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education

JOHN DENT

Getting to Know
the Goleta
Educator of the Year

years, he was given $10,000 to start a multimedia class and
has kept going.
In addition to leading the yearbook program, Dent teaches
a daily media class and also oversees production of the
student-run news program, DP News, which airs three
times a week.
"Our kids need to know how to do things, use their hands
... in every profession," he said. "In graphics and media. It's
across the spectrum. We teach a hands-on, real-world skill.
I have led that charge. It has been my love and passion."

students to know the material, he should as well.
"It's something where I felt I had to know the base," he
explained, laughing that the degree definitely won't help
his paycheck.
Dent, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, moved to Santa
Barbara in 2002 after falling in love with his now-wife,
Mimi, during a backpacking trip in Europe. The couple
has three daughters ranging in age from 8 to 13. He loves
spending time with his family and likes to travel at any
opportunity he gets.

Dent is also a firm believer in learning himself so he's
attending an online program specific to educators to earn
his master's degree in journalism. He said if he expected his

Left to Right: John Dent is pictured with students in his DP News Class. Students Lindsey Fischer and Nolan Montgomery, the
current anchors, preparing for the show. Dent talks with students as they prepare for a live show that morning.

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