Matthew Pona – Video Production Teach/Northern TV Technical Director
My interest in television and video goes back to high school where I got my first exposure to production making highlight reels for my high school football team. From there I went on to Rowan University and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. In Communications with a Radio/Television/Film specialization and a Creative Writing concentration. After college I worked as a freelance Production Assistant for several production companies until landing a full-time position with a small commercial production facility in Princeton, NJ. I quickly moved from P.A. To Assistant Editor, and to Lead Editor before deciding on a change in career direction and deciding to get into teaching.
I was hired to fill a split position at Northern in 2008 that would be part-time teaching and part-time station management for Northern TV and still hold that position. I currently teach several sections of Video Production and spend the rest of the day producing content for Northern TV and handling technical and administrative duties for the station. I bring a professional atmosphere to the classroom and encourage my students to treat their experiences as such, promoting ingenuity, responsibility, creativity, and cooperation. While my classes can be relaxed and friendly I expect a high level of performance and dedication from my students.
In addition to my previous responsibilities I have been coaching sub-varsity level baseball since I started at Northern as well as serving as an advisor for the Video Club. I enjoy spending time with my family and wood and metal working in my free time. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.