Niibin Headbird

Niibin Headbird begin with In Progress in 1999 as a high school student.  She soon became a key instructor and mentor to youth if the area of video and photography.  One of Niibin's greatest strengths has been in her value of family as the center of stories.  Niibin is finishing her college degree in education and is the parent to three beautiful children.


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: That I got to learn how to put together my own curriculum. This is important to me because I really needed to learn how to do that, because I need to know how to do it because I am going to be a teacher in the future. It represents my growth in becoming a good teacher.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: It took me being hired and then moving up in my skills in becoming a media arts instructor. The strengths that InProgress has is that there are dedicated mentors like Kris, Sai, and Mina that really care about teaching others skills in photography and video to help them become not only Media Artists, but also Media Art Instructors.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: That they accept anybody and everybody into the program as long as your serious about learning. They also are willing to travel to various places to teach media arts. The things that stand out are that they teach you skills that can get you into either a job or college. That you learn skills that can help you express yourself and sometimes even help you get out your frustrations in a positive manner. It also teaches you responsibility, because you are responsible for very expensive equipment. Also, you get to become apart of a family of media artists.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: The thing I value most is teaching students and watching them grow through their artwork. I like InProgress, because there are always new skills to learn with all the new software that is being made.

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