By Rachel Baxter, digital media and design coordinator
La Jolla Country Day School exists to inspire greatness for a better world. We are committed to developing a culture and community of faculty, staff and students who believe in something bigger than themselves. Below, performing arts teacher Robert Wagner speaks to how he inspires greatness for a better world.
Greatness can be achieved by actions both big and small. Greatness is neither luck nor an accident, it is achieved through a process. Research has shown that the most successful people in the world were not smarter than their counterparts in their field, but they possessed four common qualities that helped them achieve greatness:
Strong work ethic
Person of character
Ability to access and leverage mentors
A desire to challenge the status quo and ask “what if?” or “why not?”
About Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner teaches the dance classes at La Jolla Country Day School, as well as the Middle School drama class. He co-directs the Middle and Upper School glee clubs, directs and choreographs the Middle and Upper School musicals and choreographs the Lower School Grandparents Day and Spring Sing Concerts.
Mr. Wagner received his Bachelor of Arts in theater and dance from Muhlenberg College. He founded a nonprofit high school performing arts program for inner-city youth in Allentown, Pa. He also spent two years as the manager of education and outreach for Muhlenberg College’s Summer Music Theatre. Professionally, Robert performed with the Enchantment Theatre Company’s national tour of The Velveteen Rabbit, danced in the Shawnee Playhouse’s production of Annie Get Your Gun and choreographed and assistant-directed the La Jolla Playhouse W.O.W. Festival production of Heaven on Earth. He has served on the board for the international nonprofit Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc., and he was the director of performing arts at the Swain School for four years.
In his free time, Robert loves playing with his Goldendoodle, named Midas, kayaking and adventuring with his fiancé, Brent.