How can a high school theatre program change the course of a student’s life? Teacher Patsy Koch Johns proves that theatre can change perspectives and attitudes, and be a force for positive change.
Ms. Koch Johns built her theatre program on one main idea: that every child should feel they are fantastic at something, and that it is the role of teachers to help students feel wanted and appreciated. During Ms. Koch Johns’s time as the director of Lincoln High Theatre Department, she and her fellow teachers actively encouraged every student at the high school to get involved, whether in costume design and set making, or acting in one the program’s 11 annual productions. Her mantra? “Go be great.” And she truly believes in each student’s ability to do just that.