Excellence in Teaching: Meet Carol Murray-Gilchrist

Last night I was reminded of an excellent teacher.

I’ve met many excellent teachers, but Carol Murray-Gilchrist in Parkland School Division 70 is on my top five. I had the honour of working with her and was continually impressed by the respectful nature with which she taught. Her work ethic is mind-boggling.

Carol also runs, outside of school Multi Youth Productions, a tremendously successful teen theatre group which researches, writes, choreographs and performs one hour theatre productions that create awareness about social issues. These plays are by youth for youth productions.
It is an amazing task that  Carol undertakes. Twice a week, Carol along with A.D. Kevan and Musical Director (and husband!) James meet with a large group of youth. The kids are aged 11 to 19 and use a collective playwriting process to create outstanding productions. MYP has been in existence for over a decade!  Wanna talk about dedication to kids and theatre?

Last night was the premiere of  Wasted Angels and I was fortunate to be invited to attend. After a 16 minute documentary, the movie was played for a large audience. I have seen the play live and was wondering how it would transfer to film. I was delighted with the professionalism displayed on the big screen. The message was not lost! The play created to educate youth about the dangers of crystal methamphetamine addiction was just as powerful on-screen as it was on the stage.

Speaking to some of the actors after the screening, I realized that they counted themselves lucky to be a part of such a thrilling adventure. Carol fights for these kids in so many ways. I believe some of them would be lost without this creative outlet. I know that working with Carol has helped make those youth the best citizens they could be.

Thank you Carol, for caring so deeply and dedicating yourself to education in its many forms.

***Wasted Angels is available to purchase, along with a teacher’s guide. It is suitable for grade six and up.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin Phares
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 19:33:20

    You are fortunate to be with such an inspiring woman. I am always in awe of people who can do after school activities. Somedays, I can barely drag myself home.


  2. missateaches
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 21:51:39

    Here here Robin! Her energy is insane!


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