Ralph Ramos

Breakout Session: Practical Creativity: The Hero's Journey in Your Screenplay and Your Life

Abstract: We’ll go over, in broad strokes, classic three act American film structure, generally as it incorporates the idea of The Hero’s Journey, then specifically as that applies to the Peter Jackson film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Consideration will be given to how the creative process can be enhanced, working within a well delineated structure. Finally these lessons will be extended to our real lives: How can you apply the structural elements of the screenplay to achieve the goal of your own personal Hero’s Journey? What is your Ordinary World? Have you had an Inciting Incident yet? Can you create one? Who are your Threshold Guardians, and how do you find them? Not sure we can always find the answers, but asking the questions is a good starting framework.

Ralph Ramos was named Superintendent of LCPS by the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education on June 1, 2021. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural extension education with a focus on administration. 

He began his teaching career with Las Cruces Public Schools in 1992 as an eighth-grade science teacher at Picacho Middle School and has served the district as an assistant principal at Sierra Middle School and Vista Middle School.

Prior to accepting the interim superintendent position, he was the principal at Camino Real Middle School for the past 13 years. Ramos is from Hurley, New Mexico. He and his wife Yolanda have two daughters, Kacee and Erin.

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