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Simoneau on Stage

A feature on Joan Simoneau; U.S.D 323’s amazing superintendent.
Sydney Scheerer
The on-stage jazz band participating in 1940s Radio Hour take their final bow on closing night of the show.

In the glow of the spotlight, an exhilarating performance unfolds from the last person you’d expect, Joan Simoneau. Off-stage known as Rock Creek’s superintendent, Simoneau demonstrates that her talents extend beyond her administration duties, making a meaningful difference in the lives of Rock Creek students.

Simoneau’s expertise is complemented by her vibrant history in music. Long before joining the Rock Creek administration team, she was deeply involved in the music industry. Reflecting on her years as a band and orchestra director, “Throughout my career, I have been involved in numerous musical productions, ranging from classic Broadway shows to operas. These experiences have deepened my understanding  of musical performance and production, making my participation in The 1940s Radio Hour a natural extension of my musical journey.” Simoneu said.

Juggling the demands of leadership with the call of the stage is no small task. She however has found a rhythm that works well for her. She explains how she balances these two demanding tasks. “Balancing responsibilities as a superintendent and being in a high school musical can be challenging but manageable with careful planning and prioritization,” Simoneu said. “I ensure that I allocate specific times for rehearsals and performances that do not conflict with my duties as a superintendent.  

Simoneau’s heart has never strayed far from the rhythm and harmony of the orchestra pit. With a sparkle in her eyes, she speaks of her longing to once again be part of the live theater experience, a dream that goes by her administrative responsibilities. She expresses this desire with excitement, “Being in a musical or musical pit again would be a fantastic opportunity to continue pursuing my passion for music and performance. Whether it’s playing in the pit orchestra or taking on a role on stage, I welcome the chance to immerse myself in the magic of live theater and contribute to the vibrant arts community within our school district. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to connect with students and colleagues outside of the traditional educational setting and foster a sense of camaraderie and creativity among the entire school community.”





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Kyndal Crain
Kyndal Crain, Writer and Photographer
Kyndal Crain a first year journalism student, she is a writer and photographer. She also has more journalism experience in highschool because she was involved in middle school journalism as well. Kyndal also enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, cleaning, and writing! 
Sydney Scheerer
Sydney Scheerer, Website Manager
Sydney Scheerer is a first year journalism student, yet extremely involved in the program. She is website manager for the Introduction to Journalism class and attends workshops and trips with the Advanced Journalism class. Sydney enjoys reading, crocheting, and photography. She also has many pets, including a hedgehog!
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