An Orchestra Teacher's Initial Overture

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Courtney Holmes, center, plays with fellow members of the Kipp Academy school orchestra. Tracy Wahl hide caption

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Middle-school student Courtney Holmes plays in the school orchestra.

Courtney Holmes, center, plays with fellow members of the Kipp Academy school orchestra.

Tracy Wahl

Sarah Hanks is a first-year orchestra teacher at Kipp Academy in Washington, D.C. The Florida State University graduate says she had originally wanted to perform in an orchestra herself, but something kept pulling her towards kids, strings and the classroom.

For her it's been a year of highs and lows. Her junior high orchestra just performed its first big concert. We recently visited her class and asked her to tell us how the year went.

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