K9 Studios is taught by our two primary instructors, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Taylor.
In the fall of 1998, Shawn Sullivan came to
to build the program of his dreams--an animation program that would give
students real “jobs” working with leaders in the field of animation. 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 three National
Television Academy Awards of Excellence.
Later another team project resulted in a Regional Emmy Award. Sheldon High School
Shawn has a strong record as a teacher. He has won several teaching awards and commendations. 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 “Pioneer in the Teaching Field.” Shawn also provided assistance to CTE online and serves as the California Career and Technical Education Specialist in the area of Animation. He has trained, helped and provided support to educators throughout the United States by writing curriculum, overseeing curriculum development, editing and approving California State Standard lessons. Shawn is also the author of the textbook “Persistence of a Vision an Animation Pathway”. He also has worked on the AutoDesk/Discreet Curriculum Advisory Team and serves as a consultant and advisor to high schools and colleges who want to start animation programs at their sites.
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.