Letter from the President
To the St. John’s Jesuit community,
Near the end of last semester I had the opportunity to sit in Mr. Stephen Guerra’s 7th period Math Enrichment class. The class consisted of students of various abilities from several class levels. Steve challenged the young men with very well-crafted exercises requiring them to work through word problems, identify appropriate equations, and to occasionally collaborate.
Three of the boys, sitting together, seemed to hold a monopoly on arriving at the answers before the others. It was almost as though they saw it as a competition. In response to one word problem, a quieter student from outside the fast moving trio gave his response. Steve paused, not certain whether to accept the answer because of the way it was quickly phrased. At that very moment, almost simultaneously, the three leaders blurted, “Yes Mr. Guerra! He’s right! He just could have phrased it this way.”
The smile on the young man’s face was priceless! This example of “Men for Others” demonstrated by the trio of math whizzes was crystal clear to all of us in the room. The students were supportive and “loving” in precisely the manner we pursue at St. John’s Jesuit.
Just prior to the start of the current semester, Mr. Bonham and I received a note from a parent who described the challenge her son initially faced in chemistry, and the success he ultimately achieved due to the care and guidance provided by his teacher, Ms. Kristen Fitzgerald. In part, she wrote, “One of the reasons we decided to send our son to St. John’s was because SJJ understands and embraces the boys and cares about the whole person. Ms. Fitzgerald embodies these qualities and SJJ is blessed to have teachers like her on staff.”
These are just two examples of the educational excellence I am fortunate to see daily on the campus of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy. Our students are indeed Men for Others who are Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Justice.
Please come to campus at any time and allow me to share a bit of this special place with you.
Michael R. "Mike" Truesdell, President
St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy