Bradley named Teacher of the Year

Graphic Communications teacher and ROP professor adds professional touch to high school

ATASCADERO — Ivan Bradley, Regional Occupational Program (ROP) instructor for the Graphic Communications, Video Production, and Computer Animation and Modeling at Atascadero High School was recognized at the Atascadero School Board meeting Tuesday as District Teacher of the Year. 
In addition to teaching at Atascadero High School, Bradley teaches graphics courses part-time for Cuesta College. He is an adjunct lecturer/professor for the Graphics Communication Department of Cal Poly and has been an instructor of online courses for the Art Institute.
This year Bradley created a portfolio development field experience that partnered with Jeffrey Bacon, a mentor who has 30 years in film industry promotional graphics. Bradley’s AHS students were able to create their own movie teaser posters for the project and display their designs at the SLO Museum of Art. 
Bradley has designed his own video production studio in which “The Daily Greyhound” news is produced. In 2013 Bradley was selected as the Scholar Professor at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne Polytechnic), and was sent to Australia for two weeks for the opportunity. He has been invited to teach workshop presentations in two of the most prestigious graphics and print expos in Orlando, Fla. and Chicago, Ill.
“He appears to be very mild-mannered until it’s time to teach, and then this guy turns into Superman,” said Atascadero High School Principal Bill Neely. 
Atascadero Unified School Board President Mary Kay Mills said, “The day that we came up to the high school and went into his classroom he had an old western playing. All the kids were on the computer — engaged. We got to see all the state-of-the-art equipment. It was very impressive.” 
One of the letters of recommendation, nominating Bradley for Teacher of the Year, was read aloud by Neely at the meeting as the perfect description of Bradley: “Ivan is a veteran teacher who brings a significant measure of wisdom and calm to the classroom, as well as a youthful exuberance for learning,” Neely read. “In a word, Mr. Bradley is talented and his students benefit greatly from their experience with him and I have high hopes that he’ll continue to move forward as our Teacher of the Year.” 
This is Bradley’s 27th year as a full-time educator. He has taught at Atascadero High since 2005, making this his thirteenth year with the Greyhounds following nine years at Lincoln High School and six years at Nevada Union High School, where he taught similar courses. 
Prior to that time, he spent almost a decade teaching at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, where he wrote and taught at various times seven graphic arts courses. He was instrumental in establishing the current Graphic Communications AA degree and certificate programs at the college.
Bradley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Humboldt State University and a Master of Education, Computers in Education degree from Lesley University of Cambridge, Mass. 
He also has 18 years experience working as an employee and supervisor of the pre-press department at Eureka Printing Company, a commercial printing company, and spent 20 years in the graphic arts industry, while at the same time, keeping a part-time job as a community college professor. 
“This is not his first rodeo,” said Neely. He taught in the Sacramento area, where he was honored with a number of recognitions, including being named Placer County “Teacher of the Year” for 1995, Association of California School Administrators “Teacher that Makes a Difference” 1998 and selected as Placer County Mentor Teacher in 1993-94, 1998-99 and 1999-2000. In 2002, he was named 49er R.O.P. “ROP Teacher of the Year,” and was a finalist for the California League of High Schools “Educator of the Year” for the Sacramento region. At the time he had already accepted his teaching position in Atascadero and had to go back to receive that recognition. 
His Graphic Communications program (the same program he teaches at Atascadero High School) received a Program of Excellence Award from the California Department of Education – Vocational Education Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) in 1994. The CDE again honored the program in 2005 by selecting it as a ROP Model Program. It, along with the Video Production course, qualify for Fine Art credit for application to UC and CSU colleges and universities.

Photo by Beth Giuffre

Bradley decided to multitask, bringing some paperwork confirming the Teacher of the Year recognition to sign after AHS Principal Bill Neely presented him with the Teacher of the Year award and Greyhound coffee mug. After Superintendent Tom Butler signed the paperwork, Bradley decided to joke around, and told Butler he just signed an authorization for a pay raise. Pictured is the AUSD School Board, Principal Bill Neely and Ivan Bradley laughing about his little prank.

Photo courtesy of Karen Kile of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Four Atascadero High School students received awards at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art early in the school year for their winning graphic designs entered in a county-wide “Dreams For Sale Student Poster Competition.” AHS students were fortunate to take a class with graphic designer Jeffrey Bacon (far right), arranged by their Graphic Communications teacher Ivan Bradley (center).


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