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Accepting the Job, Signing a Contract

Excitement filled the room. With great anticipation, every company member awaited the moment his name would be called, his job would be assigned. In ceremonious fashion and fanfare, with a drum roll preceding each announcement and applause following, all students graciously accepted their positions of hire. They signed a red, shiny contract indicating their commitment. Composers, electricians, set designers and carpenters, costume and make-up designers, performers, writers, public relations officers, stage manager and production manager now begin work in earnest.

Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company


 

Public Relations Officers

Public Relations Officers


 

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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families.

Sixteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning.

She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students.

Read more of Mary Ruth’s blog Learning for Real.

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One Response to “Accepting the Job, Signing a Contract”

  1. On November 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm responded with... #

    Dear Mary Ruth, everytime I read your blog I can feel the energy you and the children transmit. All of you people are doing great job. Congratulations and go on! Thank you for including the picture with me. Love.




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