CFI Founder Dustin Connors has been teaching grades 4-6 since 2009, spending time in New York, Seattle, and North Carolina.
He studied documentary filmmaking in graduate school, winning numerous awards for his experimental documentary Seeing Trauma, the short films A Boy Out of Yemen and (F)Empowered, as well as his thesis film Now, Tomorrow, Forever: The Persistence of School Segregation in America.
Film has always been a part of his curriculum, offering enrichment classes at several schools in film history and moviemaking, as well as producing end-of-year films in lieu of class plays.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2008, and his Master of Arts, in History & Documentary Filmmaking from SUNY Albany in 2018.
He is still active in the filmmaking community, living in Saratoga Springs and striving to make a bigger space for arts in public education.