Three Ring Schoolhouse: Raising Kids In The Circus
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One of the circus’s resident teachers, Cindy Trent, joined Ringling Bros. about a year ago. A native of Central Florida and a mother of two, Trent says the circus has always been special to her, and being a part of the circus had been a dream of hers for more than 10 years. Trent received her degree in elementary education in 2006, but it wasn’t until her younger child left for college in 2011 that she applied to Ringling Bros.
Some of the biggest differences between teaching at a typical public school and teaching in the circus, Trent says, are the bonds she forms with students, the amount of attention she can devote to each individual, and the diverse age range of kids. The classmates also come from diverse backgrounds and often speak two to three languages, teaching each other their native tongues so they can communicate with ease.
Bianca’s favorite subject in school is math, she says, and Josue says he likes to draw. In her free time, Bianca also likes drawing, especially characters from the Monster High doll franchise, and she wants to be an artist when she grows up. The Boudreau parents have some ideas about what they’d like their kids to do when they grow up, but like any other parents, they know that ultimately their kids will have to make their own decisions. As a fifth-generation circus performer, Charleny says she feels privileged to continue her family legacy and would like to pass it on to her kids if she can, because “it’s very special to me.” Jeff says that both kids will definitely go to college, and joked that, as a native Texan, he’d like his daughter to be a congresswoman from Texas and his son to be the third-baseman for the Houston Astros. “But,” he says, “I have a feeling once you get a taste of the circus, it’s kind of always with you.”
Shows in the NYC Area
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Built to Amaze will stop by five venues in the New York City area this spring:
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ: Feb. 27 – March 3
IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ: March 6-10
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (Long Island): March 13-17
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY: March 20 – April 1
XL Center in Hartford, CT: May 9-12