The Global Academy for Interdisciplinary Media Studies (GAIMS) is newest small learning community at Grover Cleveland High School. The GAIMS community will develop global leaders who create transformative solutions for the social and environmental challenges of tomorrow.


GAIMS students experience an enriching program of study that incorporates real world issues through hands-on projects, field trips, internships, and professional mentors to be college and career ready and affect positive change.




Coleen Bondy teaches English and Journalism at Cleveland Charter High School. She is a proud member of GAIMS and adviser to the school newspaper, Le Sabre. This is Ms. Bondy's tenth year teaching at Cleveland. Before joining the faculty at Cleveland, Ms. Bondy worked as a newspaper reporter, and then later as a marketing and public relations writer.


Gleason has produced, directed and taught film and video production for the last thirty-three years, the last thirteen at Cleveland Charter High School.  He has been Head of Production for all of the Teen International Media Exchange projects, as well as the International Youth Media Summit.  Students from his classes have won hundreds of awards over the years, including two student Emmys and the United Nations Global Issue Award.  Projects have screened in the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Student Film Festival and the Reel Rasquache Film Festival.

Gleason co-founded and served as Creative Director for Next Generation Productions. It was his work with students in his video classes at Pacoima Middle School which inspired the idea for a teen-produced feature film.  With Ms. Seubert he served as Executive Producer of Common Bonds, produced entirely by a teen crew, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.  For his various video productions, he has won four American Film Institute "Visions of USA" awards, First Place in the National Lucas Films/MGM "Make Your Dreams Come True" contest and First Place in the National Educational Film and Video Festival.


My name is Mrs. Susan Hanley and I am a native of Los Angeles. This is my 20 th year teaching at Cleveland Charter High School. I have 2 Degrees and 2 teaching credentials. I have worked in media arts and fine arts for many years. I have crewed TV shows and am a professional Artist. In 1980 I was worked as an engineer at ABC television in Hollywood during the presidential election and in 1984 I worked at ABC while they hosted the Los Angeles Olympic games. I chose to go back to school to become a secondary teacher. It combines the 2 things I enjoy. The arts and working with kids. I use my education and my background to bring education and real life knowledge to my teaching. I have taught an array of classes including math and ceramics, pottery and sculpture, Art history, stop-motion and clay animation.

Many of these classes were in concert with science. I am part of the interdisciplinary philosophy of teaching. Where art, History and English instructors work together so that students understand that nothing occurs in a vacuum and subjects are intertwined and flow together.


Mr. Keady teaches Drawing, Animation (2D and 3D), SFX and Comic Book Art at Cleveland High School. He received his secondary teaching credential in Art from CSUN, and has been at Cleveland High ever since. He was one of the primary teachers in the Getty Art Based Curriculum Program, which served as a model for today’s IS (Interdisciplinary Studies) Program. Mr. Keady’s students have gone on to prestigious art colleges and jobs in the industry. He is an accomplished computer animator and makeup artist, helping many Media Academy students perfect digital effects for their films. One such film, Distant Voices, won three Video in the Classroom Awards (including Best Overall Production) as well as Best Picture at the North American Student Film Festival.


Latimer grew up in Ohio and moved to California in 1986. He has worked on several political campaigns in California and was a representative for two San Diego City Councilmembers working on neighborhood issues and various city policies for almost nine years. Afterwards, he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years specializing in Asian affairs and operations. Latimer then attended San Jose State University and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and his Master’s Degree at CSUN. He has been teaching at Cleveland High School since 2006 and currently teaches World History, American History, and AP Economics. Latimer is the coordinator for the GAIMS academy, the Model United Nations advisor, and participates on Cleveland’s Curriculum Council.


Seubert has an extensive background in education, the arts and international youth media.   She co-founded and is President of the Teen International Media Exchange and has organized in-country trips to Korea and Belize for TIME collaborative video projects. She also co-founded and is President of the International Youth Media Summit. She was co-producer for both the first Summit in 2006 (85 people from 26 countries) and the ninth Summit in 2014 (80 people from 22 countries). For her TIME Afghan projects, Seubert received two grants from the U.S. Department of State.  Seubert currently teaches television and video production for the Global Academy of Interdisciplinary Media Studies at Cleveland Charter High School in L.A. with James Gleason, her teaching partner of 22 years. She has co-written three courses in video production that have been accepted by the U.C. system for A-G credit. At the Museum of Television & Radio, she co-created the Media Craft Workshops.  With Gleason, she was Executive Producer of Common Bonds, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew.  Before her career in education, she acted, directed, produced and taught in theatres throughout the U.S.; and worked for film and cable television companies in Los Angeles and Chicago. For her work with TIME and IYMS, Seubert won a Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award and was honored as a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow.  “I am so grateful for the thousands of young people, colleagues, mentors and donors who have become part of our international family.”