Steven Fischler, Project Director
Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher, Producers
Since the founding of Pacific Street Films (PSF) in 1969, Steven
Fischler and Joel Sucher have produced, directed and written award-winning
documentary films on a wide variety of historical, cultural and
political themes. Sucher and Fischler have been the recipients of
numerous awards and grants, including Guggenheim Fellowships in
Film, Emmy Awards, Cine Golden Eagles and the John Grierson Award
for Social Documentaries.
Fischler and Sucher have chronicled both overlooked historical
movements (Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists and
Anarchism in America), and in the case of the United Nations
(Blue Helmets: The Story of United Nations Peacekeeping and
In Search of Peace), misunderstood ones. In 1996, PSF began
work on the forgotten story of how Jewish professors who had fled
Nazi Germany ended up teaching at historically black colleges in
the South. From Swastika to Jim Crow had its broadcast premiere
on PBS, February 1, 2001. PSF has produced compelling long-form
biographical sketches on individuals ranging from rock 'n roll legend
Frankie Lymon (I Promise to Remember, 1983), to directors
Martin Scorsese (Martin Scorsese Directs) and Oliver Stone
(Oliver Stone: Inside/Out). Fischler and Sucher have produced
a 12-part series, Exploring the World of Music, for the A/CPB,
a five-part series, The Warrior Tradition, for broadcast
on the History Channel, as well as many other broadcast documentaries
for both public and commercial television.
Web Site Designer
Clark Bortree has worked with Pacific Street Films since 1996, both
as coordinating producer and as a director. He directed two shows
in PSF's The Warrior Tradition series, Samurai and
Shogun, which aired on the History Channel, as well as Speed
Traps, a one-hour documentary produced for the Learning Channel.
Prior to coming to Pacific Street Films, Bortree worked for several
years as an instructor for international students living in the
United States. He is also a web designer, working for PSF and for
private clients, and has designed and programmed The Economic Classroom
Director of Content
John S. Morton is Vice President for Program Development at the
National Council on Economic Education. Previously, he was President
of the Arizona Council on Economic Education from 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Morton has over 35 years' experience as a high school economics
teacher, college professor, college administrator, and economic
education writer and presenter. He is the author or co-author of
more than 30 publications.
Educational Consultant, Writer and Series Host
Timothy Taylor is managing editor of the Journal of Economic
Perspectives, an academic journal published quarterly by the
American Economic Association based at Macalester College in St.
Paul, Minnesota. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from
Haverford College in 1982 and a Master's degree in economics from
Stanford University in 1984. He then worked as an editorial writer
for the San Jose Mercury News for two years, before starting
the Journal of Economic Perspectives in 1986. He has won
awards for teaching economics at Stanford University and the University
of Minnesota. He has recorded several economics courses for the
general public through the Teaching Company.
Brett Hardin is a social studies teacher who began teaching economics
in 1996. Hardin has B.A. in History from Wesleyan University and
a M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2002.
Donna McCreadie is an Economics and Honors Economics teacher at
Temple City High School, California. She received her bachelor's
degree at California State University, Los Angeles and her master's
at the University of Delaware in Economic Education. Donna is the
past President of the California Association of School Economics
Teachers and a member of the Writing Committee for National Standards
in Economics. She received Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001,
in the fall of 2000 was selected by the U.S. State Department to
teach in Russia. Her honors include Close Up Foundation's 2001 Teaching
Award, recipient of the State Farm Good Neighbor Award 1996, the
Foundation for Teaching Economics' 1994 Excellence in Economic Education
and the 1994 California Economics Teacher of the Year presented
by EconomicsAmerica of California.
Stephen Rabin was first Director of Media at the National Endowment
for the Humanities (1974). The more than 500 national prime-time
television and radio productions developed during his tenure include:
The Adams Chronicles, The American Short Story Series,
and the ethics series, Hard Choices. Currently, Rabin is
president of the Educational Film Center (EFC) and since 1983 has
been responsible for management of production, development and financing
of its programs. Under his direction EFC has created and produced
a number of telecourses, teacher training and workshop series and
several hundred television specials, series, and videos, including
several for A/CPB. These include: The World of Chemistry,
Economics U$A, Exploring the World of Music, In
Search of the Novel, and Inside the Global Economy.
Dimitri Saliani is the Social Studies Chairman at Eleanor Roosevelt
High School in New York City opening in September 2002. He has taught
previously at two well-respected districts in New York State (Minisink
Valley and Mahopac) for five years. He has incorporated Economic
principles into courses such as World History as well as United
States History. He has received his Master's Degree from New York
University and Bachelor's from the State University of New York
at New Paltz with a major in History.
Dr. Mark C. Schug is the Director of the UW-Milwaukee Center for
Economic Education. The UWM Center is affiliated with the Wisconsin
Council on Economic Education and the National Council on Economic
Education. Dr. Schug has taught for over 30 years at the middle
school, high school, and university levels. Professor Schug has
written and edited over 170 publications.
Elaine L. Schwartz
Elaine L. Schwartz is an AP Economics teacher at the Kent Place
School. Located in Summit, NJ, Kent Place is an independent all
girls' day school for nursery through grade 12. During her 31 years
at Kent Place, Elaine chaired the History Department and taught
US History. Currently, she occupies an Endowed Chair in Economics
and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. Schwartz is a mentor teacher
and a workshop leader for the Foundation for Teaching Economics
and the author of several textbooks.