Betsy Cornwell and Kris Andrews
Theatre Instructors James Bowie High SchoolAustin Independent School District


Why do you teach theatre?

"I can't picture myself doing anything else but what I do. I think if I had desires to be an actor or desires to go into the business world, that would be one reason to leave. But it's a great feeling to drive home and smile, and know that you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing and reaching kids and making a positive impact on society. I mean it sounds so noble when you say it like that, but it's really how I feel."
—Kris Andrews

"I can't imagine teaching anything but theatre. The key point, of course, for both of us, is that we're teachers first. And teaching theatre gives us so many opportunities to connect with the kids that you can't in a lot of the other subject areas. That connection is what makes everyday worth going to work."
—Betsy Cornwell

 

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