Teacher Feature: Marcus Scheer
For some, being in the education world is all about having summers off and getting great benefits, but for Marcus Scheer it’s about so much more.
Marcus is the Technology Coordinator for Johnson County Central (JCC), but one might call him a jack of all trades. He helps out with the schools bowling team, is the co-advisor for FFA, manages the school’s social media and branding, and most importantly to us, is the advisor for StrivTV.
“Introducing Striv to JCC has been a good lesson for me that there are still new opportunities just waiting out there for our schools. It isn’t just these new flash-in-the-pan ideas that fizzle out in a few years. This is something of substance that is providing value both to our community and our students. This is real change for the better. Getting something started from the ground up here help remind me that as long as there is one person that cares about a project, a cause, a dream… it can happen,” says Marcus.
As some may know, introducing something new into a school system can be incredibly difficult. With each new club, activity, or group that gets added to a school, it requires more funding, more supervision, and more time.
“Now, we are able to present students real world opportunities to provide commentary, operator cameras and produce live stream content”
“Sometimes there is this jaded view about trying to add something new in a school. Sometimes it is because it just feels like another thing that you have to try to fit in the same short day, but Striv never felt like that, and probably because we had different people all find Striv on their own. Both our superintendent and athletic director discovered Striv on their own. I’m not sure how I found it, but again, I discovered it on my own. When we looked for students to participate, we had ones interested from the word go. So the interest and support were there. Now, we are able to present students real-world opportunities to provide commentary, operator cameras and produce live stream content.” says Marcus.
Since then, Striv has taken off, and while the student’s don’t have a specific class time set aside for Striv, Marcus still manages to find the time to train kids on the fly while still producing high quality and professional streaming for not just the members of the school, but the entire community.
“For our school, we already have too many good stories about students with families across the world watching our stream. Of course, one of the original worries about adding live streaming is a possible negative impact on attendance. We haven’t seen a drop in attendance at all. Sure it is handy for some of our community who don’t want to be out on the roads in the bad winter, but now our Striv channel is a great front door to our school. In fact, there is a new restaurant that opened in town that plans on streaming the home football games every Friday night!” says Marcus.
And the community doesn’t stop there. Striv is great for the individual too. Opening doors to other sporting events, and hearing what else is going on around the state.
“Striv just busts open those doors and immediately gives you a connection to some of the greatest people in the state.”
“Just as a regular sports fan, it is awesome to queue up the Striv events page and be able to watch games from across the state! Then you hop over to Twitter and you see all of the great things other schools are doing. And that is all because while social media allows you to connect with educators, news media and fans already — Striv just busts open those doors and immediately gives you a connection to some of the greatest people in the state. ” says Marcus
And that’s what’s so great about Striv. It creates community and is an incredible way to share a school’s stories. Students find new opportunity and new passions they didn’t even know they had.
“Yet we found a niche, a home at JCC. Previously, we didn’t really have any classes or student groups that offered opportunities for students interested in broadcast. Now, we are able to present students real-world opportunities for broadcast. That is all available here, with a great community of support being a Striv school. That is just made possible by the fantastic students on the JCC Striv Crew. So I am definitely proud to hear comments coming in from other schools’ parents about our stream. Our Striv students deserve the praise. And our school deserves to be showcased. Being a Striv school is that opportunity to be that window into your greatness! “ says Marcus.
Telling a story isn’t always just about you. See how many people you can bring along with you. Marcus is an incredible example of a teacher who pushes boundaries and students and finds great success in going against the grain. His hard work and commitment to his students and community have provided a sense of pride around his school.
How are you sharing your story?