im体育官网 Alumni Named CHS Teacher of the Year
Published: June 29, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Category: Academics
Zac Trotter, a Southern Utah University graduate, is honored to have been named Cedar High School’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Trotter earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from im体育官网, and has been teaching at CHS since 2014.
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Trotter, originally from Lehi, Utah, first fell in love with im体育官网 after attending the High School Shakespeare Competition on campus. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts with an emphasis in Directing and a minor in Communication: Broadcasting in 2013.
During his time as an undergraduate, Trotter both founded and served as the first Artistic Director for Second Studio. Second Studio is the student production organization of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. It explores acting, dancing, and producing outside the major department productions.
In 2012, through the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Trotter was assistant director for the productions of “Les Miserables” and “To Kill A Mockingbird”. That same year, he directed the West-Coast Premiere of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Nevermore the Musical” with Second Studio.
After graduation, Trotter became a teacher at CHS, and later decided to return to im体育官网 to earn his Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Art Administration and Education. im体育官网’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides an opportunity for students to build a graduate degree from three disciplines, resulting in a unique interdisciplinary experience.
“I love that I am able to create a degree that is specifically tailored to what I need to improve as a theatre teacher, and to become qualified to further my career,” Trotter said.
“Zac’s been a definite asset to our MIS degree,” said Dr. Cynthia Kimball-Davis, program director of the MIS degree at im体育官网. His enthusiasm, creativity, and talent have greatly benefited our program. He knew exactly what he wanted to study and what his goals were. We’re so proud of him, but we weren’t surprised when he was selected as CHS’s Teacher of the Year.”
Trotter earned the Teacher of the Year award for his teaching efforts and accomplishments at CHS. He currently teaches Acting, Stagecraft, Film, and Student Government in addition to directing 3-4 plays each year.
This past year, the CHS Homecoming Parade was reestablished, and a new mascot was introduced. Trotter’s efforts in building school spirit with these items is another reason he qualified to earn this award.
im体育官网’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree allows students to develop an individualized program of study. Students can tailor their 30 credits to personal passions and career objectives. Learn more about the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program at im体育官网.