Redevelopment of Montgomery Village (VIDEO)

Montgomery County planners are getting ready to launch a series of community workshops that focus on the future of Montgomery Village. Susan Kenedy has the story.

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The Trust Walk (VIDEO)

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Learning how to lead and how to follow are difficult concepts, even for adults. But these eight-year-olds must understand the importance of both as they begin working in collaborative job groups to create and produce their original opera. What does it mean to trust? How do I let go of my fears and allow someone […]

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Police Make Fourth Arrest in June Killings of Students

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Montgomery County police announced Friday evening that a fourth person had been arrested in the June 5 killing of two Northwest High School students, slaying that occurred the day before the two victims were to graduate. Rony Alexander Galicia, 25, of the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown was arrested and charged with two […]

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Crimes Reported by Montgomery County Police, Nov. 6 to Nov. 14

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Montgomery County police have reported these incidents from Nov. 6 to Nov. 14. Thefts from vehicles Rockville: Two thefts from vehicles occurred between about 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and about 7 a.m. on Nov. 7. One theft occurred in the 12800 block of Twinbrook Parkway and one theft occurred in the 12300 block of […]

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Police Hope Public Can ID Pharmacy Robbers

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Investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of two men who robbed the Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village in hopes the public can identify the perpetrators. About 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, the men entered the pharmacy at 9999 Stedwick Road, according to a Montgomery County police statement. The men vaulted the counter, assaulted an employee, and […]

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Top 10 for Oct. 13-19

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Public safety news once again dominated our Top 10 stories, based on web traffic, for the past week. But we also have a football game, Montgomery County Board of Education mulling a new calendar, gubernatorial candidates and the County Council’s thoughts on the merger of two gas companies. Guidance Counselor Charged With Committing Sex Offenses […]

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You Deserve a Medal (VIDEO)

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How do we show appreciation for all that our building service workers do for us? For starters, we become aware of our surroundings. Then, and only then, we see our part in contributing to the overall “dirtiness” of our school. As we observe carefully, we become witness to the extraordinary tasks and duties that building […]

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Officers Locate Missing Montgomery Village Woman

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A missing 78-year-old Montgomery Village woman was found unharmed Saturday lying in a rocky ravine about 200 yards from her home, Montgomery County police said in a Facebook post. The woman, whose name was not included in the post, had left her home sometime during the night wearing only a nightgown, socks and a red […]

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If I Had Done My Part (VIDEO)

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Though lining up in birthday order may seem like a fairly straightforward assignment, with twenty-six third graders and no adult intervention, it becomes quite the challenge. A host of emotions surface as company members attempt to collaborate to achieve their common goal. With limited time, minimal direction and students tuning in and out of the […]

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Montgomery County Police Crime Summary

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Rockville: A commercial burglary occurred at the Hinode Restaurant at 134 Congressional Lane between about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and about 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. Forced entry; cash was taken. A theft from vehicle occurred in the 12200 block of Braxfield Court between about 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and about 1 p.m. Aug. 9. […]

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Inspired by Aida (VIDEO)

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There’s no better way to start the year than to be inspired by our professional counterparts from The Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. From lighting, to set design and construction, to costume and makeup, singing and dancing, conducting the orchestra and being in the grand venue of the opera house, we were on […]

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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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