Going Home

Today I had the very difficult job of telling my students that I will not be returning to Kearney High School next year. I love my students (I mean, look at that picture to see why), and I have enjoyed being a part of their growth as artists and humans. I feel like I’ve done everything in my power to build the foundation of an outstanding theatre program at KHS. I’m leaving proud of the work we’ve done together. I will miss so many things about Kearney High. My colleagues are truly some of the best I’ve worked with. My students are delightful, passionate, and committed. I have dear friends and community members that have shown me so much support and love throughout my time here. I have no idea where I would be without you.
That all being said, why am I moving on? Well, I have the amazing opportunity to return to my old high school, Lincoln East and teach theatre. I owe so much to my beloved high school theatre teacher, Carol Scott. I am honored that I will get work with the students of my old school to give back all she gave to me during my years as a Spartan. I never knew how amazing Carol was until I became a teacher myself. She, sadly, died when I was a junior in college…long before I could understand all that she did for her students. My first year of teaching, I kept wanting to call her to ask her questions. I feel like I took her for granted when she was here. I certainly hope I’ve made her proud since that time. 
Carol “Scotty” Scott, former theatre teacher at Lincoln East High School
Secondly, I get to work with an old friend, Pat Vendetti. A master designer of sets and lights, who also happens to be an old grad school chum. That’s right folks, there is a FULL-TIME TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL!  Those of you that know me, know how this totally changes my life. Instead of working 60-90 hours a week, I will now have the support to work only 40-60 on average. This gives me back the ability to tend to my health, relationship, and family. The older I get, the more I realize how important work-life-service balance. I think this job at East High School will allow me to do that. I am so grateful that I will get to collaborate with an artist like Pat…and, wait for it, I also have an ASSISTANT! It’s too good to be true, isn’t it?
Lastly, I get to be near my parents. They have been my biggest supporters and I hope I’m able to give them something back now that I will be closer. I really couldn’t ask for more wonderful parents.
So, as hard as it is to step away from a program that has so much potential, I truly think this is the right decision for me personally and professionally. I will miss Kearney and the many people that have helped me and touched my life my time here. I hope you know who you are. If not, I hope to get the chance to thank you in person when I see you in the near future. I am really looking forward to making my 6 weeks left at KHS amazing. Come see my last show, Children of Eden, April 28th-May 1st. It’s going to be incredible!
Here is a sneak peek:

4 thoughts on “Going Home

  1. Oh my goodness….Children of Eden is my FAVORITE!!! Let me know if you need an understudy for Abel/Japheth! 😉

    Congratulations and good luck to you Shannon! You truly are one of the best in the business and it was a privilege to be one of your students.


  2. Congratulations on your new adventure! Carol Scott was my first cousin. I understand your passion and can see that she has passed the same passion she had for theatre on to you! She would be quite proud and exited for you! Enjoy!

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