Meet Neptune Pringle, III

Director of Performing Arts Neptune Pringle III is always smiling; his love of working in the theater and with students, parents, and colleagues is readily apparent. He’s constantly brainstorming, and his office is full of visuals and sound. 
On the windowsill, there’s a mini Rhodes Manor from the fall play, constructed out of wood. His desk is strewn with papers - the program for tonight’s concert, the athletics schedule for Visi Arts to sell concessions, and flyers for Master Classes and fundraisers. He’s working on the design for a poster on his laptop, and watching a high school musical performance (he watches a lot of productions to get ideas) on another computer screen. You can hear Orchestra students practicing down the hall and on stage. 
We sat down with Mr. Pringle, and here’s what we learned:
Have Faith
“Before I work on any production, I pray on it,” Mr. Pringle said. “I learned that a long time ago.” If someone were to ask him about his plans for productions, his answer is always: “I’m still praying on it, and when it hits, it hits. We press forward from there.”
His favorite Little Virtues are patience and cheerful optimism, because to him, they are one and the same. “I feel like you can’t be an optimist without having the patience,” said Mr. Pringle. While others might get frustrated in prayer, that an answer hasn’t arrived right away from God, Mr. Pringle waits. He holds strong to his faith, and is optimistic.
“I’ve always prayed for God to be the best that I can be,” Mr. Pringle said. “Even if you have the support of others, God will never let you down. I tell the girls: ‘you’re never on stage alone, God is there with you. And when God is there, everything and anything is possible.’”
A Great Combination
“My parents said that I always wanted to be a teacher, but I don’t remember that,” said Mr. Pringle. As a product of an arts education program, he knows the power of the arts and its impact on children and the world at large. “In that respect, it became a huge part of my life.”
He’s been a teacher of music since the age of 12, and dance since the age of 15. “I really liked doing it, and I think I realized that I could both teach and still perform. It’s possible to take gigs, to travel, and teach,” Mr. Pringle said. “I kind of get the best of both worlds.”
Giving His Best
The people at Visitation - from colleagues to students - are what he loves best. “Everyone is very nice, welcoming, and open. It’s genuine. The virtues just leap out,” Mr. Pringle said. With the girls, he appreciates how much they want to learn from him, which keeps him on his toes to find new opportunities for them - like the Master Classes he offered this month.“I’m seeking the best from them, and in return, they have to get the best from me.”

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