Mr. Furtado instructs students at Fairhaven High School

Hello. I’m Drew.

I’m a filmmaker, digital artist, and media arts educator.

I’ll never forget the first time I was in the classroom. I had just finished my final live shot at WFXT-TV, FOX 25 Boston. The next day, I was in front of 18 teenagers. I had no formal teaching training, just renewed excitement, adrenaline, and ambitious goals.

That first class was a train wreck. One of the students told me to “F” myself.

I was hooked. I just love learning, and wanted to become the best teacher that I could be. 9 years later, we revolutionized what a media arts program can look like. We started with 32 students, and we increased our enrollment 134. Our students have been awarded 19 NATAS Student Production Awards, 2 National NATAS Awards, and many have gone on to start their journey as communication professionals.

Currently, I’ve started my Quinnipiac’s Master of Interactive Media program. I’m so excited to elevate my media skill set, and I’m excited to elevate my media art program! I can’t wait to see how this education will impact the next chapter of my life journey.

When not in the classroom, I’m working on my own films and digital art. My current project is a documentary project focusing on the artist transformation New Bedford, Massachusetts has encountered over the past 20 years. With all the learning opportunities 2020 have introduced, none are as exciting as learning how to be best the best father that I can be to our new son.

I hope that I can teach him how to grow an awesome mustache!