Educator: Curriculum Design, Teacher Training, Professional Development, and Extensive Teaching Experience.
Filmmaker: Producing, Directing, Writing, Cinematography, Editing. Documentary, Narrative, and Educational.
Consultant: Communications, Development, Grant Writing and Research, Project Management, Multimedia Campaign Design, Workshop Facilitation and Content Creation, Team Leadership, Professional and Academic Writing.
Technology: Mac Operating Systems and Applications, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro 7 Studio Suite (FCP&, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Pro, Color, Compressor), Final Cut X, Final Draft, Celtx, Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Basic Joomla and WordPress, Google Sites, Google Education apps. HD and 3CCD Professional Digital Film Cameras, DSLR Cameras, Audio, Lighting, Audio, DVD/CD Production, Office equipment.
Tso Inspired Media Arts LLC, 2009 – Present. Principal of a digital media and consulting company that that works with individuals, organizations, and schools to produce educational multimedia projects and provide communications and development consulting services. Highlighted Long-term Projects:
STAR 3-to-3rd Project Coordinator and Teacher Training Curriculum Development, 2011 – Present. Created a multimedia curriculum for educator trainings and workshops; includes nine instructional films, facilitator and participant guides, an extensive literature review, programmed tablets for each participant, and a webpage for the innovative STAR School 3 to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) Project. I also worked in a team to fully implement the program at STAR School, identify salient research, facilitate workshops and teacher trainings, and support implementation of the program at four indigenous serving schools in the southwest and Hawaii. Produced the following Films / curriculum chapters: "Adopting and Adapting: Finding the Right Approach", "A Focus on Math: High Quality Materials", "A Focus on Math: Áhi'iltaa - Math in Cultural Context", "A Focus on Math: The Math Relationship", "Multilingual Cognition: Sign Language", "Multilingual Cognition: Navajo Language", "Place-Based Education", "The Prepared Environment", and Supportive School Climate.
Honoring Our Elders Project, 2012 to Present. Facilitating youth from the Hard Rock Chapter and Rocky Ridge School in interviewing their elders and editing the footage for an oral history documentary film project.
Place-based Media Arts Education at STAR School, 2010 – Present. Facilitate students through a Place-Based Media Arts curriculum to create Films and Digital Story Telling Projects that are meaningful to them and their community. Through a place-based lens, students learn all steps to create a media project, from pre-production through production, post-production, and to public presentation and screenings.
Navajo Peacemaking and Safe Schools Project Peer Leadership Education: 2011 - 2012 Facilitated teachers from a multi-school consortium throughout the Navajo Nation to integrate place-based media arts projects into their curriculums to develop peer leadership skills, effective communication, creative and critical thinking, teamwork, and enable a deep engagement in the subject matter. One year project funded by a grant to STAR School from the Federal Safe Schools / Healthy Students Initiative.
Produced STAR Peacemaking Film 2010 – 2011 Produced a Student Made Educational Documentary with STAR School Media 7th / 8th grade students in which STAR Students and Staff Demonstrate how Navajo Peacemaking is Taught and Implemented to Create a Compassionate and Responsive School Environment. Based on "The Manual for Peacemaking" by Dr. Mark Sorensen and Thomas Walker Jr.
Curriculum Design, Place-Based Media Arts, 2008 – Present. Designed and wrote curriculum for integrating Media Arts / Media Literacy and Place-Based Education. I have been actively using and sharing it with educators throughout the world working with students from Elementary School to Adult Learners.
STAR School 2004 – present. I am privileged to be a long-term community member of the first off-grid, all solar and wind powered charter school in the country. STAR is located 30 miles East of Flagstaff, AZ and serves the Southwest Edge of the Navajo Nation, pre-K – Jr. High. STAR is internationally recognized as a leader in Place-based Education. I have served in a multitude of capacities including as a Consultant, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Jr. High and Elementary Place-based Teacher in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Theatre Arts. Coordinator for No Child Left Behind Federal Requirement / Title 1 / Testing, and Directed the 2006 Arizona Promising Practices in the Arts Award winning project, Tolchaco, a play written and performed by my students about a local historical event.
Northland Preparatory Academy, 2001 – 2004. Flagstaff, AZ. Middle School Honors English, Middle and High School Drama.
Hillsborough County School District, 1999 – 2001 Tampa, FL. 5th Grade Personalized Education Program (PEP) Teacher.
Barnard-White Middle School, Union City, CA 1998 – 1999 Eighth Grade Core Teacher - Language Arts and History
Rocky Ridge School, Rocky Ridge, AZ 1997 - 1998 Student Teacher and Served as the Consolidated School Reform Plan - Committee Manager.
Pre-license Teaching: 1995-97 Director / Teacher, Alchini Bi Olta: An all-volunteer early learning community-based school operating out of a hogan in the Joint Use Area of the Navajo and Hopi reservations. 1994 Teaching Internship, Montessori Children’s House of Brandon Learned about the Montessori method working with ages 6-9. 1992 - 93 Teacher, The Vineyard School: I taught Drama and Reading and ran a summer camp program through Antioch College’s Cooperative Education program. 1992 Drama Teacher, Brandon Swim and Tennis Club After School and Summer Camp.
Other: Razzle-Ma-Tazzle the Dazzling Clown on BJ’s Buddies Television Show WFSU Tallahassee, FL and Clown for Birthday Parties and Special Events 1988 - 1994. Internship at the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Tallahassee, FL. 1991.
Northern Arizona University, Current Doctoral Student, 2013 – present. Curriculum and Instruction, Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University, Master of Arts, Sustainable Communities, 2010 Flagstaff, AZ. Thesis: Place Based Media Arts Education: The Making of Yellow Woman, A Demonstration Project. Named Head of The Class by Inside NAU.
Prescott College, Center for Indian Bilingual Teacher Training: Elementary Education Teaching Certificate Program, 1998. Prescott, AZ.
Antioch College, Baccalaureate of Arts, Communications, 1995. Yellow Springs, OH. Concentration: Documentary Film.
National Outdoor Leadership School, 1989, Lander, WY Semester in the Rockies, Biology.
Florida School of the Arts, 1988 Palatka, FL Theatre Arts.
Professional Development Trainings: Technology in the Classroom, Arts in the Classroom, Shakespeare in the classroom, Writing for Standardized Tests, Tribes Training, Personalized Student Education, Animation.
STAR 3-to-3rd Multimedia Training. This project required the making of 8 educational short films, which can be viewed either as one continuous film (1 hr. 53 min), or as individual chapters:
Adopting and Adapting: Finding the Right Approach for the STAR 3-to-3rd Model -(15 min) This film illustrates how and why the STAR School 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) project chose to Adopt a Montessori approach and Adapt it for the school and community's unique educational needs. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
A Focus on Math: High Quality Materials - (17 min) Illustrates the use of guided instruction with high quality Montessori math materials for multi-sensory exploration of math concepts in the STAR School 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) project. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
A Focus on Math: Áhi'iltaa, Math in Cultural Context – (13 min) Demonstrates the use of Dine' (Navajo) Language and Culture in the math curriculum in the STAR School 3-to-3rd project. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) method.
A Focus on Math: The Math Relationship – (16 min) Shows how the STAR School 3-to-3rd Project recognizes the Relationship of Math to the world within their curriculum. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) method.
Multilingual Cognition: Sign Language – (13 min) The STAR School 3-to-3rd Project infuses both American Sign and Navajo Languages throughout the daily curriculum. This film looks at the benefits of using American Sign Language with children age 3 to grade 3. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
Multilingual Cognition: Navajo Language – (14 min) The STAR School 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) Project infuses both American Sign and Navajo Languages throughout the daily curriculum. This short film looks at the use of Navajo Language within this program. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
Place-Based Education: The STAR 3-to-3rd Model – (13 min) A film demonstrating how STAR School utilizes Place-Based Education in the 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) classes. STAR is the 1st all off-grid charter school in the country, and is recipient of the 2012 Dpt. of Ed. Green Ribbon Award. STAR is located on the southwestern edge of the Navajo Nation and serves a majority indigenous population. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
The Prepared Environment in the STAR 3-to-3rd Model – (12 min) This film illustrates how a Prepared Environment in the STAR School 3-to-3rd (Age 3 to Grade 3) project is an Expression of Care. This is one in a series of eight instructional films demonstrating the STAR School's 3-to-3rd method.
STAR Peacemaking – (26 min) An Educational Documentary in which STAR (Service To All Relations) School students and staff demonstrate how Navajo Peacemaking is taught and implemented to create a compassionate and responsive school environment.
The Making of Yellow Woman, A Demonstration of Place-Based Media Arts – (26 min) Thesis Film on Place-Based Media Arts. Chronicles the making of Camille Manybeads Tso's award winning film, "In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman" as a Demonstration Project. Submitted to Northern Arizona University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Master of Arts Sustainable Communities, December 2010.
Crimes Against Humanity: (28 min) Voices from Big Mountain 1994, A Documentary Film about the Navajo - Hopi Land Dispute told by the youth of Big Mountain. Producer, Senior Thesis Project. Antioch College, 1994. This project followed the model set by "Shoot Back" by providing access to filmmaking equipment and instruction on how to make a documentary film to the youth of an area in crisis.
Additional Film Work: Howard Shanker For Congress Campaign Commercial 2008, Filmmaker. Unplug Stereotypes - Public Service Announcement, Native American TV 2011, Camera Operator. Tears, Radmilla Cody, Music Video 2006, Camera Operator. Beautiful Dawn Song Radmilla Cody Music Video 2005, Camera Operator.
PBMA Student Made Films: Film projects facilitated with students using Place-Based Media Arts Curriculum
RedBird Saves the Corn – (5 min) Traditional Navajo Spider Woman story retold through light box animation by STAR School Peer Leadership Students. Demonstration of integration of Native Literature, Literacy, and Place-Based Media Arts.
Ta'chee – (5 min) STAR School 8th grade student William John explores the traditional meaning and reasons for the Ta'chee (sweat lodge) ceremony.
Doo'ko'oosliid – (10 min) Dine' youth-made film about their and their community's relationship with the San Francisco Peaks, made by STAR School Peer Leadership Students.
Trading Post: Way Back When (5 min) A Docu-drama researched, written, filmed, and edited by Borrego Pass School Peer Leadership Students about a local landmark.
Nitsidigo’i’ - winner 2010 Arizona Student Film Festival Grand Prize and 1st Place Microshort. A Documentary Short by STAR School 7th and 8th graders about a Kindergarten class learning to make the Navajo heritage food, Kneel Down Bread.
STAR Energy - winner 2011 Arizona Student Film Festival Grand Prize and 1st Place Microshort. A Documentary Short about Solar and Wind Energy use at the STAR School, made by 7th and 8th grade students.
Coyote and the Stars - A Demonstration of integrating Native Literature and Place-Based Media Arts, a project with STAR School Pre-schoolers.
In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman - by Camille Manybeads Tso, 2009. A 26 minute Docu-Drama about a 13 year old who finds her own strengths through making a documentary film about her Grandmother and their ancestral history. She imagines what it would be like to be her Great-Great-Grandmother, Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864 - 1868. The re-enactments were performed by the descendants of Yellow Woman and filmed in many of the places where the historical events actually took place. Filmed by Camille Manybeads Tso as her eighth grade project as a demonstration of Place-based Media Arts Education under the Direction of Rachel Tso. AWARDS: The Dolphin Award (Young Filmmaker) – Moondance Film Festival; Best Youth Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Script – Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival; Special Student Recognition – Lake Arrowhead Film Festival; Most Innovative Short – Eckerd Film Festival; Best Documentary Short – Red Nation Film Festival 2009; Best Student Dramatic Short - Southeastern Native American Indian Film and Video Festival 2009; Best Student Docudrama - International Cherokee Film Festival 2009.
Outta Your Backpack Media Films Mentored multiple films, including Child of Water, Underage Drinking, Stick Mania, 3 Questions of Homelessness, Save the Peaks March, The Sun Sets on Twilight.
Volunteer Work and Community Involvement
I volunteer with several organizations, campaigns, grassroots groups, arts and education projects. I also attend, and often film events that are important to my community, such as important city council or chapter meetings. As a teacher, and a mother, I am also often volunteering at school fundraisers and community events. Below are a few projects I am proud to have worked with:
Ambassador, Matika Wilbur’s Project 562.
Executive Committee, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Plateau Group.
Director, It’s All Connected- It’s the Peaks A community collaborative play.
Director, Tolchaco: The Padre Canyon Incident. Arizona Promising Practices in the Arts Award Winner
Director, YOP Indigenous Youth Guerilla Theatre Project
Collective Member, Outta Your Backpack Media
Collective Member, Save the Peaks Coalition
Technical Assistant, Longhouse Media Superfly 36 hr Filmmaking Challenge
Support, Black Mesa Families