Frederick V. Pankow Center
Name: Michael Kaufman
Michael Kaufman is the Broadcast Journalism teacher at the Frederick V. Pankow Center in Clinton Township, serves as the program director for LCPS-TV and works an independent videographer for Capturing Arts. He received his BFA from the University of Michigan, and his Masters in Educational Administration at Oakland University. He has been teaching for 30 years, was named Michigan Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2004, was a finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year in 2005 and represented Royal Oak for the Teacher of the Year in Oakland County in 2006. He also holds certification from Apple Computers in Final Cut Pro Editing Software and was nominated for Media Educator of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 taking Honorable status in 2013 from Specs Howard. In 2015, Mr. Kaufman’s TV & Broadcast Media program was one of only 20 school programs in the state to win the Education Excellence 2020 award from the State of Michigan School Boards Association. In 2016 and 2018 Mr. Kaufman attended the PBS Student Reporting Labs Teacher Seminars, creating a PBS Student Reporting Lab within the Broadcast Journalism course as one of only 4 PBS SRL’s in Michigan.