Why do you teach? Bryon Stedman

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LRHS TV production teacher Bryon Stedman (r) helps a student

“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teachers “Why do you teach?” This segment is about TV production teacher Bryon Stedman.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Becoming a teacher was not on my radar until I graduated school. As part of that program I had to teach an Intro to Broadcasting class for all new students wishing to be on the college radio station. So, with another graduate assistant I made up the curriculum, we held classes, testing them on their proficiency with the equipment, and got them prepped to be on air. Then when those students started thanking us, it clicked and I began thinking about a career in education.

Before teaching I wanted to be on TV or on the radio. (Or own a comic book store – pipe dream) I was on-air with WJPA-FM in Pennsylvania as “Stedman at Night,” then moved to Florida and was on-air for Oldies 108 (then 106) WSRZ-FM where I became known as Jack Logan. During which time I applied for a part time job at Booker High School as the assistant TV teacher, fell in love with teaching, and said goodbye to my on-air career.

This is my 21st year in education and 18th year here at LRHS. Hard to believe I was in my late 20’s when I started here.

It has always been TV Production. My degree is in Radio & TV (so I am well versed in both), but I followed a radio path as I enjoyed the concert perks and sarcasm I could use on air. Plus, I could be anonymous being just a voice.

I always say there are days you may not want to get out of bed, but I have never felt like I didn’t want to come to The Ranch. The kids have always been the best part. The creativity, the humor, winning TSA events are all good things. If I had to pick a bad thing, it’s when outside influences impact my job. People outside of teaching tell me what is best with technology (and it’s not), and the hoops we sometimes have to jump through to get things done. But all in all, education has been a dream job for me, and I could not have landed in a better place than LRHS.

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