(above) Sam Ettaro
(below) The Many Faces of Mr. E.
Who is Digital Edge TV Producer & Instructor Sam Ettaro?
Sam Ettaro, known by many of his students as "Mister E.", is an award-winning and dynamic digital media instructor (retired), producer, public speaker, and digital innovator who, prior to teaching, had a long career in professional multimedia production and TV. He earned a BS in Education (specializing in Vocational-Technical Education) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a teaching certification in digital technology (web, multimedia, and information resource design). While he is now retired and does not hold a current PDE certificate, he spent 13 years teaching Digital Media Arts. He was certified in "Web, Digital Multimedia, and Information Resources Design" during that time. He crafted Digital Edge TV from his decades of experience leveraging his unique "Project-Based Instruction" approach, which blends vocational and technical training with life and professional soft skills. Digital Edge TV is offered exclusively through Life Connections of the Carolinas, Inc.
Ettaro has long been a strong and outspoken advocate for the power of Career & Technical Education and project-based learning. As an artist, he sees the value of integrating STEAM and personal life skills training into his classes. He founded Digital Edge TV as a tool to leverage the power of dynamic web TV platforms. He combined it with his gift of gab and unique ability to simplify complex concepts. He put it together an entertaining, educational show to inspire and motivate career seekers. Digital Edge TV is not a multimedia class. The purpose and mission of Digital Edge TV is to help young adults who are exploring career advancement possibilities to come to a better understanding of their options by sharing success stories. The Digital Edge TV show explores some of today's hottest career pathways and partners our students directly with business success stories to produce engaging, inspiring TV shows for the benefit of others, all the while learning valuable business, artistic, and technology skills and building a professional portfolio.
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Ettaro has produced content that aired in PBS as well as Fox 8 and ABC23 and has a long career as an Information Technology Educator.
His twelve-year career in CTE education as an innovative digital media arts instructor and community leader is marked by many milestones that benefitted the communities he served. As a digital media arts teacher, he built one of the most advanced digital media labs and vocational-training programs in PA. He presented at state and national teacher conferences giving talks on engaging students through the latest digital media technologies. In 2012 he was recognized by the national CPE teacher's association, ACTE, as Outstanding New Career & Technical Education Teacher for Region 1 (northeast US) and he has received commendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Department of Career & Technical Education, for his work in promoting Career & Technical Education throughout the state through his innovative educational TV show, "Futures...Fast Forward".
Ettaro took an early retirement from teaching in public schools in 2019 and moved to the D.C. metro area in 2020 to work as a STEAM educator where he was developed and implemented an innovative online learning production model which enabled his government agency to tackle the challenges faced with delivering content online throughout the Covid pandemic.
Ettaro regularly used his influence locally to bring his rural part of central PA into the digital domain by spearheading and co-founding the area's first-ever regional Education/Government TV channel (DuBoisTV), and he crafted and ran a variety of community programs focused on training at-risk youth and young adults with disabilities as an independent educational provider for the PA State Department of Labor and Industry in conjunction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Goodwill Industries off Central, PA. As well as Digital Edge TV, Ettaro is also the producer and host of CharlotteNOW.TV, a local web TV show focusing on the people of Charlotte, NC, and The KineticTV, a Christian talk show. He is also a passionate musician, organic gardener and a fabulous cook!
Throughout his career, Ettaro has proven to be a streaming media innovator, stretching the boundaries of online media as a long-time podcaster, internet radio talk-show host independent producer. He has used his talents and vision over the years to promote education, innovation, entrepreneurship, and government transparency. He is a passionate musician, live entertainer, and avid and skilled organic gardener and cook. He is happily married and with one adult daughter, Isabella, and now lives with his wife Esthere in the lovely city of Charlotte, North Carolina where he continues to blend his educational and technical skills to help young adults succeed in their vocational dreams and serving production clients via his media production company, Red Sea Media.