Paul McKenna does not like to be in the spotlight. He is much more at home behind the camera, whether recording video or taking still photographs. He is an alumnus of the MCHS class of 1983. Between the time he graduated from Moreau and the time that he returned as a faculty member, he earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Cal State Hayward (now CSU East Bay). He followed that with an 11 year career as video editor in the creative department of San Francisco’s Young & Rubicam Advertising.
Paul has blessed Moreau Catholic with his talents for the last 15 years by running the on campus television studio via the Film & Video Arts (FVA) 1 & 2 classes. FVA2, aka MCTV, produces high quality and entertaining content that gets broadcast live to the whole school nearly every other day. A talented photographer himself, he also teaches Digital Photography classes along with Digital Graphics and Web Design.
Below, Paul reflects on the question, Why Moreau?
“At the time I decided to come to Moreau I had another offer from a public school in the area, but I never even considered that position when I knew Moreau was interested. Moreau was family to me. In fact, upon returning, it was several of my awesome former teachers that took me under their wings those first few years. Wilder. Morneau. Moran. It was like I had never left. They saved me seats next to them at faculty meetings which I will never forget. It meant the world to me. I was, and am, very passionate about the the subjects that I teach but, in the beginning, I didn’t know how to teach it to a roomful of students. Moreau provided me a supportive, nurturing, and flexible place to figure out how to do it.
I have students in my classes right now that are better editors/videographers than I was 3 years into my career. The access they have at Moreau to state of the art equipment and software allows for them to pursue whatever creative vision they may have floating around their head. Often times I just give them the tools and a little encouragement and then get out of the way. It’s also very rewarding to see students who may struggle in the more traditional academic classes, blossom in the TAMA courses. It’s as if they were waiting to show their stuff and just needed the right venue. I was that kid when I was at Moreau. When we are passionate about what we are doing it comes easily and success is almost guaranteed. That holds true for both students and teachers.”