K9 Studios is taught by our two primary instructors, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Taylor.
In the fall of 1998, Shawn Sullivan came to Sheldon High School to build the program of his dreams--an animation program that would give students real “jobs” working with leaders in the field of Arts Media and Entertainment (AME). After only one year, his K9 Animation Team was literally bursting at the seams with enrollment and they were sweeping every statewide competition. Shawn’s program achievements received national attention when a student’s film was purchased and shown on HBO television. His program has also won Four National Television Academy Awards of Excellence. Later another team project resulted in a Regional Emmy Award.
Shawn has a strong record as a teacher. He has won several teaching awards and commendations. In 2016, the Walt Disney Family Foundation bestowed the honor by declaring Shawn’s program as the best high school animation program in the world. Some of his personal accomplishments include: Elk Grove Unified School District Teacher of the Year, Intel Corporation Innovations in Teaching Award, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Art Education Award, Most Innovative Teacher Award, Best of Sacramento Teacher Award, and KVIE Channel 10 Teacher of the month. He also has received the honor of being a “Pioneer in the Teaching Field.” Shawn continues to push the boundaries of teaching AME by training his students in the cutting edge area of virtual reality.
During that time, Shawn Sullivan asked Sean to come guest lecture at Sheldon, and it was then that Sean was bitten by the teaching bug. After acquiring his Career Technical Education credentials, Sean Taylor is the newest faculty member of K9 Studios.