Staff Spotlight: Craig Juneau at Houston High School marries the art of computer science with the arts in new CTE course

Germantown, Tennessee—October 8, 2018—Craig Juneau is originally from a Mississippi and Louisiana border town where he was the class president of his high school and was quickly hired on as regional manager at Fed Ex after college.  His wife, Courtney, is an art teacher for Arlington Schools and was his inspiration for transitioning from the corporate world into the classroom a few short years ago.
 
 

Juneau teaches a full schedule of Career Technology Education (CTE) classes in addition to serving as the department head for the CTE program.

He teaches Computer Science Foundations, Web Design, and Dual Enrollment Computer Systems.  The dual enrollment course is offered utilizing a partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College and provides students with the opportunity of earning their CISCO certifications before leaving Houston High School.  “That’s an industry grade certification—that could mean immediate employment after they leave here,” said Juneau. 

“CTE is on an exciting precipice,” says Juneau on the recently expanding opportunities.  “Houston High School has this cutting edge vision and teamwork between teachers—like the work being done in computer science being done between myself, Ms. Brommer, and the STEM program,” he said.  He enjoys teaching the Computer Science Foundations which provide the gateway to several dual enrollment and Advanced Placement options for students.  “The web design class is very fun also, because the students get to build a website from the ground up throughout the course of the year.  And, they will receive lessons in foundational HTML coding,” he said.

Last year, he and three other CTE teachers became certified and endowed with a new course—the dual enrollment work-based learning coursework series.  Students earn college credit while learning job skills on the job.  In other words, the students can use their seventh period class to complete an internship or work a job while still making the grade.  These students report to class once weekly to cover what they are learning and connect it to the work-based learning curriculum.  “I love working with local businesses as a work-based learning teacher,” said Juneau.  He told us he was proud of how highly regarded our students are in the local workforce.

This year, the ever expanding CTE program opened up a new Digital Arts class helmed by Juneau.  The inspiration, once again, was his wife who prompted him to meld the worlds of art and technology for Houston students.  Juneau, somewhat of an amateur photographer aficionado himself, was a natural fit.  Through another happy coincidence in which the television studio received some upgrades using PEG funding over the summer, Juneau had their former green screen installed in his classroom.  In the digital arts class, students are focusing on photography and manipulation of the images in post-production using the Adobe Suite.   
  
 

In addition to his role as a teacher and department head of CTE, Juneau also fulfills the role of Sports Media Coordinator for the Houston Athletic Department.  Working alongside students, he creates digital ads for the football team and short video spots for the jumbotron at Friday night football games.  “It’s a personal goal to create something special for every senior on the field—to create a more college-like feel to the games,” said Juneau. HHS is one of a very small handful of high schools that provides service for its athletic department.





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