Did you know that you can tour the Distance Learning studios at BJU Press? If you come by for a visit, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at where all the teaching happens and get to meet all your favorite teachers too. So who’s responsible for giving the tours? Recently, Jennifer Matesevac, who has many other responsibilities, has excitedly taken on the opportunity of guiding the tours of Press Digital.
With an infectious laugh and an enthusiasm for meeting new people, Mrs. Matesevac takes each tour group through the most interesting parts of the Distance Learning operation. When we met with her, we were able to see firsthand the places she loves to show to homeschool families.
Featured on Your Tour
Teacher meeting place—She usually begins or ends your tour here with the teachers you requested. The teachers have busy schedules, so if you want to meet your child’s teacher, be sure to call ahead and schedule your tour.
Distance Learning studios—One of the next places you’ll visit is the studios where the teachers film their lessons. You might even get to see a teacher filming in progress. The studio we saw was set up for Reading 2. Mrs. Walker is using an amusement park theme for that class! What studio will you get to see on your tour?
Scene shop—When you stop by the scene shop, you might get a chance to meet Jodi Kappel, who designs and creates the sets for the Distance Learning studios. With a floor like a Jackson Pollock splatter painting, the scene shop is full of current and past projects. You might even get a chance to see an older set from your favorite class. Be sure to ask Jodi what she’s working on right now too!
Props and backdrops—Do you know what the sets (and many of the props the teachers use) are made of? In this part of the tour, you’ll get to see, and touch, many of the sets and props from the classes you’ve taken. You might also see some new items for classes currently being filmed. We got to see some of Mrs. Bancroft’s hats and the new set backdrop for Mr. Matesevac’s geometry class.
How to Organize a Tour
- Choose a date or two when you can come to Greenville, SC, for a visit!
- Call our receptionist, Stephanie, at (864)546-4600, ext. 4605. She will take down all the relevant information she needs to organize the tour, including which teachers you would like to meet. Currently, you can request to meet any of the following teachers: Sarah Lawson, Debbie Overly, Sarah Gillenwater, Cynthia Bullock, Jessica Ingersoll Bancroft, Michelle Jarrell, Andrea Lindstrom Hall, Aida Kuhlewind, Evanna Walker, Ken Matesevac, Bill Harmon, and Tim Snow. Again, you will want to call ahead to see if these teachers are available.
- Stephanie will try to help you pick a day and time when all of the teachers you want to see are available.
We hope to see you soon!