that all students possess and empowering them to construct their own learning.

Katia recently relocated to Fresno with her family and is excited by the work being done at Madera TEC to provide the students of Madera with a student-centered rigorous education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and attending concerts.

Donna Kohlruss​
Media & Performing Arts Lab

English Teacher

Donna always wanted to be a teacher, and Mad TEC’s new model is exactly the way she has always wanted to do it. For 30 years, she has been teaching middle school English and history in Yuba City, Fresno, and Clovis. Through her sons’ experiences in high school drama, she has become a lover of theater. She loves stories in all forms — plays, movies, and novels. A fan of warm weather, she enjoys spending time in her backyard gardening. She is passionate about learning and taking risks and thinks words to live by are.

“I never fail. I either win or I learn.”

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