I was encouraged to apply to serve on the MCAT board last month. Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) provides Missoula residents and organizations with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce TV programs based on their interests and concerns. These programs reflect Missoula's cultural, political, and intellectual diversity, and help foster a community dialogue about people and issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.
I did apply and had an interview on January 22, 2013. I am now serving on the MCAT board. They meet once a month on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. They televise the meetings. I am excited to serve on this board because I have worked with them for years and always felt they were “education friendly.” They are always willing to help students and teachers alike. Evidently there has been some talk of MCPS partnering with MCAT. I think that this would be a great idea. For instance, since I have had my computer lab filled with computers, I have no area for students to set up lighting or green screen work. If we partnered with MCAT, they have the equipment and knowledge to set up a great green screen room with lighting and even some audio bays. Their employees have been great to work with and I think it would be a great fit with Sentinel and MCPS. Other teachers would also have the ability to learn from employees and have their students work with them.