Joseph Brings a New Lens to Photo Department


Andrew Edwards

Mr. Joseph helping his students in the Student Publications room.

Sammy Lou, Staff Writer

   Caberbe Joseph fell in love with photography in high school because it allowed him to be creative. Joseph joined Trinity this year as the photography teacher and yearbook adviser. 

   Ever since he was a kid, Joseph always wanted to be a teacher. He loves the idea of being able to pass his knowledge down to others.

   “I have this philosophy where if your knowledge can live, you yourself live forever,” Joseph said. “If I can teach you something, you have that and you’re able to teach it to someone else. It’s like a cycle that goes on and on and on.”

   Joseph is not completely new to campus. Before officially teaching here, he used to volunteer to help create props for the theater department, and would sometimes come to see the shows. So when he saw an opening in the photography program, he decided to take it.

   “I’ve been coming back and forth to help or be a part of something,” he said. “So when this position opened in the photography program it was perfect.” 

   Before coming to Trinity, Joseph taught Photography I and II and Drawing I and II at the University of Central Florida and Eastern Florida State college. Joseph shared that he believes teaching high school students would be similar to teaching his college students with only one difference.

   “High school students should be prepping for college,” he said. “So knowing what I already know, from the college part of it, it’s easier for me to shape the students that I have and prepare them for the college that they want to go to. The only difference is that you’re dealing with more of a younger mindset.” 

   Joseph also is passionate about martial arts, which he has been doing since he was 12. He is currently a second-degree black belt and at one point competed in the US Open for martial arts. Since he graduated from college, he has stopped competing and now teaches it instead.

   “I teach different styles and different movements,” he said. “People use it for aerobics, and some people use it for the seriousness of it.”

   Joseph takes his job very seriously, but he also hopes to make the class fun as well. 

   “We have an agenda, and we have to finish our work and then start on something new,” he said. “We also have to know where we need to be, and that’s the focus. But as I start to create my roots at Trinity, I’ll try to understand what makes students happy, what makes them laugh, and what’s funny.”