Education

We're Sharing Stories of Artists and the Teachers Who Changed Their Lives

Animator and illustrator Sanjay Patel and his high school teacher at San Bernardino High Julie Tabler reunited at our studios at KPCC.
Animator and illustrator Sanjay Patel and his high school teacher at San Bernardino High Julie Tabler reunited at our studios at KPCC.
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We’re trying something new: reuniting people who are working in the arts and entertainment today with the teachers and mentors who changed their lives – people like Sanjay Patel and his high school art teacher, Julie Tabler.

Patel is an accomplished illustrator and animator. He's worked on animated hits  including "Monsters, Inc." and "The Incredibles" films, and a short film he directed while at Pixar called "Sanjay’s Super Team" was nominated for an Oscar in 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=222ztGhX4SE

But before all of that, he was a quiet kid at San Bernardino High, sitting in the back of Tabler's art class. 

We reunited the two of them at KPCC.

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If you have a teacher who helped you grow as an artist and as a person, we want to hear about them. Let us know by filling out the form below. We’ll read every response, but nothing is published without your permission. 

 

 

 
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Know other teachers and students – past or present – whose stories we should share? Send them this page, or send a note to cjavier@scpr.org. 

You can listen to the audio of this story – as it aired on KPCC's The Frame – by clicking on the blue play button in the top left corner of the screen. It features music by Lee RosevereSetuniman, and Papanin Kasettratat

The audio story and video were made possible with funding from the California Arts Council.