New Teacher Profile – Father Stephen

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Father Steven is a new teacher at St. Joe’s – for profiles on all the new teachers this year, visit Charger News

Leslie Loeza, Staff Writer

Father Steven, a new teacher in the Religion Department, has been a teacher for about 43 years now, but not continuously.

He teaches religion because “it has been mis-taught for so long and needs to be reframed to understand the Good News,” he said.

Father Steven did not choose St. Joseph, St. Joseph chose him. He had received an e-mail from someone at St. Joe’s, interviewed, and got the job.

I asked Father Steven how he has liked St. Joe’s so far and he said, “I love it, especially the diversity and the friendships.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a teacher?

A: “Learn. See what you like and don’t like. Be gentle, caring, and understanding, but firm. The students aren’t there for you. You’re there for the students.”

Q: What prior education do you have?

A: “I attended Notre Dame, Loyola at Chicago, and University of Portland Oregon.”

Q: What are three words that best describe you?

A: “Caring, growing, and thinking. Growing because I continue to learn and thinking because I always think.”

Q: What is your favorite band or singer?

A: “One Direction because they seem to have fun and they’re different.”

Q: Your favorite quote?

A: “Freedom is the ability to choose your own attitude in any circumstances” by Victor Franklin.

Q: Do you like the dress code?

A: “My outfit is very hot to wear.”