When you’re a child, the association between your teacher and your school is so strong that it can be difficult to separate. Seeing your teacher at the grocery store, a restaurant, or even the movie theatre can feel shocking. But then you remember, of course teachers have a life outside of school, of course they don’t live on campus, day in and day out. And then you start to wonder, what else do they do when they’re not here? Well, we know our ROBS teachers are the best in their field when they’re on campus–so it makes perfect sense that the same goes for off-campus. The ways our teachers use their creativity, hone their skills, and celebrate their God-given gifts and talents–even when they’re outside of school–is amazing. If you’ve ever wondered how our teachers spend their free time, we’ve found some answers!
A Saturday at the Music Box Theatre with Luke Wrobel, Middle School Theatre Arts
Wake up call! Thankfully not nearly as early as ROBS! Just early enough…
It’s show time! I’ve had a lot of fun playing many different characters. We did an 80s-themed show once and I played a professional wrestler – think Hulk Hogan meets Randy “Macho Man” Savage – that was a blast! There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a show to remind me why I love theatre.
|10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
I teach high school theatre class most Saturdays, which always energizes me for the day. I love being around kids, both at class and at ROBS…they definitely teach me more than I teach them.
As the show wraps up, I’m always reminded how much I love performing, especially with my castmates (one of whom is my wife!). If we didn’t love performing together, we definitely wouldn’t still be here. Music Box is my performance outlet, and when audiences experience even a single moment of laughter, joy, or connection at our shows, it makes the time and work worthwhile.
|1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch, nap, and show prep. Then I head to the Music Box. Sometimes people ask me why I keep performing at the Music Box, especially on top of a full-time job. And the answer is I truly love theatre. I believe it can bring people together and closer to God. It helps to empathize with and understand unfamiliar experiences, while also recognizing the shared aspects of being human. So this really motivates me and keeps me engaged.
In the Kitchen with Tara Currin, Head of Lower School
“When I’m not at school, you can typically find me in the kitchen. Baking is very meaningful to me, as it’s a hobby passed down to me on both sides of my family. I feel connected to so many of my family members when I bake, and I love baking–and cooking–for others. My favorite way to spend a Sunday is in the kitchen with my family making Sunday supper. We love choosing recipes that take all day to cook; our favorites usually come from With Gratitude, Johnny Carrabba’s family cookbook. I love those days–music up loud, singing, dancing, cooking, and all of us together sharing one of my very favorite things.”Tara Currin
On the Court with Leanne Reynolds, Head of School
I grew up as a tennis player. I played varsity tennis in high school and continued to play competitively in my twenties and thirties until a knee injury halted my tennis career. About 5 years ago my sister suggested I try pickleball in place of tennis. I played for the first time at the Briar Club–and the rest is history.
I started playing pickleball with a group of 12 at the Briar Club, and eventually our coach suggested we start playing in tournaments. All my wins have been satisfying, but the best feeling is just knowing I can still keep up with all the young people I play against. It’s never too late to pick up a new passion.
Although I don’t compete in many tournaments anymore, I still play 2-4 times a week. It fills all my buckets–it’s a very social sport, which gives me the opportunity to meet many different people. It’s also quite competitive, which I love. And it’s great exercise. If only I could combine pickleball and Bible Study, we’d really be in business.